Hertz Cebu Travel Guide Series: The Queen City of Cebu

April 4, 2019 1:51 am Published by

It doesn’t take much to fall in love with the dynamic region of Cebu. It’s been given the well-deserved title of the Queen City of the South, which should be enough reason for you to explore this charming part of the country. Furthermore, tourists can discover its pristine beaches of Mactan Island, go on a shopping spree in the city, learn the roots of the country’s religious history, and even swim with the ocean’s gentle giants! Whether you’re longing for adventure or a cultural pleasure trip, Cebu is where you need to be.

Check out our curated guide for your next trip to Cebu!

See, Eat, and Do 

Abaca Baking Company

Grab breakfast at Abaca Baking Company located in Crossroads Mall Banilad, Cebu City.

Abaca Baking Company serves freshly baked loaves of bread aside from their expansive selection of breakfast meals.

Their Bakery Benedict and ABC Skillet Breakfast are the perfect meals to kickstart the day.

Magellan’s Cross

After breakfast, drop by the Magellan’s Cross located in a small chapel next to the Basilica Minore del Santo Nino across Cebu City Hall. The real cross brought in by Ferdinand Magellan is encased underneath this cross in order to protect it from vandalism.

Alegre Guitars

Cebu is known for having the best guitar craftsmen in the Philippines and Alegre Guitars is one of the most remarkable guitar makers in the city. Drop by their factory located in Lapu Lapu City,

All guitars are uniquely handcrafted in Mr. Fernando M. Alegre’s factory and are made with quality indigenous materials.

Alegre Guitars exports their products to countries like Canada, Australia, Japan, and the United States.

Rico’s Lechon

Try their spicy and original lechon variants as well as their lechon sisig. Rico’s Lechon’s signature juicy and flavorful taste will definitely leave you craving for more.

After lunch, check in at this beautiful loft unit located 5 minutes from the airport. Perfect if you’re working on a tight schedule. It comes equipped with a fully furnished kitchen, a king sized bed, and 2 bathrooms. Perfect for a group of 3-4 people. If you want a place closer to the city, this quaint loft apartment would be perfect for a bigger group of 6-8 people and is just 10 minutes away from Cebu City.

Once you’ve checked in and had your afternoon nap, head to the Lapu-Lapu Shrine in Mactan Cebu.

Hertz Fun Fact: The Lapu-Lapu Shrine was built to honor Rajah Lapu-Lapu, the native chieftain of Mactan Island who defeated Ferdinand Magellan in 1521.

1000 Roces

Right after sunset, head on to 10000 Roses Cafe located in the municipality of Cordova. At around 6 PM every night, the white roses light up creating a magical scene.

The 10000 Roses Cafe has an al fresco area where you can get a beautiful view of the city skyline.

AA Barbecue 

After dinner, head to AA Barbecue and Grill for your first barbecue experience in the city.

You can choose which meat to grill from their selection of pork, chicken, and seafood. Go for their sizzling seafood dishes and their salted egg shrimp.

Morals and Malice

Go on a nightcap at Morals and Malice, a dual concept restaurant and bar located on the 2/F of Tinderbox, Banilad Cebu City.

Morals – the lounge section of the restaurant serves craft coffee, coffee cocktails, and an all-day brunch menu while Malice – the bar section of the establishment – serves craft cocktails in the evening.


Hertz Fun Fact: Morals & Malice was designed and is part-owned by world-renowned furniture designer and manufacturer from Cebu, Kenneth Cobonpue.

Try their delicious craft cocktails including the Burning Bush, Innocent Lust, and the Fall of Adam.

Marisse Patisserie

For your last day in the city, grab brunch at Marisse Patisserie. Order their savory Raspberry and Chicken Sandwich and a slice of their Ube Cheesecake – a definite must-try.

Sirao Flower Farm

After getting your fill at Marisse Patisserie, drive to Sirao Flower Farm. Cebu Sirao Flower Farm could be compared to Amsterdam in the Netherlands is one of the places most popular for their beautiful flower gardens.

Tops Lookout

Afterward , head on to Tops Lookout located very near Sirao. Tops Lookout offers a beautiful view of Metro Cebu. The best time to visit is right before sunset.

Temple of Leah

After Tops Lookout, drive to Temple of Leah before heading back to the city for lunch. The Temple of Leah was created as a shrine for Teodorico Soriano Adarna’s wife, Leah Albino-Adarna. It is his grand gesture of love for his late wife.

Phat Pho

Before heading to the airport, grab a hearty lunch at Phat Pho. Phat Pho is a Vietnamese concept restaurant by The Abaca Group. It originated from Cebu City and was later on franchised in Manila.


Hertz Recommended Vehicle

For this trip, we recommend booking our Toyota Vios under the Economy Sedan Class. Comfortable seats that cradle all passengers. Gasoline efficient without compromising comfort that’ll definitely make your road trip more fun.

Mactan-Cebu International Airport will be your start-off point. Cebu City will be your gateway. From the Mactan Airport, you may go to our booth which is located at the arrival area of Terminal 2 Airport.

For an overall hassle-free Sinulog and Cebu experience, don’t forget to book your car here. #JourneyToYourDreams

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