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Cebu Shopping Guide - Find where and what to shop and buy

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Cebu boasts a large number of shopping malls which consist of several floors and contain hundreds of shops as well as entertainment options such as movie theaters and food courts, making the city a great place for bargain hunters.

Cebu's largest shopping mall is SM City Cebu, while other offerings include Robinson's Mall, e-Mall and Cebu Parkmall, all of which are great places to shop, dine and people watch.

Cebu is also known for its large number of hardware stores, while the city's markets are great places to browse for bargains and pick up discounts. The Carbon Market is popular with both tourists and locals, while Colon Street features an excellent range of stores, malls and one-of-a-kind shops.

Archbishop Reyes Avenue/National Book Store

Located in the Ayala Center, the National Bookstore is a favorite haunt of bookworms. Novels, textbooks and other tomes from all over the globe can be found here.

R Aboitiz Street/Uptown district/St Patrick's Square

This interesting outdoor mall is a great place to shop. In addition to the many stalls and stores, visitors will also find a number of stylish eateries and facilities such as internet cafés.

MC Briones Street/Downtown district/Carbon Market

The perfect place to get a feel for city life, the Carbon Market is the oldest and largest produce market in Cebu. Visitors will also be able to browse for cheap clothing and a wide range of other items here.


Reyes Avenue/Cebu Business Park/Ayala Center

Consisting of six floors, the Ayala Center contains everything from hardware stores to European and American label boutiques. Shoppers will also be able to take a break at one of the mall's international restaurants, health spas and cinemas.

Colon Street

Featuring a range of stores including fashion, shoes, souvenirs and bags, Colon Street is an interesting place to shop. This street is full of shoppers all year round, but becomes particularly busy around major holidays such as Christmas, when bargain hunters flock to Colon Street.

Cebu shopping tips

Many of the stores here will give customers a 10 to 20 percent discount upon request. Although they don't usually advertise the fact, it is worth asking whether or not the sales assistant can drop the price. This is particularly likely in furniture stores such as Sun Gold and Mandaue Foam.