These days, commuting and driving through the city has become quite the hassle, so making any trip should be worth your while. Whichever area you're headed to or whatever you're looking for, we've scoured the metro to discover specialty stores you won't regret making a trip to. From stationery, to sneakers, to makeup, you're guaranteed to make the most out of one shopping spree with just one visit!
2/L Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati City
Stationery lovers, rejoice! One of National Book Store's newest concept stores to open in the metro, Noteworthy carries a wide array of pen and paper products from popular brands such as Itoya, Caran d' Ache, Sheaffer, Filofax, Kate Spade New York, Ban.do, and many more. From notebooks to journals, ballpoint and calligraphy pens, and note cards and gift wrappers, there is so much to choose from to add to your growing collection. (It's the perfect place to find gifts for your loved ones, too!) What's more, Noteworthy houses Paper Bar where you can customize your own notebook by choosing the paper color, size, and thickness yourself. It's the ultimate paperphile heaven!
G/F Serendra, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Indulge your inner Picasso and Van Gogh with the best tools and materials you can imagine! Whether you're an enthusiast, hobbyist, or accomplished artist, you don't need more than one visit to Art Bar to find that everything you need is here. Looking for art books and references? Look no further. Running low on tools and supplies? Stock up here! They even carry global brands you can't find anywhere else, such as Sennelier, Pan Pastel, Touch, and Fredrix, among other popular names all artists covet. As if that's not enough, Art Bar also hosts trials and workshops in-store for a creative experience like no other.
Beauty Buffet Shop PH
2/F Ayala Malls The 30th, Meralco Ave., Ortigas Center, Pasig City
Dubbed as Thailand's "best kept beauty secret," Beauty Buffet brings high-quality affordable cosmetics to our shores via its first store in the Philippines. The kitchen-inspired kikay haven houses over 600 products under four categories: The Bakery and Gino McCray for makeup, Lansley for skincare, and Scentio for body care. Their bestsellers' prices start from P295 up to P985. It's no surprise that this one-stop shop is so popular in countries like Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos!
The Playground Premium Outlet
Nodison Center Bldg., 106 Midtown Subd., Brgy. San Roque, Marikina City
For serious athletes, fitness buffs, and sneakerheads looking to get the most bang for their buck, there's no better place to score the best deals on sportswear than this hotspot. A trip to the East will definitely be worth it as you can find brands like Nike, adidas, Asics, New Balance, Underarmour, among many others, and at very, very affordable prices—up to 70% off to be exact! Browse through racks and racks of sports and lifestyle clothing, footwear, and accessories to add to your wardrobe!
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Banner photograph from National Book Store. Photographs from National Book Store, Beauty Buffet Shop PH, and The Playground Premium Outlet.