The Cartimar Shopping Center -A go-to market in Pasay City

The Cartimar Shopping Center -A go-to market in Pasay City

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Cartimar Shopping Center is named as one of the best visited markets in the Philippines. Shop the cheapest but high quality clothes and shoes here. Situated between high-rise buildings and small businesses in Pasay City – one of the most populated cities in Metro Manila. It might seem like your typical marketplace but it gives a lot more. People often visited here to buy goods or to window shop.

Dating back to the 1950s, this has been the go-to spot for designer shoes, perfumes, grocery stores, pet shops, and even surplus stock of big-brand items. Name anything and you’ll find them here. Everything is dirt-cheap just like in other bargain stores. Wet and dry markets are available. The highlight of this shopping market is their pet center. You’ll find even the most expensive breeds of pets you can think of. Bookworms enjoy the area as well, because they can find art books, college textbooks, and stacks of novels at reasonable prices.

During the 70’s – 80’s, Cartimar was a home for shopping enthusiasts. However, soon as new expansive malls opened, stalls and stores soon found themselves gaining less customers and profit. Today, it is also swamped by rental issues between management and some 200 tenants – a clear manifestation of stall and store owners’ struggles. Particularly when the Covid struck the world in 2020, a lot of the lessor and lessee had no choice but to close their businesses with heavy hearts. However, as time went by and the restrictions became a little loose, people began to come back to their favorite places.

Cartimar shopping center soon enough started gaining more renters and customers back. Revenue of businesses began rising back again. Some influencers featured the market’s pet plaza as well as cat and dog lovers started growing. I myself, as an owner of 5 dogs, want to visit the market sometime when possible.

The Pet Plaza (Cartimar)

People have started appreciating pets more as a family and not only as house guards. Whether they be cats, dogs, fishes, hamsters, or any furry friends, a lot of folks put in so much effort to raise their little company. If you yourself have one and needs some supply, you can buy anything here. Leashes, Harness, wet and dry foods for pets, carriers, and even toys are available. To add some fun, try bringing your pets and see what they’ll pick, just make sure to bring enough money! Nobody would want to refuse their cut purrs or their dog’s puppy eyes, right? Just like some typical parent, you wouldn’t want your cute furry babies get disappointed.

Of course before going to Cartimar, there are some breeds in your mind you want to see. If you’re looking for your own little company, check the pricelists of dog breeds you can find here below:

  • Corgi Php 70,000 – Php 90,000
  • French Bulldog Php 35,000 – Php 45,000
  • Mini Bull Terrier Php 25,000 – Php 30,000
  • Chow-chow Php 22,000 – Php 27,000
  • Pug Php 18,000 – Php 25,000
  • Belgian Mallinois Php 15,000 – Php 22,000
  • Siberian Husky Php 15,000 – Php 22,000
  • Pekingese Php 15,000 – Php 20,000
  • Beagle Php 10,000 – Php 15,000
  • Chihuahua Php 8,000 – Php 15,000
  • Shih – Tzu Php 8,000 – Php 15,000
  • Lhasa Apso Php 8,000 – Php 15,000

It’s not only the go-to cats and dogs you can find here. Colorful fishes like Betta, Gold fish, Danios, clownfish and many more can be find in the Pet Plaza. If you’d like to downsize pets and get some that needs less maintenance, hamsters, rabbits, guinea pigs are also available options.

Blue Wonder Coffee and Bean Roastery (Cartimar)

Coffee shop industry has started booming these days. Aspiring business owners have seen the long-term success that coffee shops have. Still, even when the pandemic strikes, a lot of people find ways to order their favorite addicting caffeinated drink. Although coffee shops are rarely seen in Cartimar, surprisingly a coffee shop-roastery came on the scene amidst pandemic.

Entering inside will wake your senses upon smelling the aroma of brewing coffees. Astonishingly enough, they were able to create an aesthetically pleasing store inside a public market. Aside from drinks, they also sell some coffee-making machines and barista kits displayed on shelves. You may buy your own coffee bean and grind them in your own convenience. Some well-sewn barista aprons are also hanged on display. The menu is very affordable as you can find drinks and pastires ranging from Php 130 – Php 300. Surely, the experience and goods pay enough for the cost.

Vincent Hobby Shop (Cartimar)

You can’t just limit your imagination before going to Cartimar Shopping Center. Might as well list down everything you have in mind because who knows what you can find inside? For John Wick and Lara Croft wannabe, you might want to check put this firearm store in Cartimar. It’ll just be very hard to choose from the finest Glock to the sleekest Rifles and Shotguns. But of course, make sure you have license or permit to own or to carry.

Airsofts, gun parts and ammunitions are also available in the store. Who knows when the time will come and we just got to get ready for zombie apocalypse, right?

How to get there

  • Head to LRT1 and take a ride to Gil Puyat Station. Get a jeep going to Libertad/Baclaran and tell the driver to drop you off to Cartimar.
  • Head to LRT1 and take a ride to Gil Puyat Station. Get a taxi and tell the driver to drop you off to Cartimar.
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