Divisoria Market

Shopping Claro M. Recto Avenue | Divisoria, Manila, Luzon, Philippines Published on: 13-11-2015

06:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Shopping
Apparel & Accessories
Food & Spirits
Markets
Streets
Jewelry
Bag
Cosmetic & Beauty
Shoes
Cloth
Art & Handmade
Electronics
Local souvenir
Stores
10.00 USD

Divisoria Market is good for

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  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
Divisoria is known as the central all-around market and one-stop shop in Manila. Situated at the heart of the capital, Divisoria has been known for its retail and wholesale stores.

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Why Divisoria Market is special ?

Divisoria is big and chaotic, but it is unparalleled for goods and prices. Divisoria's roots as a commercial center can be traced back to the Spanish period, during which non-Christianized Chinese were forbidden to live or trade inside nearby Intramuros, the Spanish capital. Relegated to the parian, Chinese merchants eventually set up their own community in present-day Binondo and gradually set up shop there and in surrounding areas, which came to include Divisoria. The area continued to blossom into a commercial center in the 1900s, bolstered by the fact that the Tutuban Central Station, formerly the main railway station of the Philippine National Railways, became a major drop-off center for trade goods coming in from various provinces.


Source: http://en.wikipilipinas.org/

What to explore at Divisoria Market?

Divisoria is a market district, also considered as the mother of all markets, located in the heart of the City of Manila known for its wide assortment of low-priced goods and wholesale and bargain shopping. Clothes, accessories, toys, novelties, decorations, pirated films and music, electronics, fruits, dry goods, school, office and household supplies, fabrics, textiles, crafts, novelties, decorations and “everything under the sun” can be found in Divisoria, making it “the mecca of value shopping” and “the mother of all markets in Manila.” It is considered one of the National Capital Region's premiere economic centers, as street shops, tiangge-style bazaars and shopping malls are all found here.

Source: http://en.wikipilipinas.org/

How to get to Divisoria Market?

The most popular of these sidestreets are Juan Luna, Ylaya, Tabora, Santo Cristo and Soler. You can reach Divisoria by following these routes:

From Quezon City and Marikina:

Option 1. Take the LRT2 Purple Line and go down at Recto Station. From here, ride a jeepney bound for Divisoria or walk just walk westward until you reach 168 Mall.

Option 2. From Cubao, you can ride a jeepney/FX that is bound for Quiapo and asked to be dropped at Divisoria.

From the south (Pasay, Makati, Paranaque area):

Option 1. From SM Mall of Asia or along Taft Avenue, take a jeepney bound for Divisoria either via Taft or Mabini route.

Option 2. Ride an FX or bus bound for Manila City Hall or Lawton and from there either ride a jeepney or FX bound for Divisoria.

Option 3. Ride the LRT 1 Yellow Line bound for Doroteo Jose and then walk towards Recto Avenue westward until you reach 168 Mall or Meisic Mall.

Source: http://www.metromaniladirections.com/

Selling points

  • Hop skip and a jump from 168
  • Amazing shopping place
  • Cheap place where you will be surprised constantly
  • Bargain Hunters Paradise
  • Where to find cheapest bottles in divisoria
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Duration
3.0 days
Estimated
118.59 USD
Total travel distance
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Number of places
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Claro M. Recto Avenue | Divisoria, Manila, Luzon, Philippines

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Tips for you

  • The traffic is so stuck at 24/7 you should try to avoid.
    Transportation
  • It is very difficult to catch a cab to get out of the place as it can be a no go area for taxis as they will switch of the meter.
    Transportation
  • There are some restaurants there.
    Food
  • It's advised to hire a tour guide.
    Experience
  • You can be lost the way. You should go with tour guide or buy a map.
    Experience
  • There are air conditioners inside.
    Equipment
  • It's so crowded and narrow. You shouldn't visit there at rush hours.
    Timming
  • There is a night market so you can join. You should know how to ask for a discount because you get from 40% to 70% discount.
    Other
  • You should learn how to use chopstick to eat traditional food there.
    Other
  • Be aware of pickpockets
    Safety
  • There are many hotels nearby there.
    Things nearby
  • The prices are so cheap that is the plus point.
    Prices

Reviews

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After the malls close (Tutuban, Robinsons) the stalls are setup w/in the compound. Great food. Plenty good finds and bargains. More shops at nearby streets. Great adventure. Safe. Clean. A must do....

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Night Market starts at 7PM till midnight. It's cheaper and they sell more stuff.

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TAWAD is a must!

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Traffic 24/7 avoid if you can. Pick pockets too!

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Cheap fab finds, foodies.

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el cheapo heaven! it's improved a little since i last went a few years back. but for the untested, this place is like the jungle! me & my mom went from 168 to check out tent supplies along claro m. recto. there were lots of people, but you should never look like you don't know where you're going, or you may be the next philanthropist for the countless pickpockets in the area. LOL there were no bulky bags or blings for us on this trip. not for the agoraphobic.

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Do Not Eat at Chopsticks n Spoons.. The owner is a nasty piece of work and doesn't deserve any thing.. I've seen with my own eyes the way she treats the workers that work in the food court collecting the dishes.. And I'm sure everyone would have the same views as me.. Please don't give this evil person any business

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If you like big open non commercial vendor markets, this is the place. Several blocks of all kinds of stuff to wander around and explore. Basically, just about anything you want including fake university degrees (no kidding, got a kick out of that one).

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el cheapo heaven! it's improved a little since i last went a few years back. but for the untested, this place is like the jungle! me & my mom went from 168 to check out tent supplies along claro m. recto. there were lots of people, but you should never look like you don't know where you're going, or you may be the next philanthropist for the countless pickpockets in the area. LOL there were no bulky bags or blings for us on this trip. not for the agoraphobic.

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After the malls close (Tutuban, Robinsons) the stalls are setup w/in the compound. Great food. Plenty good finds and bargains. More shops at nearby streets. Great adventure. Safe. Clean. A must do.... Read more

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