If you would stay for good in the Philippines as a retiree or a foreign student, you would most likely notice two popular convenience stores everywhere within every city. 7 Eleven and Mini Stop are the top two competitor convenience store in the country, and through the years they have been what everyday people rely to—in all things concerning hassle less purchasing.
If you haven’t come along with either of the two, I will show you around 7Eleven and Mini Stop in my own buying experiences.
I stopped by first at MiniStop, after my work shift. As you can see it’s already twilight by the time I walked in, and I figured I could buy something cold to drink to lighten up my mood. I went inside, and there are fewer people than the usual. Some are waiting, and some are eating. I walked around first on the chip stalls available there, and see if I could buy one or two of them.
After about less than two minutes of checking chips, I figured I should go with the cold shake they call “Chillz”. I asked the staff how much it is, and they offer large and small sizes, 38 and 30 Filipino pesos respectively. I buy the small one, and after giving me the receipt I asked the Miss Counter if I can kindly take a picture of her on the counter. Gladly, she agreed. Such friendliness!
The Chillz tastes good in Hazel coffee flavor, with cookie toppings. Aside from shakes they offer so many snacks inside, drinks, meals for any time of the day—completely anything that’s perfect and convenient for a quick day snack or midnight snack.
Next stop, 7Eleven. I figured I could buy some chips there since I have my Chillz coffee from MiniStop. I surveyed the store from outside, and like MiniStop earlier—there are fewer people than the usual.
Little strolling around is healthy. I think I’ll settle with a cheese chip worthy of only 24 Filipino pesos. My original budget for this is 100. So far, I only bought the coffee shake, and I still got 70 Pesos left.
Last week I have been in the same store (but different branch) and I bought their famous Slurpee shake. It’s in a strawberry flavor, and can be bought in three different sizes: Large, Medium and Small. I went for Small, which only cost 30 Pesos. Usually, in most 7Eleven stores they only offer 2 Slurpee flavors, depending on what is on sale each day. But occasionally they sell Ube, Apple, Strawberry and Cola flavors. My favorite is Strawberry.
7Eleven also offer mobile charging service, when your mobile phone reaches its low battery status. You can easily find the charging station around the store. This station offers many charging ports for different mobile phone brands. The charging costs 5 Filipino pesos per 5 minutes, and you must stay close to your phone so it wouldn’t be taken away by strangers.
Like MiniStop, 7Eleven offers anything from well-brewed coffees, snacks, drinks, sanitizers, bread, meals and almost anything!
I settled with cheese chip called Mr. Chips!
And I again asked Miss Staff on the Counter for a picture. After a few giggles and asking me why it should be her, she said Yes—thankfully. Such cuteness!
One good thing about this convenience stores is that they are always open, 24/7. You can come and buy anything you need even in the middle of the night in the nearest 7Eleven or Mini Stop around you. You can also have your breakfast there or morning coffee just like what I did a few days ago—if you got no time and are on a hurried schedule.
Few important notes
You can buy liquor in both stores but they prohibit anyone to drink it inside. I once had a friend who experienced it and was reprimanded for drinking inside the store the light beer he had purchased in 7Eleven. Aside from that, you are free to sit on their offered tables and chairs when eating a snack or waiting or a friend.
Both also offer the internet and mobile load services, and some have ATM machines inside—and it’s a good thing though, for it is much safer to get cash inside than with locale ATM machines outside.
So if you have plans to stay in the Philippines and had a busy schedule to start to, you can always count on to these two stores’ convenience—at any time of the day. As for me, when Star Bucks’ coffees are too expensive for my daily budget, I always turn to either 7Elven or MiniStop’s great offered lattes. The same thing can happen to you as well! Since they are Cheap, convenient—accessible, transportation is not really a problem. Visit Mini Stop and 7Eleven stores any day on your stay here in the Philippines!