Visiting a new city can often be daunting and intimidating, especially when there are so many places you want to see and things you want to do (and eat) with a limited time to do them. Well fret not, dear traveler, we’ve compiled a list of travel tips you must keep in mind if you ever find yourself in The Queen City of the South.
So you've made it to Cebu, now what? We know visiting a new city can often be a
daunting and intimidating task, especially when there are so many places you want to
see and things you want to do (and eat) with a very limited time to do them. Well fret
not, dear traveler, we’ve compiled a list of travel tips you must keep in mind if you
ever find yourself in The Queen City of the South.
1. Getting around. When it comes to transportation, unlike Manila, taking a cab in
Cebu won’t cost you a lot. Cabs charge a flat rate of P30.00 which leaves you more
than enough to blow your hard-earned money on more fruitful endeavors, like food!
2. Tourist traps. They’re everywhere, and if you’re not careful, falling into one can be
very easy. Although it might sound like a good idea to visit popular attractions in the
city, it’s no fun getting overcharged and hustled for things you didn’t even need in the
first place. A popular tourist trap in Cebu is the Magellan's Cross.
3. Oh, the deliciousness. Cebu is home to some of the most delicious food in the
country. But don't just take our word for it, visit any one of these places (and then
some) and experience it for yourself.
- Casa Verde Ribs - Serving hands down one of the best ribs in the country, Casa
Verde is one food destination you mustn’t miss.
- AA’s Barbecue - Turo-turo style BBQ goodness. Choose from an array of raw and
fresh meats and seafoods and they’ll slap those babies on the grill and cook them to
perfection. From pork belly to giant squid, you’ll leave AA’s BBQ with a very happy and
- Tong’s - Unlimited oysters for P200, enough said.
- Larsian’s - Stepping into this dampa-like food arena feels a lot like you’ve died and
gone to street food heaven.
- Did you really think I’d forget? Ex-chef and travel host extraordinaire Anthony
Bourdain deemed Cebu lechon the best pig he’s ever had, placing the Philippines at
the top of his hierarchy of pork, with Bali and Puerto Rico coming in at second and
third place, respectively. It’s a debate that will never end so I will leave that up to you
to decide. Where can you get the best lechon in Cebu?
4. Don’t be afraid to go off the beaten path.
Kawasan Falls - 3 hours south of Cebu City, tucked inside the mountains of the
sleepy town of Badian, you’ll find Kawasan Falls. It’s a three-tiered waterfall flowing
into crystal clear waters. Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city to enjoy
Carcar - About 40 kilometers south of the city you’ll find Carcar, home to pre-colonial
ancestral homes and structures, and famous for its chicharon. Come for the history
lesson, stay for the food.
Busay - If you’re not in the mood to take a long trip out of the city, visit the town of
Busay. A mere 30 minutes out of the city, you’ll find plenty to do there, from enjoying
the view that Tops has to offer, or even trying your hand at adventure by visiting
Doces Pares Zip-line.
5. Be aware of your surroundings. You might think it’s common sense but more
tourists fall prey to pickpockets and hustlers the most when they let their guard down.
Always keep your money close to you and be on the look-out for suspicious behavior.
Still unsure about what you want to do in Cebu? Check out the Canvass feature of EYP, and canvas prices for package tours of the city.