10 Things to eat in Cebu Philippines

Thing to eat in Cebu

Philippines has never been far from my thoughts since my trip to Manila last year. I made a promise to visit the beautiful country again, so I jumped at the chance when I managed to get cheap flights for a short getaway to Cebu.

Cebu – one of the most developed provinces in the country – is a province in the Philippines which consists of the main Cebu Island and 167 surrounding islands. Alongside Boracay, it is also a top tourist destination in Philippines.

Here’s my list of 10 things to eat in Cebu Philippines.

Travelling is just an excuse for me to eat more.


#10 Zubuchon – Best Lechon in Cebu

I shall jump straight to the best thing that I had in Cebu – Zubuchon lechon (whole roasted pig). All you need to know is Zubuchon has the best lechon. You MUST TRY it if you are in Cebu.

Zubuchon Lechon

Besides the famous lechon (P240 half kilo or SGD$7/P450 for 1kg or SGD$13.2), we also had the equally good Lechon Sisig (P190). Zubuchon has other dishes like Lechon Crispy Pata (P450 or SGD$13), Roasted Pork Belly (P380 or SGD$11) and Slow-Cooked Pork Belly (P220 or SGD$6.5) on the menu.

Note: Zubuchon is no longer at Banilad Town Center.

Zubuchon Lechon
One Mango Mall
General Maxilom Ave, Cebu City
+63 32 2395697

Brownie Cup

#9 Brownie Cup from La Marea

“Go to La Marea and eat all the desserts there,” my friend Trixie told me.

La Marea is a dessert place in Cebu that has a range of cakes and pastries at affordable prices. We went there twice during our stay in Cebu and tried quite a few desserts. Of course, there were hits and misses. Just make sure you try the warm Brownie Cup (P100 or SGD$3) which comes in flavours like chocolate, apple crumble, blueberry, and white chocolate.

The Walk, I.T. Park
Lahug, Cebu City

Banilad Cross Road Cebu City
+63 32 4162919

Mooon Cafe

#8 Cheap and good food from Mooon Cafe

I was reading some of the Cebu food blogs to research on places to eat, and some of them raved about the food at Mooon Cafe (it’s spelled with three Os). I think a few reviews even went out on a limb to call it the best restaurant in Cebu.

It is not hard to understand why Mooon cafe is so popular. They serve decent food at affordable prices, and it has an electrifying atmosphere. However, the food is not consistent. We were there during the first night, and we really enjoyed the Mexican Baby Back Ribs (P198 or SGD$5.8) and Mooon Steak (P176 or SGD$5). But when we went back for lunch again, the same baby ribs was lacking in flavour and the Pork Chops (P158 or SGD$4.6) was too salty.

That said, Mooon Cafe is still a nice place to have dinner when you are in Cebu.

The Terraces, Ayala Center
Cebu City Philippines

The Walk Asiatown, I.T. Park
Lahug Cebu City

42 E. OsmeƱa St Guadalupe
Tel: +63 32 4159779

Casa Verde Pork Ribs

#7 Ribs and Burgers from Casa Verde

For the best pork ribs in Cebu, go to Casa Verde. Their menu has a wide range of offerings like Burgers (P180 or SGD$5.2), sandwiches (P158 or SGD$4.6), chicken (P170 or SGD$5), seafood (P178 or SGD$5.2) and of course, the best seller pork ribs (P198 or SGD$5.8).

The Terraces at Ayala
Tel:+63 32 2338885

The Walk at IT Park
Tel: +63 32 4123336

#6 Eat Chicken Inasal before leaving Philippines

It is a must to eat chicken inasal when you are in Philippines. With 408 branches all over the country, Mang Inasal – Philippines fastest growing barbecue fast food chain – is probably the most accessible option for chicken inasal.

Ground floor SM Cebu City

Cebu Larsian

#5 Cebu street food: Larsian BBQ

Cebu Larsian BBQ is the answer most people reply when you ask them what to eat in Cebu. Larsian is like our hawker centre with rows of stalls that serve BBQ meat and seafood. I don’t have the exact address, just tell the taxi Larsian near Near Chong Hua Hospital.

Cebu BBQ

If you are looking for street food in Cebu, Larsian is probably the place to go.

CnT Lechon

#4 Eat more Lechon at CnT Lechon

There’s no such thing as too much lechon. Besides Zubuchon, CnT Lechon is another place that is famous for the roast pig.

