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Are you looking for recommended Eats in Cebu? Check out this list!

Updated: Jan 12



We travel for different reasons- pleasure, work, festivals, relaxation, family time, and so on. But one thing is common in every travel, we EAT! We even travel just for a "food trip" to try local cuisine and delicacies. And if you have reached this stage, I guess you have been to places.


A popular destination for locals and travellers around the world is Cebu City, where the food scene is a variety- from pungko-pungko to a Michelin-star chef dishes. Living in this city for over half a decade made me create my go-to list. These are my recommendations and not an official list. I still encourage you to try others out of this list as our likings definitely differ. Bookmark this page as a reference on your next Cebu quick trip or food trip travel in this city.


Here are my food recommendations and places to eat in Cebu City. I came up with a list based on three criteria:

  1. Only in Cebu

  2. Value for money

  3. Top of mind for the category


Sugba and Tinowa

Parr't Ebelle Tinola

Location: J. De Veyra St., Cebu City (near SM City Mabolo)

Price: a serving of grilled fish and tinowa costs around Php500


Been wanting a hot soup and freshly caught grilled fish for lunch? Parrt Ebelle is the place to be. Pick your Sugba or grilled fish before entering, and it will be served. Then order Tinowa or Tinolang Isda by the counter.


Full already? Before you leave, there is Chicharon stall beside. Buy and bring home Carcar's known pork chicharon for your family and colleagues.



Pochero

Gate 5 Pochero

Location: 5 La Guardia St., Lahug, Cebu City (near IT Park)

Price: Pochero- Php100


This is the Bulalo of Cebu. It is impressive because it is tasty even without many ingredients. The perfect condiment is a mix of vinegar and soy sauce. Watch out for your extra rice!



Butterfly Chicken and Ngohiong

Tagala

Location: 2021 Don Jose Avila St., Cebu City (near Cebu Doc)

Price: A meal of chicken breast, ngohoing, 3 puso, and a softdrink is around Php150


Oily and dry, but you have to try. Order any chicken part, ngohiong, and puso. Puso or the hanging rice, makes your dining experience so authentic. Go ask for fried crumbs; it's free! So how do you enjoy your food? First, dip a portion of puso in the sauce (either sweet or spicy), then into the crumbs. Eat and Thank me later.


There are other Tagala branches in Cebu City, but I still recommend the fried chicken at the original branch near Cebu Doc.



Grilled

Yakski

Location: 268 B. Don Mariano Cui, Brgy. Capitol Site, Cebu City (near Capitol)

Price: a meal of chicken breast, pork barbeque, chorizo, and rice is around Php200


There are many grill places in the city, but the taste consistency of Yakski makes it to the list. Perhaps you will be intrigued by their sweet and spicy sauce, but now they have added Tuba vinegar as a condiment. It suits!



Chicken Wings

Southside Chicken

Location: 8 Jumabon St., San Antonio Village, Apas, Cebu City (near Countrymall)

Price: a basket of chicken wings starts at Php180


The rise of this food business makes it hard to choose the best wings flavor, so I simplified it for you. The must flavor is the Cajun Glazed and Smokey Chipotle wings of this garage business. They don't offer unli-wings, but you may order as much as you want, though. You may find it weird but pair it with their Pancit Bihon- it's good!




Coffee

Cardinal Coffee

Location: Don Jose Avila St., Cebu City (near Capitol)

Price: hot latte is Php110


Who would leave a city without trying the local coffee shops? Yay!


To compare coffee from different shops, I always order Hot Café Latte, and so far, Cardinal's has the perfect mix -for me. Their coffee is best paired with cheesecake brownie and Boston Creme cake.



Cakes

Chef's Table

Location: A. S. Fortuna, Mandaue City (near J. Center)

Price: 9-inch cake starts at Php1300


Speaking of cakes, Chef's Table's nine-inch cakes are just delightful. Though their cakes are sometimes made to order, grab Avocado Mango Cake or Mookie Cake if you have spotted one.



Pastries

5G Coffeehouse

Location: 2nd Street, San Antonio Village, Apas, Cebu City (near Campo)

Price: croissants starts at Php110


Flaky! so far, their croissants are my standard- let's wait until I get to eat one in Paris. But 5G's strawberry croissant is to die for.



No-rice diet? No worries. Try these to-go meals before heading to the airport.



Burger


Burger Joint

Location: The Gallery, Pope John Paul II Avenue, Golam Dr, Cebu City

Price: Value meal starts at Php 200. Includes fries and soda


If you want to skip the rice and opt for burgers, try Burger Joint. Their patties are beefy and juicy— combo it with their milkshake.



Shawarma

Jafar's

Location: Banilad Town Center, Gov. M. Cuenco Ave., Cebu City

Price: Beef shawarma is Php105


They use wraps instead of pita, and their sauce is rich. Their shawarma is rolled not like a traditional cylindrical shape, so the meat, onions, and greens are well distributed in every bite. If vegetarian, they serve chickpeas too.


Pizza

Albur's

Location: Gen. Lim St., Villa Aurora, Kasambagan (near Sarrosa Hotel)

Price: Truffle Pizza is Php448


This hang-out place is within a quiet neighborhood that makes it best for secluded get together. Their thin-crust truffle pizza is one of the best sellers, and you'll want to get beer because of its laid-back Friday vibe.


You have come this far and probably still looking for a specific dish. Right? Of course, Lechon should be on the list.

Lechon

CnT

Location: Jose L. Briones St., North Reclamation Area, Cebu City (near SM)

Price: 1kl is Php850


Their lechon is still the recommended, and the taste of Cebu. I have tried too many lechon around the city and CnT is still the anchor of Cebu lechon. Though if you want something less commercialized, try:



Lechon Belly

Tatang's

Location: Wilson St., Apas, Cebu City (near JY)

Price: value meal starts Php130; 1kl is Php900


Try their spicy lechon to get that hot kick while enjoying the crispy lechon skin.


Check this map below to know if you are near any branches.




*Again, these are just my recommendations and not the official best of Cebu. I have tried other brands of each category here, but these are my standouts. Let me know if you have some recommendations too :)


Let's continue to support the local food business, especially those striving after the pandemic.


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Always great to come across a blog that offers new info- and this post definitey delivers!

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Good recommendations specially for those visiting Cebu. Very personalized and not the usual daily go to. cheers

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Had this take-me-back-to-Cebu feels after reading this!!

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Ohhh thank you!!!! Will definitely try these on my next visit. Great post!!!!

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