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What to Do in Cebu in 24 Hours

by Maia Marquez

A long list of attractions and dining destinations is always a good reason to visit the Queen City of the South.

But not everyone has the luxury of time. If you happen to be passing by Cebu City or you have only a day to spare, you’re in luck!

We’ve rounded up a list of sights to see, things to do, and places to eat at to show you that a whole day spent in Cebu isn’t too short for a full immersion.


7:30AM – 8:15AM: Abaca Baking Company

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Start your day right with a hearty breakfast from this all-day breakfast bakery and café. Welcoming you with the warm and homey smell of freshly baked bread and pastries, they are a living testament of the saying that breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

Price: Approximately P400/head

Crossroads
Crossroads, Banilad Road, Cebu City
Daily, 7AM – 10PM

Paseo Arcenas
Arcenas Estate R. Arcenas Street, Cebu City
Daily, 7AM – 10PM


8:15AM – 8:45AM: Transit to Sirao Flower Garden


8:45AM – 9:15AM: Sirao Flower Garden

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Photo-worthy might be an understatement to describe The Little Amsterdam of Cebu. Blanketed by colorful celosia flowers, sunflowers, dahlias, lilies, petunias, and so many more, this charming hillside garden is a dream come true for flower lovers! Frolic through rows of nature’s beauty, and it will be so easy to understand why this has become a sightseeing favorite.

Entrance fee: P50/head

Sirao Flower Garden
Busay, Cebu City
Daily, 8AM – 5PM


9:15AM – 9:45AM: Transit to The Tops Lookout


9:45AM – 10:15AM: The Tops Lookout

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Head to The Tops, where panoramic views of the old, the new, the natural, and the manmade become one. Sitting 600m above Cebu City, its fortress-like architecture is also a sight worth seeing.

Entrance fee: P100/head

The Tops Lookout
Cebu Transcental Highway, Cebu City


10:15AM – 10:45AM: Transit to Temple of Leah


10:45AM – 11:15AM: Temple of Leah

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Witness the country’s very own version of India’s Taj Mahal as you venture through this Romanesque structure. Built out of love for Rico Adarna’s late wife Leah, the temple is teeming with sophisticated details like masterfully made sculptures—including a 9-foot bronze statue of Leah, intricate floorings, and high columns and ceilings. Plus, it’s also home to some of Leah’s lifetime collections!

Entrance fee: P50/head

Temple of Leah
Cebu Transcental Highway, Cebu City
Daily, 6AM – 11PM


11:15AM – 11:45AM: Transit to Cebu Taoist Temple


11:45AM – 12:15PM: Cebu Taoist Temple

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Welcoming worshippers and non-worshippers alike, this complex of pagoda-style prayer rooms is Cebu’s center of Taoism. Walk through its Great Wall-like entrance, be greeted by the dragons that are the temple’s protectors, and maybe even participate in a Taoist wish-granting ritual, and you’re sure to leave this sacred space with more peace and serenity in your heart.

Cebu Taoist Temple
Canyon Road, Beverly Hills Subdivision, Lahug
Daily, 9AM – 5PM


12:15PM – 12:45PM: Transit to Street Food Lunch


12:45PM – 2:15PM: Street Food Lunch

Food is such an important part of one’s culture, and to eat as the locals do is the best way to experience it. Enjoy them with servings of puso (rice wrapped in coconut leaves) and a dipping sauce of vinegar, soy sauce, calamansi, and crushed chilies. (TIP: Cold Mountain Dew is the drink of choice for many locals!)


Larsian

This barbecue marketplace is where you can choose your raw sticks of meat, innards, and seafood.

Price: Approximately P150

Larsian sa Fuente
Fuente Osmeña, Cebu City
Mondays to Saturdays, 2PM – 3AM
Sundays, 2PM – 12AM
(Note: Certain stalls are open as early as 10AM)


Pungko-Pungko sa Fuente

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Here’s a place where people from all walks of life come to dine. Delight in your choice of fried food. Placed in big plastic baskets at the center of the tables are sticks of meat, innards, and lumpia among others.

Price: Approximately P150

Pungko-Pungko sa Fuente
J. Llorente Street, Cebu City
Daily, 6AM – 10PM


Tuslob Buwa Eatery

Foodie adventurers will enjoy the thrill of this signature exotic favorite! Meaning ”dipping in froth”, Tuslob Buwa is a hearty mix of minced pork liver and other innards, brain, onions, garlic, chilies, and other spices.

