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10 Instagram-worthy Places to Visit in SM Mall of Asia

SM Mall of Asia is not your average mall. If you’re looking for something different – a mall with a ton of added value – then SM Mall of Asia is exactly what you’re looking for.

Whether you’re a tourist of Manila or a long-time resident looking for a unique activity, there is something for everyone in MOA:

1. Exploreum

Exploreum SM Moa

(photo via Instagram, @exploreumph)

This is an interactive exhibit housed right in the heart of SM Mall of Asia. The Exploreum is a fun-filled learning experience that includes the use of 3D holograms, audio-visual presentations, realistic wax sculptures and virtual reality simulations.

This space is where everyone can enter to spark their imagination. Exploreum is located on the ground floor of the SM Mall of Asia Southside Entertainment Mall. The admission fee is P350 for gallery access and one dome theater show.

  • Location: Ground Floor, Southside Entertainment Mall, SM Mall of Asia (View Map)
  • Fee(s): around P350
  • Operation hours: 10am-8pm
  • Best for: Kids, Families
  • Highlight(s): Watch educational and entertaining shows at the Dome Theater.
  • Insider info: Exploreum has the Philippines’ first and only Science on a Sphere, which is a digital globe that projects real time weather conditions around the globe.
  • Contact Details:
    Phone numbers: (02) 862 7646
    Facebook: @ExploreumPH
  • Activity tip: Don’t be afraid to play and interact with the exhibits.

2. Mall of Asia Arena

SM Moa Arena Top View

(photo via Instagram, @dashingmm)

Catch a show or game at the Mall of Asia Arena – the latest and most modern entertainment space in the country. The events place is not only figuratively an “eyecon” but its parallel eye-shaped design is a testament to SM Lifestyle Entertainment, Inc.’s vision to deliver world-class entertainment to its patrons.

  • Location: J.W. Diokno Boulevard, Mall of Asia Complex (View Map)
  • Fee(s): Fees depend on the event that you’re attending.
  • Best for: Concert-goers, Sports enthusiasts
  • Insider info: The arena has a full-house capacity of 20,000 people.
  • Contact Details:
    Phone numbers: (02) 470 2222
    Facebook: @moaarena
  • Activity tip: For concert-goers, be sure to get here early to avoid the really long lines.

3. SM Bowling at MOA

Bowling Alley

Nothing like a game of bowling with your friends to fire up your competitive side. Not to mention the beautiful lighting will help you get those perfect creative shots. Aside from bowling, they also offer billiards rentals and you can even host a company event here as well.

  • Location: Ground Floor, Entertainment Mall, SM Mall of Asia, Sunset Boulevard, Pasay (View Map)
  • Fee(s): Starts at P215 (See rates here)
  • Operation hours: 10am-12am
  • Best for: Group of friends, couples, Bowling enthusiasts, Company events
  • Highlight(s): Aside from getting your competitive mode on, you can also use your time to get some creative shots of the bowling alley.
  • Contact Details:
    Phone numbers: (02) 556 1533 to 34
    Facebook: @smbowlingmallofasia
  • Activity tips:
    – If you don’t want to have to buy socks, be sure to wear a pair or bring one with you.
    – Don’t forget to double check your things before leaving the bowling area.

4. SM MOA By The Bay Amusement Park

SM Moa Seaside Ferris Wheel

As a testament to the size of MOA, there is actually an amusement park on the premises. From the soaring MOA Eye Ferris Wheel to bumper cars, a toy Swing and a carousel, the SM amusement park is definitely something you shouldn’t miss.

  • Location: Seaside Boulevard, Mall of Asia Complex (View Map)
  • Fee(s): P50 to P150
  • Operation hours: 3pm-12am (Mondays to Thursdays), 3pm-1am (Fridays), 10am-1am (Saturdays), 10am-12am (Sundays)
  • Best for: Kids, Families, Groups of friends
  • Highlight(s): Test your driving skills by trying out the bumper cars with your friends.
  • Contact Details:
    Phone numbers: (02) 862 7704, (02) 862 7705, (02) 862 7712
    Facebook: @SMBYamusementPark
  • Activity tip: Make sure you’re properly strapped in to your rides to avoid any accidents.

5. MOA Globe

SM Moa Globe with Taxi

The iconic globe located right in front of the mall’s main entrance is often decorated to commemorate special days and events.

The famous globe recently turned into a massive emoji to celebrate the International Day of Happiness last March 20, 2017. Similarly, back in August 2016, it lit up like a PokeBall and was the location for multiple PokeStops.

  • Location: Seaside Boulevard, Pasay (View Map)
  • Operation hours: 24 hours
  • Highlight(s): Aside from being a top site for advertisements, the globe is also also changes design when there are concerts or to celebrate a holiday.
  • Activity tip: Be creative by taking photos from a safe distance.

