We found 0 things to do for Divisoria! Divisoria is the exuberant spirit of Manila come alive in one of the world’s most colorful and biggest tiangges (flea market). The way to shop is to haggle your way from stall to stall selling all sorts of accessories, clothing, textiles, kitchen utensils, household items, and fresh produce. Read more
Divisoria is the exuberant spirit of Manila come alive in one of the world’s most colorful and biggest tiangges (flea market). The way to shop is to haggle your way from stall to stall selling all sorts of accessories, clothing, textiles, kitchen utensils, household items, and fresh produce. Prepare to be overwhelmed at first… Divisoria, or Divi as Filipinos fondly call their beloved value shopping center, is actually a huge conglomerate of small malls, flea markets, wet & dry markets, and thousands of vendors spilling out onto Recto Ave, Juan Luna St, and numerous side streets. The chaos can be unbelievable, especially during Christmas Season, even for locals. But the rewards are worth it… Divisoria is said to be the first stop of many goods from the country’s different regions and abroad.
Put on your Drama Queen or King Hat as timid bargaining will get you nothing but mall-rate quoted items. The major attraction in going to Divisoria is to purchase items at half the mall price, you know! Immediately, quote at half the original price and then work your way up to a mutually agreeable price. Choose your tactic: glowering displeasure or flattering small-talk. Whichever you choose, walk away in a huff if the seller refuses to concede to your quoted price. Expect some wailing, grinding of teeth, and heart-breaking entreaties to come back… In between stalls, makeshift ones made by simply laying sackcloth on the street, and moving shops featuring the ‘kariton’ (push cart), stop and smell the pungency… that’s Divisoria for you!There are certain rules to shopping in Divisoria though:1. Be prepared for a lot of walking! Bring a large shopping bag and, preferably, a companion. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes.2. Bring plenty of small bills—to avoid the hassle of waiting for change. Count your change carefully, especially if you’ve just bought from a street vendor.3. Reserve plenty of time for shopping. Divisoria is made up of numerous small malls, not to mention that every inch of street seems to be taken up by a merchant and his/her wares.4. Beware pickpockets! These could be in the guise of small children bumping into you. Before you could blink, your bag has been slashed and its contents taken. Hold your bag close to your body.5. Leave your precious jewelry and watch at home. Make sure your cell phone is tucked in close to your body.6. Try not to drink too much liquid. The lines to Comfort Rooms in Divisoria is notorious for their unending lines and pungent state (this is not really the management’s fault; it is just impossible for cleaners to keep up with the deluge of users).7. Don’t shop in Divisoria if you’re claustrophobic. Divisoria is congested with merchants, shoppers, and traffic—morning until midnight!Malls in Divisoria and notable streets:· Divisoria Mall (Tabora St corner Sto. Cristo St) – best for wholesale buys (at least 6 items); composed of three floors and a basement full of stalls selling knickknacks, gift items, school/office supplies, wedding and corporate giveaways, accessories, kid’s toys and party items, and household items; stalls are arranged into pasilios or rows.· 168 (entrances at Soler, Sta. Elena and Felipe Sts) – a haven for the cheapest and trendiest clothing and accessories. The name is so named because ‘168’ is believed a lucky number by Chinese merchants.· Tutuban Center (Recto Ave) – modern mall but still chock-full of bargain buys as well as designer ones; has a good selection of handicraft & jewelry stores and stalls selling delicacies.· Cluster Mall – for cheap clothing, accessories, and textile.· Tabora St – crowded with stalls selling ribbons, beads, gift wrappers, bottles, strings, sand, crystals, paint, and Christmas knickknacks· Ylaya St – shop here for textile, ribbons, buttons, and other sewing needs· M.D. Santos St – shop here for school or office supplies
How to get there
By LRT1: Go down at Carriedo or Doroteo San Jose Stations. Walk towards Recto Avenue and hail a jeepney bound for Divisoria. By PUJ: (from Makati City) On Ayala Ave or Buendia Ave, hail a jeepney bound for Taft Ave; on Taft Ave, hail a jeepney bound for Divisoria… the jeepney traverses Taft Ave then makes a turn towards Recto Avenue. Taking a cab is recommended for tourists. But we suggest that you shop during the day; getting a cab at night can be difficult from all the shoppers going home. In any case, even if you can’t hail a cab, you can always get on a jeepney bound for Manila or Quezon City. Just ask the driver to drop you off where you can easily get a cab, usually at other commercial centers.
10am-9pm (malls close at 9pm; street vendors usually pack up before then, but a night market springs up beside Tutuban Mall around 8pm)