Cebu Shopping

Where to Shop in Cebu

Cebu's best shopping can be found within the city's bustling malls. Among the largest and most popular is SM City Cebu mall, which is packed with many surprising shops, dining options, and entertainment venues.

For those who seek something a little more upscale and less chaotic, head to the Alaya Centre and you won’t be disappointed. Other malls are located all over the city, such as Robinson’s, Country Mall, e-Mall and Cebu Parkmall. More authentic and local commodities can be found at the downtown markets, but be sure to haggle to get a good price.

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Ayala Centre Cebu

Ayala is a 6-storey mall in the Cebu Business Park and is slightly more up-market than SM City, though there are budget-friendly parts to it. You can expect to find international street-fashion brands like Armani Exchange, Guess, Lacoste and Esprit here, as well as some popular local labels. Other than that, the mall has 2 supermarkets, Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Sunday–Thursday from 10am to 9pm, Friday–Saturday from 10am to 10pm
  • Location: Cebu Business Park, Cardinal Rosales Ave, Cebu City 6000, Cebu, Philippines
  • Tel: +63 (0)32 888 3777
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Carbon Market

The Carbon Market has been operating for over 100 years and still offers great prices on a staggering range of goods. This wares available at this local market range from fresh meat and vegetables to clothing, home décor and religious items.

The market is relatively big, though you can hire a horse carriage to take you around. Also, there are food stalls and restaurants serving inexpensive local dishes until late afternoon. Large parts of the market are under metal roofing and, with little air circulation, it can get very stuffy and sweaty, especially in the midday heat – make sure you keep well hydrated!

  • Location: 59 M. C. Briones St, Cebu City, 6000 Cebu, Philippines
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Robinsons Galleria Cebu

One of the largest Robinsons shopping malls outside of Manila, Robinsons Galleria Cebu contains over 300 stores across 6 floors. While exploring the mammoth shopping complex, you’ll find boutiques, stores, restaurants and bars, including international brand-name stores such as True Value. Naturally, there’s also the Robinsons Department Store and Robinsons Appliances. The entertainment section of the complex is no less impressive, containing a 6-screen cinema. All of this is conveniently found just a stroll away from the Port of Cebu.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 10am to 9pm
  • Location: General Maxilom Ave, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines
  • Tel: +63 (0)32 231 5030
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Sugbo Mercado

Sugbo Market is mainly about food and is ranked among the favourite places to find a budget bite. It started as a weekend market but has slowly spread into some weekday evenings as its popularity has grown. It gives you the opportunity to sample a large choice of local flavours while listening to live music from talented local bands.

The market does also feature a selection of stands with clothing and accessories. It offers a very pleasant, family-friendly place to hang out on weekends, making it a favourite of both locals and tourists alike.

  • Opening Hours: Wednesday–Sunday from 5pm to 1am
  • Location: Garden Bloc, Inez Villa St, Apas, Cebu City, 6000 Cebu, Philippines
  • Tel: +63 (0)917 311 5777
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SM City Cebu

SM City Cebu is a huge shopping mall – easily among the biggest in the city. The 4-storey complex comprises a large department store, a supermarket, over 500 shops and restaurants, cinemas (including an IMAX theatre) and a fully computerised bowling centre.

Many people come here to buy electronic items such as digital cameras, smartphones because of the unusually low prices. However, you’ll also find plenty of fashion, fragrances, healthcare items and food, among other items. The stores and brands tend to be around the mid-range, with a few big-name standouts also available.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 10am to 9pm
  • Location: Juan Luna Avenue, North Reclamation Area, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines
  • Tel: +63 (0)32 231 0557
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SM Seaside City Cebu

SM Seaside City Cebu – locally called ‘Seaside’ – is among the largest shopping malls in the country, covering over 470,000 sq m with more than 700 stores. The circular-shaped shopping, dining and leisure entertainment complex can keep you busy all day long.

You’ll find almost everything here, from clothing to toys to electronic goods, as well as 6 cinemas, an 18-lane bowling alley and an ice-skating rink. Look out for big-name brands in fashion, gadgetry, beauty, lifestyle and, of course, dining.

  • Opening Hours: Sunday–Thursday from 10am to 9pm, Friday–Saturday from 10am to 10pm
  • Location: SRP-Mambaling Rd, Cebu City, 6000 Cebu, Philippines
  • Tel: +63 (0)32 340 8756
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Taboan Public Market

Taboan is a large, covered public market specialising in dried goods. Extremely popular, it has Cebu’s largest choice of dry fish and seafood, known as bulad in the Philippines. The favourite product found here is danggit (salted sun-dried rabbitfish), the Cebu version of which is reputedly the best in the whole Philippines.

Other products that can be found at Taboan Public Market include dried mango, longganisa (Filipino pork sausage), tamarind balls and more. The smell of all this dried seafood is rather pungent, so it’s best to wear a mask if you are sensitive to smell. Also, plan to get back to your room and change your clothes after a visit at Taboan Public Market as the smell sticks to them.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 4am to 8pm
  • Location: B. Aranas Street, Pahina Central, Cebu City 6000, Philippines
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