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Cebu is the main city on Cebu Island in the Philippines and is known as the Queen City of the South. It is a major transport hub and a popular tourist destination in its own right.

Cebu is part of a large urban area, Metro Cebu, whose other main components are the cities of Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu. This is a booming metropolitan area with all the conveniences of a modern city and many of the problems of squalor, noise and pollution. Cebu City is clearly the center of the urban region, though the other towns are far from insignificant.

The area has excellent transport links and is the main hub for travel in the southern Philippines either by sea or by air. Cebu City has the busiest sea port in the Philippines. Lapu-Lapu has Mactan-Cebu International Airport with direct international flights and many domestic flghts; it is far more traveller friendly than Manila's airport.


The term "Cebu" is somewhat ambiguous; it can refer to the city itself (the commonest usage), to the whole Metro Cebu urban area, to Cebu Island or to Cebu Province which includes Cebu Island and a few smaller nearby islands.


The main language spoken in Cebu City and all the nearby areas is Cebuano, one of the three major Visayan languages in the Philippines.

English and Tagalog are common as additional languages. Sometimes, they also speak in Taglish (Tagalog + English) when they cannot find the appropriate word to use. Younger people speak English with a Cebuano accent, often interchanging i and e, and o and u.

The city also has some speakers of other Visayan languages such as Ilonggo and Waray, and the Chinese minority speak Hokkien, but most speakers of those languages can also speak at least one of Cebuano, English or Tagalog.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

The cheapest way to get to/from the Mactan Airport is by MyBus from SM City to Mactan Airport (buses depart from 06:00-20:00 at 15-min intervals) and cost ₱25 per person. All the MyBus vehicles have air-conditioning and CCTV. Taxis are also readily available for ₱250-400.

For either the bus or taxi, 45 minutes is a typical time. However, either can sometimes be a bit faster or much slower depending on traffic conditions.

By boat[edit]

Cebu City's domestic port is the country's busiest and is home to almost 80 percent of the country's passenger vessels.

If planning a trip, consider buying a Sun Star newspaper for ₱8; they have a shipping guide with information on passenger shipping schedules, updated daily.

The shipping lines that depart from Cebu city are.

  • 2Go Travel,
  • Trans-Asia, now part of 2go ferries.
  • George & Peter Lines,
  • Cokaliong, biggest ferry company in Cebu has new clean ferries. has a night ferry to Dumaguete for ₱310. Cagayan de Oro for ₱890. Iloilo for ₱800.
  • Lite,
  • Super Shuttle,
  • Kinswell shipping lines.
  • Roble shipping lines.
  • Weesam Express
  • Oceanjet
  • Island Shipping Corporation.
  • Gabisan Shipping Lines.
  • Medallion transport. has a ferry to the new Dipolog port 3 times a week for ₱660.
  • Fastcat has a ferry to Tubigon Bohol for ₱240.

Large passenger ferries with a capacity of 400 or more passengers ply the routes such as to Manila, Iloilo, Butuan, Tagbilaran, Maasin, Ozamiz, Iligan, Dipolog, Surigao, Dumaguete, Masbate, Calbayog, Zamboanga, Cagayan de Oro.

Medium-sized vessels such as the roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) types go to nearer destinations; Ormoc, Baybay, Hilongos, Naval, Palompon, Tubigon, Tailbon, Getafe, Catbalogan, Larena Siquijor, and Plardel.

For destinations, such as Camotes, Ormoc, Bohol, Dumaguete, Siquijor fast hydrofoil ferries are available from companies such as Oceanjet, 2GO Super Cat, and Weesam Express. Travel time is about half that of a RoRo and the comfort level higher, but prices are at least double.

Local ferries, such as one to Lapu-Lapu, are also available. That ferry costs ₱16, departs every 20 minutes from Pier 3, and takes 20 minutes.

The passenger port is in Cebu City, near downtown. The parts of the port that handle containers and other freight extend for a long way north of that, reaching into Mandaue.

By bus[edit]

Buses go to and from most nearby cities, mainly along the north-south coastal highway. For more distant places — such as Dumaguete, Bacolod or even Manila — there are buses that ride ferries for parts of their routes.

There are two major bus terminals, the north Bus terminal in Mandaue and south Bus terminal in Cebu City. Ceres Bus lines operates regular bus services from these terminals and are considered the "safer" alternative to the smaller privately operated bus lines.

Get around[edit]

See the Metro Cebu article for a more general discussion of getting around in the large urban conglomerate of which Cebu City forms a part.

By jeepney[edit]

Do as the locals do and catch a colorful jeepney. Simply ask around for which route to take, or read the signs on the sides of the vehicles showing their routes. They are available 24 hours and cover most of the nooks and crannies of the city. Costs start at ₱7 and increase for longer distances. Beware of pickpockets and other theft, this is common and even locals fall victim.

By bus[edit]

  • MyBus air.con buses have four routes around Cebu city. fares from 25 peso.
  • Route 1. SM seaside, SM City, North bus terminal , Park mall.
  • Route 2 SM seaside, Taisay.
  • Route 3 SM city Park mall Mactan Airport.
  • Route 4 Park mall North bus terminal, SM city Taisay.
  • Robinsons free shuttle bus to/from Robinsons Fuente & Robinsons Cybergate going to Robinsons Calleria. every 30 mins.

