Not only for shopping purposes, malls in the Philippines have become part of Filipinos’ everyday lives—witness to after-work errands, venues for special occasions, or simply places for strolling. These establishments ensure that they are part of the most important Filipino traditions and celebrations, offering what they need and want, all throughout the year. Here, we list the 10 best malls in Metro Manila.
Located within the Ortigas Business District in Mandaluyong City, expect that SM Megamall will always be jam-packed after office hours. Previously, there were only two buildings, connected by a bridge: Mega Building A and Mega Building B. Over time, the mall has expanded to five buildings, making it the second largest mall in the Philippines. The third building, more commonly known as Mega Atrium, features mostly restaurants and is in the center, between Mega Buildings A and B. Building C, on the other hand, was formerly an open parking facility but was later converted into a shopping area in order to cater to increasing numbers of shoppers. The latest addition to the SM Megamall branch is Building D, or the Fashion Hall, where fashion lovers can find popular global clothing retailers such as Forever 21, Uniqlo, and H&M. Aside from shops and restaurants, SM Megamall also establishes itself as more than just a shopping mall by featuring an Olympic-sized skating rink, a bowling center, and Director’s Club Cinemas, among other places.
SM City North EDSA is the largest mall in the Philippines and third largest in the world. It’s located at the intersection of North Avenue and Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA). It has five major sections: The Annex, The Block, Sky Garden, Interior Zone, and of course, The City Center. The mall’s supermarket, department store, food court, and IMAX Theater are located in The City Center. Meanwhile, shoppers may find high-end stores in The Annex and The Block. If they want a bit of fresh air while dining at their favorite shopping destination, guests can pick a restaurant along the elevated park called Sky Garden. In 2014, it was announced that SM North EDSA has become the world’s biggest solar-powered mall, after solar panels were installed on its rooftop.
TRINOMA (or Triangle of North Manila) is a huge shopping complex right across from SM City North Edsa. Visitors heading to this area can spend an entire day shopping and strolling throughout these two malls, as they’re connected by an overpass. TRINOMA stands out because it’s known for its alfresco style, reverse waterfalls, gardens, glowing facade, and landscaped gardens at the rooftop, making shopping a relaxing experience. Because it’s connected to the North Avenue MRT Station, expect big crowds after office hours.
If you want a less crowded and luxurious shopping experience, then this upscale shopping destination located along Shaw Boulevard in Mandaluyong City is just right for you! Shangri-La Plaza is home to a variety of branded shops, retail chains, high-end boutiques, and fancy restaurants, among other places. It has four major sections: The Main Mall, North Wing, East Wing, and Shangri-La Plaza. Every shopper can find everything he or she needs at the Main Mall, which has six levels and a basement, where the Garden Food Court, Supermarket, TechnoHub, and other fast food chains can be found. Shangri-La is also famous for its cinemas, which hold the Cine Europa Film Festival every September.
Located along the busy streets of St. Elena and Soler Streets in Binondo, Chinatown, the 168 Shopping Mall is a must-visit spot for those looking for the best bargains, from commodities to novelty items, RTW’s, and hardware. This shopping complex houses over 500 tenants that sell apparel, toys, gifts, and decor at low and affordable wholesale and retail prices. If you’re looking to shop within your budget and find it hard to keep on bargaining, then 168 Shopping Mall is the place you should head over to!