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Budget Shopping in Metro Manila

Need to do some shopping but you are on a tight budget? Then never fear! There are places in Metro Manila where you can go to and buy brand new clothes, shows, and accessories at cheap prices. Budget shopping has never been easier.

Department Stores

Although not the cheapest option in this list, it is by far the most convenient. There are a lot of these all over Metro Manila for your budget shopping convenience. On top of that, you get to shop in an air conditioned building. There are a lot of choices to go through. Clothes, shoes, and even local handicraft are usually available in department stores such as SM Department Stores and The Landmark.

Ramp Crossings

If you want something that is stylish, but still perfect for budget shopping, then Ramp Crossings located in Shangri-La Mall, Glorietta and Trinoma would fit the bill! A lot of the designers who sell through these stores are up and coming in the local fashion scene so you can be sure these are elegant, unique, and most of all, can still be considered budget shopping.

Greenhills Shopping Center

One of the most popular go-to spots for budget shopping, Greenhills Shopping Center has been known for cheap prices, imported goods, and outright great finds. You want a fashionable top? How about a nice message t-shirt? A new pair of shoes? This place has it all!


And of course, the Holy Grail of all budget shopping in Metro Manila, Divisoria. There are thousands and thousands of stalls and shops in this place. Whatever you need, and that is not an exaggeration, you can find at Divisoria for a very good price. They sell everything from shoes to solar panels; laptops to jewelry. And of course, there are a lot of cheap, good food that goes along with shopping here which makes it an even better deal!

Well, of course there is one more way to make these great deals even sweeter. Why not wait for deals, sales, and promotions in these budget shopping-friendly places? In that way, you get to save even more!

Don’t Miss these Metro Manila Malls!

When visiting the capital of the Philippines, you will find that malls are a huge part of the landscape. There’s a mall in every city in the metro, and sometimes more than one! You can even find two to three malls facing each other in one intersection! This just goes to show that Metro Manila malls are a part of every citizens’ life here.

That being said, these Metro Manila malls can offer something for everyone. Whether you need a quick meal, shop at a supermarket, buy clothes or electronics, shopping malls in Metro Manila is your destination. So without further ado, here are the top 5 Metro Manila malls you should not miss (in no particular order).


SM, or Shoe Mart, is the largest mall chain not only in Metro Manila, but the entire country. One of their biggest branches is called SM North EDSA located at North Avenue corner EDSA, Quezon City. It is considered to be the fourth largest mall in the world in terms of leasable area; which is great news for shopaholics. You can spend an entire day exploring the different retailers in the mall and after which, grab some dinner or coffee in Sky Garden.

SM Megamall

Another branch from SM, Megamall is the largest Metro Manila mall. In terms of size, it is as big as the Changi Airport Terminal 2 in Singapore City with a total land area of 10 hectares.

Located along EDSA, right in the middle of the Ortigas business district, this is one mall you will never miss while travelling the busy road of EDSA.

Robinsons Place Manila

Robinsons is another prominent Metro Manila mall chain and one of it’s most popular branches is located at the heart of Manila City. By far, this is the largest Robinsons mall in the country.

Opened in 1995, Robinsons Place Manila boasts of more than 300 local shops, restaurants and entertainment facilities in 7 levels. And with a new wing added in 2008 called the Midtown Wing, it has been updated with even more shopping goodies.

SM Mall of Asia

SM Mall of Asia, another entry for this popular Metro Manila mall chain, is definitely a can’t miss mall to visit. It has a total land area of 42 hectares which holds several interesting highlights.

Of course there is the main mall which hundreds of stores which includes a supermarket and a department store. The main mall also houses an ice skating rink.

Then there is the IMAX theater which has one of the biggest IMAX screens in the world.

You can also take a stroll By the Bay; a row of restaurants and bars facing the Manila Bay. Here you have a lot of options in terms of food and drink. Or if you want, you can simply sit by the breakwater and watch the sunset. There is also a weekly fireworks display here every Saturday.

SMX Convention Center is home to several expos and conventions. It is the country’s largest privately run exhibition center.

The Mall of Asia Ferris Wheel is something you cannot miss either. Standing at 180 feet tall, it has a maximum capacity for 216 passengers. Each air conditioned gondola can fit six people.

This mall is also home to the MOA Arena; a full-sized, modern arena which hosts basketball games, concerts, and many more.

Glorietta and Greenbelt Malls

Ayala Malls do not have as much branches as SM or Robinsons, but they do have offer their own taste and appeal. Glorietta and Greenbelt are Metro Manila malls both located in Makati central business district. They feature the usual local shops but what sets them apart from the others are the high end retailer shops, restaurants and bars. It is definitely worth a visit.

Coffee or Tea?

In the past couple of years, we have seen the emergence of coffee shops in Metro Manila and all over the Philippines. With the emergence of Starbucks in almost every corner of the country’s business districts, a lot of other chains followed suite.

Today, if you have a craving for a good quality coffee, the toughest part is probably deciding which chain to indulge in. As mentioned, you have Starbucks, there’s also The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Seattle’s Best, UCC and many more! The Metro Manila coffee scene has never been as packed as today. And the best part about this is that we, the consumers, can get the most out of all this competition!

As each chain tries to outdo the other, they offer improving benefits, promotions, service, and sometimes even discounts just so you get your coffee fix with that store.

And if you think things cannot get better, it already has! A new kid is on the block: tea. Ironically though, this is considered as the oldest drink available to man outside of water but it is relatively new to the Metro Manila commercial and foodie scene.

There has been a lot of tea lovers and drinkers in the Philippines. Metro Manila coffee shops actually offer tea (but to a lighter extent of course). But lately, we have seen shops such as SereniTea, Happy Lemon, and TWG Tea Shop all take their stand and offer GREAT drinks as well.

There is a reason why tea is the most consumed beverage in the world. It is a great drink for breakfast to get your daily caffeine needs. It is relatively light, easy to drink, has cleansing properties, and you can make it taste however you may like. Much like coffee, there are a lot of variations to this drink.

Which brings us to the actual question, which beverage is better? Should I go out and grab myself the largest mocha frapuccino I can get? Or should I consider a milk earl grey tea with extra sago instead?

The answer is simple actually. Everyone has their own taste and opinion, so would you. So why not take advantage of all these available options and decide for yourself? You can even wait awhile for special promotions, discounts and sale of coffee or tea so you get the best deal possible!