Manila Journals

Manila. A shopper's paradise

A February 2005 trip to Manila by HiramAbif

Fancy mobile phone accessories? Photo, Manila, Philippines More Photos
Quote: Jenny is an Australian business enterpreneur (zodiac sign Leo) who inspired the titles of both my journals about Manila: The Best Kept Secret of Asia and A Shopper's Paradise. On both accounts she was right and advised on our exploration of Manila

Manila. A shopper's paradise

Overview

Fancy mobile phone accessories? Photo, Manila, Philippines
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Shopping experience: The Baclaran market, especially on a Wednesday, is a memory that will stay with you forever. Shopping bargains: The Greenhills Shopping Centre in the Ortigas San Juan district is where you will get most of your shopping bargains.Tutuban shopping Centre: Lesser known in the Divisoria area (about 150 Pesos and 20 minutes by taxi from Ermita) is a paradise for clothes and shops Where Shopping meets Nightlife: Go to GreenBelt 1 to 4 in Makati City with an infinite number of restaurants and clubs, especially in 3 and 4. Quick Tips: Baclaran: There is not a lot to buy really, although in our case we bought several mosquito nets for our summers in Corfu. Greenhills: You ...Read More

Asia Restaurant

Restaurant | "Asia Restaurant - At Greenhills Complex"

Asia Restaurant Photo, Manila, Philippines
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ASIA restaurant is located at Greenhills shopping complex, exactly opposite the Starrbucks, on the "Promenade" complex ,which houses numerous food outlets. It is on the second floor of the Promenade, and serves numerous dishes from Southeast Asia and the Far East, including Japan, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, and of course Philippines. As the portions are more than generous, and the service difficult to fault, the prices are an absolute bargain. During February 2006 , you could have a three course meal with one drink, for less than $10. Standing out from the menu: On the starters go for the Vietnamese spring rolls for just 165 Pesos, or even better the mouth watering shrimp curls with mango dip (al...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 5, 2006

Asia Restaurant
Greenhills Shopping Complex
Manila, Philippines

Tokyo Restaurant

Restaurant | "Tokyo Restaurant in Tutuban Shopping Complex"

Tokyo Restaurant Photo, Manila, Philippines
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Tokyo is a Japanese fast food restaurant on the second floor of Tutuban. It is located at the end corner of Centerhall 1. It is a brilliant fast food outlet for those of the readers who are interested in Japanese cuisine (Sushi, Sashimi, etc.).

Prices are almost impossible to beat. Six pieces of mixed Sushi cost just 61 Pesos (that is just €1), and a delicious tuna sashimi for just 69 Pesos.

I spent some time watching the staff on food preparation, and they would take top marks on hygiene conditions. The service was friendly and efficient as well.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 5, 2006

Tokyo Restaurant
Tutuban Shopping Complex
Manila, Philippines

Greenhills Shopping Center

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Attraction | "Greenhills Shopping Complex"

Greenhills Shopping Center Photo, Manila, Philippines
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Greenhills would take our top marks on the "Manila shopping experience" for a combination of factors, such as relative convenience, value for money, and pleasant ambiance. There are plenty of banks and money changers, and a large variety of retailers which are grouped; in one part of the complex there are hundreds of stalls selling mobile phone accessories, then in another area hundreds are selling clothes. The main items that stand out are artistic souvenirs and artistic pieces of home decoration, pearls when they have a fair (usually every February), clothes, and shoes (but prices slightly higher than Tutuban's), home furniture, and a lot more. In close proximity there are dozens of restaurants and ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 5, 2006

Greenhills Shopping Center
Ortigas Avenue
Manila, Philippines 1502

Tutuban Shopping Complex Photo, Manila, Philippines
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Tutuban bares similarities with Greenhills (see rest of journal) with one plus and minus. Prices are more competitive (this is the plus), less "upmarket" than Greenhills (this is the minus). It is located a couple of miles northwest from Chinatown, and normally it is not the place you see a lot of Westerners. Tutuban is easily accessible by taxi from Ermita for about 120 pesos (just over $2). This is the place you want to visit if you are after a pair of REALLY cheap sneakers, a lady's handbag, or any type of clothing. Next to Tutuban is a Robinson's complex, and the two centers compete on variety and price. In addition, on its three floors you will find beauty parlors for a quick beauty treatment or ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 5, 2006

Tutuban Shopping Complex
Divisoria
Manila, Philippines