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“The Malling of the World”
Review of Greenbelt Mall

Greenbelt Mall
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Manila Layover Tour: Overnight City sightseeing with Round-Trip Airport Transfer
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Sacramento, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“The Malling of the World”
Reviewed October 21, 2013

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.

Visited October 2013
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Orlando, Florida
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“A shoppers paradise ;)”
Reviewed October 18, 2013 via mobile

This mall really is a true 5 star mall. The design is 1000 times better than the malls in the US. Every time I plan to visit the Philippines, I always can't wait to visit greenbelt. I personally think the prices in their stores are not that bad and u can easily find items that r not sold in other countries. This is a must see! Whoever has the opportunity to see the Philippines, I highly recommend shopping here. It is in the heart of makati. U can't miss it <3

Visited November 2012
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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“Not just another mall”
Reviewed October 9, 2013

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

Visited August 2013
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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“Best place to find transexuals”
Reviewed September 30, 2013

Greenbelt is by far the best place to find pinay transexuals looking for foreign men. The prices are not too expensive and the ladyboys are generally very pretty and clean.

Visited June 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Shopping, Eating, Drinking, Entertainment”
Reviewed September 13, 2013

Greenbelt is one of the fabulous places of Makati. Lots of great shops to browse and spend your hard earned money. Some really great restaurants like People's Palace, Sala Bistro and M Cafe. Lots os bars , M Cafe being my favourite as well as Cevezaria, Spicy Fingers. I still haven't managed to go inside the Ayala Museum but it is on my to do list. There is also a church service in the centre for your convenience.

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