Small buses — vans that seat about a dozen passengers — run between all the towns that make up Metro Cebu, and are often the best way of getting between those towns, more comfortable than jeepneys and cheaper than taxis. Their terminals are generally next to major malls; for example a van goes from Ayala Mall in Cebu to Gaesano Mall in Lapu-Lapu for ₱35.

By taxi[edit]

Taxis are omnipresent in Cebu City. Sadly, there's a decent chance you'll be overcharged by a taxi driver at some point during your trip to Cebu. This should be considered an unfortunate cost of visiting Cebu (or anywhere in the Philippines). You can (and should) report improper taxi behavior to the Department of Tourism in Cebu by phoning +63 32 254 2811.

Unless you're familiar with the city, always insist on a metered fare as a negotiated fare will almost always be much higher. If you know the city and need to go a long distance, it may be worth paying a negotiated fare so that the driver doesn't take the scenic route or you become victim of an uncalibrated meter. Late in the evenings, there could be taxis driving with an uncalibrated, inflated meter.

Most trips around the city should not cost more than ₱100. The fare from the airport to most of central Cebu should be ₱200-400 depending on whether you use the white or yellow cabs (white ones are reportedly cheaper).

If you know the name of the building, establishment, area or street you wish you reach, taxis are still the fastest way to your destination. Most drivers know where almost everything is. If the driver is pleasant, a ₱10-50 tip is warranted, especially if he loads or unloads your bags. Most drivers do not have, or will tell you they do not have change, so be ready with 50s and 20s when going on short trips.

It is best to avoid the "Private" taxis as they take advantage of tourists and charge 5-10 times the normal fare. You will find these taxis at the some of the high-class hotels. They are normally owned by the hotel to make money and may charge ₱500 for something that should cost ₱60. Some hotels make it hard for other taxis to pick you up at their premise and you may need to walk outside to save money.

Another place where private taxis are common is the airport. To avoid them, simply ask a porter for help and for a metered taxi. Downstairs at the exit for arrivals, there is a booth that will flag down a taxi for ₱70, but you can also go up the ramp and there are a large number of metered taxis waiting for you. You can also wend your way upstairs to Departures where many metered taxis are available. Fare down town to Ayala or SM Malls should be around ₱150 on the meter. You may be told "500" by the driver. Just grab the door handle and say "What, you don't have a meter?" Don't travel unless the meter is used; not using the meter is illegal, and you can report it to local officials.


Caution NOTE: Some churches and landmarks were heavily damaged in a 15 October 2013 earthquake; the bell tower of the Basilica of Santo Niño is no longer standing.[1]

Shrines and historical landmarks[edit]

  • Basilica of Santo Niño (Basilica del Santo Niño (Basilica of the Holy Child)), Osmeña Boulevard, +63 32 2556697. A large and venerable church that traces its history to the founding of the convent of the Santo Niño de Cebu in 1565. It contains a statue of the Santo Niño (Holy Child) that regarded as the oldest religious relic in the Philippines. The statue was presented by Ferdinand Magellan to Queen Juana during the baptism of King Humabon and his wife Queen Juana on 14 April 1521. The natives of Cebu were formally Christianized by Miguel Lopez de Legaspi and Father Andres de Urdaneta on 27 April 1565. However, as they found the natives hostile, the village was set on fire. Later on, in a burnt-out house, a soldier named Juan Camus found the statue untouched. This was proclaimed a miracle. The statue, adorned with gold and precious stones, is in a glass case to the left of the altar. The church sees a constant stream of devotees praying at pews in the sanctuary and in front of statues of saints. The Basilica del Santo Niño Museum (open Tu-Su 08:00-11:45, 13:30-16:45) contains the vestments used to dress the Santo Niño and jewellery offered to the Santo Niño for use during his feast on the third Sunday of January. ₱10.
Magellan's Cross
  • Magellan's Cross, Plaza Sugbo, off Magallanes St (between the Colegio de Santo Niño (south of the Basilica of Santo Niño) and Cebu City Hall - if you approach the Basilica from Osmeña Boulevard, walk through the courtyard of the Basilica and the Colegio to reach the Plaza). An octagonal building decorated with murals containing a large wooden cross that commemorates the Portuguese conquistador Ferdinand Magellan who planted a wooden cross upon converting the original inhabitants to Christianity. A plaque states that the visible wooden cross contains the original cross, but some historians say the original cross was reduced to firewood by local inhabitants when the Magellan fleet headed elsewhere. Take time to appreciate the various candle sellers who dance around during worship and while selling the candles.
  • Colon St. Brave the cacophonous traffic to see the oldest street in the Philippines with some nice worn-out classical buildings dating back to the American Era. At night, this street transforms into a market with good buys everywhere. Be wary of pickpockets though.
  • Fort San Pedro (Fuerza de San Pedro). The smallest Spanish outpost in the Philippines during the colonial era. It has a small museum showcasing the wreckage and treasures from the sunken San Diego galleon from Mexico. The area is scenic with the newly renovated and open-air Plaza Independencia at the entrance.
The Taoist Temple reflects the Chinese heritage of Cebu.
The Taoist Temple dragon
  • The Chinese Taoist Temple. There are many people of Chinese ancestry in Cebu, and several Chinese temples; one is the Taoist Temple. From there you can see a nice view of the city because it is located on a hill.


