The 10 best shopping in Cebu are centralised in the Cebu Metropolitan area, which includes Cebu City, Mandaue City and Mactan Island/Lapu-Lapu City, plus other smaller cities. As the second largest and most populated urban area in the Philippines, after Manila, Metro Cebu hosts a fair number of shopping options.
Like practically anywhere in the world nowadays, large shopping malls are the prime destinations for shopping, as well as for dining. Modern and air conditioned, they offer a very attractive option in countries with a tropical climate. For a more traditional and down-to-earth option, markets are also extremely popular in Cebu, whether they sell fresh produce or t-shirts and accessories. Check out Cebu’s most popular shops and stores to find the retail experience which suits you.
Ayala Center Cebu is a large shopping mall that covers no less than 9 hectares by Archbishop Reyes Avenue. It features an impressive number of boutiques, shops and supermarkets, as well as leisure facilities, including a movie theatre. The Terraces is a large area dedicated to food and beverages, and features over 100 restaurants, coffee shops, pastry shops and more. Fully air conditioned, Ayala Center Cebu offers a very pleasant space to spend the day.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 21:00
- Location: On Archbishop Reyes Avenue in Cebu City
- Tel: +63 32 888 3777
The largest Robinsons shopping mall outside of Manila, Robinsons Galleria Cebu is located a stroll away from the Port of Cebu. This six-storey shopping complex features 200 boutiques, stores, restaurants and bars, including international brand-name stores such as True Value, plus the Robinsons Department Store and Robinsons Appliances. The entertainment section of the complex hosts a six-room cinema.
- Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00
- Location: General Maxilom Avenue corner Sergio Osmeña Boulevard in Cebu City
- Tel: +63 32 231 5030
Settled just west of Cebu International Port on Juan Luna Avenue, SM City Cebu was originally planned to offer a shopping and dining complex to the low- and mid-range classes to contrast with the upscale Ayala Center Cebu. This seven-level complex went through major renovation to now target all types of customer. With an average of 100,000 visitors on week days (up to 150,000 on weekends), SM City Cebu is an extremely popular shopping and dining destination.
- Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00
- Location: On Juan Luna Avenue, North Reclamation Area in Cebu City
- Tel: +63 32 231 0557
Located on M.C. Briones Street in downtown Cebu, Carbon is the oldest and largest farmer’s market in the province. Wheelchair accessible, it has become a major tourist attraction in Cebu City. From fresh produce to clothing, and from souvenirs to live animals, you can find almost anything at Carbon Market. Offering visitors a glimpse of Filipinos’ daily life, Carbon Market also lets you see and sample delicious local fruits and home-made food, such as cookies. Note that some areas can be rather smelly…
- Opening Hours: 24/7
- Location: M.C. Briones Street, Cebu City
- Tel: +63 916 420 8559
Endorsed by the Central Visayas Department of Tourism, Sugbo Market is Cebu's First Weekend Food Market. This night market – held on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at the Garden Bloc on Inez Villa Street in the centre of Cebu City – lets you discover and sample a large choice of local savours while listening to live music from talented local bands. This market also features stands with clothing and accessories, and offers a very pleasant family-friendly place to hang around on weekends.
- Opening Hours: Fri-Sun 17:00-01:00
- Location: Garden Bloc, Inez Villa Street, Cebu City
- Tel: +63 917 772 7077
Marina Mall is a convenient place to shop and dine a few minutes away from Cebu-Mactan International Airport. You’ll find an eclectic choice of dining venues here, from the world-famous McDonald’s to the more refined Café de France Restaurant to restaurants serving Korean, Italian and Chinese specialities. As in most shopping malls, a cool choice of boutiques and services are available at Marina Mall: fashion, health and beauty, banking, photo printing and more.
- Opening Hours: 07:00-21:00
- Location: On M.L. Quezon National Highway, toward the northwestern tip of Mactan Island
- Tel: + 63 32 260 1787
Filipinos have an excellent reputation all around the world for their musical skills. Naturally, quality handcrafted musical instruments can easily be found in the Philippines. Located just south of Cebu-Mactan Airport, Alegre Guitar Factory is a recognised company at which you can purchase excellent acoustic guitars and ukuleles. The good point is that this guitar factory is opened to the public, so you can visit it and see the instruments being crafted. Price-wise, Alegre Guitar Factory has guitars ranging from PHP 2,800 to PHP 80,000.
- Opening Hours: 08:00-18:00
- Location: On Pajac-Maribago Road in Lapu-Lapu City, Mactan Island
- Tel: +63 32 340 4492
SM Seaside City Cebu – locally called ‘Seaside’ – is the third largest shopping mall in the country (at the time of writing). This 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 six cinemas, an 18-lane bowling alley and an ice skating rink.
- Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00
- Location: South Road Properties, Cebu City
- Tel: +63 32 340 8756
Gaisano Grand Mall Mactan belongs to a national chain that hosts department stores all around the Philippines. Featuring a fair choice of boutiques, restaurants and convenience stores, Gaisano has a great location right in the centre of Mactan Island, allowing residents and visitors alike to avoid a long trip to the larger shopping malls in Cebu City when they need something. It also offers a cool place to wander around on a rainy day.
- Opening Hours: 09:30-21:00
- Location: On Basak-Marigondon Road, in the centre of Lapu-Lapu City on Mactan Island
- Tel: +63 32 273 2888
Located on On B. Aranas Padilla Street, 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 reputed for being 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: 16:00-20:00
- Location: On B. Aranas Padilla Street, Pahina Central, Cebu City