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6 Popular Spots for Ukay-Ukay in Baguio City

Where to find the best and cheapest ukay-ukay in Baguio

By: Liezl Formilleza-Dunuan | March 16, 2018

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Due to quarantine measures in place, some of the stores might be temporarily closed. Please coordinate with the store management before visiting.


ukay-ukay shops in Baguio

Welcome to Baguio, land of strawberries, fresh vegetables, and… ukay-ukay!

Yes, you read it right. If you are out of things to do in baguio, definitely try ukay-ukay shopping! In the City of Pines, retail shopping is taken to a different level, with hundreds of these shops competing with regular retail outlets.

Before the rise of department stores in the city, locals love to go shopping at what they called “SM,” which is short for “Segunda Mano.” This is a Spanish term for second-hand items, from clothes to shoes and bags. Locally, ukay-ukay is also called “wagwag” which literally means “to shake” since shaking off dust from old clothes is what you are doing when you go to the wagwagan.

And because ukay-ukay in Baguio spots are plentiful in the city, here is a guide to the most popular spots for your shopping pleasure.



1. Baguio Night Market

Address: Harrison Road (near Melvin Jones Auditorium)
Operating hours: Daily from 9:00 PM to 12 AM


ukay ukay shops in Baguio

Shoppers jostle for space at the Baguio Night Market.

Image: Siami Altrice

On top of our list is the most popular ukay-ukay spot in the city: the Baguio Night Market. It is one of the best places to visit in Baguio at night as it opens at 9:00 PM along Harrison Road, which is right after the main traffic intersection near Maharlika. One side of the road is closed to traffic, and vendors set up their wares as soon as the road is closed. More than a hundred vendors set up here, stretching as far as Baguio Patriotic High School.

You can buy practically anything here, from secondhand clothes such as jackets, to shoes and bags and other accessories. Some t-shirts and blouses can go as low as PhP10 per piece. One good thing about the night market is the street food section which can be found near Igorot Park and across TiongSan. If you get hungry after shopping, you know where to go.

August 2020 Update: Due to quarantine measures in place, the Baguio Night Market has been temporarily suspended. Please check the Facebook page of Baguio City’s Public Information Office for a more up-to-date status of the market.



2. Bayanihan Lodge Commercial Center

Address: #51 Otek Street, Baguio City, directly adjacent to Burnham Park, Veniz Hotel, and the Maharlika Center
Operating hours: Opens daily, 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM


shopping

Patiently browse and you might be rewarded with a gem!


Don’t let the exteriors of Bayanihan Lodge Commercial Center fool you. Underneath the antique-looking façade of this former hotel lies a score of wagwagan shops that sell clothes, shoes, bags, and even old toys and beddings. It is found in a primary location since it is near Burnham Park, Hotel Veniz, and Maharlika Center.

This old hotel which hails back to the 1930s has made a revival of sorts when it opened its doors to ukay-ukay stalls. Most of the shops either specialize in clothes, shoes, or bags, with a few stalls selling other items. Clothes can go for as low as PhP25 per piece for sale items or PhP50 to PhP100 per piece for new arrivals. Items can be pricier if the stall specializes in “selected” items or items that have been pre-selected based on their brand and quality. There a few bag shops that carry authentic brands such as Louis Vuitton and other designer bags.

Tip: Since the stalls are inside a building, it can get stuffy. If you are allergic to dust, wear a face mask. If you have asthma, make sure to take your medicine before going.



3. Skyworld Commercial Center

Address: Session Road corner F. Calderon Street
Operating hours: 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM


ukay-ukay shops in Baguio

Shop easily without emptying your wallet in thrifted stores!


Another popular ukay-ukay spot is Skyworld Commercial Center and rightly so because of its accessibility from Session Road, the city’s main thoroughfare. If you are looking for branded shoes and clothes that are pre-selected, this is the place for you. But since their products are carefully selected, they fetch much higher prices compared to the items in Bayanihan or the night market. Imported brands however are still definitely cheaper here, so keep an eye out.

Tip: This is the best place to look for imported shoe brands such as Merrell, and several sports brands like Adidas and Nike, and leather boots.


4. Hilltop

Address: Behind Baguio Public Market
Operating hours: Daily, opening time varies from 6:00 to 8:00 AM


ukay-ukay

Clothes, clothes, and more clothes at Hilltop!


