Once the largest shopping mall in the Philippines, SM Mall of Asia in Manila is now the most popular place to shop in the city. Located in Bay City, Pasay, Manila in the Philippines, this mall is part of the SM Malls group and is spread out over thousands of square feet of area. With over 700 shops from a variety of brands, it is a shopper’s paradise. Residents or tourists, everyone can enjoy the amazing array of value-added attractions here. An amusement park, sports and concert arena, Olympic-sized ice skating rink, a massive cinema complex, Science Center, a wide range of shops, restaurants and entertainment outlets located on the mall premises give one a fair idea about the enormity of this mall. Scroll down to know more through our guide to SM Mall of Asia, Manila, the Philippines.
Things to do / Highlights
Experience the thrilling rides of By The Bay Amusement Park
The mall actually has an amusement park on its premises known as By The Bay Amusement Park. The amusement park is home to some thrilling rides and attractions like a giant Ferris wheel that gives superb views of the surrounding area, a carousel, toy trains, swings, food stalls, rides and more. Not to be missed here are the bumper cars that are popular with many visitors.
Go ice skating at SM Skating Rink
One of the fun things to do here is to go ice skating at the Olympic-sized ice skating rink located inside the mall. Open to visitors of all ages, you can enjoy skating lessons, sledge rides or go skating on the open rink if you know how to skate. The rink can also be reserved for games and hockey practice sessions.
Catch a game or a concert at Mall of Asia Arena
Outdoing all other malls, SM Mall of Asia even has a sports-cum-concert area on its premises called Mall of Asia Arena. This massive eye-shaped arena can seat up to 20,000 people and is the perfect place to catch a game or take in a concert. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology and modern features, this arena will enhance your game-watching or concert-viewing experience.
What to eat
Sarsá Kitchen + Bar
Sample some traditional Filipino and Negrense dishes prepared with a modern twist at the Sarsa Kitchen + Bar located on Level 2 of the Entertainment Mall at SM Mall of Asia. This Filipino-Negrense bistro offers dishes from various regions of the Philippines, made using traditional recipes with the best quality local ingredients. Try their chicken inasal (spice-marinated and coal-grilled chicken), sinigang (sour and savoury Filipino stew), isaw (barbecued pork or chicken), etc.
Rita’s Italian Ice
Straight from the Northeastern shores of the U.S. is this Italian-American dessert place located in SM Mall of Asia - Rita’s Italian Ice. This frozen dessert place is famous for their more than 65 flavours of iced treats. Sample their gelato, milkshakes and frozen custards. Try a gelati, blendini custard or go for an all-custard option.
Things to buy
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The most popular means of transport in the Philippines, jeepneys, are omnipresent in the country, especially in Metro Manila. And what better souvenir to take home that will remind you of your time in the country than a miniature jeepney. Sold at souvenir shops across the country, you can buy these in a variety of sizes, colours and materials. At SM Mall of Asia, you can find a variety of miniature jeepneys at Kultura Filipino store. Buy one for yourself or gift to a loved one, a miniature jeepney is a must-buy item here.
Unique couple and family gifts
At Me & U Gift Shop, shop for creative and unique gifts suitable for a couple or a fun-loving family. Me & U is the country’s first couple-themed store in the Philippines that has expanded its range to family items as well. Buy cute couple or family t-shirts with cheeky text, bright colours or prints on them. Slippers, mugs, pillowcases, etc., are very popular items here and suitable for gifting on any occasion.
Most areas of the mall are accessible to visitors on wheelchairs. There are elevators at various levels and areas of the mall for ease of access. You can even rent a wheelchair at the entrance of the mall. In certain areas like the Mall of Asia Arena, special access lanes for people in wheelchairs are also provided for.
Come early to Mall of Asia Arena
If you are visiting the mall for watching a concert at the Mall of Asia Arena, it is advisable to reach early to ensure ease of access and avoiding long queues at the entrance.
How to get there
The mall can be easily accessed via public transport and the nearest train station is EDSA-Taft Avenue for the LRT and MRT train services. After alighting at the station, you can take a bus headed towards the SM Mall Asia or Baclaran.
Jeepneys or taxis
The most popular way to travel in the city is via a jeepney (group transportation option in colourfully decorated jeeps) and it is also the most convenient way to reach the mall. Jeepneys can be accessed from almost anywhere in the city and you can even find jeepneys with MOA (Mall of Asia) signboards on them.
Taxis are also easily available from any place in the city, especially at the train stations, and taxi drivers will easily take you to the mall.
You could also reach the mall by driving your own car or a rental car and since the mall is located at the southern tip of EDSA road in the city, driving directions are easily available. But traffic can be dense during peak hours, so be prepared for it.
Ample parking spots are available in and around the mall. The mall has nearly 8,000 parking spaces scattered across its various areas.
SM Mall Of Asia information
SM Mall Of Asia
Address: G/F Main Mall SM Central Business Park, SM Mall of Asia, 123 Seaside Blvd, Pasay, 1300 Metro Manila, the Philippines
Opening hours: 10am - 10pm (daily)
Official Website: SM Super Malls
Department of tourism: Pasay City Government
Manila Shopping Experience
Duration: 4 Hrs - 8 Hrs Duration
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