With central Manila’s high rents and upmarket shopping complexes, independent retail has struggled to find its place in the city. The Collective offers a haven for up-and-coming entrepreneurs and shop owners. Housed in a former mechanic’s garage, the industrial warehouse space is bedecked in the work of local street artists like Dee Jae Paeste and Egg Fiasco. On Sunday nights, wild reggae themed parties at indie bar B-Side draws crowds to the open-air atrium. On weekdays, shoppers mill about the stores, from Ritual, an organic general store, to Skitzo, complex-owner Cheska Yupangco’s costume store. For Manila’s latest trends, be sure to stop by Longboards Manila to demo the store’s custom skateboards or get a free strumming lesson at Ukulele Philippines. When post-shopping hunger strikes, order up a plate of buffalo chicken wings at casual diner Wingman.
7274 Malugay; 63-917/850-2025; The Collective