As part of our updates on our Traveler's Survival Series, we are featuring some of the shops and restaurants at the International Pre-Departure Area of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3. What we've featured before were shops at the Domestic Pre-Departure Area.
Kaishu, a Japanese Restaurant, offers delicious set meal (karage, tempura, tonkatsu, etc.) with soup and red iced tea for PhP250. Food here, mark my work, is tasty. Through Kaishu is a massage spa, a branch of SM Kenko Spa.
Manila Cigar is now open near the walkalator. The walk towards the newer boarding gates is a pleasant one because the view outside is nice - the tarmac and further on shows the old Philippine Village Hotel. At the opposite glass panels, you will see the sprawl of the ambitious Resorts World complex. The walkalator now works, and some boarding gates are now enclosed by glass walls as of September 2014. Fly Dragon smoking cafe and restaurant is due to open soon. This will be the third smoking shops here, aside from Sky Go Cafe and Manila Cigar.
|Spirits and Confectionary|
|Sweet Times luxurious sweets|
As of November 2014, Spirits and Confectioners, alongside Sweet Times Luxurious Sweets have opened beside Res Toe Run. These, obviously offer alcoholic beverages and chocolates/candies. This single string of shops is located across Seattle's Best.
There are obviously more shops available at the domestic pre-departure shop because it covers more boarding gates, but as of September 2014, the terminal has opened a wing that contains more boarding gates (101 to 108). This means, more shops are set to open in the next few months. Could passengers move between the two per-departure shopping halls? Nope! Besides, I think there's enough shops at the international pre-departure hall to "kill" time between flights.
Schedule of Shops
While many of the duty-free shops at the 4th shopping/dining level are open 24 hours, shops inside the pre-departure area have limited operations. Many of them, in fact open at 2 AM (the duty free shops, restaurants) and close at different times. Some at 6PM, and many at 10PM, The Foreign Exchange counter at the predeparture area is supposed to open 24 hours as well, like the majority of forex shops at the arrival and departure hall. Yes, you will be able to shop and window-shop even during the wee hours. Refer to another Terminal 3 post for some selected shops' schedule.
AVOID MARY GRACE CAFE
And just so you avoid delays, if you're taking a meal or snack at the Food Court, we feel we need this special mention. Avoid Mary Grace Cafe. The place is messy, the servers take forever to serve you and they forget orders.
NAIA Terminal 3
|Duty Free Philippines before.|
|Duty Free Philippines now.|
GMH Bar and Restaurant
Sweet Ideas Cafe
San Mig Food Shop serves bland food on styros.
Seattle's Best Coffee
Tesoro's local handicraft
Pasalubong Philippines - Lots of sweets and gastronomic souvenirs.
Magnolia Ice Cream Shop before it's been refurbished to Frezbox (see below)
|Frezbox used to sell only Magnolia ice cream. Now it's come alive.|
|Tapa King paired up with Canton Road at the corner of the hallway, beside Frezbox.|
SELLING FOREIGN MONEY
Now here's the surprise. This Foreign Exchange counter actually sell a lot of foreign money which makes the Terminal a good option when you want foreign money which is hard to come by in forex shops outside the airport. You can get you US dollar, Japanes, Yen, Malaysian Ringgit, Singapore, Australian, Canadian and Hong Kong dollar, Chinese yuan (RMB), UAE dirham, Indonesian rupee, Qatari rital, British pound, Saudi riyal, Vietnamese dong, and even legal tenders from Taiwan, Macau, Korea and the Euro, of course. This forex shop is located just before the boarding gates.
|At MNL Footrest, you can get your shoes to look new at PhP200 - or PhP500 for a full-length boots.|
|Among the newly opened shops at the T3 (as of May 2015), this is one of the more interesting, selling indigenous items, weaved and otherwise, with a lot of local flavor (see photo below).|
|Cancer Society.... ooops... I meant Fly Dragon Cafe. It has free wifi for its paying guests. You see, T3 wifi isn't something to crow about.|
|At 4 AM, Pete's Pasalubong has dried fruits and local delicacies - and a lot of lights. :)|
|Congee (arroz caldo) actually tasted better than it looked.|
|Religious products being sold at "I Love Gifts and Snacks".|
|Another duty-free shop is opening soon.|
NAIA Terminal 3 Food Court and Shops - http://eye-in-the-blue-sky.blogspot.com/2011/02/naia-terminal-3-shopping-complex-dining.html
Airport Chapel, Viewing Deck and Left Luggage - http://eye-in-the-blue-sky.blogspot.com/2012/11/naia-terminal-3-part-6-blessed-john.html
Covered Parking - http://eye-in-the-blue-sky.blogspot.com/2014/09/naia-terminal-3-covered-parking.html
|More boarding gates opened as of September 2014.|
|Nice view of the tarmac and the defunct Philippine Village on one side.|
|A view of the sprawling Resorts World at the opposite side.|
|Manila Cigar - Yes, go ahead, get yourself a cancer. Pick one. :)|
|These glass partitions weren't here until recently so some boarding gates are now enclosed as of September 2014.|
For specific inquiries, here are some important telephone numbers and email addresses at T3:
|Asst. Terminal Managerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Lost & Found||+63.2.877-7888 email@example.com|
|Bureau of Animal Industry||+63.2.877-7888 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Bureau of Customs||+63.2.877-7888 email@example.com|
|Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources||+63.2.877-7888 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Bureau of Immigration||+63.2.877-7888 email@example.com|
|Bureau of Plant Industry||+63.2.877-7888 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Bureau of Quarantine||+63.2.877-7888 email@example.com|
|DENR Wildlife Traffic Monitoring Unit||+63.2.877-7888 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Philippine Overseas Employment Adminnistration||+63.2.877-7888 email@example.com|
|Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority||+63.2.877-7888 loc.8159|
|Customer Relations Centerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Passenger & Customer Relations||+63.2.877-7888 loc. email@example.com|
|Terminal Administration||+63.2.877-7888 loc. firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Terminal Security & Safety||+63.2.877-7888 loc. email@example.com|