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Shopping Guide for Boracay

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Shopping in Boracay can be a lot of fun — bargaining in the D' Talipapa, browsing the boutiques of D'Mall, and souvenir hunting amongst the beach-side stalls. Boracay is primarily a tourist destination, and as such, myriad souvenirs are easy to come by, but essentials can often be hard to find. (Note: Make sure you bring all necessities with you!) The island has a number of shopping zones, and I hope to give you a good feel for the best of them here in this guide.

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  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Beach Goer
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

5 Places

4 City Tips

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5 Places

D'Mall

Shopping Malls

White Beach

Beaches

D' Talipapa Market

Flea & Street Markets

E Mall

Shopping Malls

Plazoleta

Flea & Street Markets

Helen A's City Tips

  • Whilst sitting on White Beach, you'll be approached by touts offering you many items; the best are the green mango, and the peanut or chicharon sold by a man who appears at sunset. Very cheap and tasty!
  • There are many beach vendors selling pearls from the south of the Philippines. They are authentic, and prices are good if you bargain hard enough. Sellers are happy to educate you on their selection, and then negotiate!
  • Bargaining is acceptable when there is no price tag. Sales people are not aggressive here, so politeness and a smile while haggling will always win the day.
  • The Philippines is known for the fabrics abaca (from a plant similar to the banana plant) and piña (from the pineapple plant). These handwoven fabrics are beautiful and natural, and items made from them (especially handbags!) make for excellent souvenirs.
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    D'Mall
    Shopping Malls
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    Helen A Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Owned by designer P J Arandor, Nautilus is a must-see. His collection includes clothes, jewelry, ceramics, soaps, and all manner of gift and must-have items. Think native materials transformed into beach chic!
    • From a Boracay couple who set the trends on beach fashion, Fly shop is bound to hold that perfect affordable beach item you've been looking for. It doubles up as the best money changer around too!
    • For luxury beach items, you cannot go wrong at Nothing But Water, which features a fabulous, albeit pricey, collection of high street label beach clothing.
    • Fraicellin, a lovely little stationary store, is worth a look, especially for children's school and creative supplies. Choose from a range of eclectic stickers, notepads, bags, accessories, and several souvenir items.
    • Wet Shop is a small but delightfully stocked fashion accessory cornucopia; take your time to browse absolutely everything, as the collection is fun and unusual, with a funky fashion vibe.
    • Head to Uswag for stunning abaca and pina fabric handbags made locally in Kalibo, the heart of the industry.
    • Hugod is a great cooperative shop for local, hand-crafted items, from picture frames and bags to carvings and handmade paper. All stock is locally made and of good quality.
    • As its name implies, Island Souvenirs is the place to get your souvenirs, including personalized or "I Heart Boracay" t-shirts.
    • Lonely Planet has two branches in D'Mall, with a great range of summer clothing, including bigger sizes for westerners. They also sell branded beach shoes like FitFlops and Ipanema.
    • Situated next to Pancake House, Novelty Slippers stocks handcrafted beach slippers in the shape of every cartoon character imaginable — perfect for kids, and fun for adults too.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 72 things to do in Boracay
    • Shopping and fun 06/12/2017
    • For all your holiday shopping 05/12/2017
    • D'Mall
    Address:
    Station 2
    Malay, Aklan Province 5603
    Philippines
    Phone:
    288-4161
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    White Beach
    Beaches
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    Helen A Says:

    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!

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    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Mango and other fruit, peeled and ready to eat, can be bought (very cheaply) whilst sitting on the beach.
    • Stop to check out the pearl vendors. They will happily show you the different types so you can find the perfect product to suit your budget. Negotiation is expected!
    • Taho sellers walk the beach in the morning carrying two silver pails across their shoulders. This delicious sweet Tofu snack is a must-try if you are new to the Philippines.
    • Balut, chicharon, and peanut vendors are most commonly found just before sunset, when people are beginning to get peckish, and looking for a snack to accompany their beer.
    • Stalls line parts of the beach pathway, and the items on offer here are usually made from shells and other local materials. Plastic beach toys are also common.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 72 things to do in Boracay
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Stunning beach 08/12/2017
    • A mix of the crazy, the wild, the zen and the easy. 08/12/2017
    • White Beach
    Address:
    Balabag
    Malay, Aklan Province 5608
    Philippines
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    D' Talipapa Market
    Flea & Street Markets
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    Helen A Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • You can bargain here, and usually get a 10-20% reduction in price, even for the seafood! Lots of fun.
    • This is a great place to buy all those smaller souvenirs. from t-shirts to magnets. Make sure you walk all the way in and browse the huge variety of stalls.
    • Close to the wet market is one stall that specializes in table mats and runners made from thin pieces of bamboo. The variety of designs and colors makes the items very tempting!
    • You can enter the market either from the main road near to Boracay Regency Lagoon, or from the beach near to Victory Divers and Boracay Beach Chalets.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 72 things to do in Boracay
    • Seafood & shopping al fresco 29/11/2017
    • Cheap souvenior 27/11/2017
    • D' Talipapa Market
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    E Mall
    Shopping Malls
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    Helen A Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • From the beach, follow the road down the right side of Golden Phoenix Hotel, and you will soon see the stalls stretching out in front of you.
    • Feeling hungry? There is a good quality, cheap shawarma shop on the ground floor of E'mall, facing the road.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #34 of 72 things to do in Boracay
    • Lots of souvenir items 19/11/2017
    • Offers the Same but Slightly Cheaper 30/10/2017
    Address:
    Main Road
    Malay, Aklan Province 5608
    Philippines
    Phone:
    +63 910 705 3801
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    Plazoleta
    Flea & Street Markets
    Helen A Says:

    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!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Check out the leather store at the bottom left side of the courtyard for unique handmade leather items created by a true artist.
    • Saturday markets are often held here. If one is happening during your visit, be sure to check it out for local crafts and memorable food experiences.
    • The Siam Chili Thai restaurant is good and reasonably priced. The Pad Thai dish here is very tasty.
    • Boracay Books was once located here, but has now in Bamboo Market, near Boracay Uptown and True Food Indian Restaurant. It's worth a visit.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #50 of 72 things to do in Boracay
    • Good shopping! 06/05/2016
    • Interesting shops 16/06/2015
    Address:
    White Beach Station 2
    Malay, Aklan Province 5608
    Philippines
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