Cebu

Cebu

The “Queen City of the South” is a pearl that, after all these years, hasn’t lost its luster. At the very heart of the country, the Philippines’ creative capital is flowing with a current that is energizing this incredibly vibrant island.

Cebu

The “Queen City of the South” is a pearl that, after all these years, hasn’t lost its luster. At the very heart of the country, the Philippines’ creative capital is flowing with a current that is energizing this incredibly vibrant island.

STAYING in Cebu

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.

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Nivel Hills
Cebu Veterans Dr
Cebu City, Cebu

+63 2 253 1111

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.

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Punta Engaño Rd
Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu

www.abacaresort.com

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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.

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Paseo Saturnino
Cebu City, Cebu

www.thehenryhotel.com

EATING in Cebu

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.

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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.

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Crossroads Mall,
Gov. M. Cuenco Ave
Cebu City, Cebu

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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.

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M.C. Briones St
Mandaue City, Cebu

Brique

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42 Salinas Drive
Lahug, Cebu City, Cebu

Tatang’s

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.

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A.S. Fortuna Street
Mandaue City, Cebu

DRINKING in Cebu

Young nightlife crowds are abundant in Cebu, but lets put that tropical cocktail aside: our favorite spots feature a more sophisticated infusion.

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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.

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Crossroads Mall
Gov. M. Cuenco Ave
Cebu City, Cebu

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Turtle’s Nest

This graffiti-bombed house has been a haven for creatives for the better part of two decades. When we visited, people were already knocking back beers at 10 in the morning. You know what they say, when in Rome…

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124 Gorordo Ave
Cebu City, Cebu

TO DO in Cebu

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.

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Qube Gallery

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.

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Crossroads Mall
Gov. M. Cuenco Ave
Cebu City, Cebu

www.qubegallery.ph

Revolt Cycles

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.

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397 C. Padilla St
Cebu City, Cebu

Cyan Adventures

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Panagsama Beach, Basdiot
Moalboal, Cebu

+63 927 426 6886

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HoliCOW

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.

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Crossroads Mall
Gov. M. Ceunco Ave
Cebu City, Cebu

Aquaholics

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Club Serena Resort
Moalboal, Cebu

+63 939 910 5530

ISSUES FEATURING CEBU

THIS IS NOT YOUR PARENTS’ CEBU. Welcomed by a community of creatives energizing her hometown, Fruhlein Econar returns to Cebu.

In Drive By’s Chasing Giants Agu Paiso and Paco Guerrero take the small but powerful Toyota Wigo on a roadtrip through Cebu City, Carcar, Oslob and Moalboal.

In our Urban Tavel Issue, Januar Yap makes a case for Why Cebu Is The Best Place To Live Right Now.