24 Hours in Cebu: Tourist Trail

In town for the Sinulog festivities? Make sure to pack your itinerary with stops that’ll make the most out of your trip. Zee Lifestyle recommends some places that are on everyone’s must-visit list.

9:00 A.M. – BREAKFAST AT A CAFÉ

True, it’s not the most local stop, but The Abaca Group’s favorite brunch hangout has a menu that’s definitely worthy of a visit. The Eggs Benedict and Biscuits with Gravy are enough to power you up for the rest of the day.

The A Cafe's Eggs Benedict (Photography by Genesis Raña, originally published in Zee Lifestyle Hotel Edition July 2011)
The A Cafe’s Eggs Benedict (Photography by Genesis Raña, originally published in Zee Lifestyle Hotel Edition July 2011)

10:00 A.M. – TOPS

No matter how often it’s mentioned, Tops remains a favorite stop on tours around the city for the stunning views of the city, the sea, and the neighbouring islands below.

12:00 N.N. – LUNCH AT CIRCA 1900

Circa 1900, located in a turn-of-the-century ancestral home, has become a must-visit dining destination not only for its cuisine, but also to experience history and culture in Cebu. Its menu features international dishes that pay homage to Filipino culinary heritage through the use of local ingredients—definitely something for the tourists to check out.

Circa 1900 (Photography by Robo Formacion, originally published in Zee Lifestyle May 2014)
Circa 1900 (Photography by Robo Formacion, originally published in Zee Lifestyle May 2014)

2:00 P.M. – MAGELLAN’S CROSS

Planted by Ferdinand Magellan’s men upon arriving in Cebu on April 21, 1521, the Magellan’s Cross is the symbol of the Cebuano’s acceptance of the Christian faith.

Magellan's Cross (Photography by Snapholic, originally published in Zee Lifestyle June 2013)
Magellan’s Cross (Photography by Snapholic, originally published in Zee Lifestyle June 2013)

2:30 P.M. – MUSEO SUGBO

A first visit to Cebu will never be complete without a short visit to the Museo Sugbo. Take a short hike from the Magellan’s Cross and travel back in time with the century-old galleries depicting Cebu’s rich history and culture.

Museo Sugbo (Photography by Candice Ruiz, originally published in Zee Lifestyle June 2010)
Museo Sugbo (Photography by Candice Ruiz, originally published in Zee Lifestyle June 2010)

3:30 P.M. – MERIENDA ON THE STREET

Once done with Museo Sugbo, take a detour on the nearby side streets and grab a bite from the numerous vendors that line it. You can find carts stocked with roasted peanuts, steamed corn, pork barbecue and delicacies like rosquillos, barquillos and chicharron.

4:30 P.M. – SKY EXPERIENCE ADVENTURE

Take a walk on the wild side—at 35 stories up, that is. Sitting atop Crown Regency right along the bustling Fuente Osmeña, you can walk around the building’s ledge, ride a coaster that can tilt you to the ground, or take a zip line from one tower to the other.

6:30 P.M. – DINNER AT ZUBUCHON

What better way to indulge with some succulent roasted pork? Although their version isn’t exactly the trademark Cebu lechon, Zubuchon’s roasted pork is crisp, full of flavour, and definitely worth the calories.

Zubuchon (Photography by Kurt Fick, originally published in Zee Lifestyle November 2014)
Zubuchon (Photography by Kurt Fick, originally published in Zee Lifestyle November 2014)

8:00 P.M. – SOUVENIR SHOPPING

You can’t leave town without something to remember your trip by. Islands Pasalubong carries all the delicacies and products you’ll want to bring home, from dried mangoes and danger to Cebu-themed shirts and accessories.

Islands Pasalubong (Photography by Jean Yu, originally published in Zee Lifestyle Directory December-January 2015)
Islands Pasalubong (Photography by Jean Yu, originally published in Zee Lifestyle Directory December-January 2015)

9:30 P.M. – DRINKS AT POLITICS

If you have enough time for a nightcap, grab a drink or more at the Politics Cafe + Public House. A modern mix of industrial and brick walls complimented by plush leather seats and warm lighting make it an ideal place to wrap up an eventful day in Cebu.

Politics Cafe and Public House (Photography by John Ong)
Politics Cafe and Public House (Photography by John Ong)

This is an updated list from the 24 Hour: Tourist Trail originally published on the Zee Lifestyle Directory, December 2014-January 2015 issue.

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Zee Lifestyle strives to capture the pulse of Cebu! As a city-centric lifestyle magazine, it aims to inform and entertain with features on culture, personalities, travel, food, fashion and everything in between. Follow Zee Lifestyle on Instagram at @zeelifestyle.

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