Zamboanga City

Take a trip to what is known as Asia’s Latin City: Zamboanga City. Spanish influence is very much present in the local language, the musical-sounding Chavacano, as well as in the buildings and landmarks around the city.

The city, located in the boundaries of Zamboanga Sibugay, is independent of the province’s administration. Though it is highly urbanized, the city is known for its wide variety of flowers, particularly orchids. Be sure to check out the Philippine cherry trees while visiting Zamboanga.

Head to the pink sands of the Great Sta. Cruz Island, whose pinkness is due to the red corals that litter the beach. On the beach you’ll find a Zamboanga City icon: vintas, which are Mindanaoan boats with big, bright, and colorful sails.

The Zamboanga Peninsula is home to many indigenous groups, including the Badjaos and the Subanons. In Zamboanga City, the Yakans are known for their excellent weaving skills. Visit the Yakan Weaving Village for colorful and unique handwoven souvenirs like bags, necklaces, mats, sashes, and rugs.

Eat like a true Zamboangeño and try curacha, or red spanner crab. Zamboanga City’s Alavar’s Seafood House is famous for cooking curacha in their secret Alavar sauce, made with coconut milk and several spices.

Go back in time and see the historical landmarks of Zamboanga City. Fort Pilar, named after the city’s patroness Nuestra Señora del Pilar (Our Lady of the Pillar), is over 400 years old and now houses a branch of the National Museum of the Philippines. Visitors can learn about the marine life in Zamboanga and the surrounding provinces in its permanent exhibit, as well as take a look at archaeological finds from the Griffin Shipwreck.

Other pieces of history in the city are the Pettit Barracks and the Zamboanga City Hall, which have been standing since the late 19th century.

For fun and entertainment, spend a day at the ZamboEcoZone, short for Zamboanga City Special Economic Zone Authority and Freeport. The zone’s recreational area includes the ZamboEcoZone Mary Monte Nature Park and Resort and the ZamboEcoZone Waterpark.

Guests to the ZamboEcoZone can go ziplining, bowling, and enjoy a spectacular view of the city on the viewing deck. If you’re looking for a place to stay, the ZamboEcoZone has condo-hotels in the area.

Schedule your trip to Zamboanga City in October and partake in the lavish city-wide festival, the Zamboanga Hermosa Festival. Locals call it Fiesta Pilar, in honor of the city’s patroness, Our Lady of the Pillar. The festival runs for 12 nights, and fills the city with processions, street parades, live music, and firework displays.

Top Rated Restaurants in Zamboanga City

  1. Alavar's Seafood & Grill
    4.5 Stars
    Seafood
    7 Reviews View
  2. Palmeras Restaurant
    5.0 Stars
    Filipino
    5 Reviews View
  3. Myrna's Bake House
    5.0 Stars
    Bakery
    4 Reviews View
  4. Jimmy's Satti Haus
    5.0 Stars
    Filipino
    4 Reviews View
  5. Greenwich
    5.0 Stars
    Pizza
    3 Reviews View
  6. Gerry's Grill
    4.5 Stars
    Filipino
    4 Reviews View
  7. Abe's Lechon
    5.0 Stars
    Filipino
    1 Review View
  8. Hanazono Japanese Restaurant
    5.0 Stars
    Japanese
    1 Review View
  9. Luv2bake
    5.0 Stars
    Bakery
    1 Review View
  10. KFC
    5.0 Stars
    Fast Food
    1 Review View

Top Rated Places in Zamboanga City

  1. Alavar's Seafood & Grill
    4.5 Stars
    Seafood
    7 Reviews View
  2. Palmeras Restaurant
    5.0 Stars
    Filipino
    5 Reviews View
  3. Myrna's Bake House
    5.0 Stars
    Bakery
    4 Reviews View
  4. Jimmy's Satti Haus
    5.0 Stars
    Filipino
    4 Reviews View
  5. Greenwich
    5.0 Stars
    Pizza
    3 Reviews View
  6. Gerry's Grill
    4.5 Stars
    Filipino
    4 Reviews View
  7. Great Sta. Cruz Island
    5.0 Stars
    Great Outdoors
    2 Reviews View
  8. Dennis Coffee Garden
    5.0 Stars
    Coffee
    2 Reviews View
  9. Garden Orchid Hotel
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    3 Reviews View
  10. Lantaka Hotel by the Sea
    4.0 Stars
    Hotel
    6 Reviews View