Cebu City, known as the Queen City of the South, is a historic and economically important city in the Visayas region. It is also the capital of its namesake province and one of the Philippines' most popular tourist destinations.
Compared to other areas in the Philippines, the city has a unique feel because of its Spanish colonial architecture. You'll come across numerous beautiful churches from the colonial era throughout the city, such as Basilica Minore del Santo Niño, one of the oldest churches in the Philippines. Cebu is home to the Magellan's Cross, a Christian cross planted by Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan in 1521. Historical places of interest in Cebu include Fort San Pedro, the oldest triangular bastion fort in the Philippines; Colon Street, the oldest street in the country; and Mactan Shrine, where Magellan was killed at The Battle of Mactan. You'll also find many ancestral houses and museums in Cebu, such as the Casa Gorordo Museum, Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House, Jesuit House Museum, and Museo Sugbo.
There are few places in the world that offer as stunning and varied beaches as Cebu. From Moalboal, where you can witness the popular sardine run where thousands of sardines swim around and create beautiful formations and patterns, to Oslob, where you can swim with whale sharks, to Bantayan Island, where you can relax on white sand beaches—there's something for everyone. If you love waterfalls, be sure to visit Kawasan Falls—one of the most popular spots for canyoneering.
Cebu City is another great option for living and working remotely in the Philippines. Like Makati, it has a strong infrastructure and modern amenities for remote work. The city has no shortage of coworking spaces, which is great news for digital nomads who need to get some work done. Some of the best coworking spaces in Cebu include Avant Offices, The Company, Nomad’s Hub, which is a coworking space with accommodation, and Workplace Café, a coworking cafe with four locations in Cebu City.
And no matter what your taste buds are craving, you'll be able to find a great meal in Cebu. One dish you should not miss when in Cebu is lechon (roasted suckling pig), which has gained notoriety among foodies around the world. House of Lechon is one of the most popular places to taste the dish, but there are many other great options available. For some delicious Filipino food, check out Paolito’s, a traditional Filipino restaurant, or try Sugbo Mercado Food Bazaar, a popular food park that offers a variety of local dishes. Chixboy, an al fresco dining in the mountains of Busay, home to some of the best Cebu tourist spots, is also a great place to go for some delicious food.
Cebu has a lively nightlife scene, with plenty of places to drink and socialize after a tiring day. One beloved craft beer stop is Turning Wheels Craft Brewery. Another excellent spot to unwind is at Weekend, where you can order from a menu of premium spirits and liqueurs, craft beers, and innovative cocktails. Straight Up Bar is another favorite spot to unwind. It’s a rooftop bar located at Seda Central Bloc with gorgeous views of the Cebu City skyline. If you feel like dancing instead, ICON, The Sentral Cebu, and Rue Cebu offer live music and DJ performances.
Rhea Vitto Tabora is a professional travel writer with over 14 years of experience working in the hospitality industry. Her work has been published in Travel Asia Now, Arrivedo, Daily Tribune, Mise En Place Asia magazine, and various hotel websites.
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