Shopping in the Capitol of the Philippines, Manila, can probably be considered one of the greatest pastimes of residents and visitors. Many people will also travel to Manila to purchase items they can't get on the islands where they live.
Airport Souvenir Shops
If you've spent all your time discovering beaches, islands and caves and forgotten about purchasing souvenirs, take heart; there's nearly always a shop just outside of the Airports, which sell most of the things available on the islands. In some cases the Airports have souvenir shops inside the shopping and duty free areas. It's definitely more expensive, but also usually of a higher quality too; you could buy anything from T-shirts, traditional Philippine blouses to pearls, jewelry, bags, key chains, woodcarvings and handicrafts.
Our Shopping Guides below give suggestions for where to shop and what to shop for whilst on your Philippine holiday.
Shopping in Palawan:
One of the most protected provinces in the whole of the Philippines, shopping isn't the main priority in Palawan. But there are several shopping areas in the capital city of Puerto Princesa and close to the coastal resorts. The most popular purchases include jewelry, local handicrafts, shell craft, woodcarvings, fruits and in Puerto Princesa baked goods from Baker's Hill which is part of the Puerto Princesa City Tour, along with a stop off at The Binuatan Weaving Creations, where you can purchase bags, rugs and shoes made by the gifted weavers.
Puerto Princesa has a Mall, convenience & grocery stores, and pharmacies. There are banks and ATM machines throughout the city, and major credit cards are accepted at most Hotels but for shopping it is best to bring enough cash. Artisans sell a variety of handicrafts in Palawan, but most of these products can be bought within Puerto Princesa itself. Palawan Handicrafts, a shop on Libis Road, is a good place to get started. You will find great gift items and souvenirs, which include decorative and creative home ware. Other souvenir shops along Rizal Avenue also carry beautifully made handcrafted goods that make for lovely accents to any home. They also sell a wide range of exotic wooden furniture and décor.
El Nido has no department stores or large grocery stores. Whilst Toiletries and medicines are available it is recommended that you purchase what you need in Puerto Princesa prior to your departure. El Nido does now have an ATM but it is not always online or stocked with cash, so it is best to ensure that you bring enough cash with you for your trip. There are many small shops that line the little streets of El Nido, selling a standard range of souvenirs. The El Nido Art Boutique carries accessories, clothing, modern swimwear, and travel necessities such as sun block, insect repellent, and toiletries. Above the shop is their bar and restaurant, which offers a fantastic selection of European dishes, seafood, delicious organic vegetables and refreshing fruit shakes!
Because we all know that shopping can work up an appetite, we will also provide you with information on Palawan restaurants.