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Not everybody has the means or the inclination to shop at Rustan's or Glorietta around the corner. This accounts for The Landmark's enduring mass appeal. Moreover, the store does have its own merits. It is set up in a way that welcomes and encourages browsers and window-shoppers, and the sales attendants neither hustle nor hurry the customers. Provided you are not looking for anything that is over the top, this is a good place to shop for clothes and household items.
Harrison Plaza was the Philippines' first shopping mall when it opened its doors in 1976. Closed for renovation between 1982 and 1984, it reopened with this unique feature - under its roof are two of the country's rival leading department stores, SM and Rustan's. Covering 75,000 square meters (807,000 square feet), Harrison Plaza comprises some 180 stores and service outlets. Located in Manila's tourist belt, it lies close to hotels and city landmarks for excellent convenience.
Crossings is a handy stopover for everyday clothes, shoes, sports gear, travel bags, and household items, before you go on to explore the rest of Shangri-La Plaza Mall. Locally manufactured goods are displayed alongside imports from the U.S., Italy, Germany, France, and Hong Kong. There is a varied selection of home furniture and furnishings to suit different tastes and budgets. Prices are generally geared toward middle-income shoppers. Good discounts are offered during sales.
Here you have four floors stocked with quality goods including such global brand names as Clinique, Lacoste, and Salvatore Ferragamo. Cosmetics and body care products on the ground level; clothing and fashion accessories on the second and third levels; home furnishings on the fourth level. The Cartier Boutique is in its own section on the street level. An unhurried atmosphere makes shopping a pleasure with courteous sales ladies to assist you with your purchases.
Robinsons Place occupies almost an entire block, but surprisingly one does not feel lost or overpowered inside it. It is actually quite pleasant shopping or just strolling on its six levels of shops, service outlets, eateries, amusement centers and other facilities. The interior features the same blend of form and function that distinguishes other Robinsons malls. Even the crowds seem to be more laid back here than in most other malls. As an extra bonus, ample parking space is available inside the building.
SM City Manila is smaller than other SM malls, which is a much welcome change for some consumers. One is spared the deafening and intrusive melee that has become the hallmark of the huge and crowded SM malls. Like all SM malls, SM City Manila is a box-like modernistic structure that contrasts markedly with the older, more graceful buildings that surround it. SM City Manila stands right behind the Manila City Hall. Reports have it that prices are slightly lower here to better cater to the inner-city clientele.
Offering some good buys in the T-shirt and casual wear section, this middle-of-the-road department store is extremely popular with middle-class shoppers. Prices are generally affordable, and on top of that there are discount sales throughout the year. Inside the mall are independent shops, cinemas and amusement centers that further bring in the crowds, many of whom are teenage students (in their school uniforms) from the surrounding university belt. Note that Isetann is not related to Isetan, Tokyo's well-known upscale department store. Isetann also operates a branch at the Araneta Center in Cubao, Quezon City.
SM City North EDSA (variously called SM City, SM North, SM North EDSA, or SM Northmall) was the first SM mall to be constructed but has been updated in several transformations. Crowds of students from nearby schools and colleges hang out in the air-conditioned comfort of five levels of shops restaurants and cinemas. As with other SM malls be on the lookout for what is called "midnight madness" when prices are slashed by 50 percent or more and the milling shoppers can carry on hunting for bargains until midnight.