  • Casa Gorordo Museum, 35 Lopez Jaena St, +63 32 2555630, fax: +63 32 2555630, e-mail: . Tu-Su 10:00-18:00. A well-preserved Spanish colonial mansion constructed largely of wood, set in a pleasant, manicured garden. The lower floor has a collection of old tools, and an A/C room that has changing displays such as art exhibitions. The more interesting upstairs level was the former living quarters of the Gorordo family. It features lovely carved wooden furniture and a wide patio. The kitchen is particularly interesting, as it contains a traditional dirt stove, a wooden food safe, and a traditional dish drying rack fitted to the outside of the window. Adults: ₱70.
  • Jose R. Gullas Halad Museum (V. Gullas St. (former Manalili) and D. Jakosalem St.). A museum that pays homage to the musical heritage of Cebu. This museum is operated under the Tipiganan sa mga Handumanan sa Kanta ug Kinaiyang Sugbuanon (Treasury of Memories) Foundation. In the old building of The Freeman Newspaper.
  • Cebu Provincial Museum (Museo Sugbo) (a short taxi ride from Fort San Pedro). The museum is housed in the former Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center, which was once the Carcel de Cebu. Its four Spanish-era buildings made of coral stone contain artifacts relating to the history of Cebu.
  • Basilica Del Santo Nino Museum, Osmena Blvd. Tu-Su 08:00-11:45, 13:30-16:45. historical connection. ₱10.
  • Rizal Memorial Museum, Osmena Blvd. 09:00-17:00. Paintings and sculptures by local artists and antiques donated by wealthy Cebuanos. ₱20.

Other sights[edit]

  • Dance with the smoothest criminals in the world Experience the life behind prison bars and dance with the smooth friendly dangerous criminals. You can mingle with them take pictures with them but you don't have to worry much; guards and police are around. Still your life is in your hands. Free performances and bus. The inmates' performances are held on the last Saturday of each month.
  • Cebu Parkmall and Cebu International Convention Center
  • Provincial Capitol, which is particularly scenic at night, is by far the largest provincial Capitol building anywhere in the entire archipelago. Its original design is a miniature of the White House and was built during the American Era.
  • Heritage of Cebu (Eastern end of Colon St). A massive and particularly detailed monument showcasing the heritage of Cebu from the old Spanish to the American colonial era.
  • Santa Rosa Falls
  • Crocolandia. Witness different sizes of crocodiles, snakes, deer and birds.


  • Biking - Go to Tops, which literally sits at the top of the Mt Busay for an unobstructed view of the entire city at night. A few shops and restaurants stand along the way for a short stop. At one time taxi drivers charged a whopping ₱500+ for the ride to Tops but the price has doubled to a ridiculous non-negotiable ₱1000, the best way to experience Tops is by mountain bike. This is a world class climb and on any given day, Cebu's bikers are humping the 45 minute to 1 hr trek filled with switchbacks and views better than you see actually at the very top. Ask your hotel where you can rent a mountain bike. They will have to ask around a bit, but it's worth it.
  • Drink, Eat, Laugh and Party - Cebu city is one of the cities which won't miss the party scenes at night, being a major city of commerce and finance in the Philippines; the development of bars, clubs and other commercial establishments are at a fast rate. Take a break from the hectic busy urban life... take a laugh, comedy bars are common in the Philippines and usually Sarcasm the lowest common of wit as most people would say is the common specialty of comedians, don't get pissed at them if they make fun of you, smile back and just get along. Comedy and disco bars, coffee shops and restaurants are found in Gen. Mexilom Ave., Fuenta Rotunda and Osmeña Blvd.
  • Ride a Tartanilla - Head to Cebu's old quarters in Carlock St and try riding a horse drawn carriage called a tartanilla. Remember to negotiate with the driver before taking a ride.
  • See the scenic view of Cebu City's skyline - The Marcelo Fernan Bridge or Second Mactan Bridge offers some interesting views of the city at night, and is even picturesque from below. Arrange for a taxi to take you there.
  • Shop - Cebu City is well-known for two spacious and modern malls outside Manila. SM City Cebu and the Ayala Center Cebu are the most famous and luxurious shopping centers at the heart of the city. Boutique shops, mini-malls, themed malls, fine and alfresco dining include ParkMall, Banilad Town Center, among others.
  • Sinulog Festival - The island of Cebu gets especially busy on the third Sunday of January due to the Sinulog Festival. It is the local way of honouring the Child Jesus. Main thoroughfares around the city are blocked for an all-day and all-night loud and colourful street party. Don't forget your dancing shoes!
  • Swim and Sun - Mactan is actually the popular place when it comes to beaches which is just minutes away from Cebu City and is where the Airport is located. But despite its popularity, Mactan is a poor choice for travelers who are looking for a real beach experience. One would be hard-pressed to call any beach in Mactan a "paradise"... that is unless you enjoy fenced off, for-pay, mostly man-made muddy swim holes. Two ironies are at work on Mactan. Number #1: If you really like beaches, you are only about 90 minutes from great beaches, world class beaches ( examples include Moalboal and Alona in Bohol)... those are closer to the ones you see on postcards from the Philippines. Number #2: most people who enjoy Mactan absolutely hate the sun (count the number of umbrellas opened on any given day in Cebu!) ) and have a slightly less strong aversion to the water...and instead are enjoying mactan as the result of a someone else's generosity or purchased time, or bought a package deal back in Korea without knowing any better, or as furloughed cebu city workers who take some pleasure telling co-workers and friends they were at the so and so 3 star hotel for the weekend but do little else than take picture of the event rather than simply enjoying the experience.
  • Snorkel, bird-watching and scuba diving - The island of Olango and its 6 small satellite islands are ideal for snorkelling and scuba diving as well as observation of migratory birds.
  • Xtreme Rides - Just adjacent Robinson's Mall is the Crown Regency Cebu which is the tallest building in the city. Adventure seekers may head to the top floor to experience a breathtaking view of this modern city and its environs. You may also opt to join in the Xtreme Rides that literally puts you on the edge of the city, or you may walk around the edge of the building (don't worry, safety cables are attached) to experience this once in a lifetime experience. All of these you can enjoy for a small fee.
  • Backstreet Academy (Backstreet Academy), Capitol Site, Cebu City, Philippines., +63-9772033565, e-mail: . 09:00-18:00. An alternative tour experiences platform, they enable locals to offer authentic and unique activities to tourists such as street food tours, weaving workshops, landscape painting classes, Lechon feasts with locals and various types of Filipino Martial Art lessons with masters. A social enterprise, they work with many underprivileged people who either serve as hosts or facilitators. The facilitators will be your medium of communication with the local hosts. Transport is provided for some of the activities. US$10-25.
  • Abellana Cebu Sports Center & Public Swimming pool, 179 R R Landon Road off Osmmena Blvd, +63 32-2531091. 09:00-17:00. Full-size outdoor swimming pool 50-meter by 25 meter. Has ten lanes. ₱30, over 60 years old pay ₱20.


