In Boracay, there are blinding white sand beaches, impressive first-class hotels, delicious world-class cuisine… and D’Mall. You have not visited Boracay if you have not walked through D’Mall, eaten in one of its numerous food spots, and shopped from one of its many bazaars. About 600,000 foreign travelers visit Boracay every year, and about as many local tourists. The wealthy check in at the most expensive hotels in Station 1, while regular travelers stay at cheap resorts scattered along White Beach and at the inner back alleys. But they all pass through this mall for one reason or another.
The simple and straightforward name “D’Mall” means it is THE mall of Boracay – the only one on the entire island, as a matter of fact. Its location in Station 2, the middle part of White Beach, is considered perfect for many consumers. Travelers and locals alike love walking and jogging the entire 4-km stretch of White Beach, and they are sure to take a break at one of the mall’s shops and restaurants. The best fruits shakes in the island are served at Jona’s Fruit Shakes, located at one of the entry points of the mall, along White Beach.
Tiny shops or kiosks line the open-air alleys inside this shopping center, selling anything that you could think to need at the beach and under the scorching sun: sunglasses, swim clothes, caps, wide hats, accessories, and floaters are just a few of the products you may purchase. The items are generally agreed to be reasonably priced. It is an informal rule of thumb that shops with no air-conditioning are the ones that entertain haggling. Foreign travelers may find it difficult to haggle, however, since local vendors know that they have money to spend and are less knowledgeable about the usual prices of local products.
Besides the clothing and trinket shops are also restaurants and ice cream parlors, perfect for soothing hungry bellies and parched tongues. At the very center of the mall is a brightly-lit Ferris Wheel, garden and climbing wall. Just beside the Ferris Wheel is the Hobbit House, a unique restaurant whose point of interest is that it is run completely by midgets or hobbits.
One of the cheapest and frequently visited food shops is Andok’s Lechon Manok (Barbecue Chicken), which is located near the beach area. There are also medicine shops, groceries, fruits stands, currency exchange counters and ATM counters just in case a tourist has had too much shopping for one day. There are only a handful of Internet shops throughout the island, and some are here, you may also rent your own pocket wifi ahead of time before travelling and they will send it to your choosen hotel in Boracay.
In other words, you can find almost everything that you need at this place. From T-shirts to flip-flops, from diving gear to guitars, D’Mall has it and can take care of your needs. You even have the additional options of the nearby D’Talipapa for your fresh seafood fix, as well as the many flea markets and movable stalls located all White Beach to expand your selection for other products. And the best part of the whole thing? No one minds if you shop wearing only your swim suit.