15 shops, restaurants and activities you need to try when in Cebu!
The island of Cebu is one of the best tourist destinations in the Philippines.
The island has great things to offer to those who wants to relax, to go adventure and most especially to just have fun!
Here are the 15 things we recommend you try:
TAHO by The House of Taho
“tah-ho” is your breakfast protein in a cup.
Its base is a very bland, soft version of warm silky tofu that’s sweetened with arnibal (“ar-nee-bahl”), a caramelized sugar syrup (the best uses sugarcane-based muscovado) and topped with tiny sago (“sah-goh”), gummy balls or pearls from the sago palm. It is very delicious.
Traditionally, it is sold in the streets in the morning. But House of Taho is always available to serve you.
Location: SM SEASIDE - City Wing
Opening hours: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Prices: Regular – 50 PHP; Large – 60 PHP
GEL NAILS by Mango Bongbong
Girls if you want cute and trendy nails, you should try getting gel nails!
We recommend you go to Mango Bongbong. The shop is stylish and serves a unique menu.
They serve everything with mangoes. Their sandwich combo is a must try. You can eat and drink while you are getting your fabulous nails done.
Location: Punta Engano Rd, Lapu-Lapu City
Opening hours: 10:30 AM – 11:30 PM
Prices: Gel nails – 800 PHP; Foot scrub-massage-drink set –
550 PHP; Sandwich – 195 PHP
JEEPNEY TOUR by Cebu Japanese Tourist Center
One of the oldest type of transportation in Cebu is the jeepneys.
Do you want to visit historical sites in Cebu? Plus, riding one of the traditional transportation?
The Cebu Japanese Tourist Center is offering you a city tour riding a jeepney!
Location: Robinsons Galleria (Departure area) Free pick-up if your Hotel is within Cebu city.
Tour Time: 10:30 AM, 12:00 NN, 1:30 PM, 3:00 PM
Price: 2,200 PHP shuttle ride
LECHON by The House of Lechon
Lechón is a Spanish word referring to a roasted suckling pig.
It is very popular dish in the Philippines, but the original and best ones are made in the city of Carcar, south of Cebu. A bit far from the city.
But no worries, the Carcar taste is already in the city by The House of Lechon. One of the top restaurants that serve lechon.
You can dine in or you can take away the food. They also serve other different Filipino dishes. Never leave Cebu without trying Lechon!
Location: Acacia St. Cebu City
Opening hours: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Prices: Carcar Special – 500g/330 PHP; Classic Spicy – 500g/370 PHP
For reservations: (032) 231-0958
The Island of Sumilon is located at the southeastern tip of the Municipality of Oslob in the province of Cebu.
The island has an area of 24 hectares and has clear waters with varying aquamarine hues and white sand beaches in different areas of the island.
Travel time: Around 4 hours from the City to Oslob and around 15 minutes boat ride to the island
The island is one of the many Visayas islands that are known for sandbars, white-sand beaches, and crystal-clear waters.
It’s about 120 minutes away from Mactan Island, making it one of the most famous destinations of visitors wanting to discover the best of Cebu’s beaches.
COCONUT OIL & GEL CANDLE SOUVENIR by Café Story
A lot of shops in Cebu are selling souvenirs for travelers to bring back to their hometowns.
But there are unique souvenirs that café Story is selling.
The coconut oil that is stored inside a light bulb bottle. It is so stylish and cute. Another is their gel-type candle souvenir.
It has cute colors and will remind you of your trip to Cebu.
Location: Basak, Lapu-Lapu City; Beside Gaisano Grand Mall
Opening hours: 9:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Prices: Coconut oil – 600 PHP (230ml)
Contact number: 0916-335-0300
UKULELE by Susing's Guitars
Did you know that Cebu also is best known for handmade guitars?
Years ago, until now in Lapu-lapu city, there are still a lot of guitar shops.
Nowadays, some musicians use ukuleles because it has a good sound and very handy.
You can just carry it around. Susing’s Guitars is one of the best shops where you can buy quality guitars and ukuleles.
Their products are very trendy because of the cute designs. Their products are locally made.
They can let you visit their production site for free!