Food Court
4th Level Ayala Mall

1377 Rama Ave, Guadalupe
Cebu City
Tel: +63 32 2544249

A Cafe

#3 One of the best restaurants in Cebu – A Cafe

A Cafe by the Abaca group is easily one of my favourite restaurants in Cebu. We loved it so much that we actually went there for dinner twice. Definitely a must-visit in Cebu.

The menu is fairly small: it serves all day breakfast items like Eggs Benedict (P335 or SGD$9.8) and Blueberry Pancakes (P295 or SGD$8.6); there are lighter options like fresh Salad, Soup, and Sandwiches as well as main courses like Steak Frites (P795 or SGD$23), Angus Buger (P445 or SGD$13) and Herb Roasted Half Chicken (P525 or SGD$15.4)

crossroads, banilad
Cebu City, Philippines
Tel: +63 32 5055692

#2 Maya Mexican Restaurant

A restaurant that has consistently been voted as one of the best restaurants in Cebu, Maya Mexican restaurant (also under the Abaca group) is the place to go for good Mexican food.

Crossroads, banilad
Cebu city, philippines
Tel: +63 32 2389552

Cebu City

#1 The most awesome brownies from Goldilocks

No one leaves Philippines without getting brownies from Goldilocks.

For more travelling tips, read my list of 10 Things to do in Manila Philippines


when you visit the Philippines again your next stop should be Tagaytay City. there are so many good garden restaurants around the place. one day will not be enough. =)

Hey, if you think the brownies from Goldilocks is good, then you MUST try Max’s! They serve it in Air Philippines, its moist, sweet and SUPER GOOD.

Good thing you enjoyed Cebu.. try to venture out a trip to Manila or Boracay too! :) They have some good finds there! :) And cheap too! :)

My filipino colleague bought us a box of Caramel/Brownie bars from Max’s and they are so goood!! They are cut into bite sized squares and sadly you can’t find them in Sg.

The two Cebu Lechon places that you mentioned are good, you should also try Rico’s Lechon or Carcar’s lechon, the only cebu lechon with sauce made from its own drippings. For me, the latter are the best of the best. Fatty but who cares.

I’m going to Cebu in a few weeks! This post really helped. Will definitely hit A Cafe, Mooon Cafe and try out the street food!

If you eat beef, should try the best beef stew in the world ‘Pochero’ in Kusina Uno or Abuhan.

A dish to try when you go back to Cebu.

Should try Lantaw restaurant as well. My friends from Singapore and MY love it very much.

Hi!I read your blog before I visited Cebu last August 9. Out of the ten things that you listed, I tried 4 of them (Zubuchon, Casa Verde, La Merea, CNT Lechon). This post was really helpful since it was our first time to roam Cebu without a guide.

Hi!i like cebu better not crowded not too many people around there and many beaches and have many choices to explore there.try to travel in Malapascua or in fuertofino,or try to go in panglao bohol is very nice one of my greatest experience in the history of my life.i had so much fun and enjoyable place because hav many tourist there nice beaches and have restaurants along the beach,try to travel in bantayan Island also is the place where i was born.

My friends told me that boracay is nice but i havent been there but i would like to try this year on coming nov.when i came back home to phils.i love to go in boracay and i think is a nice place too.:) <3

Hi! I’m Shiela, aspiring food-blogger, focusing in pastries. Having read this post was such an inspiration! I’d love to hear some suggestions about the pastry houses here in Cebu or even (if it’s not too much and since I only recently started what i call, “researching”) from every pastry shop you’ve been to! ;D I’m so excited to be committed at something I’ve always wanted to do and definitely looking forward on your reply ! :D God speed!

ive been to larsian BBQ and its really smoking hot, literally smoking haha but its fun and its really tasty not to mention eating using your hand only hahaha nice to see larsian included in this blog. thanks

Hi Sheila, try Leona Bakeshop. It’s one of Cebu’s delicious pastry shop. Also, for food lovers try to visit Hukad at Ayala and Harbour City Dimsum House at SM Cebu.

Few weeks from now I’ll be in cebu. I will be experiencing the boodle fight in Captain A .Straight from the airport be seeing my family waiting for me in this place.

For the Best Honey Roasted Chicken try Tiktilaok! They have different flavors which comes in Honey Roasted, Garlic, Spicy or Special(honey/garlic/spicy)They are located in almost all the leading malls. There price is so reasonable also!

You’ve included most of my favourite food places in Cebu! I’m really happy for that! You should come visit us again as there is definitely more that the island has to offer. :)

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