The Philippines is one of the world’s top entertainment destinations with a pageantry for showbiz and extravagance. It’s no surprise that even the shopping experience is elevated in Manila. Places like Greenfield City’s Paseo Outlets attract local residents as well as tourists because the stores in shopping malls can hike up their prices to ungodly levels.
Even with the rise of e-commerce, nothing beats the advantages of going to a retail store and scoring great finds, especially in a shopping mall as big as Paseo Outlets in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.
The Best Outlet Shops in the Philippines
Ever since its establishment in Sta. Rosa in the 1990s, Greenfield City’s Paseo Outlets is the go-to destination for those looking to score products from reputable global brands at a more affordable price compared to what’s offered in the commercial marketplace.
The Paseo Outlets Mall in Sta. Rosa boasts of the biggest outlet shopping destination in the country. It is so big that it feels more like an outlet village than a mall. The shopping center is over 15 hectares (that’s over a million square feet!), housing over 100 international brands. That’s actually more than what you’d find at other outlet malls that carry fewer coveted names!
The place is comparable to global shopping malls in the United States like Sawgrass Mills in Florida, San Marcos Premium Outlets in Texas, and even Bicester Village and Freeport Retail in Europe.
Carrying more than 100 international brands (and 1 local brand––so far), the stores in Paseo Outlets are ready to fulfill all your shopping needs. The plethora of big labels justify Paseo Outlets’ rightful title as the country’s largest premier outlet center. Update your wardrobe with clothes from Debenhams and Marks & Spencer, or shop at the only outlet stores of Pottery Barn and west elm! Outlet shopping here is truly unbeatable.
All the great finds in Paseo Outlets come at a lower price, so you get quality products without having to break the bank. One of the most popular stores in the area is the Nike Factory Store outlet. It carries kicks that cannot be found in the metro with price slashes ranging from 20% up to 70% daily. The same discount range applies to all other stores, and during mall-wide sale events (like Black Friday, for example), price slashes can even reach 80%!
An All-in-One Paradise
Just when you think that outlet shopping in Sta. Rosa can satisfy only your wardrobe, wait till you see the mix of restaurants, cafes, bars, and fast food that are ready to satisfy your stomach after a day of shopping. Dining in Paseo Outlet has just as much to offer as the shopping there.
Sate your hunger with beloved restaurants like Bon Chon, Burger King, Chowking, Pancake House, Yellow Cab, Jollibee, Cafe Breton, and Kanin Club (a Trip Advisor favorite).
If you’re craving some Japanese food, Paseo Outlets will not leave you wanting. Among the choices is Umenoya (located in Arcadia––which, incidentally, is one of three malls in Greenfield City). Itadakimasu!
The rise of Korean cuisine and Korean barbecue was not left unnoticed by the developers because now you can dine in Ghoyang, crowd-favorite Samgyupsalamat, and Matgalne (which is located at Laguna Central).
If your culinary taste leans more toward the European, there’s Amare La Cucina ready to satisfy your pizza and pasta cravings. This Italian restaurant was born in Baguio City and has since become a household name there. Now, it’s the latest restaurant to open at Paseo Outlets.
And what’s a good meal without a good dessert? Laguna-born Two Cold serves awesome yogurt for those looking for something sweet and tart. If ice cream is more your thing, Yummy Therapy has its doors open for you. And for fans of milk tea, Bon Appetea and Moocha will gladly give you your boba fix.
There is very little downtime at Greenfield City’s Paseo Outlets. Here, you’ll never run out of activities. Every Saturdays and Sundays, there’s the Greenfield City Weekend Market. For twice every month, there’s FUNtastic Wednesdays and Music & Poetry Thursdays. Choose to attend any of these regular events, or just shop and shop and shop. There’s so much to do here!
5 Tips for Shopping at Retail Outlets
Now that you know that Paseo Outlets is the place to be, here are some tips to help you attain the best shopping experience at retail outlets.
Make a shopping list
Bargain shopping can cloud your judgment quickly. To avoid impulse buying and regretting it the moment you see your credit card bill, make a shopping list of things you are looking to score.
It also won’t hurt to make a list of items you might consider buying if the price is right. These will minimize the risk of going overboard and depleting your funds.
Go during off-hours
Like any shopping spree, it’s best to avoid peak seasons and prime hours because you’ll have a harder time digging through the racks to search for your holy grail items.
If you really want to commit to this quest, be at the storefront when it opens. This ensures that you won’t run out of premium items and lowers the chances of having to fight someone for the last pair of sneakers your size.
Take your time
The best time to shop at an outlet store is when you have zero tasks for the day. The last thing you want is for your shopping momentum to be cut short because you have an urgent meeting at the office.
When shopping, relax and take your time so you know you’re getting the best out of your trip.
Browse the corners of the store
You never know what’s hidden in the corners of an outlet store. Dig deep enough and you just might find an item that a lot of people would kill to have.
Outlet shopping in Sta. Rosa is known to house items that can’t be found in the city, so get in there don’t be afraid to dive in.
Double check the return policies
The hysteria of shopping cheap products can have you overlooking defects that you won’t notice until later on. It’s okay to miss these as long as you know you can return the item and replace it.