6. SM Skating Rink

SM Moa Ice Skating Rink

(photo via Instagram, @smskating)

Ice skate in the Philippines! A few SM malls – including MOA – have indoor skating rinks. Located outside the main shopping mall, the MOA skating rink is open to everyone.

With an open rink, coach lessons, a skating assist program and a sled ride, SM MOA also allows reservations for hockey practice and games. An unlimited pass costs P450 and the rink is open between 10 am to 10 pm.

  • Location: SM Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay (View Map)
  • Fee(s): P450
  • Operation hours: 10am-10pm
  • Best for: Kids, Families, Groups of friends, Professional Ice skaters
  • Highlight(s): With enough practice and a few falls, you’ll be able to skate without having to hold on to the side rails.
  • Insider info: Before its current location, the MOA skating rink was located within the Main Mall.
  • Contact Details:
    Phone numbers: (02) 510 0861, +63 9333579588
    Facebook: @smskating
  • Activity tip: Wear gloves and pants or leggings to avoid getting bruises when you fall on the ice.

7. Kissako Uji Matcha Cafe at MOA

Girl mixing a matcha latte

If you’re looking for a legit matcha experience, Kissako Uji Matcha Cafe is the place to be. Not only do they serve mouth-watering matcha desserts, but their simple cafe is a great place to snap some food flatlays and selfies with your friends. For P500, you can get great servings of dessert for two people.

  • Location: 2/F SM Mall of Asia, Entertainment Mall, South Wing, Seaside Blvd (View Map)
  • Operation hours: 10am-10pm
  • Best for: Matcha-lovers, Group of friends
  • Highlight(s): Try out their simple but delish Matcha soft serve!
  • Contact Details:
    Facebook: @kissakoujimatchacafe

8. Spud Buds

SM Moa Spud Bud

(photo via Instagram, @spudbudsph)

French fries are just the tip of the iceberg at Spud Buds PH. Spud Buds has a range of great potato dishes but what makes this special is potatoes are fresh and prepped daily.

From flavored shoestring potatoes and Spud Balls to the ultimate potato skins, get ready to taste these starchy treats in a way you’ve never had them before. Also, given the effort in preparations of the quick snacks, Spud Buds are affordable.

Spud Buds 6 Spud Balls are about P50 for 3 pieces while potato skins come in at a reasonable P120.

  • Location: SM Mall of Asia, Seaside Boulevard (View Map)
  • Operation hours: 10am-10pm
  • Best for: Foodies, Groups of friends, Kids
  • Insider info: Aside from their MOA Branch, they also have another branch up north in Quezon City.
  • Contact Details:
    Phone numbers: +63 9178437006
    E-mail: [email protected]
    Facebook: @spudbudsph

9. SM Cinema and IMAX Theater

SM Moa Cinema and IMAX Star Wars

(photo via Instagram, @thekitchengoddess8)

SM Cinema is the largest film exhibitor in the Philippines and the cinemas at MOA are a testament to that. Check the latest movies in one of the biggest malls in the country.

From regular screening, Premiere, Centerstage to the Director’s Club and the IMAX, MOA cinema is new, modern and gives you a feast-for-the-eyes experience. Located on the Ground Floor of the MOA North Wing, the IMAX Theatre is a full movie experience.

More often than not, there are standees of your favorite characters, so take a snap or two with them. Never record or take photos inside of the cinema house.

  • Location: SM Mall of Asia, Seaside Boulevard (View Map)
  • Fee(s): P240-P500
  • Operation hours: 10am-12pm
  • Best for: Families, Couples, Friends
  • Highlight(s): Experience an action-packed movie in full hd and surround sound at MOA’s go-to IMAX Theater
  • Contact Details:
    Phone numbers: (02) 556 0104, (02) 556 0105, (02) 556 2314, (02) 556 0242
    Facebook: @SMCinemaMOA

10. Jamba Juice

SM Moa Jamba Juice

(photo via Instagram, @jambajuiceph)

The US-based chain of stores that specializes in healthy blended beverages is serving up their juices and snacks in SM MOA. Unlike other branches, this isn’t an enclosed store, rather, it’s a stall with a few chairs and tables in the middle of the popular mall.

If you’re looking for something cool to drink that looks good in an Instagram snap, Jamba Juice is where you need to be. The stall is located on the ground floor of the Main Mall.

Some of the prices are as follows: Energy Bowls cost P195, Toasted Bistro Sandwiches are at P175, and Steel Cut Oatmeal are at P95.

  • Location: Ground Floor, North Wing, SM Mall of Asia, Seaside Boulevard (View Map)
  • Operation hours: 10am-9pm (Sundays to Thursdays) 10am-10pm (Fridays & Saturdays)
  • Best for: Anyone!
  • Highlight(s): Their classic smoothies are a definite refresher and a perfectly colorful for a quick snap.
  • Contact Details:
    Phone number: (02) 217 5781
    Facebook: @jambajuiceph

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