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Cebu City travel guide

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You're Going to Love Cebu City

From big city sophistication to pristine white beaches, it's not hard to understand why Cebu City is such a hugely popular tourist destination. It's a place that combines history - it is the oldest city in the Philippines - with a glamorous dining and nightlife scene, set in a lush natural environment.

Known as the Queen City of the South, Cebu City is the largest urban area on Cebu Island. It's part of a cluster of islands in the South China Sea south of Manila in the Visayas region of the country. A mountain range runs along the center of the island, with Cebu City lying in the middle along the southeastern coast. The combination of mountains and sea produces an abundance of fresh ingredients for the delicious local cuisine.

You may be surprised at the Latin flavor you'll encounter in some parts of the city, but along with Spanish colonization, Cebu City was an early outpost of trade between the Philippines and Mexico. Put all the ingredients together, and Cebu City offers a rich environment, culture, and cuisine for you to explore.

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When to Visit Cebu City

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The drier season between December and May is the most popular for tourist visits, although the rains are only occasional and storms infrequent during the remainder of the year. Temperatures usually range from 75 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit, with the hottest month being May.

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Where to Stay in Cebu City

Harolds Hotel and the Radisson Blu Cebu are both stylish modern properties in downtown Cebu City with convenient locations and first-class amenities. At the Marco Polo Plaza Cebu, you can enjoy stunning views of the city from a trendy patio terrace. For the fun of gaming without going outside, choose Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino, where many rooms have great views.

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Shopping Streets

Along with the major shopping centers located in the Cebu Business Park and the North Reclamation Area, you'll find a large bazaar with local goods on Manalili Street, a great place for bargains on clothing and accessories. The huge Carbon Market on MC Briones Street is the largest farmer's market in the city and you'll find a wealth of produce and other foods, along with clothing and souvenirs.

Groceries and Other

Shopwise Supermarket and Rustan's Supermarket are two of the many grocery brands you'll find in town. There are also grocery stores at all the major shopping malls. A quart of milk costs about ₱19 and a dozen eggs costs about ₱16.

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Where to Eat in Cebu City

Take full advantage of the tropical locale at Anzani, where you can enjoy the terrace and views of the city from Panorama Heights and feast on a menu of Italian and Mediterranean cuisine that starts at ₱400. Savor classic Asian and Filipino dishes, including mouthwatering barbecue dishes, at Larsian, with mains starting at ₱250 in a casual and family-friendly atmosphere. For sleek, modern ambiance and Pan-Asian fare, choose the Garden Cafe at the Marriott Hotel, where main dishes start at ₱900.