Cebu City 2014 [Part 1]

After leaving the beautiful Bantayan island in Northern Cebu, it’s now time to explore the city! We checked in to the old-styled Marco Polo in Lahug. Booked through Agoda. 😉

DSC_0149DSC_0137DSC_0122With no definite itinerary, we just chilled the whole afternoon at the nearby coffee shop, Dolce. Fell in love with the place’s modern take on architecture. The whole place is divided into three shops – Dolce (the coffee and pastry shop), Grill and TEAsers. At the middle are the cool couches al fresco overlooking the upside residential parts of Cebu.

DSC_0188DSC_0176DSC_0194DSC_0205Dinner time, we went to IT Park (which looks like a mix of Araneta Center and BGC) to try Da Vinci’s Pizza. We ordered their famous white sauce pizza. Worth it! 🙂

DSC_0220We then looked for La Marea for dessert. Was quite disappointed with the Banana Cream Pie I ordered. I’ve read quite a handful of good reviews about the place but unfortunately, I didn’t really enjoy it.

Activities started after checking out Marco Polo, the next day. We dropped our baggage at the traveler’s lounge beside SM City Cebu. We paid around P35 only (overnight baggage drop not allowed though). They are open until 8PM.

We had lunch at Harbour City inside SM. It was one of the best Chinese restaurants I’ve tried! And the cost is not too pricey. We were so full after ordering siomai, rice toppings, buchi, pancit canton, siopao and halo-halo. Definitely worth coming back for!

 

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We rode a jeepney (which I’m still fascinated with because of number coding) going to Sto. Nino Church. Main church is closed (under renovation due to recent earthquake which destroyed major parts of the old place). Lit three candles at the Dagkutanan and prayed for a while.

DSC_0277DSC_0285We then walked to the Magellan’s Cross, then to the City Hall before crossing a few blocks to Fort San Pedro. It was like a mini-Intramuros and was the only place which we paid entrance fee (PhP30).

DSC_0331DSC_0336DSC_0373We visited the Cathedral two blocks away from Sto. Nino Church. It started to rain lightly so we hailed a jeepney going to downtown Cebu. We stopped by University of San Carlos. The place reminded me of Manila’s university belt. Afterwards, we passed by Cebu Capitol.

DSC_0378We rested our tired feet at Kai – Lex Best Western Hotel’s restaurant. They had a promo called Cuppy Hour. Unlimited coffee plus one slice of chocolate cake for only PhP150! We left the place when the streetlights are on. A few hours before our flight back to Manila, we went back to SM to buy pasalubong and kill time at Coffee Bean.

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In general, I’ve had a wonderful in Cebu! With no itinerary at hand, I think we pretty much covered what Cebu has to offer. I still have a chance to see and visit what I missed when I come back this October! 😉

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