Reasonably priced abayas, long dresses, scarves, pins, etc. are very hard to find in Metro Manila. I expected to find them where I usually see a lot of Muslims: Maharlika Village, Sunshine Mall FTI, Greenhills Shopping Center, Makati Cinema Square, Divisoria, etc. I managed to find some stores but they offered very limited choices.
The Muslim shop keepers must have seen the disappointment in my eyes while I was going through their stock that they had the heart to direct me to the Muslim Town of Quiapo, Manila`s Mecca for anything Muslim.
Things I found in Muslim Town, Quiapo
- prayer compasses
- prayer mats
- tasbih beads
- The Quran
- head scaves
- no snag hijab pins
- hijab brooches
- hijab pins
- ninja and bonnet underscarves
- long dresses
- long sleeved blouses
- prayer dresses
- wedding dresses
- rare spices
- halal chicken
There are also several halal restaurants and Muslim hostels. A good restaurant to try is Moud`s. They have good roasted chicken. Good good.
Time and day I go to Muslim Town, Quiapo
I usually go there on Sundays, around 8:00am. I like going there early so I would have enough time to go around the area until before Dhuhr. At Dhuhr I make salaat at Manila Golden Mosque and Cultural Center. Then have lunch at Moud`s Chicken. After lunch, I brave the busy square of Plaza Miranda in front of Quiapo Church to buy fresh fruits, vegetables, seafood, etc. before heading home. When I have extra cash, I drop by the hidden accessories, beads, pearls shops surrounding the square.
How I go to Muslim Town, Quiapo
1. The best way to go to Quiapo is via the LRT1 Line.
2. I go down Carriedo Station.
3. I brave Carriedo St. walking towards Quiapo Church.
4. I walk to the end of Carriedo St. and arrive at the left side of Quiapo Church.
5. I turn left from this point and find myself in Plaza Miranda, right in front of Quiapo Church. Plaza Miranda is a good place to buy fresh fruits, vegetables, and flowers on Sundays.
6. From Plaza Miranda facing Quezon Boulevard, I turn right to the passage way under the Quezon Bridge. Here I see a lot of Filipino souvenirs, home furnishings and accessories, native bags, costumes, etc.
7. I cross Quezon Boulevard through the pass under Quezon Bridge where I find more Filipino crafts.
8. After crossing Quezon Boulevard through the underpass, I see a welcome sign to the Muslim Town.
9. The shops in this area sell most, if not all, of the things I will need.
10. I visit Moud`s Halal Restaurant. I just love their chicken.
11. Before heading home, I make sure I visit Manila Golden Mosque and Cultural Center.
I frequent this town as it has the safest and cleanest streets, the coolest quality finds, the yummiest food, and the most courteous people in Manila. InshaAllah, on my next trip, I will be able to go deeper into the town and find more interesting things to share with you.
I dare you to visit Muslim Town Quiapo and post photos and videos of your trip.