  • Cebu City has many shopping malls - the biggest being SM Seaside which is the 6th largest mall in the world or 3rd largest mall in the Philippines. has a huge department store, 18-lane bowling center, movie theaters, Olympic size ice skating rink, and 447 shops and restaurants. there is also SM city and SM Consolacion.
  • The Ayala Mall has a large department store, two supermarkets and a movie theater, and it offers restaurants and stores that appeal to tourists. These are modern buildings with lots of western goods in addition to local stores.
  • There are other malls, dotted all over the city, such as the Gaisano malls, Robinson's Malls, Cebu Parkmall, Star Mall. In addition to this there are many stores and places to stop. One nice place is the Colon part of the Old Downtown.
  • If you need to fix something there are hardware stores in all of the malls. Cebu Home and Builders Center along AS Fortuna-Mandaue, Mactan (near old bridge) and Cebu Parkmall is the home depot style that carries the most complete line for finishing and building materials. There is a large warehouse store called S & R membership shopping that offers good prices on goods in bulk. Another great place to buy household goods on the cheap is White Gold, near SM. For furniture the two best places to go is Sun Gold and Mandaue Foam, just remember to ask for at least 10-20% off the price.
  • If you want to buy groceries, the Metro Supermarket in Ayala Mall is well stocked with local and imported products. the most low priced supermarkets in Cebu are the ones at Colonnade supermarkets of which there is one in Colon Street and one in Mandaue.

Banks & ATMs[edit]

  • HSBC Bank (UK), Taft Ayala bldg, Cardinal Rosales Avenue (Cebu business park (near the Ayala Mall)). 24 hour atms.. Has the only Master card, Visa card ATMs in Cebu without a ₱250 fee for overseas cards. HSBC has also the only ATMs in Cebu where you can take up up to ₱40,000 per time. no fee atms.
  • Citi Bank (USA). Mindanao Avenue. Has a 24-hour (ATM with a max of ₱15,000 per use). Citibank has a 200 ATM fee.
  • Sun Saving Bank, Fuente Osmena (Jesever Bldg), +63 32-2542940. M-Sa 09:00-16:00. Has four branches: Fuente Osmena, Tabunok, Carcar, Mandaue.


  • National Book Store, Ayala Center Cebu, Mango Cebu and SM City Cebu, e-mail: . Bookshop chain with local and foreign books, academic texts and stationery.
  • Book Sale, Elizabeth Mall, Park Mall, Robinsons, SM City, Gaisano. 09:00-20:00. making reading affordable. books from only ₱20.

Shopping & supermarkets[edit]