Price: Approximately P150

Tuslob Buwa Eatery
566 Dionisio Jakosalem Street, Cebu City


2:15PM – 2:30PM: Transit to Sky Experience Adventure


2:30PM – 3:30PM: Sky Experience Adventure

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Located atop Crown Regency and Towers, this place is perfect for thrill-seekers looking for their dose of adventure. See the city differently with a ride on the Edge Coaster, the world’s first rail-seat ride that tilts up to 55 degrees and goes around a building, giving riders a view from 130+ meters up!

Other attractions include the Skywalk Extreme, which lets you walk around the edge of the building while strapped onto a harness, the Tower Zipline enables you to sail across 2 buildings, and the Paramount Vertigo Wall, the first climbing wall on a 40-story building, among others.

Entrance fee (inclusive of entrance and 1 ride): P450/head (student), P550/head (adult)

Sky Experience Adventure
Tower 1, Crown Regence Hotels and Towers
Fuente Towers, Fuente Osmeña Boulevard, Cebu City
Mondays to Fridays, 2PM – 12MN
Saturdays, 10AM – 2AM
Sundays, 10AM – 12MN


3:30PM – 3:45PM: Transit to Magellan’s Cross


3:45PM – 4:15PM: Magellan’s Cross

Since the city is teeming with rich history, this historical landmark shouldn’t be something to miss out! Planted by Ferdinand Magellan in 1521, it serves as a symbol of the baptism of the first Christian Filipinos. If you’re in for a story, all you have to do look up to the murals on the ceiling that tell this historical event.

Magellan’s Cross
Osmeña Boulevard, Cebu City
Daily, 8AM – 6PM


4:15PM – 4:45PM: Transit to Linear Coffee Roasters


4:45PM – 5:30PM: Linear Coffee Roasters

Take a break from your jam-packed schedule as you unwind with a cup of coffee. This quaint coffee joint is a favorite among coffee connoisseurs. Let the bittersweet smell of coffee keep you relaxed as you pair your perfectly brewed drink with their cookies and cheesecakes!

Price: Approximately P250

Linear Coffee Roasters
18 C. Rosal Street, Cebu City
Daily, 7AM – 6PM


5:30PM – 6:30PM: Transit to Rico’s Lechon


6:30PM – 7:30PM: Rico’s Lechon

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A trip to the Lechon Capital of the Philippines will never be complete without a taste of this roasted pig goodness! Their claim to fame is the Spicy Lechon seasoned with garlic, leeks, lemongrass, vinegar, and a wide variety of spices. Bursting with flavor, it stands by its slogan that it is really ”da best gyud” (the best)!

Price: Approximately P275

Mactan Promenade
Unit 3 and 4 Mactan Promenade, Airport Road
Ibo, Lapu-Lapu City
Daily, 10AM – 10PM


7:30PM – 8:15PM: Transit to 10,000 Roses Café


8:15PM – 9:00PM: 10,000 Roses Café

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Whether you’re in for another cup of coffee or you’re just set to see the country's own version of South Korea’s LED Rose Garden at Dongdaemun Design Plaza, this 2-story café is worth a visit! Stroll through 2 fields of 3-feet tall plastic white blooms that are gorgeously lit up as they sway with the wind. This K-drama-inspired spot is perfect for photos and even greater for a love story to bloom (pun intended)!

Entrance fee: P20/head

10,000 Roses Café
Day-as Barangay Road, Cordova, Cebu
Daily, 11AM – 12MN


9PM – 9:45PM: Transit to Ibiza Beach Club


9:45PM – onwards: Ibiza Beach Club

Image: Mövenpick Resort & Spa Cebu

If you’re still up to explore the city’s nightlife scene, this may be your best bet! With the concept of the Spanish party island in mind, it’s where you can dine on a Balearic-inspired 15-course grill as you sip on refreshingly delectable cocktails and marvel at the sights and sounds of Mactan’s waters. Live performances of Broadway, pop, retro, and Latin-themed dance numbers are often held here too.

Entrance fee: P1000/head (consumable)

Ibiza Beach Club
Punta Engaño Road, Lapu-Lapu City
Mondays to Thursdays, 3PM – 12MN
Fridays to Sundays, 3PM – 2AM


Still itching for more adventure? Get some inspiration from our Travel Guide for a list of things to See, Eat, and Do in Cebu! Check out our exclusive partner resorts in Cebu.

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About Maia
Maia’s passions in life are to travel and tell stories. Born in the States and raised in Manila while having studied in France, her ultimate goal is to travel all countries of the world. While she’s not abroad, she spends time tanning at the beach, exploring the underwater world or chilling with her 13 dogs. Follow her adventures on her Instagram @maiawillseetheworld.

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