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“cheap and wise”
Review of 168 Shopping Mall

168 Shopping Mall
Ranked #28 of 140 things to do in Manila
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Reviewed December 10, 2012

you can enjoy your shopping here and a lot of different things you want to buy are all here. Be very careful for pick pockets, not to bring many jewelries and gadgets. only the cash that you need. Compare to the branded items i think its almost the same it depends on how you bring the out fit.During christmas season this area is jumpact of alot of filipino class from A-D who are looking for cheap yet presentable gift.

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Reviewed October 22, 2012

168 Mall is in the heart of Chinatown, so the goods are 95% made in China. The older building (entrance is on Sta Elena) is laid out like a grid, each lane called a "pasilio". The older building connects to a newer 168, facing Soler Street.
Shopping here is an experience: it is crowded; storeowners speak in Fookien; sales ladies confer with their bosses and speak numbers in Fookien too; prices differ depending on wholesale or retail. By experience, prices on the second floor are cheaper than on the first floor. So you may want to look around and canvass before making big purchases. If you 're the first buyer in the morning, they will usually give you a discount , "buena mano". You need to be realistic about your purchases though-you get what you pay for. So check out your merchandise thoroughly before buying.
There is a food court on the third floor: local Chinese food for as low as Php 60.00 rice with viand, Jollibee, Reyes BBQ, Wendy's, Chowking, and so on. Have lunch before 12 or after 1:30 already to be able to get a table.
The extension of 168 has many basement parking spaces. However, it can get really stuffy here, no ventilation at all.
There are banks in and around the mall, so bring your ATM card, just in case.

6  Thank aamManila
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Reviewed October 19, 2012

Want to shop but have limited budget? That's me and this is the place for me! For me, the best bargains are here - from clothing items, to gift items, shoes, bags, home decors, accessories and many more. There's a food court to go to plus other food stalls in every floor for a quick bite. The best thing here is whatever you buy, you buy it happily after bargaining for the price you feel is best! Tip for Christmas shopping - do it as early as possible (late October or early November) because it gets jam packed with people and it's going to be very, very difficult to go around the place, not to mention, risk the danger of being pick pocketed. Some stalls raise their prices too during the holiday season.

2  Thank 126Susie
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Reviewed September 23, 2012

Ive been here lots of times already as its one of the destinations when you really want to SHOP TILL YOU DROP. This massive mall contains sooo many stores that you get lost eventually but gladly the merchants are very friendly and helpful.

Always bargain! Even if they say its the last price bargain a little bit lower, and if they dont agree then just walk away. You will find similar items on your way around. Just remember the prices as other merchants really put a high tag on the items. Haggle and haggle and you will get the item that you really want.

Its 6 levels of shopping madness. The top floor is where you can find some fastfood chains, but if you want to have some authentic chinese cuisine better go out the mall and go towards the binondo side where there are lots of authentic chinese restaurants.

Be wary of pickpocketers and snatchers as these people love when its really crowded. It gets easily crowded because of the tight hallway provided. Enjoy!

Oh, better come during the weekdays especially around lunch time as it is not that crowded. If you do want better bargains better come around dinner time. Just my observation.

3  Thank KarlGorospe
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Reviewed September 2, 2012

i love 168 shopping mall. it is heaven to me and my family. most products don't have prices on display so you can ask for bargain. there are wide ranges for clothes, shoes, bags, accessories, home needs, gift items and a whole lot more. i can spend the whole day here. they have ATM and money changer in case you run short for cash. lots of food too at the food court where you can eat while relaxing your sore feet. definitely, a better shopping experience than going out of the country just to shop.

2  Thank sugarcuppeppercup
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