Cebuanos love great food and the best food spots can’t be found around malls or other crowded establishments. They are in residential homes or are tucked away in non-descript buildings in the backstreets, hidden in plain sight.
Here are some of our favorites:
Abaseria Deli and Cafe
Oh we love Abaseria—it’s perhaps one of the city’s most well-kept secrets. Tucked away in a residential village in Kasambagan, it reminds us of a house full of trinkets and great food. The resto is also full of native Filipino crafts and accessories, as well as food products that you can take home with you. Seek it out and enjoy a nice quiet meal with family and friends.
Location: 32 President Quirino Street, Villa Aurora, Kasambagan, Cebu
Contact: 032 2344160
Arano’s Bar and Restaurant
Although it’s been around for quite some time, Senor Arano’s house-turned-resto still remains a tough one to find—there’s barely a signage, no flashing arrows pointing to the vine-covered door. Hidden within the gates is what patrons swear as the best authentic Spanish food in the Queen City: lengua, paella and spicy caldereta are just some of the favorites- and the servings are all good for sharing.
Location: 29-31, Fairlane Village Rd, Guadalupe, Cebu City, 6000 Cebu
Contact: (032) 256 1934
Kasambagan offers a lot of unique chill out places, if you know where to look. Albur’s is one such place where you can lounge with your buddies and enjoy really good four-flavored pizza and big juicy burgers. The lounge chairs and bean bags all around the open yard makes you want to forget about the hustling city—even if the rest of it is just a couple of blocks away.
Contact: (032) 513 9147
Camden is our newest favorite among the hidden food places scattered around Capitol. It’s got two sides of a very cool coin: Breakfast café on the main floor during the day, and a cool bar up top at night. We love how unassuming it is on the outside, and how effortlessly cool it is on the inside. This instagrammable all-day breakfast cafe serves hearty omelets and eggs benedict, among other things. Their fluffy and filling pancakes are also easy on the eyes and the taste buds. Definitely a place you to check out.
Location: Unit 3 Rosal Aprts. J.Llorente St., Capitol Site 6000 Cebu City, Philippines
Contact: 0917 864 4522
Last Course Café
Last Course has such an unassuming front it’s hard to believe we can find Cebu’s first crepe cakes here. The café is cozy, the interiors cool and crisp. Now the crepe cakes are as pretty as they come- 25 layers of crepe and crème that make up a pretty unique dessert. The mango and matcha flavors are must-try’s.
Location: Banilad Cebu City 6000
Contact: (032) 410 1131
Ryan’s Pizzarelli House
At the heart of Capitol, it’s a bit challenging to locate Ryan’s Pizzarelli, and once you’re standing at their doorstep, you will find yourself asking– is this it? Humble as it may seem, Ryan’s famous calzones have helped us get through many a college night or through days where we just crave its cheesy, filling goodness.
Location: 181-F1 Maria Christina extension Cebu City 6000
Contact: (032) 347 8830
Backstory Kitchen and Cafe
People keep asking us where to find Backstory. We keep saying it’s just across Yakski. It may be a little café in a little street, but believe us when we say they have one of the best, bang-for-your-buck burgers we’ve ever had. The pretty interiors are a great bonus.
Locatoin: 261 Don Mariano Cui Street Cebu City 6000
Contact: (032) 254 7920