8 Go-to Shopping Malls in Puerto Princesa for Locals, Tourists

Shop for your needs, pasalubong and more in these shopping malls in Palawan.

By: Keith Anthony S. Fabro | November 30, 2018


shopping centers Puerto Princesa


Gone are the days when shoppers in Puerto Princesa City used to frequent same old convenience stores. Now, it’s a totally different scenario. With the city getting more and more urbanized over the years, it comes as no surprise that shopping centres have been on the rise, too. And for a good reason! Shoppers have a lot of choices nowadays, and it’s up to them which to visit depending on their varied interests and needs.

We’ve listed some of Puerto Princesa City’s interesting shopping malls you may want to check out soon. Read on to know more about them!


1. Robinsons Place Palawan

Where: National Highway, Bgy. San Manuel, Puerto Princesa City
Mall Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday to Thursday; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday to Sunday



shopping centers Puerto Princesa

Complete your weekend outfit with these simply stylish clothes, shoes and caps from Robinsons.

Images: Robinsons Place Palawan


Robinsons Place Palawan is the 31st in the Robinsons Malls chain. This two-level mall is only 15 to 30 minutes away from transport hubs, such as the airport, seaport, and bus and shuttle van terminals. And if you’re travelling north or south and want to save up time, this is the best place to shop. As the first full-service mall in the province, you can find here a 300-seater food court, al fresco, dining outlets, fashion boutiques, specialty shops, banks, an amusement center, service outlets, and mobile phone and gadget shops. Robinsons also features four movie theaters, including a 3D cinema [1].


2. SM City Puerto Princesa

Where: Malvar St., Bgy. San Miguel, Puerto Princesa City
Mall Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday to Thursday; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday to Saturday



shopping centers Puerto Princesa

Get these SM’s native handicrafts to embellish your homes.

Images: SM Puerto Princesa


SM City Puerto Princesa is the 64th mall of SM Prime Holdings Inc. It has three-level retail and dining floors that house around 180 food and retail shops, a supermarket, three 158-seater SM digital cinemas, and two 48-seater Director’s Club cinemas [2]. What’s more interesting about SM are its resort-inspired architectural design and ornamental plants landscaping that give you a tropical holiday feels. Inside, an elaborate ceiling displaying handcrafted wooden lanterns will catch your attention. Dining experience at the mall’s two levels of restaurants is a treat in itself as it offers amazing views of Puerto Princesa Bay and Mt. Thumbpeak [3].


3. NCCC Mall Palawan

Where: Lacao St., Bgy. Maningning, Puerto Princesa City
Mall Hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., daily



shopping centers Puerto Princesa

Long timer NCCC Mall Palawan evokes nostalgia among older shoppers.

Image: NCCC Mall Palawan


Long before Robinsons and SM, there’s NCCC Mall Palawan that has been serving the province since 1991. In its 27-year operation, it has evolved into a shopping center offering almost everything customers need [4]. NCCC had its major facelift right after part of the establishment was razed by a fire in 2013 [5]. Since then, the newly improved NCCC has adjusted to the changing lifestyle of local mall goers and shoppers, especially with the opening of national and international brands inside its premises. NCCC can even compete with new entrants Robinsons and SM, except that it has yet to have its own cinemas.


4. Unitop Mall Puerto Princesa

Where: Malvar St., Puerto Princesa City
Mall Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., daily



shopping centers Puerto Princesa

Unitop appeals most to the budget-conscious shoppers.

Image: writer’s own


Unitop Mall is a four-storey shopping center facing the city’s old public and located less than five minutes away from the Puerto Princesa Baywalk. Budget-savvy ones visit it for its wallet-friendly items, from kitchen and dinner ware, school and office supplies, appliances, to ready-to-wear clothes and health and beauty essentials. Unitop also houses a supermarket with grocery items relatively cheaper than its competitors, making it a favorite among thrifty moms. You can also find mobile phone service and remittance outlets here. Unitop created buzz in 2010 when it’s the first of its kind in the province to open with an escalator [6].


5. Duty Free Philippines

Where: LRC 908 Market Mall Store, Brgy. San Miguel, Puerto Princesa City
Store Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., daily



shopping centers Puerto Princesa

Duty Free satisfies the needs of travelers who are always on the go.

