Live Music

Cebu City has a vibrant live-music scene, and many bars showcase bands to pull in the punters. Acts play everything from ska to classic rock.

Cubana Enjoys a great location close to Mango Sq and features groups playing reggae, salsa and merengue.

Linx Lounge Bar This bar west of the centre in Mandaue hosts emerging electronic artists and guitar bands.

Kukuk's Nest/Turtle's Nest A bar that's popular for its eclectic musical policy – from punk to Filipino folk.

Club Holic This ever-popular Mango Sq venue is renowned for its club nights, but bands also perform here.

History & Culture

Most of the city's historic buildings are in the downtown area; it's possible to walk between sights.

Museo Sugbo Prime yourself on Cebu's fascinating history in this evocative structure, a former jail.

Basilica Minore del Santo Niño A place of pilgrimage that's home to the sacred statue of Santo Niño.

Fort San Pedro Explore this old fort's ramparts and ruins and take in its museum too.

Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House One of the oldest residential structures in the country, and filled with curios and antiques.

Local Food

Cebu has a fine range of restaurants specialising in Cebuano, Visayan and Filipino food, some of the best places are out in the suburbs.

Cafe Laguna Seekers of authentic local flavours look no further, and there's a great outdoor terrace.

Rico's Lechon Cebuanos claim their city is the home of lechón (spit-roasted pork), head here for the best in town.

Golden Cowie Offering moderate prices and generous portions, this is a wildly popular local chain.

Healthy U For those seeking vegan and vegetarian, check out their set meal specials.


The city lacks parks and green spaces but if you want to escape the relentless urban landscape head to these spots for eye-opening vistas.

Sky Experience Get an eagle eye's perspective of the city, then take a walk in the sky.

Tops Lookout Enjoy a sundowner and sublime city vistas from this famous viewpoint.

Ayala Center Cebu This mall has a beautifully landscaped urban park, enjoy the outlook from the Terraces restaurant complex.

Anzani The perfect spot for a splurge, this classy restaurant has some of the best city views in town.