Shopping for a bargain at D’Talipapa Boracay.
Some say that D’Talipapa Boracay is a cheaper alternative for shopping and dining compared to D’Mall Boracay, but is it really true?
D’Talipapa Boracay is equally worthwhile a visit as D’Mall Boracay in terms of shopping and dining when one’s on vacation in Boracay, the top beach destination in Asia. But what really sets apart D’Talipapa Boracay from D’Mall? Is it really the cheaper prices of the goods sold here? Or is it just the way the shops and stalls are set up? Why do some tourists say that it is better to shop for Boracay souvenirs at D’Talipapa? Since you may have already read our blog about D’Mall Boracay, it’s now D’Talipapa Boracay’s turn.
D’Talipapa Boracay is located in White Beach, Boat Station 2, from the main road, there is big signage directing you down little street in between Regency Lagoon and Boracay Holiday Resort. If you happen to be taking a leisurely walk along Boracay’s White Beach path, there’s a little alley near Victory Diver’s leading to D’Talipapa Boracay. There’s also other alleys linking D’Talipapa to other resorts and hotels in Boracay but the two above are the most convenient route.
Eat seafood to your heart’s content at D’Talipapa Boracay!
What’s amazing about D’Talipapa Boracay is the wet market that sells a wide variety of seafood that are guaranteed fresh, and at reasonable prices. You can feast your eyes – and palette- on live crabs, lobsters, prawns, shrimps, clams, and fish. You can personally handpick the seafood you like for lunch or dinner, have it weighed and paid for and then take it to the adjacent line of stalls or “carinderia” and have them cooked your way! Yes, you can specifically tell the staff at the cooking stall how you would like your seafood cooked, down to how many granules of salt and pepper you want them to sprinkle on top of that char-broiled fish, or how many cloves of garlic do you want to add to those spicy buttered shrimps or crabs! And, there are also plenty of stalls that sell meat and poultry products if seafood doesn’t take your fancy. You can also pick up some fresh fruits and vegetables to accompany the feast-in-the-making! Of course other restaurants in Boracay can offer similar delights, but it’s that little bit more fascinating if you choose your meal D’Talipapa Boracay-style, and can also be a little cheaper.
Shop for Boracay Souvenirs at D’Talipapa Boracay
After finishing off that superb meal or even while still waiting for your food to be cooked, let your feet wander and check out the Boracay souvenir shops with an astounding choice of beach wear, flip flops, bags skillfully crafted out of native materials, intricate pearl and shell jewelry, home decors, and trinkets of all sorts. As one vacationer from Manila has put it, D’Talipapa Boracay is the island version of “Divisoria”, the mother of all markets in the Philippines, famous for low-priced goods and wholesale and bargain shopping.
Boracay souvenirs can be found at a lower price at D’Talipapa Boracay than at D’Mall Boracay but the products can also vary. In D’Mall Boracay, there are a range of higher end boutqiues that are not found in D’Talipapa. So visit both shopping sites, check the items you would love to buy, but compare prices. Of course, don’t forget to haggle!
Alternatively, if you are vacationing with a group of friends or a big family in the mood for an extreme seafood overload, wanting it cooked your own personal way, dining al fresco style; with a little bit of shopping on the side, then for a very affordable food extravaganza, by all means it’s worth heading to D’Talipapa Boracay!