Cebu City

Cebu City

Cebu City is a bite-sized version of Manila, as its roads bustle with jeepneys and tricycles, and people crowd in shopping malls mainly for air conditioning. Despite the humdrum daily grind atmosphere in the city, you’ll find that there’s a lot to do in Cebu.

Cebu has an incredibly rich history and culture which are preserved in its museums, landmarks, and festivals. Take a trip back to 1521 and visit Magellan’s Cross, or drop by the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño, the oldest church in the Philippines.

Dance and sing your heart out at the lively street parties of the Sinulog Festival, held every year on the third Sunday of January in honor of Cebu’s patron saint, the Santo Niño. Locals don bright and colorful costumes and parade around town with floats to the beat of drums and gongs, and the celebration goes well into the night.

The party doesn’t end there, and actually continues in the least likely of places: the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center. Here, inmates give prison riots a different meaning: they dance to hits like Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and Psy’s “Gangnam Style” for cheering crowds. You can catch their performances every last Saturday of the month, but seats go quick so come early.

If you’re looking to dance with sea creatures or catch a breath of fresh sea breeze, look no further. A half-hour drive from Cebu City can lead you to Mactan, an island where you can take boat rides, go snorkeling or diving at coral reefs, and even have lunch on the beach.

Once the sun sets, Cebu’s Lahug district comes alive. Here you’ll find bars, clubs, and cafes that keep your feet moving well into the early morning. For an extra dose of adrenaline, head to the JY Square Mall in Lahug where you can catch a motorcycle-taxi (habal habal) to the Tops Lookout Point.

In Cebu City, don’t worry about dropping the L-word too soon or too often: it stands for lechon, and there’s no wrong time to have it. This whole pig roasted over charcoal flame until its skin is perfectly crispy and its meat is soft and juicy can be found in restaurants or take out stands across the city. Lechon is so loved that even the airports of Cebu sell it. So when the lechon you planned to take home ends up in your belly before you’ve left, these airport lechon stalls are a lifesaver.

Top Rated Restaurants in Cebu City

  1. Casa Verde
    4.5 Stars
    American
    52 Reviews View
  2. Casa Verde
    4.5 Stars
    American
    110 Reviews View
  3. STK ta Bay! Sa Paolito's Seafood House
    4.5 Stars
    Filipino
    57 Reviews View
  4. Maya Mexican Restaurant
    4.5 Stars
    Mexican
    29 Reviews View
  5. Phat Pho
    4.5 Stars
    Vietnamese
    29 Reviews View
  6. Pizzeria Michelangelo
    4.5 Stars
    Italian
    20 Reviews View
  7. Big Tom's Charbroiled Burger
    4.5 Stars
    Burger
    26 Reviews View
  8. Gelatissimo
    4.5 Stars
    Gelato
    22 Reviews View
  9. Zubuchon
    4.0 Stars
    Filipino
    69 Reviews View
  10. Yakski Barbecue
    4.5 Stars
    BBQ Joint
    22 Reviews View

Top Rated Hotels in Cebu City

  1. Marco Polo Plaza Cebu
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    18 Reviews View
  2. The Henry Cebu
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    13 Reviews View
  3. Radisson Blu Hotel
    4.0 Stars
    Hotel
    33 Reviews View
  4. Crown Regency Hotel & Towers Cebu
    4.0 Stars
    Hotel
    27 Reviews View
  5. Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    12 Reviews View
  6. Castle Peak Hotel
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    11 Reviews View
  7. Cebu Parklane International Hotel
    4.0 Stars
    Hotel
    12 Reviews View
  8. Quest Hotel & Conference Center
    4.0 Stars
    Hotel
    23 Reviews View
  9. Harolds Hotel
    4.0 Stars
    Hotel
    11 Reviews View
  10. Bayfront Hotel Cebu
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    6 Reviews View

Top Rated Tourist Attractions in Cebu City

  1. Cebu Taoist Temple
    4.0 Stars
    Tourist Attraction
    18 Reviews View
  2. Tops Lookout
    4.0 Stars
    Tourist Attraction
    13 Reviews View
  3. Sirao Garden - Little Amsterdam
    4.5 Stars
    Tourist Attraction
    7 Reviews View
  4. Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House
    4.0 Stars
    Tourist Attraction
    5 Reviews View
  5. Terrazas de Flores Garden
    5.0 Stars
    Tourist Attraction
    2 Reviews View
  6. SM Ice Skating
    5.0 Stars
    Tourist Attraction
    1 Review View
  7. Sirao Pictorial Garden
    5.0 Stars
    Tourist Attraction
    1 Review View

Top Rated Places in Cebu City

  1. Casa Verde
    4.5 Stars
    American
    52 Reviews View
  2. Casa Verde
    4.5 Stars
    American
    110 Reviews View
  3. La Vie Parisienne
    4.5 Stars
    Wine Bar
    74 Reviews View
  4. STK ta Bay! Sa Paolito's Seafood House
    4.5 Stars
    Filipino
    57 Reviews View
  5. Maya Mexican Restaurant
    4.5 Stars
    Mexican
    29 Reviews View
  6. Phat Pho
    4.5 Stars
    Vietnamese
    29 Reviews View
  7. Pizzeria Michelangelo
    4.5 Stars
    Italian
    20 Reviews View
  8. Big Tom's Charbroiled Burger
    4.5 Stars
    Burger
    26 Reviews View
  9. Gelatissimo
    4.5 Stars
    Gelato
    22 Reviews View
  10. Zubuchon
    4.0 Stars
    Filipino
    69 Reviews View

Popular Areas in Cebu City

  1. North Reclamation Area

    North Reclamation Area

    184 Places
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  2. Cebu Business Park

    Cebu Business Park

    172 Places
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  3. Banilad

    Banilad

    140 Places
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  4. SM Seaside City Cebu

    SM Seaside City Cebu

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  5. IT Park

    IT Park

    56 Places
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  6. Lahug

    Lahug

    52 Places
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  7. Robinsons Galleria Cebu

    Robinsons Galleria Cebu

    39 Places
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  8. Asiatown IT Park

    Asiatown IT Park

    38 Places
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  9. Mabolo

    Mabolo

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  10. Robinsons Cybergate Cebu

    Robinsons Cybergate Cebu

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  11. Talamban

    Talamban

    17 Places
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  12. Robinsons Fuente

    Robinsons Fuente

    17 Places
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  13. Raintree Mall

    Raintree Mall

    15 Places
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  14. JY Square Mall

    JY Square Mall

    11 Places
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  15. Capitol Site

    Capitol Site

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  16. Kamputhaw

    Kamputhaw

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  17. Camputhaw

    Camputhaw

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