Location: Abuno, Pajac, Lapu-lapu City
Opening hours: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Contact number: (032) 505-0723
RAINBOW CAKE by The Pyramid
Are you a fan of colors? We want you to try and eat a colorful cake, the rainbow cake!
We tried one at The Pyramid. It is a restaurant that sells sweets, spirits and wines.
You can also dine into their delicious cuisine. You can come here with your friends and hang out at night.
Location: Inside IT Park, Garden Bloc
Opening hours: 10:00 AM – 3:00 AM
Price: Rainbow cake slice – 160 PHP
Contact number: 032) 526-0254
WHALE SHARK WATCHING
Do you want to swim with the gentle giants?
Travel to Oslob, the south of Cebu and experience swimming with the whale sharks!
They are as big as a bus, but they will never hurt anyone because they are very gentle and friendly.
The municipality of Oslob is the one managing the activity.
A friendly reminder, if you want to swim with them, do not wear sunscreen or sunblock cream. It is one of the ground rules there.
The watching time is from 6:00 AM to 12:00 NN only. The travel time going to Oslob is around 4 hours.
So be sure to go there early so that you can spend more time with the giants.
Travel time: Approximately 4 hours from the city
BE A MERMAID!
Girls! We always wanted to become a mermaid in our dreams, right?
Be excited because we will introduce to you some shops that will make you fantasy come true!
Location: Inside Pacific Cebu Resort
Click the link for the PCR Day-use: https://cebutrip.net/activity/view/pacific-cebu-res...
Price: (in-house guest or day-use guest only) 1 hr./300 PHP
Contact number: (032) 495-6601
Location: Brgy. Saac II, Lapu-lapu City
Price: It is FREE if you avail their Island-hopping Package
Contact number: 050-5539-5122
Click the link to know more about the package: https://cebutrip.net/activity/view/ptntravel-islanpicnic
AQUAMARINE OCEAN TOURS
Location: Inside Tambuli Beach Resort
Price: Mermaid costume rental and photoshoot for 1 hour - 2,000 PHP
For the details of the mermaid package: https://cebutrip.net/activity/view/mermaid-photo-aquamarine-cebu
Contact number: (032) 495 1866
Location: Inside White Sands Resort
Price: For Blue Coral users, mermaid costumes can be rented for FREE
For more details: https://cebutrip.net/activity/view/bluecoral-diving
WALL ART inside Pacific Cebu Resort
A famous Japanese artist came to Cebu and painted a mural inside the Pacific Cebu Resort.
He is Frankie Swi. You might like to take a good picture and post in on your social media sites.
CACAO CHIPS by Yeloyolo
You should try some unique chips! These are thinly sliced coconut chips that has a unique sort of taste.
Good to buy as a souvenir to your friends and family.
Price: Per pack - 90 PHP
For orders: (032) 344-5086
Sold at: The Mart, Korean Mart, Mango Republic, Submarine, Monkey Tree, Flower Tree, Assi Mart
TABLEA by The Chocolate Chamber
Are you a chocolate lover? Do you want to know how pure chocolates are made?
One of the highlight of the shop is the traditional way of making sikwate.
It is a local chocolate drink made from roasted cacao nibs or the tablea.
You can buy sorts of products from the restaurant. Such as, the quickmelt tableas, truffles, cakes, pralines, and many more!
The shop also serves pizzas.
Location: Robinsons Galleria
Opening hours: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
HOT SPRING by Esoy Hot Spring
Cebu has the best of the Nature. Many waterfalls, caves, resorts but we will introduce to you Esoy’s Hot spring.
The resort has 4 natural hot springs with a temperature of 38 degrees. You can also try canyoneering.
Enjoy with your family and friends and indulge with the best of our Nature.
Location: Catmon, South of Cebu
Contact number: 0921-813-3296
For more information, click the link: https://cebutrip.net/activity/view/esoyhotspring-cebu-catmon
There are still a lot of activities, shops and things you can have here in Cebu. That's all the things we recommend you to try! What are you waiting for?
Be an adventurer, a seeker for peace and a food enthusiast here in Cebu! See you around.