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Where to Shop and Dine in Cebu for the ‘Brr’ Months

Warm up and shop at these spots all over Cebu!

By: Arrah Camillia Quistadio-Manticajon | September 03, 2020

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Wondering where to eat and shop?

Image: Plantation Bay Resort & Spa 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 longest Christmas season, this means hanging up Christmas décor early, or shopping ahead for presents. Luckily, the shopping and dining scene in Cebu is still bustling even as the end of the year approaches. Below are some shopping and dining spots you can visit to kick off the cool ‘brr’ months!


1. Ding How Dimsum



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Ding How’s delicious pork barbecue cake

Image: Ding How Dimsum Facebook Page

First opened in 1969, Ding How Dimsum House introduced dim sum to Cebu 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 in the menu include baked shaopao (buns), beef steak, ham suy kok (fried dumpling), kuchay (Chinese chives) dumpling, and pork trotter.


2. Joaquin Runway View Grill

Address: General Aviation Road, Brgy. Buaya 6015 Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines


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Joaquin Runway View Grill overlooks Mactan airport and Brgy. Buaya

Image: Joaquin Runway View Grill

For a different kind of al fresco dining experience, foodies can head to Joaquin Runway View Grill. Since the place is located about five kilometers or 15 minutes away from the airport, diners can watch planes come and go while eating. 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.



3. Slate District

Address: Parkmall Alfresco Area, Ground Floor 6000 Cebu City, Philippines


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

Image: Slate District

Carnivores, rejoice! You can satisfy your meat cravings at Slate District, one of the top food spots in the Mandaue Reclamation Area. The name of the restaurant comes from a type of rock which 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 grilled herb pork steak at reasonable prices.


4. Michel's Bistro

Address: Asia Premier Residences, Ground Floor, Abad St, Cebu City, 6000 Cebu


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


5. Plantation Bay Resort Bazaar



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

Image: Plantation Bay Resort & Spa

Located at the front of the lobby of Plantation Bay Resort and Spa, Plantation Bay Bazaar carries high-end souvenir items such as bags, handicrafts, apparel, bags, 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.

August 2020 Update: Plantation Bay Resort and Spa has reopened.



6. Gaisano Town Center

Address: Pob. East, Lucbon, Moalboal, Cebu


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Gaisano Town Center is now open in Moalboal.

Image: Cebu Hipster

Gaisano Town Center is a two-story mall that has a grocery at the ground floor and a department store which carries fashion apparel and accessories, appliances, and home furniture and accessories. It also has various food outlets for when you get hungry after shopping.

August 2020 Update: Gaisano Country Mall has reopened.*


7. Sampok

Address: Cebu Yacht Club, 6015 Lapu-Lapu City


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Sampok overlooking a part of Magellan Bay

Image: Sampok

For cockfighting enthusiasts, one place to go to see a match and have good food to boot is Sampok. Sampok, a Cebuano word which means to pair off to fight, is the first Filipino restaurant to merge the Filipino pastime of cockfighting and dining. Sampok 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 a view of the ocean while dining.


8. Ramen Dojo

Branches:
SM City Cebu
IT Park Cebu
Robinsons Cybergate Cebu


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The newly opened Ramen Dojo in SM City Cebu

Image: Ramen Dojo

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. They offer all flavors of ramen at PhP150. Diners can choose from beef, pork, miso, spicy, shrimp, mixed seafood, and spicy Sichuan ramen variants. They also offer side dishes and chahan (Japanese-style fried rice) combo sets.

August 2020 Update: Cebu City branches are temporarily closed, but the Ramen Dojo Mandaue Commissary is open from Monday to Saturday from 10AM to 5PM for pick-up & deliveries.



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


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


Click the store links to see the exact addresses and contact numbers of featured establishments.


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

shopping and dining Cebu

Wondering where to eat and shop?

Image: Plantation Bay Resort & Spa 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 longest Christmas season, this means hanging up Christmas décor early, or shopping ahead for presents. Luckily, the shopping and dining scene in Cebu is still bustling even as the end of the year approaches. Below are some shopping and dining spots you can visit to kick off the cool ‘brr’ months!


1. Ding How Dimsum



affordable food in Cebu City

Ding How’s delicious pork barbecue cake

Image: Ding How Dimsum Facebook Page

First opened in 1969, Ding How Dimsum House introduced dim sum to Cebu 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 in the menu include baked shaopao (buns), beef steak, ham suy kok (fried dumpling), kuchay (Chinese chives) dumpling, and pork trotter.


2. Joaquin Runway View Grill

Address: General Aviation Road, Brgy. Buaya 6015 Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines


shopping and dining Cebu

Joaquin Runway View Grill overlooks Mactan airport and Brgy. Buaya

Image: Joaquin Runway View Grill

For a different kind of al fresco dining experience, foodies can head to Joaquin Runway View Grill. Since the place is located about five kilometers or 15 minutes away from the airport, diners can watch planes come and go while eating. 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.



3. Slate District

Address: Parkmall Alfresco Area, Ground Floor 6000 Cebu City, Philippines


dining Cebu

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

Image: Slate District

Carnivores, rejoice! You can satisfy your meat cravings at Slate District, one of the top food spots in the Mandaue Reclamation Area. The name of the restaurant comes from a type of rock which 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 grilled herb pork steak at reasonable prices.


4. Michel's Bistro

Address: Asia Premier Residences, Ground Floor, Abad St, Cebu City, 6000 Cebu


food

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


5. Plantation Bay Resort Bazaar



shopping and dining Cebu

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

Image: Plantation Bay Resort & Spa

Located at the front of the lobby of Plantation Bay Resort and Spa, Plantation Bay Bazaar carries high-end souvenir items such as bags, handicrafts, apparel, bags, 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.

August 2020 Update: Plantation Bay Resort and Spa has reopened.



6. Gaisano Town Center

Address: Pob. East, Lucbon, Moalboal, Cebu


affordable food in Cebu City

Gaisano Town Center is now open in Moalboal.

Image: Cebu Hipster

Gaisano Town Center is a two-story mall that has a grocery at the ground floor and a department store which carries fashion apparel and accessories, appliances, and home furniture and accessories. It also has various food outlets for when you get hungry after shopping.

August 2020 Update: Gaisano Country Mall has reopened.*


7. Sampok

Address: Cebu Yacht Club, 6015 Lapu-Lapu City


shopping and dining Cebu

Sampok overlooking a part of Magellan Bay

Image: Sampok

For cockfighting enthusiasts, one place to go to see a match and have good food to boot is Sampok. Sampok, a Cebuano word which means to pair off to fight, is the first Filipino restaurant to merge the Filipino pastime of cockfighting and dining. Sampok 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 a view of the ocean while dining.


8. Ramen Dojo

Branches:
SM City Cebu
IT Park Cebu
Robinsons Cybergate Cebu


dining Cebu

The newly opened Ramen Dojo in SM City Cebu

Image: Ramen Dojo

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. They offer all flavors of ramen at PhP150. Diners can choose from beef, pork, miso, spicy, shrimp, mixed seafood, and spicy Sichuan ramen variants. They also offer side dishes and chahan (Japanese-style fried rice) combo sets.

August 2020 Update: Cebu City branches are temporarily closed, but the Ramen Dojo Mandaue Commissary is open from Monday to Saturday from 10AM to 5PM for pick-up & deliveries.



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


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


Click the store links to see the exact addresses and contact numbers of featured establishments.


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

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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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