22 Places to visit in Cebu City

Cebu province is known for its pristine beaches, majestic waterfalls, and food-tripping destination. It is a first income class province of the Philippines located in the Central Visayas. The Capital of the province is Cebu City, which is the oldest city and was the first Capital of the Philippines.

Metro Cebu is a hustle metropolis much like Manila. If you have a day or two to stay in the city, you may want to go out and explore the place.I listed here some of the places and attractions which don’t require going out of the city. I also include public transportation with Colon as the starting point. All fares are as of April 2017.

Heritage walk – walk through historical sites of the city

1. Carbon market

Carbon
Photo grab from google

Going there:

Ride a jeepney from Colon with route no. 09F(Fare Php7) or you can ask the locals for other options.

You can also just walk going to Carbon from Colon.

To do:

Visit the oldest and largest farmer’s market in Cebu City. It can be reached by most buses and jeepneys. You can buy fruits, vegetables, clothing, flowers, fish, chickens, souvenirs, handicrafts and a lot more! Just always keep in mind to be aware of your surroundings.

2. Basilica Minore del Sto. Nino

Basilica Minore del Sto Nino

Going there:

From Colon, ride a jeepney with route no. 06C  or 10G going to Basilica del Sto Nino (Fare Php 7).

To do:

Visit the second oldest Church in the Philippines after Bohol’s Baclayon Church. The church’s belfry came crumbling down in the October 2013 earthquake and is being rebuilt. Established in 1565 and burnt down three times, it was rebuilt in its present form in 1737.

3. Magellan’s Cross

Magellan's Cross

Going there:

Walking distance from Basilica Minore del Sto. Nino. If you’re facing the church, just walk on your left side.

To do:

Visit the historic landmark of Christianity in Cebu. It is a Christian cross planted by Portuguese and Spanish explorers as ordered by Ferdinand Magellan upon arriving in Cebu on March 15, 1521.

4. Senior Citizen’s Park

Senior Citizens Park
Picture was taken last September 2014 with my mom and siblings

Going there:

Walking distance from Magellan’s cross. Another side of Cebu City hall.

To do:

Have a short walk with family or friends. You don’t need to be a senior citizen to enter the park. But please be courteous enough to offer your seat if there are any seniors in the area.

5. Malacañang sa Sugbu

Malacanang sa Sugbo

Going there:

Ride a jeepney from Colon with route no. 21D (Fare Php7) or you can ask the locals for other options.

It is within a walking distance from Basilica Minore del Sto. Nino and Magellan’s cross.

To do:

Visit the official residence of the Philippine President in Visayas.

6. Plaza Independencia

Plaza Independencia

Going there:

Just right in front of Malacanang sa Sugbo

To do:

You can sit here to relax, and enjoy chatting with friends or locals. It is a lush park giving you the refreshing ambiance in the midst of the city.

Read Blog: Plaza Independencia

7. Fort San Pedro

Fort San Pedro

Going there:

It is within Plaza Independencia.

To do:

Pay a visit to the oldest and smallest fort in the country. It is a military defense structure built in 1738.

8. Museo Sugbo

Museo Sugbo
Image from www.boholtreats.com

Going there:

Ride a jeepney from Colon with route no. 01k (Php 7) or you can ask the locals for other options.

To do:

Visit provincial museum located in the former Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center(CPDRC). The museum was established on August 5, 2008.

City jeepney tour – explore the city via public transportation

9. Taboan dried market

Tabo-an

Going there:

We rode a jeepney with route no. 08G and asked the driver to drop us in Taboan (Fare Php 7). You can always ask the locals for other jeepney signage’s that will pass by Taboan. You will get-off in a gasoline station near BPI bank and walk straight ahead.

To do:

Buy dried seafood and mangoes for pasalubong. The most popular are dried danggit and dried pusit. When you go there, don’t just stick to one stall. You may want to check the others to compare the prices and test your haggling skills.

Just take note that you need to check-in the dried seafood in plane counter because of its smell. Ask the staff to sealed the plastic and put your items in a box which is just free.

10. Fuente Osmeña Circle

Fuente Osmena Circle
Photo grab from google

Going there:

Ride a jeepney from Colon with route no. 14D(Fare Php7) or you can ask the locals for other options.

To do:

People go there to relax, exercise or just chat with friends. It is built in honor of the late President Sergio Osmeña, the fourth president of the Republic of the Philippines.

11. Larsian

Larsian

Going there:

Just take a walk from Fuente Osmena circle.

To do:

Treat yourself with a sumptuous grilled pork, chicken or seafood at reasonable price.

12. Casa Verde

Casa Verde

Going there:

Just take a walk from Fuente Osmena circle.

To do:

Indulge yourself into their mouth-watering Brian’s ribs and over-sized burger.

13. Crown Regency

edgecoaster
Photo grab from google

Going there:

Just take a walk from Fuente Osmena circle.

To do:

Try their heart-pounding sky walk, vertical climb, Urban zipline, and coaster. You may also want to experience a few rounds of gun firing at Crown Regency’s Ultima Sharp Shooters Club.

14. Provincial Capitol

Provincial Capitol

Going there:

Ride a jeepney from Colon with route no. 14D(Fare Php7) or you can ask the locals for other options.

To do:

Visit the stunning Cebu Provincial Capitol. It was designed by Juan Arellano, best known for Manila Metropolitan theater, National Museum of the Philippines and Manila Post office. It is also the same venue which held the second inauguration of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in June 2004.

15. IT Park

IT Park

Going there:

Ride a jeepney from Colon with route no. 17B(Fare Php7) or you can ask the locals for other options.

To do:

Videoke bonding with family and friends.

16. Ayala Center Cebu

Ayala Center

17. La Vie Parisienne

Experience the life of a Parisian in Cebu City.

Read blog: La Vie Parisienne Pastry Shop and Wine Cellar

18. SM Seaside

SM Seaside

Going there:

Take a jeepney with route no. 08G or 10G and tell the driver to drop you at Ibanez (Fare Php7). From Ibanez, ride a habal-habal going to SM Seaside (Php 15).

To do:

Shop. Dine. Relax. Movietime

Habal-habal ride – explore the mountain part of the city

From Colon, ride a jeepney with route no 17B and tell the driver that you will get off at JY Square. From there, ride a habal-habal to explore the mountainous part of the city. You may contact Sir Daryl for tour rates (09269924759).

19. Taoist Temple

Taoist temple

20. Celosa Flower Farm

Sirao Flower farm

21. Tops Mountain View

tops-lookout.jpg

22. Temple of Leah

This temple is owned by Adarna family. The construction of the temple was started in 2011. It is a symbol of undying love of Mr. Teodorico Adarna to his wife Leah Villa Albino-Adarna.

Temple of Leah

 

Happy travels!

 


 

Gail

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