Be warned: the capital of the Philippines wants to part you from your money. But that’s no bad thing when the shopping is this vibrant and fun. In Manila you will find malls, stores and markets of vintage and bric-a-brac finds. So whether you want retro gear for your new-season look, a bunch of blooms for a date or a stack of second-hand furniture for your new home, you’ll find what you’re looking for at the best markets in Manila.
In between high-rise buildings and small establishments, the Pasay district is home to Cartimar: your typical marketplace and a whole lot more. It’s been in operation since the mid to late 1950s and has long been the go-to place for designer jeans, perfumes, chocolates, pets (expect plenty of foreign breeds), surplus stocks of big-brand stuff, trainers and more. Like other bargain places, everything’s being sold at dirt-cheap prices. Bookworms also love the area, as you can find art tomes, college volumes and stacks of novels at reasonable prices.
Alex Robinson contributed additional reporting to this article.