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Things to do in Cebu City

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Movie Theater
“Approx 15 mins taxi depending on traffic. Many branded shops eg Levis, Apple, Samsung, H&M etc. Food court at top floor. Scores of restaurants on "The Terraces" and some bars on the very top floor eg The Social. Live bands / events on a regular basis. Some nice outside areas to relax. ”
  • 102 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“You can find everything that you need while you are in Cebu from food, clothing, travel tickets, local banks, office supplies, movie theater, electronic supplies and more.”
  • 57 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Magellan’s Cross is a Christian cross planted by the Portuguese and Spanish explorers. They were ordered to do so by Ferdinand Magellan upon arriving in Cebu City on March 15, 1521. The cross is nestled in a chapel next to the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño and in front of the city hall and on Magallanes Street. Since Magellan’s Cross is outside the Basilica, you can visit the cross anytime of the day.”
  • 65 locals recommend
Nature
“rom the downtown, let’s take you somewhere high – TOPS. But wait, let me just tell you that if you have not hired a car, this time, I suggest you do. And unless you know your way to the top, they also offer transportation to and from Tops. Probably one of the most overrated tourist spots in Cebu but, will never disappoint. Nestled in Brgy. Malubog, Busay, Cebu City, Busay, Tops is great for an “anytime of the day” unwind. One of the most notable things in Tops is the big old bell – which people enjoy banging. Operating hours: 7:00AM to 12:00MN daily Entrance fee: ₱100 per head”
  • 60 locals recommend
Memorial Site
“The Temple of Leah is located in Barangay Busay in Cebu City. It is built as a symbol of undying love and never ending devotion of Teodorico Adarna to his wife Leah Villa Albino-Adarna. This Roman inspired edifice showcases not only a labyrinthine and sophisticated architecture but also an astounding view of the whole city. There is also an art gallery and museum that features books and other valuable collectibles. This place is perfect for picture taking especially pre-nuptial and other themed occasions. The huge lions on the entrance, the enormous pillars, the statue of angels, the fountain in the middle with naked women and the magnificent staircase truly can give a touch of the ancient Rome architecture.”
  • 48 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Good for shopping, restaurants and cinemas. A large and modern shopping mall in central Cebu. ”
  • 38 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“this is by far the biggest mall in Cebu a church sea aquarium can also be found here ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Fuerte de San Pedro is a military defense structure in Cebu (Philippines), built by the Spanish under the command of Miguel López de Legazpi, first governor of the Captaincy General of the Philippines. It is located in the area now called Plaza Indepedencia, in the pier area of the city. The original fort was made of wood and built after the arrival of Legazpi and his expedition. In the early 17th century a stone fort was built to repel Muslim raiders. Today's structure dates from 1738 and is the oldest triangular bastion fort in the country.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Farm
“"In a more elevated spot in Cebu, particularly in the Busan area, you can get a quite similar feel when traveling in the highlands and fields in the Netherlands. The Sirao Flower Garden is one of Cebu’s best outdoor spot and tourist attraction. This place is named and quite popularly called as “The Little Amsterdam.” It features a wide field of “Burlas” as called by the locals or more commonly known as celosia. The flowers in the garden are of different colors of red, yellow, purple, and orange, which all in all, are very fascinating to look at. Making it more scenic, the Siarao Flower Garden put up a windmill, and with the combination of cool wind, this place offers a unique touristy feel for everyone." - from: SouthPole Central Hotel”
  • 32 locals recommend
Bakery
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“The “Little Paris” restaurant in Cebu City How to get there? Exact location: 271 Gorordo Avenue, Lahug, Cebu City. 15-30 minutes away from Fuente Osmena Circle; 10 minutes away from Ayala Center Cebu; 1 hour away from Mactan Airport. BY JEEPNEY: Ride any jeepney going to Gorordo Ave or Lahug. Inform the driver to drop you off at “La Vie” near UP Lahug Campus. These are the jeepneys that will pass through La Vie: – 04L from SM City Cebu (near APM Mall) – 17B/D from USC Main (near Jollibee) – 04C from Colon via Ramos – 04H from Colon via Jones – 04D from Carbon via Jones BY CAR / GRAB: Just navigate via Waze or Google Maps and pin your location to “La Vie Parisienne”. Ample parking space is available.”
