Cebu, heralded as one of the top tourist destinations in the Philippines, is truly a blissful Filipino hub full of bangs, attractions and thrills. From historic landmarks to state-of-the-art modern 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.
Wondering what are the best things to do in Cebu? 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 the Cebu Westown Lagoon
Traveling with a bunch of kids? Then, make your way to the newest man-made lagoon in the metro – the Cebu Westown Lagoon. Trust me, your children will love the kiddie pools, gazebo and water park in this lagoon. Adults, on the other hand, may soothe their jaded muscles in the relaxing Jacuzzi, or try the whirling Aztec-designed slides.
2. Check out the cool graffiti in Queen City
Queen City, which is a Chinese cemetery near SM Cebu, has an amazing collection of wall art that depicts the creativity and artistry of the Cebuanos.
3. Take pictures of SM’s The Cube
Even though it was just finished a few months ago, SM’s “The Cube” in SRP is fast becoming one of the city’s most popular icons.
4. Stargazing in IT Park
For those who are looking for a free and relaxing thing do in Cebu, try stargazing in IT Park. While IT Park is often praised for its buzzing nightlife circuit, it has plenty of pretty spots where you can sit down, relax and watch the beautiful skies above you.
5. Take a jeepney ride
For foreigners, riding a jeepney is a genuine Filipino activity that lets you know more about the Cebuanos and their fascinating culture.
6. 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. As a matter of fact, Anthony Bourdain, a world famous TV host, had nothing but sweet words for Cebu’s lechon. He even called it as the best pork dish ever.
7. Build your own pizza
For an affordable price of 245 PHP (5 to 6 USD), Pizza Republic lets you build and customize your own pizza from a wide selection of toppings, including herbs, fresh vegetables, cheese and meats. One of the hottest pizza joints in Cebu today, Pizza Republic can also satisfy your sweet tooth with its luscious desserts, including the Blueberry Mango Cheesecake and Tiramisu.
8. The ultimate burger challenge in Cebu
Go to Buddies in Escario, finish their juicy quadruple burger in five minutes or less, and get this big hearty treat for free. As a bonus for your speedy work, you will also receive a free souvenir shirt as well as have your picture posted in their wall of fame.
9. Barbecue overload in Larsian
Indulge on the appetizing barbecued goodies of Larsian in Fuente, Cebu.
10. 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.
(by Aldrich Infantado of Trekeffect)