I do not travel to go to malls; I far prefer the marketplaces with individual small vendors. I enjoy negotiating prices and you are more likely to find genuine local articles, whether crafts or clothes in the marketplace. Everywhere in the world seems to have malls as shopping, dining and social centers now. The five Greenbelt Malls, surrounding a nicely landscaped center with some interesting wire sculptures of horses, is no exception. Greenbelt is upscale with Gucci, Prada, Luis Vutton, Coach, Jimmy Choo and so on. Stuff you can find anywhere with upscale stores. There are also plenty of restaurants along with the usual mundane places; Annie's, Starbucks, Peet's Coffee, Coffee Bean, Seattle's Best. Although most of the people were local, it still seemed like a place for people who don't want to leave home when they leave home.
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,which as of this review is not in the Trip Advisor data base. 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.
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