  • Carbon Market, M C Briones Street. 24 hours. Largest farmers' market in Cebu. Best prices for local fruit & vegetables.
  • Colonade Mall & Supermarket, 82-90 Colon Street, +63-32-2557409. 06:00-21:00. Best priced supermarket in Cebu. lower prices.
  • Fooda Saversmarts, General Maxilom Avenue, +63-32-2533912. 08:00-20:00. There are five Fooda saversmarts in Cebu. one in Guadalupe. one in Kasambagan. one in Consolacion. lower prices.
  • Robinsons Supermarkets, Robinsons Mall Fuente. Lower Ground floor. B Rodriguez Street, +63-32-2555590. 20:00-20:30. There are 6 Robinsons supermarkets in Cebu.
  • Gaisano Capital South, Colon Street, +63-32-2607888. 9am-8pm. A supermarket & department store. lower prices.
  • Gaisano Metro Department Store & Supermarket, Colon street Corner Juan Luna Street, +63-32-3489898. 06:00-20:00. There are many Gaisano metros in Cebu.
  • Elizabeth Mall, Natalio B Bacalso Avenue. 09:00-20:00. Has a SM Savemore supermarket there are many SM Savemore supermarkets all over Cebu.
  • Prince Supermarkets, P Burgos Street, +63-32-2380668. 07:30-20:00. There are Prince supermarkets all over Cebu. higher price.
  • Rustan's Supermarkets, Alaya Mall Lower Ground Floor Archbishop Reyes Avenue, +63-32-2381130. 10:00-21:00. There are four Rustan's supermarkets in Cebu. higher prices.
  • L A Nueva Supermarkets, M C Bliones Street. 07:00-20:00. There are three L A Nueva supermarkets in Cebu. higher prices.
  • Unitop Department Stores, 184 Osmena Boulevard, +63-32-2551489. 09:00-21:30. There are three Unitop stores in Cebu. lower prices.
  • Kaking Discount Stores, 6 Dionisio Jakosalen street. 09:00-20:00. There are 7 stores around Cebu. lower prices.
  • Gaisano Main, 50 Colon Street, +63-32-3406889. 07:00-21:00. Supermarket & department store. lower prices.
  • Shopwise Hypermarket, N B acalso Avenue, +63-32-2665740. 08:00-22:00. Part of Dairy Food Hong Kong. higher prices.
  • City Malls, Consolacion & Bacalso Avenue. 09:00-22:00. Most city malls have SM Savemore supermarkets and Jollibee fast food outlets. higher prices.
  • 7-Eleven Convenience Stores, Colon Street. open 24 hours 7 days a week. There are over 100 7-Eleven convenience stores all over Cebu. higher prices.
  • Family Mart Convenience Stores, alaya mall. 24 hours 7 days a week. 50 Family Marts all over Cebu higher prices.
  • Gaisano Country Mall, Camp Lupu-lapu Road Apas, +63-32-2311481. 08:00-21:00. Has a large supermarket. Movie theatres. lower prices.
  • Minstop Convenience stores, V Rama Street. 24 hours. There are only a few Ministop in Cebu (part of Robinsons group). higher prices.
  • Peoples Educational Supply Inc, 107 Sanciangko Street, +63 32 254-2041. 08:00-20:00. Lower prices for stationaries. lower price.


  • 67 Pharma Drug Store, Gen Maxilom Avenue, +63-32-2537053. 09:00-18:00. lower prices.
  • Generika Drug Stores, Juan Luna Street, +63-32-2540760. 09:00-21:00. Many Generika Drug stores all over Cebu (part of the Ayala group). lower prices.
  • The Generics Pharmacy, Fuente Osmena Cir, +63-32-2683818. 08:00-21:00. Many Generics pharmacies all over Cebu (part of Robinsons). lower prices.
  • Three Sixty Pharmacy, F Ramos Street. 08:00-21:00. Many Three Sixty pharmacy all over Cebu (part of Puregold Philippines).


The great thing about Cebu is that, while being an island paradise, on the one hand, it's also a sophisticated city, with a wide range of pretty decent restaurants to choose from. Street-food abounds in Cebu. You can buy all sorts of Philippine delicacies from the many street stalls scattered around Cebu City.


  • SuTuKil - An acronym for sugba (grilled), tula (soup-based/with broth), and kilaw (raw, soaked/pickled in vinegar). This is a popular term for ordering a selection of fresh seafood and meat from the market and cooked any way you like it in an eatery.
  • Lechon - Roasted suckling pig. The whole province of Cebu is known for its lechon which is known to be the best in the Philippines.


Cebu has Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Italian, Continental, fusion, and of course local restaurants. It also has other international cuisines like American, Spanish, Thai and Indian. For tourists, the two best areas to find great restaurants are Ayala Mall and IT Park. Ayala Center Cebu recently opened a modern extension called The Terraces with an abundance of food choices. The IT Park has over 20 great restaurants and most of them are open 24 hours a day. Both of these eating areas offer free WiFi. On the other hand, SM City Cebu also opened an extension to the main mall called SM Northwing with more than 10 choices of local and international cuisines.

  • Alberto's Pizza, B. Rodriguez Ave. (opposite Vicente Sotto Hospital). 09:00-23:00. Offers a good and rather affordable locally made thin crust pizza. has branches all over Cebu. from ₱75.
  • Mooon Cafe, Robinsons Cybergate. 10:00-22:00. Is a Mexican restaurant located at Robinsons Cybergate and the Terraces in Ayala Mall as well as in Guadalupe not far from the Capitol building. Its specialty is Mexican "inspired food and ambiance, but they serve a wide variety of options.
  • Little Saigon Big Bangkok, 1 Paseo Saturnino Drive ( Old Maria Luisa Road) next to The Spa at Cebu, Banilad, +63 9177103900, e-mail: . Little Saigon Big Bangkok is an Asian restaurant specializing in creative Thai and Vietnamese street food.
  • Robinsons Fuente food court, B Rodriguez Street. 10:00-20:30. Lower ground floor near the Robinsons supermarket.
  • Bente Silog Restaurant, Junquers street. 24 hours. Ham egg rice or burger egg rice for ₱20. meals from ₱20.
  • Ngohiong Express fast food, Juana Osmena Street. (near Mango Sq). 24 hours. Has many branches all over Cebu. low cost.
  • Persian Palate Restaurant, Mango Sq Mall Gen Maxilom Avenue, +63-32-4126795. 11:00-22:00. Indian and Persian food. (Friday and Saturday all you can eat buffet for ₱195). all day breakfast for only ₱145.
  • Royal Concourse Buffet Resturant, Gorordo Avenue, +63-32-2311045. 11:00-14:00 and 19:00-21:00. All you can eat buffets. ₱228 per person.
  • Our Place, Pelaez Street. 09:00-22:00. British & European and US food. melas from ₱99.
  • Da Vinci's Pizza Restauant, Osmena Blvd, +63 32-2688888. 07:00-00:00. Two pizzas for ₱499.
  • RR Restauant Ross Land Food Fiesta., V Rama Avenue (next to Cebu mountain Bile and near fooda Guadalupe). 09:00-22:00. Patronized by many expats who live in Cebu. Meals from ₱30, cold beer ₱35.

