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These 8 Places in Cebu Are Great Stops for Dining and Shopping During ‘Brr’ Months

Here are the best places where you can shop and dine in Cebu City!

By: Arrah Camillia Quistadio-Manticajon | October 07, 2022
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Wondering where to eat and shop in Cebu?

Images: Sampok Facebook page

September marks the start of the ‘Ber’ months in the Philippines, but with the cool weather that usually comes during this period, they might as well be called the ‘Brr’ months. For Filipinos who enjoy the most extended Christmas season, this means hanging up Christmas décor early or shopping for presents. Luckily, Cebu’s shopping and dining scene is still bustling as the end of the year approaches.

Below are some shopping and dining spots in Cebu you can visit to kick off the cool ‘Brr’ months!

1. Slate District

Address: Parkmall Alfresco Area, Ground Floor 6000 Cebu City
Operating Hours: Daily, 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM

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Customers check out what the hype is about at Slate District.

Images: Slate District Facebook page

Carnivores, rejoice! You can satisfy your meat cravings at Slate District, one of the top dining spots in Cebu, particularly in the Mandaue Reclamation Area. The restaurant’s name comes from a type of rock they use in plating their dishes. Slate is known for their specialties, like Jack Slate chicken. One can also enjoy grilled baby back ribs and herb pork steak at reasonable prices.

The store also offers delivery via Lalamove and FoodPanda.

2. Ramen Dojo

Branches: SM City Cebu, IT Park Cebu City
Operating Hours: Depend on the store branches

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Craving ramen? Why not try Ramen Dojo’s combo ramen meal?

Images: Ramen Dojo Facebook page

There are many reasons why people love ramen, but one thing that holds people back is that a bowl of this Japanese noodle soup can be expensive. Turning this notion around is Ramen Dojo in Cebu City. They offer all flavors of Ramen at PhP150. Diners can choose beef, pork, miso, spicy, shrimp, mixed seafood, and spicy Sichuan ramen. They also offer side dishes and chahan (Japanese-style fried rice) combo sets.

3. Ding How Dimsum

Branches: Ayala Central Bloc, Robinsons Galleria, Paseo Arcenas Cebu City
Operating Hours: Depend on store branches

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Ding How’s delicious dim sum.

Image: Ding How Dimsum Facebook page

First opened in 1969, Ding How Dimsum House introduced dim sum to Cebu City with their specialty dish, original steamed, fried rice. They were also the first to offer all-day dim sum dining in Cebu. The restaurant shut down in 2004, but after 20 years, the brand reopened its doors in Robinsons Galleria. Other heirloom dishes they have incorporated into the menu include baked shaopao (buns), beef steak, ham suy kok (fried dumpling), kuchay (Chinese chives) dumplings, and pork trotters.

Ding How also offers delivery via GrabFood PH.

4. Michel's Bistro

Address: Asia Premier Residences, Ground Floor, Abad St, Cebu City

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Michel’s offers Mediterranean fusion food at Cebu IT Park.

Image: Michel’s Bistro

For a taste of Mediterranean fusion cuisine, adventurous foodies can go to Michel’s Bistro. It is owned by French consul Michel Lhuillier. Michel’s boasts of being the first restaurant of its kind in Cebu, bringing together French, Italian, and Spanish influences in their cooking. Specialty dishes at Michel’s include Paella Valenciana Michel and Chicken aux Herbe Romarin. They also have affordable pizza, pasta, and combo meals. Michel’s also offers a cashback card that diners can use at over 50,000 merchants.

September 2022 Update: Michel’s Bistro is permanently closed.

5. Joaquin Runway View Grill

Address: General Aviation Road, Brgy. Buaya 6015 Lapu-Lapu City
Operating Hours: Daily, 4:00 PM to 12:00 AM

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Joaquin Runway View Grill overlooks Mactan airport and Brgy. Buaya

Images: Joaquin Runway View Grill Facebook page

For a different kind of al fresco dining experience, foodies can head to Joaquin Runway View Grill. Joaquin specializes in Bacolod chicken inasal (grilled chicken). They also offer grilled pork, meat, and fish and street food favorites like isaw (barbecued intestines), atay (liver), batikon (gizzard), dugo (blood), and chicken skin. Since the place is about five kilometers or 15 minutes from the airport, diners can watch planes come and go while eating.

The store also offers delivery via Maxim and FoodPanda.

6. Plantation Bay Resort Bazaar

Address: Marigondon, Mactan Island 6015 Lapu-Lapu City

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Plantation Bay is more than a resort but also a shopping destination.

Images: Affinity Souvenir Items Facebook page

Plantation Bay Bazaar is located at the front of the lobby of Plantation Bay Resort and Spa. It carries high-end souvenir items such as bags, handicrafts, apparel, jewelry, guitars, and coffee table books which can be given as pasalubong (take-home items) for loved ones. Guests can likewise shop for food at the weekend flea market or for sundry items, snacks, and personal effects at the Jamaica Market.

September 2022 Update: Plantation Bay Resort Bazaar is temporarily closed. Follow them on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/plantationbayresortandspa, to be the first to know when they resume operations!

7. Sampok

Address: Cebu Yacht Club, 6015 Lapu-Lapu City
Operating Hours: Daily, 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM

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Sampok overlooking a part of Magellan Bay

Images: Sampok Facebook page

For cockfighting enthusiasts, one place to go to see a match and have good food to boot is Sampok. Sampok, a Cebuano word that means to pair off to fight, is the first Filipino restaurant to merge the Filipino pastime of cockfighting and dining. This dining spot in Cebu features a glass arena where fowls can have a sparring match. Their signature dish is manok Bisaya (native chicken). Guests can also enjoy the sea breeze and ocean view while dining.

8. Gaisano Town Center

Address: Pob. East, Lucbon, Moalboal
Operating Hours: Daily, 8:30 AM to 7:00 PM

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Gaisano Town Center in Moalboal.

Images: Cebu Hipster (L); Gaisano Town Center Moalboal Facebook page (R)

Gaisano Town Center is a two-story mall with a grocery on the ground floor and a department store carrying fashion apparel and accessories, appliances, and home furniture and accessories. This place where you can go shopping in Cebu also has various food outlets for when you get hungry after shopping.

Which of these places will you be visiting next? Let us know in the comments section below!

Go to Yoorekka Magazine to find more shopping and dining spots in Cebu!

Stay safe as you shop and dine! Make sure to follow social distancing protocols and observe health precautions. For now, keep safe!

This article was initially published in Yoorekka on August 22, 2017.

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About Arrah Camillia Quistadio-Manticajon
Arrah Camillia Quistadio-Manticajon is the current content supervisor for the Visayas region of ShoppersGuide Marketing, Inc. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication degree from UP Cebu. She has previously worked for a business process outsourcing company, a community newspaper, and a global technology company. When not writing, she putters about in the kitchen, baking or testing new recipes.
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