Boracay Shopping Hopping: the 8 best places to buy stylish clothes, accessories and gifts

Boracay Shopping Hopping: the 8 best places to buy stylish clothes, accessories and gifts

As I woman, I always look for something stylish, unique, of great quality, that I will wear and the people around me will go ‘wow’. I use the same concept while shopping for clients or visiting new places. Finding a hidden gem in a city like Hong Kong, packed with hundreds of thousands of shops and showrooms or a tiny new store in an island that I know like my pockets…the feeling of instant gratification is the same. In this blog post I want to share with you my favourite selection of shops in Boracay, but before that… I want you to relax on a sunbed in the best hotel of the island, Discovery Shores Boracay (click here to become one of the thousands readers of my tripadvisor review). Now feel the ocean breeze, the tireless sun caressing your skin, sip from a glass of chilled white wine and enjoy the stunning sunset while joyful Filipinos take long walks on the beach and amazed tourists seal the romantic moment with their cameras.

Feel the moment! Now you are tuned. Happy Shopping!

Credits for this wonderful video go to Jesse from Jees Studios. Reliable, quick, professional and creative. Thanks Jesse!

I will begin with THE GENERAL STORE at the Coast Hotel, located at Station 2 Beachfront. One of the relatively newly opened stores in the island, The General Store deserves a big shout out as it offers a tasteful collection of products, all crafted by skillful Filipino artisans. It is guaranteed that a chic globetrotter will be able to find a stylish accessory for herself or for a loved one here. Whether you are looking for a new piece of swimwear, a cute and practical resort beach tote, a beautifully printed beach towel, a funky piece of crochet jewelry, or some natural skincare products, make sure you pay the General store a visit. You will thank me later.

My favourite pics? A Basi towel, pretty and practical at the same time, this tropical product is a sarong on the outside and a towel on the inside. Stay dry and cozy will showing some style 😉 Price 1580 PHP

And, a…beach bag! I have been looking for a chic beach bag for very long time…I finally found it just the way it was pictured in my head. Roomy enough to contain all your beach essentials, with a zipper so you do not spill them, long handles so you can even carry it as a crossbody if you need your hands free for a selfie 😉 in a neutral colour that will not clash with any of your colourful beach looks… What more do you want from a beach bag? Reasonable price? Gotcha! Can be yours for 1530 PHP

 

Store location: Station 2 Beachfornt

THE BAMBOO SHADES STORE

Here is my number 2: THE BAMBOO SHADES STORE. As the name suggests, this retailer offers bamboo polarized eyewear in a variety of shapes and colours. You can choose between a pure bamboo frame or a style with bamboo handles only. The polarised lenses of most of the shades have uv 400 protection. Filipinos just proved to the world that bamboo is not only for pandas, scaffoldings and outdoor lounges….My favourite? A pair of mirror shades in yellow with polarised lenses and bamboo handles. Mine for 999 pesos. I just added more buzz in the sunglasses drawer. Prices start from 799 PHP. Check them out while strolling at D’mall Boracay.

Store location: Station 2 D’Mall, Boracay

LAWISWIS

At number 3 in my list comes LAWISWIS with their selection of natural and organic skin care products. This tiny store at D’mall Boracay has been around for 15 years…long enough to proof the quality of their products. I have been buying from them for 10 years…natural sun blocks, after sun lotions, mosquito repellents, facial masks and scrubs, vegetable soaps, essential oils and even toothpastes. And if you are cocconutty like me, i am sure you will love their virgin coconut oil. Stock up before you leave the island as you can use this multitasker for all your beauty needs.

My favourite? You know the answer 😉 Did I not just mention that I am cocconutty? I stocked up with 2 liters of the precious liquid as I use it to prepare my own shower gel, body lotion as well as sun block…all natural. Click on the link if you want to spy on the recipes I use for my favourite sun block and many more coconut oil based products.

