Shopping in Cebu has never been better with a wide variety of shopping places like malls, specialty shops and traditional markets where you can purchase local goodies. With a shopping mall in almost every city in the Philippines, SM City Cebu is currently the largest shopping mall in Cebu.
It has everything you need from department store to supermarket, moviehouse, boutiques, drugstore, fast-food chains and lots of restaurants to choose from. ATM machines can also be found inside the mall should you run short of cash and like any other malls in the Philippines, SM City Cebu is airconditioned so so a lot of people also spend a lot of time here to avoid the heat of the sun. Aside from traditional markets outside the mall, SM also have specialty shops wherein Cebu souvenirs are sold.
A few kilometers from SM City Cebu is the centrally located Ayala Center Cebu . It is also very similar to SM except it's smaller in size but it also has a department store, supermarket, boutiques and their Terraces, which is an outside area where a wide variety of restaurants are lined up. You can also head to Crossroads located on Banilad, Cebu City where there are restaurants, bars and health spas.
For famous and yummy Cebuano delicacies like Shamrock's Otap which is a delicious sweet biscuit, Dried mangoes, Mangorind, and the dried fish called Danggit, take a taxi and tell the driver to head to Tabo-an Market which is just within Cebu City.
Prices vary depending on the shop and also the brand but you can haggle for the best price. Dried mangoes, Otap and Mangorind are usually priced at 3 for 100php while Danggit is around 550php per kilo. There are also shops in Tabo-an which sells souvenir items like keychains and t-shirts. Aside from Tabo-an market, there's also Carbon Market and Gullas Market.
With 2/3 of the country's rattan furnishings made in Cebu, furniture is also a good buy here since Cebuanos are known for their craftsmanship and makes artistic furnitures out of native materials like bamboo, stone and other indigenous materials. Furniture shops in Mandaue City is the place to head to if you want to get best buys regarding furnitures. For handicrafts like lampshades made of Capiz, abaca bags and beautifully-made coral jewelry boxes, Carbon Market offers the great bargains.
If you're musically inclined and plays the guitar, never miss a visit to the guitar-making shops in Mactan City wherein famous names includes Alegre, Lumanog and Malingin. Locally made guitars are quite affordable and of high quality that can be considered world-class. The guitars from Cebu are beautifully hand-crafted and produces a lovely tune which they say comes from the effort the craftsmen made in making these guitars. Designs can be simple to intricate and you can also have it personalized. They also sell other string instruments here like ukeleles, banjos and mandolins.