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Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, the warm dine-in experience in restaurants is now limited. In the age of COVID-19, customers have to be seated alone at tables to maintain physical distancing while eating. Diners cannot even savor their meals anymore: in closed areas such as shopping malls and restaurants, air-conditioning is set to ambient temperatures to keep people from staying for too long.
Fortunately, there are some restaurants in Cebu province that have the ideal setup for a post-quarantine feast: open-air dining. Besides meeting safety measures, eating in open areas provides enough space for social distancing. In Cebu, there are several outdoor dining spots where you can enjoy a decent meal in the fresh air. These restaurants are ventilated and open and have plenty of space to spread out customers. Although some of them aren’t open yet due to restrictions, why not take this time to discover restaurants in Cebu you can head to after the quarantine? Read on!
La Vie Parisienne treats its guests with 360-degree Instagram-worthy views.
Image: La Vie Parisienne Facebook Page
Taking the first spot on the list is La Vie Parisienne. Also known as the “Little Paris” in Cebu, this place leaves a pleasant impression on customers by offering the luxury of a Parisian experience within the Queen City of the South. Dining here is encouraged at night, so you can be surrounded by the pretty lights, romantic ambiance, and of course, fresh air. Take it easy on the wine and savor every bite of their delicious pizza offerings.
The picturesque and comfortable spot at the coast of Cordova in Cebu boasts sweeping views of the sky and the sea. Lantaw Floating Native Restaurant offers alfresco dining, so you get to savor the natural scenery with best-selling seafood options like buttered garlic crabs, kinilaw (Filipino ceviche), and talaba (oyster). Before getting to Lantaw Floating Native Restaurant, make a reservation to avoid queues since limited seating capacity is now observed by restaurants.
Make this your first spot for a gathering with a few good friends.
Image: Albur’s Restaurant Cebu Facebook page
Secluded in the residential neighborhood of Villa Aurora, this open-air restaurant is a cozy hangout place ideal for young adults. While here, make sure to order pizza and burgers—the perfect dishes to eat while catching up with good friends after the quarantine. This casual diner has bean bags and low round tables, further showing you that you have indeed come to the right place to loosen up. Albur’s Restaurant is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 7:00 AM to 10:30 PM and Monday from 11:00 AM to 10:30 PM.
Take a breather in this uphill restaurant in Tisa, Cebu City.
Image: Albur’s Restaurant Cebu Facebook page
Dungawan Bistro + Grill is built for the current times. Thanks to its lush surroundings, customers can dine outdoors under the refuge of trees. Filipino soul food and Asian fusion are the restaurant’s expertise. The indigenous menus come in generous servings perfect for group sharing. Also, there is a dining area overlooking four cities! Dungawan Bistro + Grill is open from Monday to Sunday from 10:30 AM to 12:00 AM.
The two-tier dining space at the Top of Cebu gives enough room for physical distancing.
Image: Top of Cebu Facebook page
Aptly named Top of Cebu, this place surpasses customers’ expectations from plate to scenery. You will forget the 30-minute ride up the mountain from the city because the overlooking view of the metro is truly picture-worthy. Complementing this open-air dining experience are the restaurant’s Filipino and International dishes with a twist. If you’re feeling romantic, invite a loved one and turn the ordinary dinner into a memorable one. Top of Cebu is open from Monday to Thursday from 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM and Friday to Sunday from 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM.
One of the best ways to enjoy a meal after cooking your own for months is with a little fresh air and nice views. Once dine-in restrictions in the province are lifted, head over to these restaurants!
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Stay safe as you travel and dine in! Make sure to follow social distancing protocols and observe health precautions wherever you go. For now, keep safe!
This article was originally published in Yoorekka on June 26, 2020.
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