Pastries & cakes[edit]

  • Julie's Bake shops, 252 Gorordo Avenue, +63-32-2310593. open 24 hours a day. There are over 100 Julie's bakes shops on Cebu Island. lower prices.


Mango Avenue and Mango Square is where the bulk of the nightlife is located. The typical venues are nightclubs, bars and karaoke boxes. There is also a variety of girlie clubs lined up on Mango Ave leading up to Mango Square.

  • Time Out Sports Bar, 301 F Ramos street, +63-32-5132706. 12:00-02:00. A bar with chicken wings for ₱10 each every Monday and Friday. A beer in the happy hours is ₱55.
  • El Gecko Resto Bar, Gen Maxilom Corner D Jekosalem street, +63 32-4164983. 09:00-03:00. A good expat bar which also sells food. Has breakfasts from 09:00. Happy hours are 11:00-28:/0 beer for ₱50.
  • Marshalls Irish Pub, General Maxilom Avenue (Mango Sq.), +63 9176312413. 10:00-03:00. Sells Irish/British food. Has happy hours every day from 16:00-19:00 where a beer cost only ₱50. Live music.
  • Our Place Pub & Restaurant., Pelaez street (down town cebu), +63 32-4168243. 07:30-23:00 365 days a year. Established 1978. Meet other expats from all over the world. Good food at a great prices. sells beer for only ₱45.
  • Howling Dogs Bar & Grill, Juana Osmena Street (behide Mango sq.), +63-9399527627. 07:00-03:00. Six big screen TVs. Pool table. Happy hours beer ₱50.
  • The Joker's Arms Pub & Restaurant, Dioisio Jakosalem Street (off mango ave.), +63-32-4120263, +63-9988822396. 17:00-03:00. A British pub with pool table, dart board. Has a varied selection of food, but a bit overpriced: bangers and mash and house-made pies are ₱450 each. happy hour beer ₱60..


This guide uses the following price ranges for a standard double room:
Budget under ₱1000
Mid-range ₱1000-3000
Splurge over ₱3000

you can pay by the month at most pension houses. from 15.000 a month.


