Shop Til You Drop at Some of Manila's Best Markets

Affordable Prices and Everything You Could Possibly Want to Buy – Take Your Bargaining Skills to These Markets in Manila, Philippines

While the Philippines is better known for its beautiful beaches and tropical climate, if you’re spending time in the city you’ll likely want to do a little shopping. Manila, the capital of the Philippines is a bustling city on the island of Luzon and has plenty to keep the avid shopper occupied.
A day out sightseeing will let you experience a mix of the old world, clashing with the new world. Spanish Colonial architecture sometimes sits right next to towering skyscrapers. Peruse the charming, walled old town, eat delicious food in Chinatown, discover emerging hipster hangouts and get lost in the various malls and markets.


Divisoria has become known as the mother of all markets in Manila. Super hectic, it’s the place to go if you don’t mind crowds and you want to test out your bargaining skills. You most probably find the best price on literally anything in Manila here. Haggle your little heart out for things like; clothes, school supplies, home essentials and a range of other trinkets.

Quiapo Market

Known as one of the biggest markets in the entire country, you’ll find a range of items here from expensive bargain price to dirt cheap. Situated right behind the Quiapo church, this market is home to items like; fancy but affordable clothes, electronics, accessories, fruits and food and pirated CDs and DVDs. You might even find a few fortune tellers and miracle herb sellers thrown into the mix!

Escolta Street Flea Market

If you’re into vintage and unusual artistic finds, the Escolta Flea Market on a Saturday is the place to go. Set up in the First United’s buildings garage you’ll find a mix of art galleries, thrift shops, black market sellers and a sort of garage sale all thrown together. Have a rummage and you could find trinkets from pre war Manila, clothes, art and one off creative souvenirs.

Cartimar Market

Having been established since 1957, Cartimar Market is the place to go for; designer jeans, books, chocolates, perfumes, trainers, surplus stocks of genuine brands and even pets! A mix of indoor and outdoor stalls and shops, this market has a more boutique feel to it.

Dana Flower Market

Home to over 50 stalls selling fresh flowers from all over the country, a walk through this market will be a feast for the senses. Flowers are brought in from places in the Philippines like; Baguio, Davao, Tagaytay and you’ll even find flowers imported from other countries like Holland, China and Ecuador. Buying flowers here will be at least 50% cheaper than any other mall or market in the city.

Best of the rest/other markets not to miss: Quinta Market and Fishport, Baclaran Market and Greenhill’s Shopping Center (indoor flea market).
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