Wikipedia | Google | Google Images | FlickrSM Makati is located within the Ayala Center and is along EDSA beside Intercontinental Manila Hotel in the Philippines. It is the flagship store of SM, the biggest retail group in the country and is a one-stop shopping destination that is a big hit because of its affordable good quality items. This Makati branch was revamped a few years ago making it quite easy to go to Glorietta 1 through walkways.
ShoppingSM started with a store in Manila selling shoes. Today, the department store of SM Makati remains to be a good source of good quality affordable shoes carrying the in-store Parisian brand, well-known local brands like Otto and international names like Grendha. Local and imported brands are available in the ladies wear and accessories, men’s wear and accessories and children’s section too.
SM Makati is a good source of housewares, linen and furniture for the home. SM supermarket carries fresh produce, local and imported snacks and food, laundry and cleaning supplies.
Ace Hardware, Forever 21 and Toy Kingdom are 3 SM-licensed brands located at SM Makati. Kultura Filipino has a great display of souvenirs you can take home. For cosmetics and toiletries, there is Etude House, The Body Shop and Hongkong-based chain, Watsons. You will also find Levi’s and Wrangler for good jeans and shirts.
DiningAlthough the Ayala Center has a horde of restaurants, you need not go out of SM Makati to get some good eats. For delicious Filipino specialties, there’s Café Ilustrado with all-day Filipino breakfast and Max’s Restaurant popular for delicious fried chicken.
Tsoko Nut Batirol and Café France are two places where you can get have a good snack or a light meal. Kowloon House on the second level has an extensive menu of Cantonese and international cuisine.
How to Get ThereThe fastest way to go to SM Makati is by taxi which will take you right at its doorstep. However, the MRT Ayala station is connected to SM Makati by an elevated walkway which makes it easy for shoppers taking the MRT. Jeepneys and FX (utility vehicles) go to Ayala Center. You can just walk from their stop to SM Makati.
Travel TipsSM has a currency exchange counter where you can have major currencies converted to pesos.
Makati is a highly congested area especially after office hours when employees go out of the many offices and during weekends when shoppers converge in malls. Allocate enough travel time.
Even within the prominent Ayala Center, always be careful of con men and pickpockets that pretend to be ordinary shoppers.
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Author: janblim. Last updated: Aug 30, 2015