  • SanJose Pension House, 131 Rahmann Street (a 10 min walk from Robinsons mall or Ayala Mall.), +63 32 2534052, +63 32 2550524. Check-in: any time, check-out: 12:00. A/C double rooms with own bathroom and cable TV. Free wifi in all the rooms. only ₱599 a night..
  • 1 Cebu Century Hotel, Corner Colon and Pelaez St., +63 32 255-1652, fax: +63 32 2551600. Check-out: 12:00. Double rooms with cable TV, hot water and A/C. From ₱740..
  • 2 Hotel de Mercedes, 7 Pelaez Streeet, +63 32 253-1105, fax: +63 32 253-3880. Check-out: 12:00. A/C double room with own hot water bathroom and cable TV. From 880 peso.
  • 3 Sugbutel Bed & Bath, S Osmena St, North Reclamation area (near SM mall and the sea port.), +63 32 232-8888. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. 5 min walk from SM City Mall complex and 5 min walk from the New Robinsons mall and close to Cebu International Convention Center (CICC). near Pier 5. Hostel accommodation with A/C accommodation area free WiFi, 24 hr security with CCTV cameras, 24 hr back-up generator and entertainment area with wide screen LCD TV. Has 136 dorm beds. Best to book online. dorm bed From ₱315 per person.
  • Mc Sherry Pension House, pelaez street, +63 32 254-4792. Check-out: 12:00. In quiet lane next to hotel de Mercedes. Fan/A/C rooms with own bathrooms and cable TV. All rooms double occupancy. You can pay by the month at ₱15,000 for the A/C double. double fan ₱500. double A/C ₱600.
  • Hope Pension House, V Gullas street cor Legaspi street., +63 32 254-3659. Check-out: 12:00. a/c double room with own bathroom. ₱520..
  • Regal Pension, Junquera Extension, +63 32 255-6758. All rooms have own bathrooms. Cable TV +₱75. Single fan ₱450, Single A/C ₱475, Double A/C ₱650.
  • La Guardia Hotel, Osmena boulevard., +63 32 416-7889, +63 32 416-7881. Check-in: 12:00, check-out: 12:00. A/C double rooms with hot water and cable TV. free wifi. 11 rooms at ₱700 a night and 11 rooms at ₱750 a night. You must pay a ₱300 deposit when you book in. from ₱700..
  • Capitol Tourist Inn, Don Gil Garcia street. (Uptown Cebu near the robinsons mall.), +63 32-253-2850. a/c single rooms with own bathroom. cable TV. a/c double rooms with own bathroom and cable TV. nice size rooms. from ₱550/₱630.
  • City View Pension House, Sanciangko street (City view pension is on the 1st floor.), +63 32-253-2465. A/C double rooms with own bathrooms and cable TV. from ₱685.
  • L S Pension House 1, 2 and 3, RR Landon Street, +63 32-256-2893. A/C single rooms with own bathroom and cable TV. A/C double rooms with own bathrooms and cable TV. has 24 hour security and a standby generator. there is also LS pension house 2 and LS pension house 3 all near LS Pension House 1. Free Wifi. single from ₱600, double from ₱700.
  • Ruftan Pension House., Legaspi Street., +63 32-2562613. Wash up rate. Fan double room. All rooms have outside bathrooms. ₱100/420.
  • Tr3ats Guest House, 785 V Rama Avenue., +63 32-422-8881. A/C dorm beds in a room with 8 beds, outside bathroom. ₱425 per bed..
  • Travelbee Pension, 294 gil garcis street., +63 32-253-1005. Single/double economy with A/C, standard single/double with A/C. ₱700/900.
  • Arbel Hotel And Lodging House, 57 e osmena blvd., +63 32-253-5303. Fan single/double rooms with outside bathrooms. from single ₱400, double ₱550.
  • Pacific Tourist Inn, V Gullas street, +63 32 253-2151. 150 A/C single/double rooms with own hot water bathrooms and cable TV. Has safety deposit boxes. ₱650.
  • Tonros Apartelle, Gorordo Avenue, +63 32 2534966. Check-out: 12 noon.. All rooms with A/C, cable tv, hot water, telephone, refrigerator. and free wifi from ₱900 a night..
  • Wins Pension A/C, Rahmann street. (near Sanjose pension house), +63 32- 2561977. A/C double rooms with own bathrooms and cable TV. Has a good rate for the month. ₱15,000/month..
  • Cebu Guesthouse, 112 General Maxilom Avenue, +63 32-2336010. Private rooms and a 12-bed A/C dorm. dorm bed ₱350 per person.
  • Teo Fel Pension house, Junquera street, +63-32-2532482. A/C single/double room with own bathroom and cable tv. single ₱600 double ₱750.
  • Cest La Vie Pension House, 13 Juana Osmena Street (near Mango Square.), +63-32-2532376. Check-in: 12:00, check-out: 11:00. Double room with own bathroom cable TV and free wifi. from ₱750..
  • Robes Pension House, 41 R Landon Street, +63-32-4125609. Check-out: 12:00. Standard room single or double with own bathroom and cable TV. free wifi. from ₱700.
  • J L Suites, RR Landon Street, +63 32-5205066. Check-out: 12:00. A/C double with own hot water bathroom and cable TV. from ₱700.
  • Jacinth Pension House, Osmena Boulevard Capital site, +63 32-2553515. Check-out: 12:00. A/C double room with own hot water bathroom and cable TV from ₱750.
  • Casa Amigo, 79 Echavez Street, +63 32-2334557. Check-out: 12:00. A/C double with own hot water bathroom and cable TV from ₱750..
  • The Seven Archangels Pension House., 24-K Uytengso Road Jones Avenue. Check-out: 12:00. A/C double room with own bathroom. ₱675.
  • C & B Hostel, Corner of Gualdalajara Street & V Rama Avenue Guadalupe. (2nd floor Jas Building over ministop), +63-905-5669000. Check-out: 12:00. A/C double room with own bathroom. from ₱650.
  • Le Village Guest House & Backpackers Hostel, 84 Gorordo Avenue (near Ayala Mall), +63 32-4203405. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. Has a bar. Free Wifi. fan dorn bed ₱300.
  • Cebu Guest Inn, Holy Family Road Brgy Busay, +63 32-2361839. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. 4-6-8 bed dorms. Free wifi. dorm bed from ₱275 per person.
  • 8th Street Guest House, 8-A Sanson Road Lahug, +63 9228229448. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. Free wifi. fan dorm bed ₱300.
  • Michelle's Guest House, Sanciangko Street (Unit 307 3rd floor Coast Pacific Downtown center). Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. A/C 8-bed dorm; free use of tower and linen; free wifi. ₱350 per person.
  • Steven's Place Hostel, 225 V Rama Avenue Guadalupe Cebu city, +63 32-4162607, +63 9156377779. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. 8 bed A/C dorm. Free Wifi. Open 24 hours a day. ₱350 per person.
  • Friendly's Guest House, 60 Gen Maxilom Avenue, +63-9432745483. Check-out: 12:00. 2 bed fan dorms. Shared bathroom. Free Wifi. dorm bed ₱250 per person.
  • Hey Fellas Guest House, 22-K General Maxilom Avenue, +63-9166465789. Check-out: 12:00. 4-6 bed dorms. Free Wifi. dorm bed ₱200.
  • Food District Hostel, 12 Torralba Street Cor Wilson street Brgy Apas Lahug (near camp lapa-lapu), +63-9778531685. Check-out: 12:00. 8 bed dorm with shared bathroom. Free Wifi. dorm bed ₱380 per person..


