SPOT.ph Directory: 10 Best Sources for Stationery in Manila
For those who agree that there are few things in life that beat the thrill of writing in a brand new notebook.
(SPOT.ph) Once a paper addict, always a paper addict. If you find your stationery stash slowly turning into stationery mountain, you’re not alone. We’ve gathered our 10 favorite spots for scoring paper paraphernalia, and the reasons why we love them.
Bonifacio High Street, 3/F Power Plant mall, Shangri-La Plaza East Wing, Robinsons Magnolia, L1 Mall of Asia, 2/F Greenbelt 3
Best finds: Pens galore! Muji’s "no brand" philosophy was created to help keep the prices of their merchandise down; the prices of their pens aren’t dirt cheap, but the quality surpasses the price you’ll pay for their pens. Check out their colored pencil sets packaged in nondescript brown carton tubes--it’s the perfect present for doodlers and artists. Stock up on their plain journals which you can personalize with your own design.
4/F SM Aura, L1 Shangri-la East Wing, 2/F Glorietta 5, 2/F Eastwood Mall
Best finds: Scribe brings back the old-school luxury of writing courtesy of their specialty fountain pens, calligraphy pens and nibs, gorgeous bottles of ink, stationery, wax seals and vintage-style journals. Those interested in calligraphy will enjoy Scribe’s wide selection of accessories for the aspiring calligrapher.
Unit 201 LaO’ Center Bldg., 1000 Arnaiz Ave., cor. Makati Ave., Makati, 403-7523, Monday-Saturday 10am - 7pm, closed on Sundays
Best finds: Drop by Papertrail once you start your Christmas shopping; you may be able to cross off half your list once you visit. The tiny store is packed to the gills with different kinds of stationery, note cards, wrapping paper, stationery sets and kids’ accessories that you won’t find anywhere else.
Best finds: Washi tape addicts know Hey Kessy, one of the go-to places online to get your washi tape fix. The shop has expanded its inventory to include tote bags, wooden tags and ink pads for crafty DIY stampers.
Best finds: What can’t you find at National Book Store? It’s stationery heaven with paper products, pens and writing materials to suit any budget. Make sure to keep an eye out for MT washi tape (it’s usually mixed in with regular rolls of masking tape), art supplies, journals and note cards. Our favorite finds from NBS include luxurious note cards from Crane & Co., Isabel Gatuslao, Moleskine journals and planners, specialty stationery from Chronicle Books and affordable notebook sets from Venzi.
Kismet by Fab Manila
2/F Archaeology wing, Power Plant mall, 3/F Robinsons Galleria
Best finds: Keep your pen and paper stash organized using their super pretty floral desk organizers and trays. Aside from their handy bags and purses, you’ll be able to find vintage-looking gift tags, well-made note cards that will make great gifts (if you can bear to part with them, that is).
Best finds: Visit Hobby Depot, arguably the online wasteland of crafts and stationery here. Your wallet is in danger of being emptied in the face of rubber stamps, washi tape, wooden DIY envelope templates, journals and phone cases.
V. Ibañez St., San Juan, Mon-Sat, 9am-6pm, closed on Sundays
Best finds: If you’re into scrapbooking, you’ll already be familiar with Lasting Impression. Even if you’re not a scrapbooker, paper addicts will have fun browsing through Lasting Impression’s varied selection of cards, printed papers (for making your own stationery), folders, journals, labels, notebooks, paints, punchers and other craft items.
Best finds: Momiji Crafts is one of the best places to go to when looking for mt washi tape. You can also find Japanese ink pads for stamping as well as the buttery-soft Japanese rubber many stampers use. They also have a good selection of specialty papers and craft books for sale.
Best finds: Avalon is your one-stop shop for Field Notes, Fashionary and Moleskine. Field Notes come in packs of three and each edition (except the standard kraft covers) comes with a story and is printed in limited runs, so you’ll feel an urge to collect ’em all.