Store location: Station 2 D’Mall, Boracay

 

ISLAND SOUVENIRS

At Number 4 comes THE ISLAND SOUVENIRS. T-shirt lovers, look no further. Are you going after excellent quality? Funky, vibrant design? Affordable price? A personalised tee? All of the above? Whether you are browsing for yourself or for your bestie’s toddler, a tee from this retailer is one of the best ways to remember the beautiful tropical island of Boracay or to bring just a tiny bit of its spirit to someone special. Prices start from 199 PHP.

My favourite? Hm, hard one…anything with tropical fishes, sunsets and divers 😉

Store location: Station 2 D’Mall, Boracay

ISLAND GIRL

At number five of my list comes ISLAND GIRL. Almost every piece in this colourful, jazzy store is either a best seller or…sold out. Get your gift list ready before you hit it. Get your wish list ready too. Fancy an embroidered clutch? How about a tote with a fun quote? Their products are mainly made of natural materials such as pandan, rattan, beads and shell and are handcrafted by local artisans. Trade your flip flops with a pair of their sockies sandals, hand-crocheted and handmade, your feet will definitely get the spotlight!

My favourite: All the Raffia embroidered envelope clutches. Price: 995 PHP
And a cute beaded wallet as a gift for my niece. Price: 395 PHP

 

 

Store location:

Island Girl Store, D’Mall Phase 4, Boracay
A Piece of Green Store, D’Mall Phase 2
Island Girl Store @ Azalea Resort Boracay, Station 2
The General Store @ The Coast Boracay, Station 2
Regalo Boutique, Shangri-la

HAVAJANAS

Needless to say that HAVAJANAS MONOBRAND STORE is also in my list. Their flip-flops are the most popular in the world, with 200 million pairs being sold every year. Now this is what I call a global brand and a never dying trend and all the members of my family are stubborn ambassadors of their footwear. Even our sausage dog, Vittorio loves Havajanas for…snack 😉

My favourites: Slim havajanas in a solid colour. The beautiful prints do not work well for me as my beach looks are generally vibrant and colourful and in this case more will be just …too much. Gear your baby with a new pair by spending 949 PHP or find your soul havajana. Prices fro adults start from 899 PHP.

Store locations:

Station 2 D’Mall, Boracay
Havaianas – All Flip-Flops by the Beach Station 1, Boracay Island
Regalo Boutique Shangri-la’s Boracay Resort and Spa

D’AMOUR

Another veteran of D’Mall Avenue, D’AMOUR has been around for over 10 years, offering sophisticated seashell handbags. This family run business is yet another one of my favourite shopping spots on the island. Prepare to be asked the ‘where did you get that’ question when you carry their beautifully crafted bags. And, be generous, buy one for your best friend too 🙂

My favourite: A shell bag with ring. It could be mine for 2300 PHP, but I had to let go. Reason? I bought a similar from D’amour last year. Now loving shopping definitely does not mean keep buying the same thing all over again. Don’t you agree?

Store location: Station 2 D’Mall, Boracay

NOTHING BUT H2O

Last but not least in my selection of favourite shopping spots in Boracay comes NOTHING BUT H2O. If you do not compromise with your style at the beach, make sure you upgrade your bikini drawer with a new piece from this retailer. Not only they offer the most in vogue selection of bikinis and one-piece swimsuits for the ladies, but they also have a wide selection of funky swimwear for men and kids, luxury resort wear, beach blankets, shoes, sunscreen and even stunning temporary tattoos for the most adventurous beach chicas out there.

My favourite: A turquoise bikini for 10280 PHP. Ouch! I know. But great quality and design come with a great price tag too ☺ You can always buy just a beach blanket for 2495 PHP or add a little sparkle and shine to your beach looks by buying a set of temporary tattoos from Flash Tattoos for 1495 PHP. I promise you will feel like a diva.

Store location: Station 2 D’Mall, Boracay

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