  • Cityscape Hotel, Ayala Access Road cor. Hernan Cortes St, +63 32 238-2489. All rooms equipped with air-conditioning, 32-inch TV with cable channels, Mini-bar, NDD/IDD phone, Wi-Fi Internet, hot and cold shower. Hotel has swimming pool, fitness room/gym, restaurant, 24 hr room service, help desk. From ₱2388.
  • Rajah Park Hotel, Fuente Osmeña, +63 32 412-3337, fax: +63 32 412-4899. 8 story hotel with 89 standard and deluxe rooms, most with a view of Fuente Circle park. US$35 for the basic to US$100 for a huge suite.
  • Castle Peak, F. Cabahug cor. Pres. Quezon St, Villa Aurora Mabolo. Standard- ₱1188/2. Superior- ₱1388, deluxe- ₱1688. suite- ₱1888-2488, extra bed ₱400.


  • Cebu Parklane International Hotel, Corner Archbishop Reyes Avenue and Escario Street, +63 32 234-7000. Cebu Parklane International Hotel claims to be a five-star hotel but does not really live up to that title. Elevators (lifts) are totally inadequate and you can spend 15 minutes waiting to get to your room when the hotel is crowded with conferences.

Stay safe[edit]

Cebu is a relatively safe city where violent crime is rare. Your biggest concern should be pickpockets who are active in downtown Cebu and on jeepneys.

Parts of downtown Cebu are unsafe at night, particularly along Colon and areas immediately to its north. If you're male and look remotely foreign or tourist-like, you will likely be accosted by prostitutes (both genders, plus ladyboys) and pimps.

Stay healthy[edit]

  • Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center. B Rodriguez Street. Phone 32-2539898. (DOH Hospital).
  • Cebu City Social Hygiene Clinic. room 103. City health office. General Maxilom Aveune. Phone 09321081556. (free STD and HIV testing and treatment). For Social Hygiene Clinics in Mandaue & Lapu-lupa, see Metro_Cebu#Stay_healthy.

Dental clinics[edit]

  • Comfort Dental Centre Joeilno building 4th floor room 4D Kalubihan Sanciangko Street Phone 032-2623062 Dr Rhebecca Marie Rebalde Osorio. dental work done from ₱500.
  • RT Clinika Dental Centre room 148 1/L Raintree mall General Maxilom Avenue. Phone 032-2549648. dental work done from ₱500.


  • Department of Tourism Cebu tourist office. Gf LDM Bldg Corner Legaspi & MJ Cuenco streets. phone 32-2542811. M-F 08:00-16:00. Free maps for Cebu Island & Bohol island & Siquijor Island. There is also a Tourist info counter at the Mactan Intenational Airport.
  • Tourist Police office Plaza Sugbu (near Magellan's Cross) phone +63-32 2538536, after 17:00 +63-32 2540080.
  • Bureau of Immigration Cebu office. J Centre Bldg. A S Fortung street Mandaue city. M-F 08:00-17:00.
  • Bureau of Immigration Mactan office. Galsano Mactan Island Mall. M L Quezon National Hightway Lapu-lapu. Mon-Fri 8am-5pm.
  • Cebu Public Library Gf Rizal Memorial Library & Museum Bldg Osmena Blvd. M-F 8am-5pm.
  • Main Central Post office Plaza Independencia (behide Fort San Pedro).
  • Phil Health office. Golden peak. Gorordo Avenue. +63-32-2333270. if you stay in the Philippines more than 59 days and get a I-card you can in roll on Phil Health for ₱200 a month.
  • Hair Cut for ₱38 Cut Encarnacion Group. Colon Street phone +63-32-2637173 (over the street from Colonnade Mall).
  • Laundry from ₱25 per kg. Maxilom Avenue.

Airlines offices[edit]

  • Cathay Pacific airlines 12 floor FGU Center. Mindanao Avenue Ayala Business Park. Phone 18001441101 toll-free.
  • Singapore Airlines & Silkair Cebu holding center Cardinal Rosales Avenue Ayala Business Park. Phone 032-2326211.
  • Emirates Airlines office at the Mactan Intenational Airport. Phone 180077739999 toll free.
  • Asiana Airlines office at the Mactan Intenational Airport. +63-32-3428066.
  • Korea Airlines office at the Mactan Intenational Airport +63-32-2531753.
  • Philippines Airlines Osmena Blvd. +63-32 2544655
  • Cebu Pacific Airlines Robinsons Fuente. Osmena Blvd. +63-32-2308888.
  • Air Asia office at Mactan Intenational Airport.
  • Tiger Airways office at Mactan Intenational Airport.
  • Eva Air office at Mactan Intenational Airport. +63-32-2323395
  • Air China at Mactan Intenational Airport.
  • China Eastern Airlines at Mactan Intenational Airport.

Go next[edit]

Anywhere in Cebu Province is easily reached, and anywhere in Metro Cebu is close; see those articles for lists of all the possible destinations. Popular beach resorts in the province include:

  • Moalboal beach, bus 2½-3 hr from south bus terminal, ₱115 + tricycle to beach ~₱60
  • The Camotes Islands, fast ferry from Cebu city (to Poro port) or by Jomalia ferry from Danao City to Consuelo port (taxi ~₱1200 from Cebu City, 1-2 hours).
  • Bantayan Island, off to the north of Cebu island.
  • Oslob, south of Cebu, known for whale shark watching

Other parts of the Visayas, and the main cities of northern Mindanao, are also easily reached. Popular Visayan tourist destinations usually reached by ferry from Cebu are:

  • Bohol, an island province east of Cebu, popular for its scenic Chocolate hills and tarsiers.
  • Dumaguete, capital of a neighboring province, with a relaxed bar scene and good diving nearby.
  • Bacolod, capital of a neighboring province.
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