Sign up in the next 30 days for a free travel blog. Click the button below to get started. From historic landmarks to state-of-the-art modern-day wonders, Cebu has a dazzling and endless array of pleasant things to offer to foreign globe-trotters and wandering Pinoys. Whether you are a foodie, history buff or a fitness junkie, there is something sweet and special that awaits you in Cebu. Eliminate all of the stress of planning your trip to the Philippines.
Travel like a local and get all of the insider secrets for your trip! Check out our eclectic list of the top things to do in this lovely and laid-back Filipino city. Within metro Cebu 1. Spend a day at Cebu Westown Lagoon Traveling with a bunch of kids? Then, make your way to the newest man-made lagoon in the metro — Cebu Westown Lagoon. Trust me, your children will love the kiddie pools, gazebo and water park in this extraordinary oasis.
Adults, on the other hand, may soothe their jaded muscles in the relaxing Jacuzzi, or try the whirling Aztec-designed slides. See the first ever terraced flower garden in the Philippines Be mesmerized by the jaw-dropping beauty and remarkable floral arrangements at Terrazas de Flores in Busay, Cebu.
Visit Temple of Leah The wondrous Temple of Leah in Busay, although it is still under construction, draws dozens of visitors every day, thanks to its wondrous overlooking city views, and Greek-inspired architectural design. Hike Mount Babag Up for a challenging trek? Lace up your hiking boots, and go for a slightly challenging hike up Mount Babag — a playground and practice ground for seasoned mountaineers in Cebu.
Eat lechon When it comes to roasted pig or lechon, I believe no one cooks it better than my fellow Cebuanos. I may be a little bias, but everyone knows Cebu has the best-tasting lechons in the country. He even called it as the best pork dish ever. Enjoy a sumptuous dinner at Lantaw Head to Lantaw Floating Restaurant in Cordova, and treat your palate to a wide array of filling and tasty dishes. As an added plus, Lantaw also boasts a super lovely atmosphere as well as offers striking views of the sea and Cebu.
See 10, Roses in Cordova After a sumptuous dinner at Lantaw Floating Restaurant, head to 10, Roses and soak up its magical and extraordinary ambiance. Sample Tuslob Buwa The Tuslob Buwa , a trending food craze in the metro, is an exotic street food dish that guarantees to please your gastronomic urges. Food trip in Tisa To experience the ultimate food trip in the city, head off to Barangay Tisa, and tickle your taste buds with its tasty street food dishes like the noteworthy siomai, steamed rice, siopao, batchoy, inasal manok, pancit canton and a whole lot more.
Eat ginabot Ginabot, or also referred as chicharon bulaklak, is a salty and crunchy street food delicacy you must try in Cebu. Late night treats Grab a cup of sikwate and a plate of puto in Salvador, for an appetizing late night culinary experience.
First-class dining Are into Vietnamese cuisine? Want to sample some tasty Italian staples? Dine and wine at a top-notch restaurant in the Terraces in Ayala Center. Run with the best runners Here is something for running aficionados and fitness junkies like me. Every week, Cebu hosts at least one running event that oftentimes includes Kenyans and some of the elite runners in the country.
Learn the art of pole dancing Burn tons of calories and build strong ripped abs in a fun and sultry way by taking pole dancing lessons at Pole Sphinx. Enjoy the lovely panoramas from Sirao Peak Go on a hiking adventure to Sirao Peak, or also known as Mount Kan-Irag, and drink in the magnificent vistas from the top.
Better yet, pitch a tent, camp, and see the Metro Cebu glitter from the summit at night. Zumba party Dance and burn hundreds of calories, by joining a Zumba fitness class in Abellana Cebu City Sports complex. Learn to box like a pro ALA Boxing gym, the biggest boxing stable in the Philippines, offers classes to people who want to lose weight as well as to aspiring boxers who want to hone their boxing skills.
You might get a chance to spar with these world-class athletes. Spend an afternoon in the Celestial Garden The Celestial Garden, or also referred as Go Shepherd, is a quaint acre memorial park known for its lush rolling hills, peaceful scenery, and wondrous white statues. By the way, the park also offers a panoramic view of SRP and other parts of Cebu.
Pay homage to Santo Nino Lit a few candles, and say your prayers to the Supreme Being at Santo Nino, home of the oldest church in the country. The heart-pounding thrills at Crown Regency For those who are looking for an extra dose of adventure within the city, make your way to the Crown Regency Hotel, and try their spine-tingling activities like the Vertical Climb, Urban Zipline, and Coaster.
On a good and clear day, Tops will give you breathtaking panoramas of Cebu, the sea and its adjacent islands. Karaoke There are literally hundreds of places in Cebu, where you can sing your favorite karaoke tracks. A friendly tip Don't have the guts to sing in public or in front of a bunch of friends? I suggest that you drink a few ice-cold bottles of Red Horse Beer.
Not only will drinking help you overcome your fear of singing in public, but it can also increase your scores in the karaoke machine. Just give it a shot, and you'll notice your scores improve drastically.
Buy seafood and Cebuano goodies in Tabo-an Tabo-an market offers the best deals for seafood delights like the dili, squid, tuyo and danggit. As you drop by this market, you will also find a handful of other Cebuano delicacies, such as otap, and dried mangoes. Wander around Carbon market Frenetic, vibrant and supremely colorful, the Carbon Market is the place to be, when buying fresh vegetables and fruits as well as cheap clothes, handicrafts, shoes, toys and more.
Here, not only will you get good deals for produce and items, but you will also get a chance to savor exotic Filipino culinary treats, such as balut and isaw. Visit Museo Sugbo Museo Sugbo, a former prison, is a treasure trove full of relics from the Spanish colonial era.
Experience the grandest festival in the Philippines Visit Cebu during the Sinulog Festival , and be utterly amazed by its vibrant street parades, chromatic fireworks and brilliant cultural shows.
A python spa treatment Looking for something out-of-the-ordinary in this destination? Go to Cebu City Zoo, and get a one-of-a-kind spa massage from four big pythons.
Drop by Jumalon Butterfly Sanctuary One of the undervalued gems in Cebu, the Jumalon Butterfly Sanctuary is a lovely, educational and museum that displays a fantastic collection of paintings and exhibits.
Moreover, it has a small garden that has served as a breeding ground for psychedelic butterflies. Relax at Plaza Independencia The Plaza Independencia is a lush and eye-catching park that gives you a peaceful respite away from the urban jungles of the metro.