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SM City North EDSA
Wikipedia | Google | Google Images | FlickrSM City North EDSA is the second-largest shopping mall in the Philippines and is located right at the corner of EDSA (Epifanio de los Santos Avenue) and North Avenue in Quezon City . With a gross leasable area of 5.45 million square feet, it is also the world’s fourth largest mall. In 2014, it became the world’s largest solar-powered mall with the installation of solar panels that can provide 5% of its total energy requirements. SM City North EDSA was developed and managed by SM Prime Holdings, the largest mall operator in Southeast Asia.
HistorySM Prime Holding’s visionary Chairman, Henry Sy Sr. saw the potential of the lot that was just right for shoppers coming from northern Luzon as well as surrounding Metro Manila areas. The construction of the mall began in 1983 and the mall opened on November 25, 1985, the first mall built by SM Prime Holdings. Annex 1 was constructed in 1988 while Annex 2 was 1989 with a bowling alley and movie houses. In July 2006, The Block or Annex 3 was opened while Annex 2 was demolished and another building, Annex 2 was opened in December, 2008. Sky Garden was opened in May, 2009. It used to be the largest shopping mall in the country until January, 2014, when the SM Megamall was expanded. In November, 2015, SM City North EDSA marks its 30th anniversary.
Mall ComplexThrough the years, SM City North EDSA has developed into a complex composed of:
The City CenterThis is the original 3-storey building of the mall with a fourth story recently added featuring spherical skylight. The main anchors, The SM Store (formerly the SM Department Store), SM Supermarket, SM Foodcourt, National Bookstore, and the modern 8-screen Cineplex with an IMAX Theater are located in this building. The new event area is located at the 3rd level.
On the second level are main dining establishments which overlook the Sky Garden Area including restaurants like Barrio Fiesta, Dulcinea, Max’s, Mann Hann, Shakey’s, Pizza Hut Bistro, and Kangaroo Jack. Major international and local retailers like Bench, Hangten; Giordano, Penshoppe, Philip Stein; Technomarine, Timex Shop; Wenger, World of Feng Shui; and more including a host of jewelry shops. Quantum and Worlds of Fun are entertainment arcades for all ages.
The BlockThe Block’s design includes a large oval courtyard in the center which serves as venue for many events. It is lit by circular skylights that gives the place a spacious feeling. This building is connected by bridges to the mall and carpark. It is surrounded by five levels of high-end shops, restaurants, four digital cinemas and SM Hypermarket. Retail shops include anchor stores Forever 21, Toy Kingdom and Fully Booked as well as Nine West, Miladay Jewelry; Time Depot, Arrow; Baby Guess, NafNaf; Espada, Mango; Marks & Spencer, Regatta; and more. Dining facilities include prominent names like Yellow Cab, Burgoo; Flavours of China, Kimono Ken; Banana Leaf, Napoli Pizeria; Starbucks, Aristocrat; The Old Spaghetti House, and Vikings Buffet.
The AnnexThe original 3-story Annex building was demolished, rebuilt and opened in December, 2008. There is a curlinear atrium that stretches from end to end with light coming in through circular cones at the ceiling of this 6-level building. High-end retail shops, games arcade Cyberzone, restaurants, and a modern bowling center on the ground floor. Several computer shops including Silicon Valley and Power Mac Center, cellphone retailers like Nokia and Sony Ericsson, mobile providers like Sun Shop and Globe Telecom, beauty shops and sporting goods, among others. Anchor stores include Ace Builders Hardware and Savemore Supermarket together with a number of retail shops like Crocs, Tretorn, North Face, Timberland, XoXo and Samsonite. For souvenirs, anchor store Kultura Filipino is perfect.
Interior ZoneThe Interior Zone, a narrow 300-meter single-story building, is the lifestyle center where you can get some great buys on lighting, décor; houseware, upholstery; wallpaper, tiles; and furniture. Its open, well-designed, and coordinated plan gives one a feeling that you are in one large house and garden and not just strolling from shop to shop. Some shops worth exploring include anchor store Our Home and specialty stores like Muebles Asia, Dimensione; Collezione Europa, LaZBoy; Abenson Appliance, Urban Concepts; Floor Center, and well, all shops are must-sees.
North LinkThis five-story building with its curtained walls is linked to the other areas of the complex through bridgeways. Here you can find the SCMC administration office, private offices, business process outsourcing centers, and service providers (Ra Gapuz Review Center, Perfect Sight Eye Center and Canadian Immigration Consultancy). There are dining establishments like KFC and Crave Burger together with retail stores like Pet Express, Tire Depot, and North Face.
The Sky GardenThis long, curvilinear, elevated, open-air, green park runs from the whole length of The Block on the right, the City Center and ends at The Annex on the left, buffering the mall from the polluted and chaotic EDSA. Included in this roof garden is a simulated river and waterfalls along with 55 different species of plants, grass, and trees that provide a refreshing place to sit and relax especially at night.
Sky DomeThe Sky Dome located in the middle of the Sky Garden is an entertainment and event venue with an acrylic stage, bleachers, stackable seats, dressing rooms, centralized air-conditioning, and a retractable roof for an outdoor feel. It can accommodate up to 1,500 guests.
Store HoursMall hours are from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. from Sunday to Thursday, and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. from Friday to Saturday although the Sky Garden closes at 12 midnight during weekends. The last full shows at the theaters usually end past 12 midnight.
How to Get ThereThe easiest way to go to SM City North EDSA is by taxi or a private car for hire that will take you directly there. However, the mall has a public transport terminal right below the Sky Dome with jeepneys and FX (air-conditioned utility vehicles with less passengers than jeepney) which come from and go to different areas within Metro Manila. By MRT , get off at the EDSA North Avenue Station.
Travel TipsBe wary of strangers who approach and ask for information or directions as they might be after your valuables or take you outside of the mall to rob you.
Always keep your valuables very close to you even when dining in high-end restaurants since thieves can distract you in many different ways and take your attention off your valuables.
Some establishments might not accept internationally issued cards so be prepared to bring cash. Others will also impose additional fees for credit card transactions. There are banks and money exchange services within the mall as well as ATMs where you can withdraw from international cards.
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Author: janblim. Last updated: Feb 04, 2015