When you’re on vacation, you’ll want to see unusual landscapes, meet interesting people and be a witness to all sorts of unfamiliar cultural practices. But no trip is really complete without some shopping. Buying souvenirs isn’t only a lot of fun – it actually allows you to bring a little piece of your destination home with you.
If you’re travelling in Davao, make it a point to visit some of these great shopping destinations after you’ve checked into one of the cheap hotels in Davao City.
There are several places to shop within the vicinity of your Davao hotel, depending on what you’d like to take home with you. If you’re in need of some toiletries and necessities like clothes or shoes, then there are always the usual department stores like the ones at SM Davao or Gaisano Mall. But if you’re after something unique, then you can hail a cab at your Davao hotel and check out the following places.
If you’re a culinary enthusiast, a trip to Citra Mina Seafood Shop should be a very fulfilling experience. At Citra Mina, you can buy all sorts of vacuum-packed and processed seafood at a fraction of what they’d cost you in a regular supermarket in Manila. You can buy different kinds of tuna, Gindara and other fish that you can include in your next delicious creation.
For those who love fruits on the other hand, you can visit the fruit stalls in MagsaysayPark. This is the place to get good quality durian and pomelo, the fruits for which Davao is justly famous. Jeeploads of these fruits arrive from the plantations with their goods on a regular basis, so the prices are quite low. To get the cheapest possible price, don’t forget to haggle.
Finally, there’s Aldevinco’s shopping center for your traditional pasalubong needs. This is the place to get the best durian candy in town, which might be Lola Abon’s or Rosario’s depending on your preference.
You’ll also find some lovely bags, slippers and purses made out of t’nalak, a cloth woven by the native Tiboli. If gaudier, more colorful fabrics and decorations are more your style, malongs and other items made by the Maranaos are also up for sale.
These wonderful shopping finds are only a few of the reasons why you should find one of the cheap hotels in Davao City and stay for a few days in this wonderful, bustling city in Mindanao.