Metro Manila · Malling: Going to the Mall
Going to the Mall or 'malling' is a favorite activity on weekends and holidays, for families and couples or for anyone who just wants to grab a quick bite. There are a lot of malls which have a lot to offer. If you are looking for activities for a night out, be warned: some of them close early, around 9 pm. This excludes all the bars outside the mall itself and the cinemas, which let you in until the last show starts, which is usually around 10 or 11 pm. If you stick to the opening times of the malls, there is still a lot to do. You can go shopping (what malls are actually made for), watch a new blockbuster movie with your darling, have dinner in the busy but cheap food court or in a more fancy restaurant, play with your children at the playground, or compete in arcade games/ pool/ online games with your friends.
In general, malls offer a complete program for a relaxing night out. You can find a lot of activities to do (even laser tag, in the Market-Market Mall) and easily hop from one to the other. First dinner, then billiards and afterwards a movie? No problem. Or shopping for the latest clothes from Prada and then treating yourself and your company for a SPA? No problem either. Almost all malls (if not indicated otherwise) are air-conditioned and clean with good facilities as well as parking.
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The Alabang Town Center is always good for some shopping in the Alabang Hotspot. And more than that, its cozy atmosphere and choice of restaurants invites for a luncheon with colleagues or dinner with friends and family. The mediterranean ambiance shields from the busy life in the Megacity.
The Cash & Carry Mall is a hidden pearl, especially for those living in the Makati Alternative and International Hotdot and in the Legazpi Hotspot. With a small movie theatre, a supermarket, usual lunch and dining options as well as a bazaar and clothing stores, Cash & Carry is a low price alternative to the Greenbelt and Glorietta malls.
Originally a park, Glorietta today forms the heart of Ayala Center, the giant shopping district of Makati City with its interconnected malls and department stores. Glorietta offer a wide variety of retail products, dining options and entertainment, making it a popular venue for family shopping sprees as well as night outs with friends.
Greenbelt is not only a conglomeration of five upscale malls with fashion boutiques and designer stores. The malls frame a lush green park with a chapel, koi pond, little pathways, and a high number of exquisite bars and restaurants. The garden setting makes Greenbelt the prime option for dining away from the traffic of Makati City.
The Greenhills Shopping Center is a shopping paradise. It is more crowded, smaller and busier than other malls, in some areas making you feel more like being in a bazaar. But if you love shopping – or you are looking to get your hands on some nice pearls – Greenhills is the place to go.
Strictly speaking, The Landmark it is not a mall but a large department store, selling you clothing, household goods and other every day items for a very reasonable price. Affordable products and the location in the very middle of Makati's shopping district make this department store the top choice for many of Manila's shoppers.
As one of the largest malls in the world, SM Mall of Asia (MOA) justifies its name. The huge conglomeration of shopping and dining opportunities with its adjacent boulevard strip of bars in stone-throwing range of the Manila Bay is simply amazing.
Market! Market!’s name has exclamation points for a reason. Location and selection are the outdoor mall’s strengths making it a favorite shopping spot for those who like to shop in a clean and airy environment.
Resorts World Manila (RWM) is an integrated resort come tourist hub inspired by the success of Resorts World Genting in Malaysia. There is so much to do and only so little time. Resorts World is more of an entertainment temple than a conventional mall.
Robinsons Galleria is situated in a very busy district in Metro Manila but it is surprisingly cozy and quiet. For mall goers who would like a great shopping experience minus the hordes of people, this mall is a fine choice. Another good thing about Robinsons Galleria is that it has a number of mid-range boutiques and an assortment of restaurants.
The Rockwell Center is located at the outer rim of the Megacity's financial district featuring an upper class shopping experience away from the crowds. It offers a variety of local and international shopping places along with a number of restaurants.
Just called "Shang" by its patrons, the Shangri-La Plaza Mall features high-end boutiques and houses many of the metro’s best fine dining restaurants.
With the newly constructed Fashion Hall, SM Megamall is now among the biggest malls in the country. Megamall is a welcome place for respite for many of Ortigas Center’s office workers. It offers a wealth of choices when it comes to hangout places and restaurants (including a very good foodcourt) as well as numerous stores that sell anything from groceries to books.
SM City North EDSA is the granddaddy of Philippine malls. Being the biggest mall in the country until recently, it provided generations of Filipino shoppers with a clear idea of what a mall should look and feel like.
The Triangle North of Manila (Trinoma) is an Ayala development that provides commuters escape from the uber busy streets of North Avenue and EDSA. Its multi-layered terraces, reverse waterfall and open-air restaurants at the ground floor gives Trinoma patrons a different mall experience.
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