8 Things to do and Attractions in Cebu Philippines!

You may think that Cebu is only a base for side trips in the Philippines but there are actually many things to do in Cebu! In this post, we’ll show you the top 6 things to do and attractions in Cebu Philippines!

What to do in Cebu?



1. Cebu City Tour

We hired a local driver by the name of Long (yes that’s his name!) who took us on a private Cebu City Tour!

 Cebu Monument
Cebu Monument

 Magellan's Cross
Magellan’s Cross

 Fort San Pedro
Fort San Pedro

 View over Cebu City from Tops Observation Deck
View over Cebu City from Tops Observation Deck

2. Shopping at Ayala Mall

Ayala Mall is one of the main shopping malls in Cebu City and we got to shop, watch movies and play some arcade. Things that the locals do in Cebu! :)

Movie and snacks at Ayala Mall
Movie and snacks at Ayala Mall

What to eat in Cebu?



3. Golden Cowrie Restaurant

For authentic Philippines food, look no further than the Golden Cowrie Restaurant. The setting and ambience is warm and welcoming. The waitress who attended to us was also very patient, introducing us to the delicacies and translating the various dishes to us. Price was reasonable and the taste was great. Definitely a must-go-to place for great local tastes…

 Crispy pata - roasted crispy pork
Crispy pata – roasted crispy pork!

 Squid in coco sauce Golden Cowrie Restaurant
Squid in coco sauce Golden Cowrie Restaurant

4. Ipar’s Authentic Spanish Restaurant

Across the street from our hotel was a banner that read “Authentic Spanish Restaurant”. We decided to head over to Ipar’s Spanish Restaurant and thoroughly enjoyed the authentic Spanish flavours!

 Big carafe of Sangria
Big carafe of Sangria

 Churizo and garlic bread - spanish style
Churizo and garlic bread – spanish style

5. CnT Lechon – The Best Lechon in Cebu

If you’re in Cebu, you must try the lechon (roasted pork) there. If you ask the locals, more often than not, they’ll point you to CnT lechon – possibly the best lechon in Cebu. The truth is, the meat was normal but the star of the show? The skin! Crispy, full flavoured and of course sinfully fatty! Which is why it went really well with rice. You can actually have mouthfuls of rice with 1 sice of skin!

 Half kg of delectable crispy skin and juicy meat at CnT Lechon!
Half kg of delectable crispy skin and juicy meat at CnT Lechon!

6. Breakfast at Bo’s Coffee

Enough of Starbucks, try out the breakfast at Bo’s Coffee and you’ll soon realise that this local coffee joint can also give its US competitor a run for its money! Good coffee and food at a reasonable price. Ambience to match at that!

 Inside Bo's Coffee Cebu
Inside Bo’s Coffee Cebu

 Drip Bo's Coffee
Drip Bo’s Coffee

Corn Beef with scrambled eggs and pancakes
Corn Beef with scrambled eggs and pancakes

Where to stay in Cebu?



7. Castle Peak Hotel Cebu

Castle Peak Hotel in Cebu was the first hotel we stayed at in Cebu and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay because of its spa!!! Made us go like little chicks…”cheap cheap”, “cheap cheap”…

 Deluxe Room Castle Peak Hotel Cebu
Deluxe Room Castle Peak Hotel Cebu

 Dipping pool at Castle Peak Hotel
Dipping pool at Castle Peak Hotel

 Gym outside spa at Castle Peak Hotel
Gym outside spa at Castle Peak Hotel

8. City Suites Ramos Tower

There are several reasons why we enjoyed staying at City Suites Ramos Tower. Firstly, the room was more like a 1-bedroom condominium. It has a small living space, kitchen and even a balcony overlooking Cebu City. We could also see Tops from our room!

 2 super singles at City Suites Ramos Tower Cebu
2 super singles at City Suites Ramos Tower Cebu

Great view from room at City Suites Ramos Tower Cebu
Great view from room at City Suites Ramos Tower Cebu

Things to do and attractions in Cebu Philippines
Things to do and attractions in Cebu Philippines

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