Prices here as always the lowest; you can get a thick coat for only PhP40, a decent sports jacket for only PhP80, and blouses for as low as PhP10 to PhP25 each. There a few stalls that sell shoes and bags and leather jackets as well. Make sure to inspect each piece carefully for defects.

To reach this section of the public market, go past the meat section and the fish section. You will pass through some vegetable stalls as well. The clothing stalls are near the area where they also sell carpentry and gardening tools.

Tip: The best time to go is on weekday mornings, from 8:00 to 10:00 AM.



5. Abanao Street

Address: The building across Abanao Square on Abanao Street
Operating hours: 8:00 AM onwards


shopping

Score various apparel to complete your OOTD.


Between Skyworld, Bayanihan, and this place, it’s the stores here that sell items at much cheaper prices. Watch out for the products that are in huge balikbayan boxes, as items in them might be on sale and are dirt cheap. Like other ukay-ukay spots, clothes, shoes and bags are the main items for sale here.

Tip: Patience and perseverance are virtues that will serve you well while going ukay-ukay shopping.



6. Bookends Baguio

Address: Near UCPB Building, F. Calderon Street
Operating hours: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM


ukay-ukay shops in Baguio

Bookends Baguio promotes the love for reading among Baguio folks and visitors as well.

Image: Ronald Allan Ramos Martinez

For a one-of-a-kind ukay-ukay experience, head to Bookends Baguio. This secondhand bookshop sells not only books with cheaper prices compared to other shops but also artworks by local Baguio artists. To better see their selection of books, you can also check their Facebook page.

Tip: If you happen to stop by on a weekend, you can have your portrait sketched by a local artist too.

August 2020 Update: Bookends Baguio is open.


Check out our list of bookstores in Baguio City or browse the Specialty Goods section of the Yoorekka Directory.


Is thrift shopping one of your favorite activities in Baguio? Share with us your best buys from Baguio’s ukay-ukay shops in the comments section below!


This article was originally published in Yoorekka on March 16, 2018.


Due to quarantine measures in place, some of the stores might be temporarily closed. Please coordinate with the store management before visiting.


ukay-ukay shops in Baguio

Welcome to Baguio, land of strawberries, fresh vegetables, and… ukay-ukay!

Yes, you read it right. If you are out of things to do in baguio, definitely try ukay-ukay shopping! In the City of Pines, retail shopping is taken to a different level, with hundreds of these shops competing with regular retail outlets.

Before the rise of department stores in the city, locals love to go shopping at what they called “SM,” which is short for “Segunda Mano.” This is a Spanish term for second-hand items, from clothes to shoes and bags. Locally, ukay-ukay is also called “wagwag” which literally means “to shake” since shaking off dust from old clothes is what you are doing when you go to the wagwagan.

And because ukay-ukay in Baguio spots are plentiful in the city, here is a guide to the most popular spots for your shopping pleasure.



1. Baguio Night Market

Address: Harrison Road (near Melvin Jones Auditorium)
Operating hours: Daily from 9:00 PM to 12 AM


ukay ukay shops in Baguio

Shoppers jostle for space at the Baguio Night Market.

Image: Siami Altrice

On top of our list is the most popular ukay-ukay spot in the city: the Baguio Night Market. It is one of the best places to visit in Baguio at night as it opens at 9:00 PM along Harrison Road, which is right after the main traffic intersection near Maharlika. One side of the road is closed to traffic, and vendors set up their wares as soon as the road is closed. More than a hundred vendors set up here, stretching as far as Baguio Patriotic High School.

You can buy practically anything here, from secondhand clothes such as jackets, to shoes and bags and other accessories. Some t-shirts and blouses can go as low as PhP10 per piece. One good thing about the night market is the street food section which can be found near Igorot Park and across TiongSan. If you get hungry after shopping, you know where to go.

August 2020 Update: Due to quarantine measures in place, the Baguio Night Market has been temporarily suspended. Please check the Facebook page of Baguio City’s Public Information Office for a more up-to-date status of the market.