Image: Ibrahim Loukeh


Only less than five minutes away from the airport, Duty Free Philippines is the go-to shop of out coming travelers who have no time to go far to buy take-home goodies like select local delicacies and imported chocolates [7]. Before going to off-the-beaten destinations in the province, free-spirited backpackers and even locals who love the great outdoors usually drop by Duty Free for its liquor, wines and spirits, and cigarettes. This chain of duty-and-tax free travel retailers, meanwhile, is operated under the Department of Tourism to further augment service facilities for tourists and generate foreign exchange and revenue for the government [8].


6. Mercado de San Miguel

Where: Puerto Princesa North Road, Bgy. San Miguel, Puerto Princesa City
Store Hours: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., daily



shopping centers Puerto Princesa

Mercado is strategically located in front of the airport’s entrance.

Image: Mercado de San Miguel


Mercado de San Miguel offers a wide selection of souvenir shops, including Island Souvenirs [9]. Here, you can buy locally made items such as key chains, fridge magnets, bags, shirts, and whatnots [10]. If you’re in the lookout for authentic yet affordable Palawan South Sea Pearls, head over to Delma Pearl and Souvenir Shop. Or maybe you want to explore the province’s stunning seascape, then Fury Marine is the place to go for your scuba diving and technical service needs. For those who don’t want to go to supermarkets, at Mercado there’s Pick n Go convenient store for your basic pantry essentials.


7. MCA Market Mall and Pasalubong Center

Where: Puerto Princesa North Road, Bgy. San Miguel, Puerto Princesa City
Store Hours: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.



shopping centers Puerto Princesa

At MCA, you’ll never run out of souvenir options for your loved ones back home.

Images: @ace_vm, @jhiiyab


A popular one-stop shop for souvenirs, you’ll definitely find take-home items on your budget at MCA Market Mall and Pasalubong Center. Spread all over this souvenir hub are several stalls selling out everything Palawan-made. From beautifully printed shirts, key chains, fans, wallets, bags and the likes, to something edible like dried fish and cashew, you will never run out of options here [11]. And, as you wish, they’re all reasonably priced! No wonder it’s one of the recommended souvenir centers of tour operators in the city. And if you’re good at bargaining, you can score more out of your money here.


8. Tiangge Tiangge

Where: Lacao St., Bgy. Maningning, Puerto Princesa City
Store Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., daily



shopping centers Puerto Princesa

Make your mom happy by bringing these knick-knacks home.

Images: @isfjay_, @leanicoleballesta


If your tour operator did not take you to MCA, they would probably lead you to Tiangge Tiangge, another well-known souvenir center in the city. Cheap trinkets, cashew delicacies, wild honey, processed marine products, name it and you could possibly find them all here [12]. While souvenir stall owners follow a sort of suggested retail price for each item, haggling for discounts won’t hurt, and most likely they would lower the prices especially when you buy in bulk or in group. Choosing Tiangge Tiangge over its counterparts at the mall or airport is the thriftier decision to do when buying souvenirs.


Here’s our list of shopping centers in Palawan. Check out Yoorekka’s Dining & Leisure Guide.


Now that you’re aware of the most frequented shopping centers, we do hope you’ve found one that matches your needs.


* Click the store links to see the exact addresses and contact numbers of featured establishments.
* Photos/Images are from the official websites and/or Facebook pages of featured establishments and/or organizers.
* Promo dates/Prices may change without prior notice.



Sources:
[1] https://bit.ly/2AoDyZH
[2] https://bit.ly/2DWM8Dj
[3] https://bit.ly/2DZCiQL
[4] https://bit.ly/2FIPHyy
[5] https://bit.ly/2P71RAR
[6] https://bit.ly/2DJUvRE
[7] https://bit.ly/2zw0oPg
[8] https://bit.ly/2AqxxLY
[9] https://www.facebook.com/MercadoDeSanMiguelPalawan/
[10] https://bit.ly/2Qjkru2
[11] https://bit.ly/2KytF0h
[12] https://bit.ly/2KytF0h



shopping centers Puerto Princesa


Gone are the days when shoppers in Puerto Princesa City used to frequent same old convenience stores. Now, it’s a totally different scenario. With the city getting more and more urbanized over the years, it comes as no surprise that shopping centres have been on the rise, too. And for a good reason! Shoppers have a lot of choices nowadays, and it’s up to them which to visit depending on their varied interests and needs.

