There were many fruit stalls located behind Chung Hwa Hospital (near to Fuente Osmena). Each type of fruits are stacked up neatly which resembles rows and rows of pyramid. You are able to find the native fruits here. The native fruits include: mango, mangosteen, durian, nanka(jackfruit), lanzones, marang, avocado etc.
We know that mangos are Philippines' famous export, however, we didn't know that avocado is their native fruit too. When we were in Cebu during August, it was the avacado season and the size of the avocados are huge.
What to buy: Coming from an Asian country, we hardly consider bananas, coconut, or mangoes as exotic fruits. What caught our eye was a fruit named Marang. It has a prickly tough shell, brown and round in shape. Marang is a relative of Nanka (jackfruit). Marang's flesh is sweet, soft and juicy and it's texture is somewhat similar to Chempedak and yet it's taste is so different from Chempedak. Jackfruit can be huge but marang is about half the size of a basketball.
If you don't want to spend your time going around Cebu to find some local pasalubongs, you can always take the easiest way out! Go to the malls! Most major malls in Metro Manila has a branch in Cebu. Check out:
1. SM Cebu located in North Reclamation Area, Cebu City,
2. Robinson's Place in the middle of three major streets (Fuente Osmeña Ave., Gen. Maxilom Ave. and F. Ramos St), and
3. Ayala Center Mall in Ayala Business Park, Cebu City
Tabuan Market is where you'll find a large variety of dried foodstuff. They only used to sell dried fish but nowadays they have, pork rinds, dried mangoes, etc. Something for everybody. But of course the main item on sale is still the dried fish (danggit, tuyo, dilis, etc), the street is lined with stores vying for customers. You have to be good at haggling to get a good price.
Warning: after going through the stores in Tabuan, be sure to go back to your hotel room to shower and change first before going anywhere else. The special smells of the market clings stubbornly to the body and clothes! :D
What to buy: Danggit, dried pusit, dried mangoes
If you need pasalubong and other presents for people back home, you can easily get then in the shops lining the Fuente Osmena Rotonda. Most shops (e.g. Shamrock) selling local products have outlets here.
What to buy: Otap, Dried mangoes, crispy pork rind. :)
The tempting smell and mouth-watering sight of this Carcaranon delicacy sold at various stalls within the town center could make any visitor too restless for a crunchy bite. Many road travellers stop to buy in bulk, I observed. Been produced for the last 50 years, there must be a very good reason why it is still briskly selling. It is a good "pasalubong" stuff, I suggest.
What to buy: Chicharon Baboy as a tasty snack while driving down the road. Or pulutan come beer-drinking time.
What to pay: P250 for half-a-kilo pack.
Hi both SM & Ayala are 2 great malls with everything you will ever need there. Give yourself at least half a day in each.
Both of these Malls have good cinemas!!
What to buy: Clothes
I purchased a $ 480 Dollar Alegre Classic acostic Pickup guitar at the Alegre Guitar factory.
There handmade with different types of wood. Mines can be played with or without and amp connected to the guitar.
There are many other factories that hand make guitars near the factory that most taxi drivers can take you.
What to pay: They have different prices, My guitar included case to ship back home.
R&M Dried Mangoes and Puree are my favorite buys in Cebu. R&M also sells dried jackfruit and pineapple but so far the dried jackfruit I've tasted in Ho Chi Minh is the best. The individually-wrapped mango candies are great pasalubong (local term for give-away) to kids.
Pick them out in local SM Grocery Store or ask your hotel to contact R&M factory for you. R&M can even deliver dried mangoes and puree (in plastic containers) at your doorstep.
This shopping mall is the newest and biggest in Cebu. It has everything from good restaurants (especially a Mexican one), entertainment section with cinema and what most people come for: every major store and known brand under one roof (Nike, Adidas, Esprit, Lee, Lacoste, Levis etc). It's a four storey mall.
What to buy: Whatever you like, I guess...
What to pay: Most brands here are authentic, but in some discount stores or department stores you'll find fake Hugo Boss, Calvin Klein, Lacoste, Armani etc very cheap. Both jeans and shirts - female/male. For instance you'll get a par of Diesel jeans for 900 pesos (about USD14). You'll soon learn the meaning of 'shop till you drop'
One of my favorite past time is shopping, i guess all girls do.so i proudly recommend this mall.all the things you needed and wanted are here..from signature items to souveneirs.what is most important is its cheaper than malls in Manila.
I usually buy my "pasalubong" (things you bring home from the trip to give away to people as a gift) near the airport...they ahve this area with stalls selling local goods...or if youhave someone (local) to go with you, they can bring you to the city market...
What to buy: you can buy good Cebu stuff from food, crafts and even souvenir items...
never leave Cebu without the following:
1) DRIED MANGOES or FRESH MANGOES
2) TAMARIND-MANGO CANDY
3) DANGGIT (Dried Fish)
4) DRIED PUSIT (Dried Squid)
6) OTAP (Type of biscuit)
7) SOUVENIR SHIRTS and BAGS, BEACH ITEMS
8) BANIG BAG
9) FRUITS IN SEASON
What to pay: I usually spend like a USD100 when i do my shopping for "pasalubong" this is because I'm the type to gives things to almost everyone when I travel and if I don't and miss out on someone, then I become sad...hehe
The picture was taken in a Ayala Mall. I bought a few souvenir items which include wooden fish/guitar magnets and other stuff. But the great bargain was in the local market where you can find souvenir items of much lower prices. Carbon market in Cebu City is where you can find the guitar shops and local crafts.
What to buy: Decorative and souvenir items made of capiz shells and local crafts. Dried mango is a must to buy as well as Otap.
What to pay: at least $50
This is a market so expect all kind of things to buy here.
What to buy: mangoes, dried mangoes, mango puree, danggit, tablea (chocolate tablet made from cacao) and my favorite, the maryal!! (a white very soft candy made from peanuts)
What to pay: cheap!
It's a combination of classy and hip n' chick...There's a Rustan's department store inside the big center and the well-known Gaisano department chains of stores. You can find hot sales specially holidays. You can find restaurants, theaters and internet sections. It's one heck of a shopping place!
Linea Italia Shop is in the gate 3. Furla bags are cheaper. Well, maybe..;-) My Uncle Andy works there as a master cutter(clothes), you can ask for him and he might can give you a good discount!
What to buy: You can buy souvenir goods. And there's also a good foreirgn exchange chain right in the side of the Tag Huer Watch.
What to pay: $50-anything you like.
This is the granddaddy of shopping malls in Cebu City. They have extremely tight security all around the mall. All cars entering the premises, including the parking lot is checked thoroughly by searching the car trunk and looking underneath the vehicle using a mirror. By person, all bags are checked and maybe frisked as well!
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