Late Night Guide: Cebu
Cebu has become one of the Philippines’ most popular vacation spots because of its white sandy beaches and spectacular diving locations. Also known as the Queen City of the South, Cebu has huge potential in terms of commerce, trade, education and infrastructure due to its strategic central location. As one of the oldest cities in the country, Cebu has numerous historical sites with amazing stories to tell.
In the day, you can choose to enjoy a guided tour to learn more about the history of this city, or be diving off the coast to hunt for beautiful sea creatures. But when the sun sets, you might start to wonder what Cebu can offer, so to get you exploring this growing city, here’s a Late Night Guide to this tropical paradise called Cebu.
The Pig and Palm
MSY Tower, Pescadores Rd. Cebu Business Park, Cebu City
Operating hours: 11am – 12am
Michelin-starred British Chef Jason Atherton pays tribute to his Filipino wife by opening his first restaurant in the Philippines in her hometown of Cebu. The restaurant offers a modern Spanish tapas menu with a focus on pork dishes and also includes a stand-alone bar that serves innovative cocktails. Here’s a fun fact! The name of the restaurant actually came about because Chef Jason had this vision of pigs in the Philippines relaxing on the beach and hanging out under palm trees.
The restaurant offers traditional seating arrangements in the main dining area as well as bar seats where you can watch the chefs in action, preparing your dishes while also ensuring cleanliness as they are in full view of guests. Even though it’s opened by a Michelin-starred chef, rest assured that The Pig and Palm is good value for money for the quality of food served.
With regards to the food, the restaurant uses locally produced ingredients in their menu (e.g. pork sourced from local farms in Cebu). If there’s one dish you have to try, it will have to be the Confit Pork Belly! A tender piece of pork belly topped with onion jam and apple caramel, paired with potato puree and broccoli cous-cous. Just imagine the burst of flavours when you put it in your mouth – we’re salivating already!
Garden Bloc in IT Park – Operating hours: 5pm – 1am (Thu-Sat)
Cebu Business Park – Operating hours: 4pm – 12am (Fri-Sun)
(Launching 18 Nov) City di Mare SRP – Operating hours: 5pm – 11pm (Fri-Sun)
What better place to enjoy a variety of delicious food than a weekend food market? Sugbo Mercado is the perfect place for Cebu’s food entrepreneurs to showcase their dishes or products to the locals or visiting tourists. Why is that you may ask? With 3 strategic locations within Cebu, you’ll be able to find one that’s easily accessible.
With more than fifty food stalls, you’ll be spoilt for choice! Whether you’re craving Lechon, Yakitori, Paella or dishes from other international cuisines, you’ll definitely find it there. A tip for you is to head there with friends and order from different stalls to share! That way, it’ll leave you with enough room in your tummy to try everything and still have space to end off with the many dessert offerings! Good food and drinks should be paired with good music. Live acoustic bands and singers will serenade you with the latest hits and classic oldies!
Don Mariano Cui St, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines
Operating hours: 24 hours (Daily)
Larsian is a barbecue haven offering cheap grilled meats and seafood on skewers. You basically select the skewers or ingredients you like, and the owner of the stall will grill it up and serve it to your table. For a must-try, get the Chorizo de Cebu that is smoky and grilled to perfection! Complete the experience with a Cebu-specialty, hanging rice otherwise known as “Puso”, which is rice wrapped in a case made of woven coconut leaves, very similar to the Ketupat. Cutlery is not available but they do offer plastic gloves so eat the way the locals do – with your hands. Basically, Larsian’s an affordable dining establishment, so head there with a few friends and you’ll not break your budget!
Gemma’s Puto Maya
Carbon Public Market, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines
Operating hours: 24 hours (Daily)
If you’re looking for cheap eats, Carbon Public Market is the best place to be. It has some of the most delicious yet affordable food around Cebu, and Gemma’s Puto Maya’s Puto Sikwate is one of them.
A very popular breakfast combo for the locals, you will be served a plate of puto (glutinous rice) which can be topped with sugar to enhance the taste and a cup of sikwate (hot chocolate) at a very low price. Talk about an energizing breakfast!
Melvin’s Reef Black Light Mini Golf
Sky Experience Adventure, Tower 1, Crown Regency Hotel and Towers, Fuente Towers, Fuente Osmeña Blvd, Cebu City, 6000 Philippines
Operating hours: 2pm – 12am (Mon-Fri), 10am – 2am (Sat & Sun)
A perfect opportunity to channel your inner Tiger Woods and aim for a hole in one! Melvin’s Reef Black Light Mini Golf provides an underwater golfing experience where you will get to challenge your friends to a game with accompanying ultraviolet glowing deep-sea creatures all around you.
The black light emits visible light that makes the entire golf course so much more attractive as it’s bursting with color. Being a 9-hole miniature golf course, it’s a relaxing and easy activity that’s fit for the young and old!
Having so many dining options to keep you from going hungry throughout the night till the next morning, your tummy will be thanking you. Walk it off by visiting the many historical attractions around the oldest city in the Philippines, and when you’re hungry, repeat the process. Eating is always the best way to understand the culture of a city!