Cebu’s beautiful topography, as reflected in its sense of design, is unique to the island. There is no lack of postcard-worthy views when in Cebu, with elevations reaching up to 900 meters above sea level even within the city.
Marco Polo Plaza Cebu
Majestically situated 600 fee above sea level along the prestigious Nivel Hills district, Marco Polo Plaza Cebu lets you enjoy breathtaking views of the city while experiencing exceptional hospitality.
Abaca Boutique Resort
Abaca Boutique Resort and Restaurant is a ten-year old favorite tucked in a small corner of Mactan Island. Frequented by foreigners and locals alike seeking a restorative getaway, any one of this private haven’s impeccably designed rooms will easily rival bigger developments in the city. And when it comes to quality dining, the restaurant at Abaca is a hard one to beat. If you’re not staying the night, at least try their steak—it’s the best in town.
The Henry Hotel
The Henry, is a stylish boutique hotel in the Banilad disctrict. If spacious and high-ceilinged rooms are your thing, don’t worry. The Henry, offers rooms in Big, Large, XL, and XXL, with unique murals, and eclectic interiors inspired by European, industrial and rustic designs. Even with the front desk being as equally quirky, their service allows you to relax and enjoy the surrounding artistry, thematic restaurant, outdoor pool, and reading room.
While lechon will always be a mainstay, there is a world of good eating beyond it in Cebu. As a notoriously hard-to-please crowd, let the Cebuano palette lead the way.
Abaca Baking Company
A beloved breakfast and brunch spot located at the Crossroads Mall, Abaca Baking Company has become so much more than a café; it’s really become a place to meet and collaborate. The walls are lined with local art from neighbor Qube Gallery, and the pastries are divine. Duck in for a boost of inspiration, or maybe just a buttery croissant or two.
Kairos by The Lazy Chef
Apart from the totally Instagram-worthy digs, the open kitchen, the hammocks, the rustic touches, Kairos by The Lazy Chef is the stronghold of Chip Lopez’s advocacy towards developing a healthy, plant-strong diet. Don’t let this all-veggie diet fool you though. You will leave feeling full and satiated. Part restaurant, part learning space for mindful eating, this culinary loft’s goal is to shift our relationship with vegetables and reintroduce them through delicious and innovative dishes.
After exploring the island’s vast culinary offerings, a visit to Cebu is simply incomplete without a hefty serving of its iconic pairing—lechon and puso. And while the city is full of lechon offerings, few hit the target right on the mark. For a sure thing, hit up Tatang’s. The extra crunch skin on their pig is especially satisfying.
Young nightlife crowds are abundant in Cebu, but lets put that tropical cocktail aside: our favorite spots feature a more sophisticated infusion.
Cebu Brewing Company
Follow our lead and let this be your first stop in Cebu. Start your trip on the right foot with any one of the brewery’s house offerings on tap or try a craft beer from their formidable collection. We recommend their award-winning Philippine IPA.
Cebu is bursting at the seams with activities and adventures. Take a seat, this might take a while—this great island is full of fun day trips in and out of the city.
While you’re already at Cebu Brewing Company, why not go upstairs to familiarize yourself with some of Cebu’s best contemporary artists? It’s free and you might just find your new favorite artist.
In a city that’s seen a swell of motorcycles, Revolt Cycles’ custom-built babies are still a stand out. Café racers, trackers, scramblers—these aren’t just your average bikes. Hit them up for a personalized touch.
397 C. Padilla St
Cebu City, Cebu
The Holistic Coalition, or HoliCOW, is a great place to find some truly authentic Cebuano crafts. Not only are all the pieces by Cebu artists, they’re all produced locally and sustainably.
ISSUES FEATURING CEBU
THIS IS NOT YOUR PARENTS’ CEBU. Welcomed by a community of creatives energizing her hometown, Fruhlein Econar returns to Cebu.
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