  • 30 locals recommend
Place to eat
“Has a bunch of cafes, restaurants, & local banks. A local mall is opening here soon!”
  • 28 locals recommend
Street Fair
“Night Food Market with Cebu IT Park that is favorite to both locals and non-locals. Featuring a range choice of Cebu delicacies, from lechon to mango float, this food market also has live bands on weekends. Perfect glimpse of the food-trip-adventure-filled Cebu City.”
  • 39 locals recommend
Church
“The Basílica Menor del Santo Niño de Cebú (Minor Basilica of the Holy Child of Cebú), commonly known as the Santo Niño Basilica, is a minor basilica in Cebu City in the Philippines that was founded in the 1565 by Fray Andrés de Urdaneta, O.S.A. and Fray Diego de Herrera, O.S.A.. The oldest Roman Catholic church in the country, it is built on the spot where the image of the Santo Niño de Cebú was found during the expedition of Miguel López de Legazpi. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Entertainment
“There’s plenty of history to be seen in Cebu City, and Fort San Pedro is one such historic location. First built as a wooden fort around 1565, the current structure is a triangular bastion fort that has been around since 1738. Nowadays, Fort San Pedro no longer houses soldiers but a museum, an open-air theater, and the Cebu office of the Department of Tourism. If you’re looking to be transported back to colonial times, Fort San Pedro is the place to go. Type: Tourist attraction Location: A. Pigafetta Street, Cebu City, 6000 Cebu Directions: Fort San Pedro is a 40-minute drive from the Mactan-Cebu International Airport. From the airport, take Lapu-Lapu Airport Rd to M.L. Quezon National Hig”
  • 19 locals recommend
Landmark
“It's located within Cebu's elite subdivision. This temple is sitting on high grounds and offers a good view of the city also. The temple is frequented by tourists taking interest to experience and see Taoist place of worship and icons.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“Opens 24hours Swimming pool: Monday to Friday 8AM-6PM Saturday, Sunday & Holidays 8AM-9PM No corkage fee for the foods you bring.”
  • 16 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bakery
“The “Little Paris” restaurant in Cebu City How to get there? Exact location: 271 Gorordo Avenue, Lahug, Cebu City. 15-30 minutes away from Fuente Osmena Circle; 10 minutes away from Ayala Center Cebu; 1 hour away from Mactan Airport. BY JEEPNEY: Ride any jeepney going to Gorordo Ave or Lahug. Inform the driver to drop you off at “La Vie” near UP Lahug Campus. These are the jeepneys that will pass through La Vie: – 04L from SM City Cebu (near APM Mall) – 17B/D from USC Main (near Jollibee) – 04C from Colon via Ramos – 04H from Colon via Jones – 04D from Carbon via Jones BY CAR / GRAB: Just navigate via Waze or Google Maps and pin your location to “La Vie Parisienne”. Ample parking space is available.”
  • 30 locals recommend
Filipino Restaurant
“I like the place because of the sea view and the food they serve are to my likings.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Restaurant
“it's located in the highest elevation of cebu that is why it's called "Top". It's perfect to have dinner there because you can see the City Lights. It's very cosy and price range of $$$. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The Pyramid is a sophisticated bistro at the Cebu IT Park inspired by the great architectural design of Chinese-American architect, I.M. Pei. The restaurant’s facade mimics the grand entrance of the Louvre in France. It’s a wine and dine restaurant and a lifestyle destination that offers so much more than their eclectic, international menu. Read our full feature here.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“Great mexican food, happy hour on mojitos on weekdays and Salsa nights on the weekends ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Located in Acacia Street in Kamputhaw, House of Lechon specializes in Carcar-style lechon. As you may probably know, the regional differences in the Philippines encompass even our cuisine—and even at the province level, each city or municipality has a different version of local dishes. If you have been to Carcar, you will see lechon being sold in the markets, where vendors chop the freshly-prepared roast and put on some of the drippings before presenting it to you. Now you don't have to go to Carcar to taste this version of lechon.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Bar
“Good food here. Can be busy some nights but worth trying out. We often eat here. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Restaurant
“enjoy nite life with live band request for ur favorite songs they will sing it for u.”
  • 6 locals recommend

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