2. Bayanihan Lodge Commercial Center

Address: #51 Otek Street, Baguio City, directly adjacent to Burnham Park, Veniz Hotel, and the Maharlika Center
Operating hours: Opens daily, 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM


shopping

Patiently browse and you might be rewarded with a gem!


Don’t let the exteriors of Bayanihan Lodge Commercial Center fool you. Underneath the antique-looking façade of this former hotel lies a score of wagwagan shops that sell clothes, shoes, bags, and even old toys and beddings. It is found in a primary location since it is near Burnham Park, Hotel Veniz, and Maharlika Center.

This old hotel which hails back to the 1930s has made a revival of sorts when it opened its doors to ukay-ukay stalls. Most of the shops either specialize in clothes, shoes, or bags, with a few stalls selling other items. Clothes can go for as low as PhP25 per piece for sale items or PhP50 to PhP100 per piece for new arrivals. Items can be pricier if the stall specializes in “selected” items or items that have been pre-selected based on their brand and quality. There a few bag shops that carry authentic brands such as Louis Vuitton and other designer bags.

Tip: Since the stalls are inside a building, it can get stuffy. If you are allergic to dust, wear a face mask. If you have asthma, make sure to take your medicine before going.



3. Skyworld Commercial Center

Address: Session Road corner F. Calderon Street
Operating hours: 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM


ukay-ukay shops in Baguio

Shop easily without emptying your wallet in thrifted stores!


Another popular ukay-ukay spot is Skyworld Commercial Center and rightly so because of its accessibility from Session Road, the city’s main thoroughfare. If you are looking for branded shoes and clothes that are pre-selected, this is the place for you. But since their products are carefully selected, they fetch much higher prices compared to the items in Bayanihan or the night market. Imported brands however are still definitely cheaper here, so keep an eye out.

Tip: This is the best place to look for imported shoe brands such as Merrell, and several sports brands like Adidas and Nike, and leather boots.


4. Hilltop

Address: Behind Baguio Public Market
Operating hours: Daily, opening time varies from 6:00 to 8:00 AM


ukay-ukay

Clothes, clothes, and more clothes at Hilltop!


Prices here as always the lowest; you can get a thick coat for only PhP40, a decent sports jacket for only PhP80, and blouses for as low as PhP10 to PhP25 each. There a few stalls that sell shoes and bags and leather jackets as well. Make sure to inspect each piece carefully for defects.

To reach this section of the public market, go past the meat section and the fish section. You will pass through some vegetable stalls as well. The clothing stalls are near the area where they also sell carpentry and gardening tools.

Tip: The best time to go is on weekday mornings, from 8:00 to 10:00 AM.



5. Abanao Street

Address: The building across Abanao Square on Abanao Street
Operating hours: 8:00 AM onwards


shopping

Score various apparel to complete your OOTD.


Between Skyworld, Bayanihan, and this place, it’s the stores here that sell items at much cheaper prices. Watch out for the products that are in huge balikbayan boxes, as items in them might be on sale and are dirt cheap. Like other ukay-ukay spots, clothes, shoes and bags are the main items for sale here.

Tip: Patience and perseverance are virtues that will serve you well while going ukay-ukay shopping.



6. Bookends Baguio

Address: Near UCPB Building, F. Calderon Street
Operating hours: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM


ukay-ukay shops in Baguio

Bookends Baguio promotes the love for reading among Baguio folks and visitors as well.

Image: Ronald Allan Ramos Martinez

For a one-of-a-kind ukay-ukay experience, head to Bookends Baguio. This secondhand bookshop sells not only books with cheaper prices compared to other shops but also artworks by local Baguio artists. To better see their selection of books, you can also check their Facebook page.

Tip: If you happen to stop by on a weekend, you can have your portrait sketched by a local artist too.

August 2020 Update: Bookends Baguio is open.


Check out our list of bookstores in Baguio City or browse the Specialty Goods section of the Yoorekka Directory.


Is thrift shopping one of your favorite activities in Baguio? Share with us your best buys from Baguio’s ukay-ukay shops in the comments section below!


This article was originally published in Yoorekka on March 16, 2018.



author

Liezl is a freelance writer based in Baguio. With a background in Journalism, her love for the written word goes beyond news and feature writing, as she writes for several online lifestyle publications. Local culture, food, and travel are her favorite themes.

ukay-ukay shopping Baguio City

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