The largest variety of stores is in the big shopping malls, which have the added advantages of being air-conditioned and full of other diversions. Market lovers should head to Quiapo. In Ermita a stroll along Mabini St will often yield authentic old textiles and other antiques. Sprawling Greenhills in Mandaluyong City is the place to buy pearls, both locally farmed and more expensive Tahitian and other South Pacific varieties.

Makati City & Around

Central Makati can seem like one big upscale mall – you might find yourself shopping against your will. Greenbelt and Glorietta malls both sprawl over several precincts.