The country,especially the capital Manila is definitely a shopping haven for most tourists. It has just about every kind of shop, specialty store and boutique under the sun. Prices of the goods are comparable to those in Thailand and China and cheaper compared to Singapore and Hong Kong. Despite of its low price, products are also of good quality. With literally hundreds of shopping malls scattered across the country including three large signature shopping malls that is part of the world's top 10 biggest malls, it's no wonder that Filipinos are passionate about their shopping and tourist will enjoy sharing their love of consumables.
For an ultimate shopping experience, head to the enormous SM Mall of Asia located on Roxas Boulevard in Pasay City. Considered as the third largest mall in the world at least by floor area. Prepare your stamina and your most comfortable shoes too to conquer the whole mall. The mall boasts of an IMAX theater, science museum and an entire entertainment centre which also includes a big ice skating rink. Other malls worth visiting are SM Megamall in Ortigas, SM North Edsa, Robinson's Place Manila and Robinson's Galleria, Glorietta mall in Makati, Gateway mall in Cubao and Trinoma mall in Quezon City.
If you're looking for a bit more upmarket and big fashion brands like Armani, Louis Vuitton and the likes, head to Greenbelt 4 and 5 in Ayala Centre and Rockwell Powerplant Mall both located in business district Makati. Also nearby is the posh Bonifacio High Street in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig wherein lots of boutique stores are lined up and if you get tired with all the shopping you can head to Serendra, where rows of fine-dining restaurants and cafes make up the place and serves different kinds of specialty foods that will surely satisfy your gastronomic cravings.
But of course your trip to Southeast Asia wouldn't be complete without a little bargain shopping and haggling. Head to Divisoria Mall and 168 Mall for cheap finds from clothing to cookware, toys to handicrafts and just about anything. Make sure you wear comfy shoes and prepare your haggling skills. Also be wary of your things as pickpockets abound the area. If you really don't feel like bustling with the crowd and the heat, a great alternative to Divisoria is the Greenhills Shopping Center in San Juan. It also offers the same stuffs as Divisoria's only a little more expensive but in an airconditioned and more spacious area. Greenhills also offers real freshwater pearls at a fraction of a price.
Handicrafts and souvenir shops are available mostly at the malls.Kultura handicrafts are located inside SM malls and offers assorted local souvenirs or Filipiniana items. Tiendesitas, located in Ortigas also has a variety of local handicrafts, souvenirs and furniture as well as local agricultural produce. You can also head to Echague area in Quiapo which is a few minutes walk from the famous Quiapo church for local souvenirs at a very low price.But like Divisoria, please be aware of your belongings.