Are You Ready For a Cebu Shopping Experience?

Are you the kind of traveller whose vacation isn’t quite complete without a good spot of shopping? If you’re heading to Cebu, you’re in for a real adventure. From the famous SM City Cebu to the colourful Tabo sa Banay markets, Cebu offers some of the most diverse, interesting and value-driven retail experiences to be found anywhere. But it’s a busy city, with loads of options, so if you’re wondering how to best conduct your retail therapy sessions, read on.


Before we move onto the ins and outs of shopping in Cebu, here’s a little tip for you. If you’re looking for somewhere lovely to stay, where you can indulge in some luxury and pamper yourself, stay in the Radisson Blu Cebu hotel.

SM City Cebu

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SM City Cebu is not only the fourth biggest shopping centre in the Philippines, it’s also the eleventh biggest in the entire world. 11.8 hectares of land and 268,611 square metres of retail floor make up its area, and more than 100,000 people visit every day. (This figure swells to 150,000 on weekends). To join the crowd, you’ll need to head to Cebu’s North Reclamation Area. No more directions are needed – once you’re there, you definitely won’t miss it!

Five hundred shops, cafes and restaurants are on offer, spread across four storeys. As far as fashion goes, you’ll find pretty much anything imaginable – from high-end designer labels to some serious bargains. Plus, like many contemporary malls, SM City Cebu delivers so much more than opportunities to buy and eat. Entertainment is also high on the agenda, so there’s also an amusement park, a ten-pin bowling alley, frequent live shows and a traveller’s lounge.

Ayala Centre

If you’re concerned that the sheer enormity of SM City Cebu might prove overwhelming, another option is the Ayala Centre. It’s a beautifully-designed mall, in which our increasing desire to bring more greenery into our urban lives has been kept in mind. In fact, wandering around, it’s difficult to believe that hectic city life is just a stone’s throw away. Gardens, parks and water features are seamlessly interwoven with the retail infrastructure.

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The focus is definitely on high-end products. International travellers – both tourists and business people – form a significant proportion of the 85,000 or so daily visitors. Think brands like Gap, Zara, Mango and Timex. 2008 saw the addition of ‘The Terraces’, a strip of eateries offering high-quality cuisine, cocktail bars and a stylish, sophisticated atmosphere. There’s also a cinema that stays open until 2am and a chapel.

Gasiano Country Mall

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For shoppers on a budget, or those looking for a serious bargain, Gasiano Country Mall is a step down from the glitz and glamour of SM City Cebu and the Ayala Centre. It hasn’t been through the modernisation and extension process, so don’t expect shiny steel, enormous mirrors and landscaping, but do expect a quiet, unpretentious atmosphere and a more pronounced local shopping contingent. You’ll find the Gasiano Country Mall on Banilad Road, Cebu City.

Tabo sa Banay Market

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For an even more local (and cheaper!) experience, there’s Tabo Sa Banay. It’s a rich, vibrant bazaar-style market found on Manalili Street in the city. There’ll heat, crowds and sensory overload! But there’ll also be a drastic drop in prices – most items sell in the street at half the prices they do in the airconditioned comfort of malls. Clothing and accessories of every variety are on sale – from smart, office attire to beachy dresses, t-shirts and shorts. 

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