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“Meeting Place in Iloilo”
Review of SM City Iloilo

SM City Iloilo
Ranked #2 of 44 things to do in Iloilo City
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38 reviews
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“Meeting Place in Iloilo”
Reviewed August 24, 2013

The place to meet, dine and shop in Iloilo City. There are other equally good shopping malls in Iloilo like the Robinson's Place and Gaisano City but from the airport, SM City Iloilo is the nearest and the most convenient. It has all the pasalubong delicacies and Ilonggo dishes that you grave for especally for balikbayans. Ted's Lapaz Batchoy has a store inside the mall which makes it a "must stop" everytime I travel back to my hometown.

Visited July 2013
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“One Stop Mall”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

SM City Iloilo is one of the biggest mall in Iloilo. It offers wide variety of shops & fine dinning restaurants. It's a one stop shop for ilonggos and both local & foreign tourist visiting Iloilo City.

Visited July 2013
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San Francisco, California
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“Got to be the hub of the city......”
Reviewed July 28, 2013

The main destination in Iloilo City. Every time we fly out of Iloilo Airport from the province, we would stop by SM City for lunch and last minute necessities. The food court was the one that we hit first. There you get to mix in with the locals and you’ll have endless of choices of Ilonggo dishes, desserts and drinks. Our group would go in, save a table or two and go their separate ways and meet back at the table again with trays and trays of food. I usually go to Breakthrough, Ocean City and Bacolod Lechon, please take note, it’s AND not OR. Decision on which one to hit first is based on the length of the line. These three stalls are right next to each other so I look at it as a long buffet table but with some redundancy on the menu. They have deals on combo plates but i’d rather have the ala carte instead. The drink cart is located in the middle of the food court, a cold San Mig Light goes real good with the seafood. Almost always I leave very contended, it’s a native Ilonggo dish heaven. If time allows, a good Barako coffee with bibingka is good for winding down and for getting ready to hit the dessert places. Bought a pair of socks from the sports store across from the coffee shop on a last minute basis, the rain was not helping on the laundry department. There is a luggage hold area inside SM supermarket. A very good salon/parlor, Ricky Reyes is on the same level as the food court. Friendly salon staffs and they know what they’re doing otherwise you just walk out with a haircut...they talked me in for a Papaya hair treatment, still don’t know what it does. SM City is a one stop place. It’s got to be the hub of all things going on in Iloilo.

Visited July 2013
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Bacolod, Philippines
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“Shopping and food destination in Iloilo City.”
Reviewed June 3, 2013

Whenever one travels, shopping or just mall going is really a major activity whether it is in Hongkong or Singapore. In Iloilo City, the place to go is SM City Mall. Just on a smaller scale.

First stop is the travel lounge where you deposit your luggage for 30 pesos per bag. You have to tell the cab driver if your coming from the airport or seaport to bring you to the travel lounge otherwise you will be lugging your suitcases all the way to the lounge if you alight from the other entry points in the mall, and, their are several.

I notice though that there were several travelers depositing their backpacks at the supermarket baggage counter. I found out it was free meaning no luggage deposit fee of 30 pesos.

The supermarket area is located in the basement. One floor up is the department store and another floor up is the movie house. The mall is shaped like a U with parking at the back and on the sides.

Lines at Mcdonalds, KFC or Jollibee, the local burger house is 8-10 deep during lunch or dinnertime, so try the local food houses like Ted's Batchoy or Deco's because they also serve delicious native cuisine. Lines in the native restos are not so long. You can also try the Food Court in the basement in front of the supermarket.

It's easier to take the cab from the basement beside the food court or from the travel lounge area if you have baggages to collect. However, if you are adventurous you may want to take the JEEPNEY to the city center. Just Look for the Iloilo City signs painted on the sides of the jeepney. Taxis and jeepneys are the main modes of transportation in iloilo.

Shopping or just mall strolling is pleasurable in SM City mall because it is cool and spacious. There are also a variety of specialty stores selling, cellphones, laptops, appliances, shoes and all sorts of clothes. There are bookstores as well.

Visited May 2013
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Brisbane, Australia
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“Everything you need”
Reviewed June 1, 2013

Great shopping centre with free wifi. Of course SM is the main shop, but plenty of other shops selling lots of different products, as well as a number of movie theatres. it is a clean and cool place on a hot day

Visited April 2013
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