Shopping Guide

15 Best Home Shopping Spots You Need to Visit

Got a list of furniture and home decor to buy? Let us tell you which locations to pin.

Photography: Jilson Tiu | Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions (Main Photos)

Shopping for furniture or home décor can take up a lot of time—especially when you don’t have a firm plan on what and where to buy. So how about you decide on the “what” and let us tell you “where”? All you have to do is read through this list, mark the ones that pique your interest, and get ready to go shopping. Here are the best home shopping spots we’ve picked out for you:

1. Dapitan Arcade

The stretch from the corner of Apo Street along Dapitan all the way to Mayon Street will have you lusting for anything from Christmas décor (never mind that December is still months away) to wooden plates and bowls.


The variety of vintage items, wood and metal furniture, resort-style lamps and lanterns, affordable tableware, and contemporary home accents makes Dapitan a must-visit for those who don’t want run-of-the-mill pieces. Remember to ask for discounts, and whenever necessary, buy in bulk to get good deals.

READ: The Ultimate Dapitan Arcade Shopping Guide


2. Kamuning

Head to Kamuning’s public market if you want to shop for fabric in every type, size, and print. You need not go far to have curtains, upholstery, and pillowcases customized for your home (just walk a few steps within the market).

Stalls showcase samples of these soft furnishings as well as actual fabric projects in progress, so you can check product quality on the spot. Still in the Kamuning area, you can go thrifting for furniture, records, and toys at vintage and secondhand stores like MSS Thrift Shop and Northwestern Estate and Collectibles, or visit Embrace Homestore to shop for repurposed furniture.


READ: The Ultimate Kamuning Shopping Guide

3. Quiapo

In addition to “Ils de Tuls” (ilalim ng tulay), the go-to for tourists and balikbayans for Pinoy-made handicrafts and souvenirs, the side streets of Quiapo offer literally anything under the sun. Go to Villalobos Street for vegetables (sold in small piles), bed sheets, and home cleaning materials.


Villalobos Street is not just a favorite of professional photographers for its photography supplies stores, it’s also a great place to scout for ceramic plates, bowls, and glasses at bargain prices. Walk further to Carriedo Street to get Christmas décor and gift items during the yuletide season. Here's a tip: Avoid the crowds on Fridays (Quiapo day for devotees of the miraculous Black Nazarene) and bring small peso bills for faster transactions.


READ: The Ultimate Quiapo Bargain Shopping Guide

4. Divisoria

If you’re a serious budget shopper and you believe you have a heart strong enough to brave the streets of Divisoria, then shop away for ultimate bargains. Soler and Roman Streets give a sneak peek at what Divisoria has to offer: plastic houseware, RTW, foams, rugs, fruits, pillowcases, and fitflops, among many others.


Kitchen finds like muffin trays, disposable plates, and cake boxes line the street of Juan Luna (perfect if you run a food cart or a home-based pastry business). Tabora Street is a haven for wigs, wedding souvenirs, and crafts; while Ylaya Street offers plenty of fabric options like printed cotton, canvas, and Gina silk. 168 Mall and Tutuban Shopping Center are air-conditioned malls that house RTW, home furnishings, home accessories, household goods, fabric, and novelty products—all cheaper by the dozen. Haggle away!


READ: The Best Divisoria Shopping Tips for 2018

5. Dangwa

Dangwa is the main flower market or bagsakan in Metro Manila. The streets of Dimasalang and Dos Castillas are the main areas, with rows of stalls and open-air sidewalk flower vendors.


You can also head to the warehouse-type Manila Flower Market in Dos Castillas, where customized arrangements are sold. Ready to take a break from buying flowers? A few spots at Laong Laan Street sell reclaimed wood and secondhand furniture.

READ: A Handy Guide to Dangwa Flower Market


6. Evangelista Street, Makati City

It’s almost impossible to go to Evangelista Street in Makati and not bring home a bargain find or two. 

Vases, jars, dainty teacups, and mugs are sure to catch your eye. Antique lovers can take their pick from old furniture like batibot chairs or solihiya and gallinera chairs. Some stalls also sell shoes, clothes, and bags, as well as old books. Don’t forget to bring an extra tote bag for these!


