Comparing Cebu City to the Filipino country side or less developed areas Cebu City is rather expensive. Not in general but in certain areas. Upscale restaurants have upscale menus and prices. For example: TGIFridays and Social. Prices on their menu are huge. And although the food has excellent quality, as you might expect when your steak costs around. 1500 pesos (30 euro),
Food Prices in Cebu City
You can buy your bread here at French orientated bakeries and pay 58 pesos for a baguette. Or you can buy bread at the local bakery and pay as much as 5 pesos per bun. Like any other place in the Philippines, it all depends on where you rest your feet and fill your belly.
Fast food chains like BurgerKing, MCDonalds, Jolibee and ChowKing are wide spread in Cebu City. They offer meals starting at 79 pesos, you mostly get chicken and rice and gravy with a drink. BurgerKing does not sell rice and chicken, they stick to the hamburgers and by doing so they make themselves just a little more expensive than McDonald with it’s McDeals for 99 pesos (2 euro)
The other day I had breakfast at the pancake house: 2 golden brown cheese pancakes with bacon strips and a sunny side up egg on the side, a coffee or juice (Tang, powdered drink they mix with water and sell as fresh juice), total of 298 pesos (5.96 euro) And that was my most expensive breakfast ever Usually I do not pay more than 100 pesos (2 euro) for my breakfast.
A regular coke is around 70 pesos (1.40 euro) per glass/can when dining in. A ‘fresh’ juice starts at 45 pesos (0.90 euro) and depending how fancy and trendy they make it go up till around 200 pesos (4 euro)
Sbarro, Shakeys and places like that that have restaurants all over the Philippines have fixed prices. So no shocking news there.
A cup of coffee at a local place starts at 55 pesos.
Rent a house and hotel room prices
Housing in Cebu City might surprise you although you may get a lot more house for your money outside the city. E.g. a 23m2 studio, unfurnished starts at 10.000 pesos per month, minimum lease is 6 months. You have to pay 2 months deposit and 1 month in advance. And you will live in one of the newer high rises in IT-Park. Your 23m2 comes with a little kitchenette and a private bathroom, your studio will have one small window. Pay 10.000-15.000 pesos more and they add a balcony to it, or maybe even a bedroom.
Hotel rooms are definitely more expensive in Cebu City. Mid range hotel rooms here are about 2400 pesos (48 euro) and if you want a little more comfort for you stay that price will double easily. But there are always the cheaper hostels, prices start at 640 pesos (12.80 euro) per night.
Shopping in Cebu
Shopping is mostly done downtown in the old Cebu Center around Colon Street or in one of the many Malls. Upscale malls like Ayala and SM seaside Cebu (Which during the time of my visit was still half empty) offer brands like Bench, H&M, Zara, The North Face, Nike, Oakley and many other great international fashion houses. The smaller malls, which are a lot less expensive offer Chinese import. Robinsons qualifies itself in less expensive brands. In the malls prices are pretty much the same everywhere in the Philippines, so a jeans or flip flops would cost you just as much in Manilla as it does in Cebu City or Iloilo.*
Transport in Cebu
Taxies have a flag down fee of 40 pesos. Jeepneys are 6.50 pesos (0.13 euro) for almost every downtown ride. MyBus from SM Mall is very cheap, passengers are required to use the e-PLUS cards or tap-to-pay cards. They do not accept cash. Cards can be bought at any SM malls in Cebu and myBus stations. Below are the important things to remember:
- Minimum load is P100.
- Reloading is by P100’s only but with no load limit.
- Load will not expire.
- Inactive cards (for more than 2 years) is subject to a dormancy fee (TBA).
- The e-PLUS card can also be used in SM cinemas, parking and other merchant services.
More info and schedules you can find here (click)
- all prices are indicative, and this blog was written in Februari 2016 and based on my own experience