We’ve listed some of Puerto Princesa City’s interesting shopping malls you may want to check out soon. Read on to know more about them!


1. Robinsons Place Palawan

Where: National Highway, Bgy. San Manuel, Puerto Princesa City
Mall Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday to Thursday; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday to Sunday



shopping centers Puerto Princesa

Complete your weekend outfit with these simply stylish clothes, shoes and caps from Robinsons.

Images: Robinsons Place Palawan


Robinsons Place Palawan is the 31st in the Robinsons Malls chain. This two-level mall is only 15 to 30 minutes away from transport hubs, such as the airport, seaport, and bus and shuttle van terminals. And if you’re travelling north or south and want to save up time, this is the best place to shop. As the first full-service mall in the province, you can find here a 300-seater food court, al fresco, dining outlets, fashion boutiques, specialty shops, banks, an amusement center, service outlets, and mobile phone and gadget shops. Robinsons also features four movie theaters, including a 3D cinema [1].


2. SM City Puerto Princesa

Where: Malvar St., Bgy. San Miguel, Puerto Princesa City
Mall Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday to Thursday; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday to Saturday



shopping centers Puerto Princesa

Get these SM’s native handicrafts to embellish your homes.

Images: SM Puerto Princesa


SM City Puerto Princesa is the 64th mall of SM Prime Holdings Inc. It has three-level retail and dining floors that house around 180 food and retail shops, a supermarket, three 158-seater SM digital cinemas, and two 48-seater Director’s Club cinemas [2]. What’s more interesting about SM are its resort-inspired architectural design and ornamental plants landscaping that give you a tropical holiday feels. Inside, an elaborate ceiling displaying handcrafted wooden lanterns will catch your attention. Dining experience at the mall’s two levels of restaurants is a treat in itself as it offers amazing views of Puerto Princesa Bay and Mt. Thumbpeak [3].


3. NCCC Mall Palawan

Where: Lacao St., Bgy. Maningning, Puerto Princesa City
Mall Hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., daily



shopping centers Puerto Princesa

Long timer NCCC Mall Palawan evokes nostalgia among older shoppers.

Image: NCCC Mall Palawan


Long before Robinsons and SM, there’s NCCC Mall Palawan that has been serving the province since 1991. In its 27-year operation, it has evolved into a shopping center offering almost everything customers need [4]. NCCC had its major facelift right after part of the establishment was razed by a fire in 2013 [5]. Since then, the newly improved NCCC has adjusted to the changing lifestyle of local mall goers and shoppers, especially with the opening of national and international brands inside its premises. NCCC can even compete with new entrants Robinsons and SM, except that it has yet to have its own cinemas.


4. Unitop Mall Puerto Princesa

Where: Malvar St., Puerto Princesa City
Mall Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., daily



shopping centers Puerto Princesa

Unitop appeals most to the budget-conscious shoppers.

Image: writer’s own


Unitop Mall is a four-storey shopping center facing the city’s old public and located less than five minutes away from the Puerto Princesa Baywalk. Budget-savvy ones visit it for its wallet-friendly items, from kitchen and dinner ware, school and office supplies, appliances, to ready-to-wear clothes and health and beauty essentials. Unitop also houses a supermarket with grocery items relatively cheaper than its competitors, making it a favorite among thrifty moms. You can also find mobile phone service and remittance outlets here. Unitop created buzz in 2010 when it’s the first of its kind in the province to open with an escalator [6].


5. Duty Free Philippines

Where: LRC 908 Market Mall Store, Brgy. San Miguel, Puerto Princesa City
Store Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., daily



shopping centers Puerto Princesa

Duty Free satisfies the needs of travelers who are always on the go.

