Gastronomic guide to Cebu City

by Jelkie 

Where to eat?

Where to do fine dining in the hustle and bustle of Cebu City? Well since eating is my favorite hobby, I’m beyond excited to function as your local food guide in order to please your gastronomic demands. Finding food in this vibrant city isn’t really hard since the growing selection of restaurants becomes quite overwhelming. However, I personally think it's hard for newbie travelers to find the places relatively unknown by the mainstream world, hence hidden spots.


Surely the lonely planet guide offers a bunch of superb recommendations for food and drinks, but I find the choices somewhat outdated (f.e. Mango Avenue evolved to an invasion of Korean town nowadays). 


Armed with my regular food trips in Cebu, I put together a list of my favorite restaurants when you're trying to figure out where to go. Bon appetit! 


Circa 1900

High-end superb food in a beautiful Spanish heritage house. 


Address : Sanjercas Ville Ext. Road, Lahug

Gibbs' Hot Wings

All sorts of chicken wings.


Address : Streetscape, Banilad.


Healthy and organic food. 


Address : Streetscape, Banilad


A must try! Authentic delicious Spanish food! The place is very intimate with a little garden area. 


Address: Fairlane Village, Guadalupe. 

My Greek taverna

Serves cheap gyros, pitas, kebabs and salads. 


Address: BTC Banilad

10 dove street

For small romantic dinners & desserts.



Address: Oakridge Business Park

Bucket Shrimps


Highly recommended! Boiled shrimps in Cajun sauce or drool-worthy chicken wings. Eat with your hands here!


Address: Orchid street, Capitol site

Pueblo Mexican

Must-try! Mexican food. 


Address: BTC, Banilad

Señor Kimchi

Mexican-Korean fusion.


Address : Laniba building, Escario. 

Tymad Bistro

Best French brekky in Cebu! 


Address : Paseo Saturnino, Maria Luisa Road, Banilad. 

Vanille Bistro

 Good place for desserts


Address : Streetscape, Banilad.

Cafe George

Try spinach and cheese dip as appetizer. 


Address: Ground floor MLD building, Banilad. 

Lantaw Restaurant

Located on a windy hilltop. Authentic Filipino food. 


Address: Roosvelt drive, Busay.

Pizzeria Michelangelo

Authentic Italian pizza.


Address: Escario Central

Blue Elephant

Good food for a reasonable price.


Address: IT Park or AppleOne equicom Tower

Barbeque Boss

Simple and cheap Filipino servings. Unlimited rice and cheap beer


Address: Gov. M. Cuenco Ave, Talamban

Abaca Baking Company

Go-to place for coffee and brunch


Address : Crossroads, Kasambagan.

Shaka Hawaiian Restaurant

Absolutely LOVED the food here. Try the Hawaiian poke bowl in you're into sushi.


Address : IT Park, Garden Bloc, Apas

Larsian BBQ

BBQ hub for street food enthusiasts. It may not be the cleanest place to eat for those who have a sensitive stomach. 


Address : Don Mariano Cui, St. Next to Chong Hua hospital. 

Gusto Urban cafe + wine bar

Italian food. I find their pasta the best in Cebu. 


Address: IT Park

FatCow Burgers

 Juicy burgers. Try True Bleu cheeseburger.


Address: BTC Banilad

Pizza Republic

Customize your own pizza. Pick + mix. 



Address: Salinas Drive 


Open balcony terrace bar and lounge with music entertainment and a skyline view. 


Address: Panorama Heights, Nivel Hills

Garlic Rice

Cheap and simple dining. Filipino cuisine. 


Address: Gov. M. Cuenco Ave, Talamban

More on the list:

  • The Pig & Palm
  • Gorliz Tapas
  • Sugbo Mercado
  • Phat Pho
  • Anzani
  • Tavolata
  • Camden Cafe
  • Birdseed breakfast club
  • Maya Mexican restaurant
  • Giuseppe Pizzeria & Sicilian roast 
  • Beqaa

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