Shopping The guide was updated:Shopping in Davao is a serious business and a collection of huge, impressive multi-floored malls that have emerged in recent years proves the point effortlessly. The city is famous for its malls. It’s a Mecca.
Among the best is the Gaisano Mall in JP Laurel Avenue, which was created with the sole intention of providing a ‘one stop’ place for all consumer purchases and entertainment. Here you can purchase everything from ladies and men’s fashions, children’s gear, cosmetics and perfumes, leather handbags and shoes to household items like soft furnishings, music, videos and confectionery. Big international trading names as well as local stores can be found in this modern complex. There are restaurants and cafés too, along with arcades and ‘multi-plex’ style cinema screens.
Another popular mall is the Gaisano South Citimall in Ilustre Street, which has all of the above plus a business centre and ticket offices for air or sea travel. The New City Commercial Centre (NCCC) mall is one of the newest and located just off the McArthur Highway, while the SM Shoemart is one of the Philippines’s longest established retailers. It is also one of the leading names in the industry.
The Victoria Plaza shopping mall in JP Laurel, Bajada, takes the shopping experience even further with a large supermarket that sits alongside a department store, business centre, cinema and a collection of specialist stores. Davao has some fabulous markets, too, where everything from fresh produce to jewellery and crafts can be found. It is acceptable to haggle for the best price.