Arcade Dapitan became a huge part of my film and television days as well as visual merchandising. He served my always reliable staff and best friends when I needed to find props, set decorations and showcase items on a budget.
But this paradise for decor is not just for professional stylists and decorators. If you are designing and designing your living space, I bet you are familiar with it. We invite everyone who is looking for quality goods at reasonable prices! All you need is a good eye and a lot of time! Good eye because you will be bombarded with millions of options. And a lot of time, because, well, it’s easy not to notice how many hours you’ve been burning by jumping from one stall to another!
Dapitan Arcade is one of the most popular places for decoration, furniture and other crafts in the Manila subway. But it is mostly known for its crowded versions of Christmas decorations. Of course, there are other products including lighting or lamps, kitchen utensils and tableware, antiques, photo frames, trinkets and more. But what attracts loyal and curious customers is the relatively low price, cheaper than the average.
If you are one of the curious and you are here for the first time, here are some of the things you will find and what to expect when you visit Dapitan Arcade.
WHAT IS REVEALED IN THIS GUIDE?
Dapitan Arcade is located at 39 Dapitan Street corner of Kanlaon Street, Barangay Sta. Teresa, Quezon City.
It is strategically located near the border of Manila and Quezon City, marked by the marble monument Welcome Ratonda. This is an area where manufacturers unload most of their factory surplus, export overruns or surplus. That is why it is sometimes called to fall.
The stores will then sell these goods for export at a price below the market average. Win-win!
Originally Dapitan Arcade mostly refers to an old building on the corner of Dapitan and Canlaon streets. But eventually it evolved into a community of surplus shops that encompasses the main building and surrounding tents, stalls and even other buildings in the area.
Questionnaire Arcade is very accessible, whether you use public transport or drive your own car.
If you drive from anywhere near EDSA or easily reach any MRT station:
- Take the subway to Quezon Avenue Station.
- Take a jeep to Kiapa.
- Exit the Burger King on the corner of Quezon Avenue and Canlaon Street, just before you reach the Welcome Rotonda.
- From Burger King you can reach Dapitan Arcade on foot in 7-10 minutes.
From many parts of Manila City just take a jeep to Dapitan.
If you drive your own car, you can just use your Waze or Google Maps to pave the route. It will also give you information about the traffic situation.
For those who drive their own car, special parking spaces are available, but you need to arrive early to get a place.
Otherwise you may just find a spot on the side of the road. There are locals who for a fee offer you to find a place to park and take care of your car.
The main arcade building is Dapitan
8:00 – 19:00
Monday – Sunday
Outside tents / kiosks
7:00 – 22:00
Monday – Sunday
Note: this is normal operating time. Opening and closing times may vary depending on the tent / kiosk.
Early in the morning. As much as possible, go there early in the morning when the crowd is small and the sun is not too harsh.
We got there around 11am and there were already quite a few people. Towards noon the number of the crowd steadily increased. Peak hours or peak hours occur in the afternoon.
Previously, you just walked in and out of the main building of the Dapitan Arcade from anywhere. However, in these unusual times, the designated entrance to the main building is located on the street Dapitan Street side.
- Register first. It is best if you have your own pen.
- Next, the guard will check the temperature.
- Start exploring! Don’t forget to practice proper social distancing.
If you leave and you need to log in again, just go back to the same entrance and tell the security guard that you have already registered so that you do not have to register again.
From the moment you arrive, you will be inundated with different kinds of items. It’s a huge experience. The goods sold are different. There are kiosks that have been selling the same things for years, but there are also those that change items or change their displays depending on the season. Others simply add seasonal products to regular products.
Here are some of the things you will see while studying. To find out about prices, you can visit the official website of Dapitan Arcade.
Other subjects include:
- Garden items (pots, tools, etc.)
- Glassware (cup, beer mugs, special glasses, etc.)
- Kitchen utensils
- Lighting and lamps
- Religious shows
- Wall decor (clocks, picture frames, creative signs and posters, etc.)
- Decorative jars
- Antique items
- The chimes of the wind
- Conceptual decors (music boxes, bells, locksmiths, collectibles, etc.)
Are you planning to go to Dapitan soon? Here are some tips that may be helpful to you:
- Go there early to avoid the crowd. We’re still in a pandemic, so if you really want to come here, try waking up early. Honestly, there were times when people did not observe social distancing, especially on narrow paths and in crowded places during times of tension.
- You can negotiate the price, especially if you buy in bulk. But remember that prices are already cheap, so don’t bargain too much. Businesses must also survive. Let’s help each other, especially in these difficult times.
- Shopping around. If you have time, first familiarize yourself with the items and compare prices before making your last purchase. Do not buy on the spot. Most often you will find the same items in other kiosks / stores.
- Explore! Again, in addition to the main indoor market, there are many other kiosks and shops. In fact, next to it is a new larger building. Entrance along Canlaon Street. There are also kiosks and tents lining the side streets around the area.
- Before leaving, be sure to check items for scratches or defects. We noticed items that had small hits, but they were quickly replaced when we asked.
- Please handle things carefully when checking them. Return them exactly where you picked them up.
- When you drive your car, don’t leave valuables and gadgets inside. Put them in the trunk or take with you. But…
- Secure your valuables. Always watch them.
- Bring sunscreen, such as curtains, a hat or umbrella, if you plan to visit kiosks and shops outside the main building. The afternoon sun can be harsh.
- If you have your own reusable shopping bags, bring them to reduce the consumption of plastic bags.