The Shopping scene in Makati is a treasure trove of one-of-a-kind finds and unbelievably great deals. While the shopping malls carry every international luxury brand you could think of, it’s the local shops and boutiques that make shopping more than just a necessity or past time, but an art, and definitely an underrated thing to do while in town.
From well-designed shops in trendy neighborhoods, to the many independent designers online, here are a few of our favorites:
In what might be the hippest alley in Makati, you will find Lanai, a lifestyle and luxury shop with the chicest collections in home and fashion, as well as fresh blooms you may not find anywhere else in the city. Alongside boutique international brands are a well-curated selection of local treasures, such as Indigenous-art inspired fashion by Filip+Inna, handmade tableware, and trendy woven bags. Each visit presents something new: Lanai hosts a number of pop-ups throughout the year, and stocks are ever-changing.
Open from Tuesday to Saturday, 11AM to 8PM, and on Sundays, 11AM to 6PM
C-4 The Alley at Karrivin Plaza, 2316 Chino Roces Ave, Makati | +63 2 802 5427 | @lanai_manila
Carrying a wide collection of antiques, art and furniture, buying a piece from W/17 comes with a guarantee of good provenance. All items are handpicked by W/17’s style-maker proprietors, adhering to a mission that values conscious and sustainable economies. Every treasure found at W/17 is sure to have a story behind it.
Open from Monday to Saturday, 10AM to 7PM
Warehouse 17, La Fuerza Compound, 2241 Chino Roces Avenue, Makati | (02) 478 1717
A multi-awarded furniture designer, Kenneth Cobonpue is known worldwide for his dramatic pieces made with locally-sourced materials, produced by hand. Each statement piece is a work of art. Since he emerged on the scene, Kenneth Cobonpue’s furniture has been seen in the homes of likes of Hollywood stars and other high-profile individuals worldwide.
Open from Monday to Saturday, 10AM to 7PM; Sunday 11AM to 7PM
GF, The Residences at Greenbelt, Esperanza St, Greenbelt, Makati | (02) 576 1639 | @kennethcobonpue
Sophistication with a touch of quirk: Firma is a whimsical emporium filled with textures and color. From throw pillows emblazoned with renaissance art, to fine handmade jewelry, it is part curio shop, part antique store. Also visit their equally luxurious store, AC+632 at neighboring Greenbelt 5.
Open daily during mall hours
Greenbelt 3, Esperanza St, Makati | (02) 757 4009
Harlan + Holden
A Philippine-bred brand, Harlan + Holden is sophisticated in its minimalism, forgoing trendy fashions for timeless pieces that exude confidence in simplicity. Solid blocks of color matched with clean lines is the aesthetic that Harlan + Holden is most known for, but their foray into dining coffee is also worth looking in to.
Open daily during mall hours
R1 Level, Powerplant Mall, Rockwell Center, Makati | (0917) 850 5927 | @harlanholden