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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 Theatre
“Shopping mall with restaurants, cafes, laundromat, barber/salon, grocery, cinema, department store, pharmacy, retail stores.”
  • 93 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Shopping mall with restaurants, cafes, laundromat, barber/salon, grocery, cinema, department store, pharmacy, retail stores.”
  • 49 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Magellan’s Cross is one of the most recognizable symbols of Cebu City, so your trip to Cebu wouldn’t be complete without seeing it. ”
  • 57 locals recommend
Surf Spot
“Ready for an adrenaline rush? Travel via private car charter to Oslob where you'll get up close to the friendly whale sharks. This slow-moving filter-feeding carpet shark is one of the largest known fish species - and a true sight to behold. On the trip, you will not only get to snorkel and swim with the whale sharks, but also participate in the feeding. You will need to wake up bright and early for this adventure. ”
  • 50 locals recommend
Memorial Site
“Headed to the beautiful island of Cebu? Wondering where to go in Cebu for some gorgeous snaps? Well, you definitely won’t regret Temple of Leah to your list of muthis majestic edifice is an impressive Cebu tourist spot that inspires awe. From its Greek-like statues to its gorgeous architecture, there’s no shortage of picture-perfect sights at Temple of Leah. As a matter of fact, you can spend an hour of more there just admiring its ornate design and gleaming interiors. As an added bonus, the place offers a gorgeous overlooking view of the busy and energetic metropolis. experience a rocking and memorable visit to Cebu’s version of Taj Mahal”
  • 39 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“For you to amaze, local and foreign tourist must see this nature made falls located in Barili Cebu.”
  • 43 locals recommend
Nature
“Nothing beats the view from the top, and in Cebu’s case, it’s hard to find something that matches the view from the Tops Lookout in Cebu City. Tops Lookout offers a great panoramic view of Cebu City, the surrounding sea, and the islands just across the Queen City.”
  • 56 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Good for shopping, restaurants and cinemas. A large and modern shopping mall in central Cebu. ”
  • 37 locals recommend
Place to eat
“Has a bunch of cafes, restaurants, & local banks. A local mall is opening here soon!”
  • 27 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“It may be the largest mall in Cebu. They house international popular brands (Zara, Mango, H&M, Uniqlo, Cotton-on, American Eagle, Tony Moly, The Face shop, Watsons), restaurants, fast food outlets, department store, hardware, ice-skating rink, cinema, food court, mobile shops, appliance store etc. (2018 Oct) The provide a free bus to and from the mall (pick up/ drop off at Fuente Circle) Grab App is useful if taxis are hard to come by.”
  • 21 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
Asian Restaurant
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“The Lantaw Restaurant chain in Cebu has quickly gown to be one of the most popular restaurants in Cebu. It has branches in Cordova (Mactan Island), in Busay and the SRP. Lantaw offers affordable local cuisine with some of its more popular dishes being Crispy Pata, Spicy Scallops, Grilled Pork Belly and Cordova Express. While you eat enjoy some of the wonderful views of Cebu City. The restaurants offer some of the best views in town.  I had a beautiful sunset one of the times I ate at their floating restaurant in Cordova. While the Busay branch had some amazing views of Cebu City at night (see video). Of the two I found the Lantaw Floating Restaurant (on Mactan Island) a bit out of the way and hard to get to. Either you will need to organise a taxi to wait for you (for an extra fee) or catch one the tricycles to take you back to the main road to try and hail down a taxi. The place gets busy and if you don’t make a reservation it could be a bit of wait. I had to wait 40 minutes for a table on one visit. The restaurant in Busay isn’t nearly as bad to get to as it is closer to Cebu City. I actually liked this branch more and the food tended to be better here. There is also a branch at the SRP which I have not tried as yet. For me Lantaw Restaurant is a good place to eat at. If you want to try some local cuisine in Cebu at good prices this is certainly a great place to start. More for the casual laid back person wishing to eat with family or friends. If you wanted to eat somewhere romantic in Cebu  I wouldn’t really say this is the place to go, not if you want somewhere quiet anyhow. Overall a good restaurant to eat in Cebu without having to spend too much. ”
  • 33 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“Great instagrammable place located a few minutes away from the city. Try going during late afternoons to experience the sunset and take great photos.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“The mall has a supermarket where you can buy stuff that you need, and they have restaurants,Fast food chains and food kiosks. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Entertainment
“There’s plenty of history to be seen in Cebu City, and Fort San Pedro is one such historic location & If you’re looking to be transported back to colonial times, Fort San Pedro is also the place to go.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Farm
“If you’re craving from nature and a break from history, then head to Cebu City’s Sirao Peak. Also known as Mount Kan-Irag, Sirao Peak offers a stunning view of Lapu-Lapu City and Mandaue.”
  • 29 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
Asian Restaurant
“The Lantaw Restaurant chain in Cebu has quickly gown to be one of the most popular restaurants in Cebu. It has branches in Cordova (Mactan Island), in Busay and the SRP. Lantaw offers affordable local cuisine with some of its more popular dishes being Crispy Pata, Spicy Scallops, Grilled Pork Belly and Cordova Express. While you eat enjoy some of the wonderful views of Cebu City. The restaurants offer some of the best views in town.  I had a beautiful sunset one of the times I ate at their floating restaurant in Cordova. While the Busay branch had some amazing views of Cebu City at night (see video). Of the two I found the Lantaw Floating Restaurant (on Mactan Island) a bit out of the way and hard to get to. Either you will need to organise a taxi to wait for you (for an extra fee) or catch one the tricycles to take you back to the main road to try and hail down a taxi. The place gets busy and if you don’t make a reservation it could be a bit of wait. I had to wait 40 minutes for a table on one visit. The restaurant in Busay isn’t nearly as bad to get to as it is closer to Cebu City. I actually liked this branch more and the food tended to be better here. There is also a branch at the SRP which I have not tried as yet. For me Lantaw Restaurant is a good place to eat at. If you want to try some local cuisine in Cebu at good prices this is certainly a great place to start. More for the casual laid back person wishing to eat with family or friends. If you wanted to eat somewhere romantic in Cebu  I wouldn’t really say this is the place to go, not if you want somewhere quiet anyhow. Overall a good restaurant to eat in Cebu without having to spend too much. ”
  • 33 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“Great instagrammable place located a few minutes away from the city. Try going during late afternoons to experience the sunset and take great photos.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Spa
“Superb customer service and hands down one of the best (and most expensive) on the island! They also serve a wide array of delectable international dishes.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Bar
“Good and drink food selection, live music every night. Usually (though not always) great atmosphere. Recommend the Camaguin express - Cocunt fish soup. We usually order it spicy”
  • 20 locals recommend
Filipino Restaurant
“I like the place because of the sea view and the food they serve are to my likings.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Hotel
“Cassava chips with an herb dip available on their shop. Muffins are great as well and of course their ice cream which has a variety of flavours to choose from.”
  • 13 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

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