Philippine cuisine features Chinese, Malay, Spanish and American influences and while rice is the staple diet, it comes in a variety of forms, topped with just about anything from spicy curry to grated coconut. Must-try dishes include camaron rebusado, which is the Filipino version of tempura, and tinola (chicken in ginger soup).
While there are a large number of restaurants and cafés located all over the city, many visitors head for the food courts in Cebu's large shopping malls as they feature a large number of different restaurants, including fast food outlets and international restaurants.
This busy street contains an excellent selection of restaurants and cafés, many of which stay open long into the night. Restaurants serving both traditional Filipino and international cuisine including Indian, Italian and French can be found here.
Visitors in search of cheap, tasty food will be able to eat their fill at the Carbon Market without breaking the bank. Some of the market's many offerings include flame-grilled chicken kebabs, meatballs and grilled banana.
Not only does the Ayala Center feature a large number of cheap food stalls, but some excellent top quality restaurants are also located here. One such eatery is The Terraces, which offers diners an extensive menu and a stylish setting.
The IT Park boasts more than 20 excellent restaurants, many of which are open 24 hours. There are also plenty of cheap food stalls and snack stands here and diners are treated to free Wifi.
Golden Cowrie Native Restaurant
Salinas Drive, Lahug
Phone: +63 32 233 4242
This cheap and cheerful restaurant serves hearty portions of traditional Filipino cuisine. Dishes are presented on banana leaves and the specialty is sizzling bangus fish, which comes with a wide range of accompaniments.
Jasmine Street, Uptown district
Phone: +63 32 345 1641
Specializing in fresh seafood, this is one of the best all-you-can-eat buffets in the entire city. The fun and friendly atmosphere is suitable for families as well as groups of young travelers.
Lower Busay Heights, Lahug
Phone: +63 32 232 5200
Located just to the north of Cebu City, here visitors can dine on the terrace to enjoy sweeping views of the city while they eat. Serving both Filipino and international cuisine, this is a popular place to eat after dark.
Jungle Restaurant and Entertainment
Phone: +63 32 238 8641
Located on Mactan Island, a visit to Jungle Restaurant and Entertainment is an unforgettable experience. Diners are treated to top quality cuisine and spectacular fire shows while they eat.
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