Expats’ Guide: Malls in the City

One thing that Filipinos love to do aside from eating and singing is going to the mall.It is true! It has become part of the Filipino lifestyle that everywhere you go, there are malls. Big or small, you can count on seeing families spending quality time, couples enjoying an intimate dinner, and friends cheerfully catching up with each other- all at the mall.

It is for this high demands that business enterprise in the country continuously find lands to develop and turn into shopping complexes. As long as there are people who are willing to walk for hours on end at these shopping centers, there is no reason to stop the rise of the malls.

To show what we are talking about, we listed down some of the major malls you will find in Manila’s key cities. In case you find yourself strolling around in one of these malls, we hope you have a fantastic time!


Makati City

Glorietta– Glorietta is one of the most popular malls in the center of the country’s business district, Makati City. Since its opening in 1991, it continues to be a favorite retail space in the city. Operated by Ayala Corporation, the mall is divided into five sections, namely Glorietta 1-5, consisting of shops, restaurants, cinemas, gym, service centers and a large activity center for bazaars, concerts and other events. Glorietta 5 is located in a different complex, across Glorietta 4.

Greenbelt– A more upscale mall close to Glorietta is Greenbelt. Owned by Ayala Lands, an affiliate of Ayala Corporation, Greenbelt carries a mix of high-end retail stores, restaurants, leisure and entertainment. Starting from a small line of shops when it first opened in 1990, the complex grew to 5 sections to what has become Greenbelt 1-5.In the middle of the mall is large park where Santo Niño de Paz, a Roman Catholic chapel stands.


Pasay City

SM Mall of Asia– More commonly known as SM MoA, SM Mall of Asia is the fourth largest mall in the Philippines and 11th in the world. Spanning a land area of 42 hectares, it has four buildings- the main mall, entertainment mall, and the north and south parking buildings-all four interconnected by walkways. The mall’s main landmark is a large steel framed globe on the roundabout that is quite hard to miss. SM MoA takes pride in its two main attractions, the first ever IMAX Theater and Olympic-sized ice-skating rink in the country.


Quezon City

SM City North Edsa– Up in the north, in one of the busiest cities in the metro, stands SM City North Edsa. It is known to be the first SM Supermall in the Philippines operated by SM Prime Holdings, the same owner and developer of SM Mall of Asia. It is divided into three sections: the Main mall, the Annex and The Block.SM North is truly a “one-stop” shop as it features a department store, a diverse roster of shops, restaurants, fast food, electronics, supermarket and an amphitheater called “Sky Dome” dedicated for mallevents.

Trinoma (Triangle North of Manila)– Another mall in the North is the Ayala Land owned Trinoma. Located across SM City North Edsa, the mall has direct access toMRT 3 North Avenue Station (Metro Rail Transit Line 3).True to the signature of every Ayala Mall, Trinoma is designed to have spacious interiors with diverse shopping, entertainment and dining options. It has an open space transformed into a rooftop garden meant for relaxation and amusement.


Robinsons Place Manila– The country’s capital is also home to the leading shopping center in the city, Robinsons Place Manila. Owned and operated by Robinsons Land Corporation, it is a 7-level shopping mall that offers a wide range of local and international stores, dining places, entertainment hub, and service centers. It is also connected to two high-rise condominiums, Robinsons Place Residences and Adriatico Residences, providing its occupants comfort and convenience when dining and shopping.

Mandaluyong City

SM Megamall– SM Megamall is located in the business district of Ortigas. What started as two buildings connected by a bridge has now become the second largest SM Supermall in the country. Its continuous expansion gave birth to Mega Fashion Hall, a wing that carries high-end shops and dining outlets. Today, it is still one of the most visited malls in the city as it has everything you will ever need. Whether you want to watch in an IMAX theater, play bowling, ice skate, dine or shop ‘til you drop, SM Megamall has got it all for you.



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