Image: Ibrahim Loukeh


Only less than five minutes away from the airport, Duty Free Philippines is the go-to shop of out coming travelers who have no time to go far to buy take-home goodies like select local delicacies and imported chocolates [7]. Before going to off-the-beaten destinations in the province, free-spirited backpackers and even locals who love the great outdoors usually drop by Duty Free for its liquor, wines and spirits, and cigarettes. This chain of duty-and-tax free travel retailers, meanwhile, is operated under the Department of Tourism to further augment service facilities for tourists and generate foreign exchange and revenue for the government [8].


6. Mercado de San Miguel

Where: Puerto Princesa North Road, Bgy. San Miguel, Puerto Princesa City
Store Hours: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., daily



shopping centers Puerto Princesa

Mercado is strategically located in front of the airport’s entrance.

Image: Mercado de San Miguel


Mercado de San Miguel offers a wide selection of souvenir shops, including Island Souvenirs [9]. Here, you can buy locally made items such as key chains, fridge magnets, bags, shirts, and whatnots [10]. If you’re in the lookout for authentic yet affordable Palawan South Sea Pearls, head over to Delma Pearl and Souvenir Shop. Or maybe you want to explore the province’s stunning seascape, then Fury Marine is the place to go for your scuba diving and technical service needs. For those who don’t want to go to supermarkets, at Mercado there’s Pick n Go convenient store for your basic pantry essentials.


7. MCA Market Mall and Pasalubong Center

Where: Puerto Princesa North Road, Bgy. San Miguel, Puerto Princesa City
Store Hours: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.



shopping centers Puerto Princesa

At MCA, you’ll never run out of souvenir options for your loved ones back home.

Images: @ace_vm, @jhiiyab


A popular one-stop shop for souvenirs, you’ll definitely find take-home items on your budget at MCA Market Mall and Pasalubong Center. Spread all over this souvenir hub are several stalls selling out everything Palawan-made. From beautifully printed shirts, key chains, fans, wallets, bags and the likes, to something edible like dried fish and cashew, you will never run out of options here [11]. And, as you wish, they’re all reasonably priced! No wonder it’s one of the recommended souvenir centers of tour operators in the city. And if you’re good at bargaining, you can score more out of your money here.


8. Tiangge Tiangge

Where: Lacao St., Bgy. Maningning, Puerto Princesa City
Store Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., daily



shopping centers Puerto Princesa

Make your mom happy by bringing these knick-knacks home.

Images: @isfjay_, @leanicoleballesta


If your tour operator did not take you to MCA, they would probably lead you to Tiangge Tiangge, another well-known souvenir center in the city. Cheap trinkets, cashew delicacies, wild honey, processed marine products, name it and you could possibly find them all here [12]. While souvenir stall owners follow a sort of suggested retail price for each item, haggling for discounts won’t hurt, and most likely they would lower the prices especially when you buy in bulk or in group. Choosing Tiangge Tiangge over its counterparts at the mall or airport is the thriftier decision to do when buying souvenirs.


Here’s our list of shopping centers in Palawan. Check out Yoorekka’s Dining & Leisure Guide.


Now that you’re aware of the most frequented shopping centers, we do hope you’ve found one that matches your needs.


* Click the store links to see the exact addresses and contact numbers of featured establishments.
* Photos/Images are from the official websites and/or Facebook pages of featured establishments and/or organizers.
* Promo dates/Prices may change without prior notice.



Sources:
[1] https://bit.ly/2AoDyZH
[2] https://bit.ly/2DWM8Dj
[3] https://bit.ly/2DZCiQL
[4] https://bit.ly/2FIPHyy
[5] https://bit.ly/2P71RAR
[6] https://bit.ly/2DJUvRE
[7] https://bit.ly/2zw0oPg
[8] https://bit.ly/2AqxxLY
[9] https://www.facebook.com/MercadoDeSanMiguelPalawan/
[10] https://bit.ly/2Qjkru2
[11] https://bit.ly/2KytF0h
[12] https://bit.ly/2KytF0h



Keith Anthony S. Fabro

Keith Anthony Fabro is a freelancer based in Narra, Palawan. He explores the great outdoors, talks to strangers, and designs promotional materials for a living. In his free time, he practices mindful meditation or reads anything about personality psychology and the natural environment, all while listening to mellow music. When inspiration strikes, he writes spoken poetry. He can live with just water and chocolates.

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