Colon Street, Cebu City

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Considered the Philippines' oldest road, Colon Street in downtown Cebu features an array of affordable shops and restaurants frequented by locals. Tracing its origins back to the 16th century, when Spanish conquistadores established a colony here, the street remains the heart of commercial activity in town, maintaining a busy, lively atmosphere, and unfortunately attracting an increased amount of criminal activity. Employ basic safety measurements when shopping or sightseeing in this district. Work out when and for how long to visit Colon Street and other Cebu City attractions using our handy Cebu City trip itinerary planner.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Very crowded but also very interesting. Real bargains and very down to earth streets. Better go daytime cause not so age after dark. Very typical local streets and where the locals shop and bargain. R...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    Colon Street is where locals go to get cheap produce and retail goods. It's filthy there and makeshift produce stalls line the squalor . . . some of the produce displayed at foot level on top of the d...  more »
  • August 2, 2017
    I was told this place would be unsafe,as I was going there alone,well I got the taxi there and did NOT feel unsafe at any time,everyone was very friendly and helpful,is there alot there,not really ,al...  more »

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The most popular place to stay in Cebu City remains uptown, particularly around the university district near Junquera Street station. Here you'll find a good range of hotels, hostels, and guesthouses of varying quality, but with a well-established base level representing value for money. Further north, look along Dalan Osmena to find a good number of standard and luxury hotels located north and south of the roundabout. The downtown area has more closely knitted streets, with just a few guesthouses located along primarily residential roads.
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