One of the most suggested things to do while in Makati is to shop until you drop. This is because there are a lot of shopping malls that every single lady (and even taken or married ones of course) can check out and fulfill their window shopping cravings.
For the directionally-challenged, I think we actually need a map to navigate each building! Not that it’s a bad thing.. Albeit, it encourages me to explore, and make each visit seem like a different adventure.
Local brands like Bench and Penshoppe.
the shops are surrounded by beautiful green parks
I’m not a mall person, but if you have to go to mall, Greenbelt is about as good as it gets. Great selection of shops, safe, aesthetically pleasing, everything you need, and with loads of excellentcert eateries. Built around a fabulous strip of greenery, so you can sit and people watch or relax while the real shoppers in your group are doing their thing.
Across Makati Avenue is Landmark, a five story department store that is more downscale with Levis, Dockers and the like. Go to the fourth floor; it is entirely devoted to women’s shoes. Not that I’m interested in women’s shoes, but it is something different. There is also a food supermarket in the basement with a food court.
A better mall experience is Market-Market. Yes, it is another huge mall, not as upscale as Greenbelt, but they also have a few marketplace like set ups. One is an outdoor covered food market with bunches of individual vendors selling fruit, vegetables, what you would expect, at good prices. Inside, go to the gift market and inside the gift market is the pearl market. That is something to see: Vendor after vendor in small stalls selling pearls and other jewelry items, mostly pearls. All different sizes, shapes and colors of pearls. Round pearls, egg pearls, coin pearls, in most of the colors of the rainbow. There are a few ready made items but it is much more fun to design what you want, come back in half an hour to an hour and it will be ready for you, custom made. The asking prices are very, very good, compared to the US, but negotiate with them (that’s half the fun) and get a great price. It is expected that you will negotiate in any marketplace in most countries; it can be insult if you don’t. If you’ve never done it, try it anyway. You might surprise yourself.
Green belt 1 to 5 is not just another standard boxy mall. It has great aesthetics and developed with fine taste. It has interconnected sections through overhead bridges, parks and ponds in middle and different scales of shopping from affordable to super luxury. While it is a mall the design also gives a feel of high street particularly in the areas where restaurants are located. The range of restaurants, cafes and lounges makes it stand out from the crowd. It is a must visit when in Manila