What to do and see in Cebu City, Philippines: The Best Places and Tips

April 4, 2018 Randal Brittian

Cebu City (Cebuano: Dakbayan sa Sugbu; Filipino: Lungsod ng Cebu) is a first class highly urbanized city in the island province of Cebu in Central Visayas, Philippines. Though the seat of government and capital for the province, it is governed independent and separate from it. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 922,611, making it the fifth most populated city in the nation and the most populous in the Visayas. In the 2016 electoral roll, it had 630,003 registered voters. Cebu City is a significant center of commerce, trade and education in the Visayas.
Restaurants in Cebu City

1. Basilica del Santo Nino

Osmena Boulevard, Cebu City 6000, Philippines
Excellent
46%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Basilica del Santo Nino

This famous church dates back to the early Spanish colonial era.

Reviewed By mel7155 - Singapore

Nice church to drop by for a quick prayer and a nice interior with scenes from the Bible painted on the ceiling. Generally good to go on a weekday when the crowds are not there to pay your respects to the child Christ .
Bag checks is discriminatory and they seem to be checking only the bags of tourists . Plan to spend about 25-30 minutes here together with a quick drop by the magellan cross site.
Cebu city is not exactly loaded with great sights so the visit to the church is okay.

2. Ayala Center Cebu

Cebu Business Park | , Archbishop Reyes Avenue, Cebu City 6000, Philippines +63 32 516 2035
Excellent
42%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Ayala Center Cebu

Reviewed By Andy S - Singapore, Singapore

There’re plenty of restaurants, local and international food. There’re also a few bars for chilling. The cinema is good and comfortable. The vibes are good overall. But it’s a bit confusing and the signage s doesn’t help much.

3. 1730 Jesuit House

Zulueta Street | Parian, Cebu City 6000, Philippines +63 935 998 4966
Excellent
64%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 133 reviews

1730 Jesuit House

Reviewed By Trevor1223 - Seoul, South Korea

Having been turned on to this location through Trip Advisor, I was pleasantly surprised by the attached museums which provided some context to the building's place within Cebu's history. If you have a strong imagination you can picture the home in its glory days. Definitely worth a visit.

4. Yap Sandiego Ancestral House

155 Mabini St. Parian, Cebu City 6000, Philippines +63 32 266 2833
Excellent
46%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 470 reviews

Yap Sandiego Ancestral House

One of the oldest residential structure in the Philippines.

Reviewed By Kommandant L - Kuwait City, Kuwait

Only those who likes history will enjoy this place. They got good ancient collections though nothing fancy really. The place has this haunted feelings obviously since everything in it are ancient but don't worry lol. If you got some time to kill, do visit this place.. They got entrance fee around P50 as far as I can remember.

5. Museo Sugbo

M. J. Cuenco Avenue, Cebu City 6000, Philippines +63 32 239 5626
Excellent
36%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
2%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 191 reviews

Museo Sugbo

Reviewed By Tasneem A

If you are into history and want to learn more, this is a great museum. The guided tour is free if you want it so you only pay the entrance fee. I had two student girls as my guides, they were still learning but very sweet. I was able to ask them more general questions about the Philippines and their veiws on the country. There are labels on nearly all the displays in English. The museum is made up of a number of areas and rooms. It's not overwhelming so you don't get tired. There are souvenir shops as well. My only negative is that quite a few of the items were replicas and not the originals. The originals were in other museums. None the less, would recommend. It's in a randomn location on a busy road so get a taxi. The girls were really nice and helped me get a taxi when we were finished. Spent just over an hour there at a leisurely pace.

6. Taoist Temple

Beverly Hills, Cebu City 6000, Philippines
Excellent
35%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 1 reviews

Taoist Temple

Reviewed By Sphere M

Was there with my parents. Was looking for an none organization to donate something. I was going to check the "whispers" of the chinese gods. The watcher there was very rude on giving the instructions.
The place would benefit more without this guy.
You lost a major donation. Thank that "deaf" guy.

7. Chapel of San Pedro Calungsod

496 Cebu South Road, Cebu City 6000, Philippines
Excellent
49%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 127 reviews

Chapel of San Pedro Calungsod

Reviewed By MijnlieverdFH - Amsterdam

This is an impressive church design intended for a Filipino Saint Pedro Calungsod. The architect could have been inspired of having this great design and concept. Very airy from the sea breeze and spacious parking place. Also very close to the Newest SM in Cebu.

8. Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral

Cebu City, Philippines +63 32 253 6422
Excellent
46%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 123 reviews

Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral

Reviewed By GreenThumb331 - Manila, Philippines

We were surprised to see the grandeur of this Cathedral when we attended a wedding of a friend's son.
Although this church is overshadowed by the more popular Sto. Nino church, it is still worth a visit.
The interior is like most Philippine churches. The altar us grand and different images of Mary are seen in the church interior.

9. Casa Gorordo Museum

35 Lopez Jaena Street, Cebu City 6004, Philippines +63 63 329 4576
Excellent
41%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 150 reviews

Casa Gorordo Museum

This museum looks at local life in the 1800s.

Reviewed By Paul F

Casa Gorordo is a historic house museum in Cebu, the oldest city in the Philippines. It is located in the Parian district, a locus of vibrant economic and cultural activity throughout centuries of colonial rule and in the modern times, Inhabited by Chinese immigrants upon its founding in 1614, it was already a suburb of wealthy mestizo families by the early 20th century. This fine example of a traditional Filipino house known locally as BALAY NGA TISA, was built in the 1850's. It was occupied by the Gorordo family in 1863, the year Cebu opened to world trade. The museum encapsulates the lifestyle of the household in an increasingly cosmopolitan provincial city from colonial era up to the outbreak of World War II. In its spaces and objects, one is invited to discover and enjoy the history and culture of a Filipino city, of a dynamic people, of a house in the Parian. The house's upper floor or taas is made almost entirely of wood which made it strong and flexible against typhoons and earthquakes. It is here where one can encounters the true lifestyle of the family and old Cebu. Many cultural norms conveyed here are still observable in one form or other in Filipino society today. Here you can also find the Museum shop a hub for products from different parts of the Philippines especially from the Visayas and Mandinao regions.
Casa Gorordo is open from 9am to 6pm Tuesdays to Sundays. An tour price is around PHP180. I would definitely recommend a visit to this museum if you ever find yourself in Cebu.

10. Tops Lookout

Busay Hills and Nivel Hills | Lahug, Cebu City 6000, Philippines +63 912 345 6789
Excellent
38%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 844 reviews

Tops Lookout

Reviewed By Cavyars

We went to the Top lookout to see ghe whole area. Its beautiful and gives you great idea of the area. We were in a taxi and he also showed us many other sites but this was last on the list

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