With so many charms to discover and explore, it takes a while to really get to know Cebu, but what if you only had 24 to 48 hours to spare? With the help of Henry Hotel Cebu, The Manila Times has gathered this speedy guide to the hottest places today in the Queen City of the South.
The popular, art gallery-like hotel situated at Paseo Saturnino in Banilad makes for a great headquarters for your expedition considering its proximity to many of the must-go places in the city. From the greatest local eats, to an exciting nightlife, here’s a brief, stimulating, and quite tasty introduction to the Queen City of the South.
Eat your way through Paseo Saturnino
Paseo Saturnino, where the Henry Cebu is located, culls many famed dining spots so exploring the area is a definite must. Including The Henry Cebu’s own, Rica’s, where their Angus Beef Tapa and Adobo Flakes tops the list of their mouthwatering food choices. Get a load of “the best hot wings in town” at local joint Gibbs Hot Wings, and brave their 5 levels of hotness (Hot, Original, Insanely Hot, 2!ntense and Freakin’ Hot). For authentic Neapolitan pizza in Cebu, La Nostra Napoletana Pizzeria at Streetscape is your go-to place. Ranked 4.5/5 by TripAdvisor, Moshi Moshi Yakiniku serves Korean and Japanese cuisines so you can enjoy their signature kimchi and high quality Kobe beef for brunch, lunch or dinner.
Shop and play at Asiatown IT Park
Just 10 minutes away from the hotel is the modern-day trading center Asiatown IT Park, which incorporates the warmth of Asian architecture and the efficiency of Western functionality. The center is a haven to malls and shopping centers, dining options and residential and entertainment hubs, being only about 20 minutes away from both the Mactan International airport and the Cebu International Port. Asiatown IT Park also hosts a variety of food joints, many open 24 hours to cater to a large number of call center agents.
Go Japanese at Nonki
A certificate of excellence, a 4.5/5 rating, and numerous glowing reviews from TripAdvisor, Nonki Japanese Restaurant along AS Fortuna Street (5 or so minutes away from Henry Cebu) has captured the taste buds of locals and visitors alike with its authentic Japanese menu favorites. Take advantage of the privacy the resto offers—opting for rooms rather than an open floor layout—to chow down on sushi, sashimi, Japanese Nabe dishes, ramen specials, salads and more at reasonable prices.
Drink and dance the night away at Banilad
Experience how people live it up in Cebu! And you don’t even have to head out too far from the hotel. Banilad itself is a thriving mecca of the most exciting and unique lifestyle destinations you’d ever find in the city. The Joker’s Arms, with its massive wooden bar and framed collection of funny English anecdotes draws in locals, expats and out-of-towners to enjoy English fare while playing pool, watching the World Cup, or fiercely competing during the weekly Trivia Night. With signature interiors by internationally-acclaimed Cebu designer Kenneth Cobonpue, the Z Bar showcases amazing bamboo and rattan cocoon-like pieces, an extensive selection of wines, and a whimsical and playful atmosphere. Step into your dancing shoes at VUDU, dance club (Luxx) and other entertainment options at VUDU-oke. After letting it all out, chill at FORMO Retaurant and Lounge, known to have the longest happy hour in Cebu.
The Henry Cebu is located at 1 Paseo Saturnino, Maria Luisa Road, Banilad Cebu City.