About Helen A
Lives in Metro Manila, Philippines
Since Mar 2005
35-49 year old female
I am originally from the UK and spent seven years after university traveling around the world. I finally settled on a small island in the Philippines called Boracay because for me this is the perfect beach. I moved here in 2003 and its the longest I have lived anywhere since i was 18! This year though we moved permanently to our second home, Manila, for the sake of the children's education. I have a travel website which promotes the Philippines and an accommodation marketing business that provides both technology and expertise for many of the hotels in the Philippines I consider myself very lucky, I work for myself doing what I love and also making an impact on promoting this amazing country...perfect!
Flea & Street Markets
Flea & Street Markets
If you can only spend a short amount of time shopping in Boracay, then this complex is the place to go. D'Mall features a good cross-section of store types covering all budgets, and unlike any regular mall you will find in Manila or at home, it is a collection of small shops and market stalls (see the tips below for the most notable of these) — all open air. Sand covers the floor for the most part, eateries are plentiful, and at night there are street performers.
Why is a beach in a shopping guide? Because of the great variety of beach vendors who ply the sand here. Though they are not technically supposed to sell their wares on the beach, they are all legitimate and do not hassle you like the vendors in some other countries. They may be selling hats, sunglasses, and wooden icons, or food items such as ice cream, peanuts, and chicharon (fried pork skin). Seek them out for everything from snacks to souvenirs!
D'Talipapa is the sister of D'Mall. It's managed by the same people but has less of a high-street and more of a local-market feel. It contains the local wet market for buying fish and meat, as well as numerous vegetable stalls. You can even buy fresh seafood here, and then have it cooked by one of the many restaurants onsite. D'Talipapa also contains a number of souvenir stalls, which stretch all the way from the wet market to the beach.
The E'Mall area is another great shopping hub located at the south end of the island. The building stretches from the beach to the main road, and features three floors, ranging from a Mango outlet at the top, to a Belgian Waffle stall at the bottom. Behind and to the side of the complex are also many stalls selling some of the cheapest clothes and souvenirs on the island.
The Plazoleta is a shopping complex in a small enclosed courtyard off White Beach (station 2), near to the Regency Hotel. Shops here are always changing around, but a staple that you can always rely on is Lonely Planet, with its hand-painted t-shirts and great coffee shop. Make the effort to explore inside, and you're bound to be rewarded by a quirky treasure or two!