Exploring Cebu City

Pardon me, but let me vent a little. A couple of months ago, my sisters and I booked a 3-day trip to Cebu via an airline-that-shall-not-be-named. I had a whole itinerary planned out, which included a day tour to Bohol. Unfortunately, a month before our scheduled travel date, I received an email from the airline company saying that our flight was booked to a later date due to aircraft maintenance (bummer!). I tried to negotiate with them, but to no avail.

To cut the story short, we were left with only a day to explore Cebu. It was rather frustrating, but I didn’t want it to ruin my travel mood. Being the control freak that I am, I mapped out a whole new itinerary that involved exploring Cebu City.

cebu city

First on our itinerary was Ayala Center Cebu. It’s already my 3rd time in Cebu and I must say, Ayala Terraces has always been one of my favorite pitstops in the city because of the view.

ayala center cebu

Me goofing around and trying to do the infamous “fashion blogger” pose. Waley! ^_^

We then went to SM Cebu, not to stroll, but to search for Tabo sa Bantay (Yellow Market),  located at the back of SM. It’s basically a small market where you can buy souvenirs for as low as 5 pesos! Sadly, most stalls were closed because we visited on a Sunday.

yellow market sm cebu

Yellow Market Cebu
To find Tabo sa Bantay, go to the parking lot at the back of SM Cebu. Once there, you will need to walk across the street. Look for the Natasha building and just across, you’ll find the yellow market. Don’t buy souvenirs inside the mall as they cost twice (even thrice!) as high as the ones in Tabo sa Bantay. Trust me, your 100 pesos can go far in this market!

After completing our ‘pasalubong’, we went back to the hotel to freshen up. We had our dinner at Larsian BBQ sa Fuente. I made sure to order chicken isaw as I’ve been craving for it for the longest time! My husband doesn’t allow me to eat isaw anymore, but I guess 3 sticks won’t hurt, right? 😛

larsian cebu
Isaw costs 6 pesos/stick
larsian cebu city
Puso rice, 4 pesos each

We also visited La Vie Parisienne because I wanted to try their French Macaron. I ordered Pistachio and Raspberry. Sad to say, I was underwhelmed. It didn’t taste as good as I expected, considering they’re pricier than most French Macarons I’ve tried before.

la vie parisienne cebu
Wine Library at La Vie Parisienne

We woke up early the next day to visit Basilica del Sto. Niño and Magellan’s Cross.

The Basilica is still under rehabilitation due to the massive Earthquake that hit Visayas back in 2013 =(

Magellans Cross Cebu

basilica del sto nino

We also went to Fort San Pedro, which unfortunately, was closed for public viewing due to the APEC Summit.  It was rather unfortunate, but since we were already there, we decided to take a lot of selfies in the La Independencia park.

Fort San Pedro Cebu



If course, we couldn’t end the trip without having lechon at Zubuchon. It was the perfect ending to a quick but fun trip.

zubuchon cebu

Misfortunes aside, I still consider this short trip a sweet one because out of all my visits to Cebu, this one is by far my favorite as it’s a first for me and my sisters to travel together. It was sad that our original itinerary didn’t push through, but in hindsight, I guess I’d seeing more of Cebu in the near future! 🙂 Hopefully, next time, my husband and I would have the chance to visit his family in Bantayan Island!

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