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Top Choice Church in Cebu City

Basilica Minore del Santo Niño

Cebu’s holiest church houses a revered Flemish statuette of the Christ child (Santo Niño) that dates to Magellan’s time. The church’s belfry came crumbling down in the October 2013 earthquake and is being rebuilt. T…
Top Choice Seafood in Cebu City

STK ta Bay! Sa Paolito’s Seafood House

Ask a Cebuano where to dine in Cebu City and those in the know will often point you to this large ancestral-home-turned-restaurant chock full of family heirlooms. Jerry’s crab curry is a favourite but the not-to-mis…
Top Choice Mexican in Cebu City

Maya

Enter through heavy carved wooden doors to this classy, candlelit restaurant with arguably the best Mexican food in the country. Authentic hits like lime and coriander grilled-fish soft tacos and a range of 100% aga…
Museum in Cebu City

Museo Sugbo

This terrific museum comprises several galleries in an sturdy old coral-stone building that was Cebu's provincial jail from 1870 to 2004. Most interesting are the Spanish-era and American-era galleries. The latter c…
Museum in Cebu City

Casa Gorordo Museum

Downtown, in a quieter residential area, Casa Gorordo Museum was originally a private home built in the 1850s and purchased by the Gorordos, one of Cebu’s leading families. The lower part of the house has walls of M…
Museum in Cebu City

Jumalon Butterfly Sanctuary

One of the first places Cebu residents will take visiting relatives is the Jumalon Butterfly Sanctuary, west of the downtown area. It’s hardly a place you’d expect butterflies to hang around, but hang around they do…
Museum in Cebu City

University of San Carlos Museum

This well-put-together museum is best known for its anthropological and archaeological exhibits, including displays depicting the 16th-century practise of artificial skull deformation on infants for aesthetic reason…
French in Cebu City

La Maison Rose

A little slice of France in the middle of Cebu, La Maison offers fine dining in the main building, done up like a French Indochine villa, and light bites on a large outdoor patio next door at La Vie Parisienne baker…
French in Cebu City

La Vie Parisienne

A little slice of France in the middle of Cebu, this bakery and cafe offers light bites on a large outdoor patio and, next door, fine dining at La Maison Rose, done up like a French Indochine villa. The latter feat…
Spanish in Cebu City

Aranos

Upon entry at this authentic Basque/Spanish restaurant you’ll be greeted by the elderly and impressively moustached Spanish owner, Señor Arano himself. The cosy front room is all gingham tablecloths and Spanish memo…