READ: 5 Things to Take Home from Evangelista

7. Cartimar, Pasay 

Cartimar in Pasay still has the shops that sell pets and imported shoes—the very ones we remember from the ‘80s and ‘90s.

It’s now also a go-to for kitchenware and catering equipment, as well as tropical potted plants for your indoor or outdoor garden.


8. Jose Abad Santos, Quezon City

It’s an LRT1 train ride away to Jose Abad Santos Station in Quezon City, where you can find cheap furniture pieces such as office furniture, sofas, batibot chairs, and even solihiya chairs.


READ: You Can Find the Cheapest Furniture an LRT Ride Away

9. San Juan

Charming restaurants and buzzing art hubs aside, San Juan is home to a selection of furniture stores showcasing different styles.


Visit Songdream for practical Nordic-style furniture pieces; Jo-Liza Arts and Antiques for antique Asian, American, and European-themed furniture, plus paintings by contemporary and national artists; Mav Furniture, for various collections including the Berndhardt brand from the US; Home Matters for customized modern furniture; and Home Studio for imported European brands.

READ: The Ultimate San Juan Home Shopping Guide

10. Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

Furniture showrooms and depots in BGC abound—thanks to the fast-increasing number of high-rise condominiums in the district.


Go shopping, window shopping, or design-idea-spotting at designer hubs like MOs Design, Capellini, Habitat, Global Views, Dexterton, Casabella, Dimensione, and Furnitalia, which showcase prestigious furniture collections from abroad. Choose from homegrown pieces at Philux, or swing by the mall-based home store, Design Story. 

READ: 12 Amazing Furniture Hubs in BGC


11. Kapitolyo, Pasig

Best known for being a foodie hub, Kapitolyo is also abuzz with home stores worth checking out, among them, West Elm, Pottery Barn, and Make Room & More at Estancia Mall.

Enjoy browsing through furniture, accessories, and storage solutions. Before wrapping up your visit, don’t forget to visit Heima for IG-worthy home pieces.


12. Mandaluyong

Make a day out of shopping for plants and whimsical furniture along Haig Street near Shaw Boulevard. Pido’s Garden Design or PGD offers an array of indoor plants and garden accessories, all housed in a solarium-like setting. Mix and match your choice of Chinese-style birdcages, unique planters, and pots, as well as various tabletop ornaments.


READ: There's A Secret Garden Center in Mandaluyong and It's Amazing

While you’re in the area, take a look at cutting-edge furniture at Commune in Shangri-La Plaza, which showcases original designs of modern and versatile pieces for the urban dweller.


READ: This New Furniture Store in Mandaluyong is Perfect for Condos and Urban Homes

13. Marikina

There’s more to love about Marikina than its food hubs and quality shoes. Check out Lokal+Art+Fashion on Lilac Street for hand-painted customized pieces, holiday-themed gifts, and dinnerware.

And, if you have time to spare, walk through the aisles of the sprawling JMS Japan Surplus Shop and shop for pre-loved sofas, dining sets, dinnerware, and other knickknacks.


READ: 5 Things to Love at Lokal

14. LRI Design Plaza, Makati

Make one stop to shop for everything you need for your home. Furniture pieces and lovely décor are laid out beautifully in each shop inside the three-storey LRI Design Plaza.

What makes it even worth the trip is that you can find mostly original designer furniture, and should you need professional advice, you can also find architects and designers holding office in the building. How’s that for maximizing your time?


15. Tagaytay

Set an appointment to drop by this rustic joint along the Tagaytay-Mendez Highway, and instantly be charmed with country-themed decorative items, reworked furniture pieces in oakwood and maple cherry, as well as a wide selection of coveted copper kitchenware. You can also score vintage clocks and radios (some still actually work!). 



In the meantime, over at the Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay Road, Matt Mason offers a breather from the wooden and woven furniture usually sold by the roadside, and showcases modern contemporary style pieces, such as German leatherette sofas and upholstered accent chairs.

READ: 5 Reasons Why You Should Visit Tagaytay

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