The best places to eat ‘Al Fresco’ must have three things – great food, relaxed ambience, and calm weather. Anybody who has been to Cebu, the ‘Queen City of the South’, will then be able to attest to the presence of those three things in abundance.
Philippines’ famous open-top barbeques and “lechon” were arguably popular here before anywhere else, the weather is normally quite mild, and the people love nothing more than a night out with friends and family.
It is therefore with much excitement to bring you the third part of the ‘Al Fresco’ series to explore three cool places to enjoy dining outside in Metro Cebu!
Address: 268 Don Mariano Cui Street, Capitol Site, Cebu City, Metro Cebu
No foodtrip to the Philippines is complete without visiting a street food barbeque joint, and Yakski provides that, plus a little extra! For its location, in the heart of the city, the food is not at all overpriced (comparable to regular barbeque joints) and is delicious and cooked to order.
Filipinos are naturally drawn to street foods and it’s obvious when you see the sheer number of locals drawn to this covered, open-air establishment. Friends and families flock to Yakski Barbeque on nights they do not wish to stay indoors and cook, so the ambience here is mostly quite upbeat and relaxed!
There are now three locations around Cebu to enjoy Yakski’s delicious BBQ, but the address listed below is at its main location. Also, there is a place to wash your hands after you eat, unlike eating at one of the many street food stalls, so dig in!
La Vie Parisienne
Address: 371 Gorordo Ave, Cebu City, Metro Cebu
Now for a complete 180°, introducing La Vie Parisienne. The name means it stands out here in the Philippines, and it is completely understandable that the name may be a little intimidating to you. However, the air of pretentiousness is popped upon visiting and entering this gorgeous little French winery/patisserie.
The sight and smell of freshly baked pastries greet you the moment you walk through the door. Amazingly, the prices are not that extravagant, instead are quite affordable for the quality of the food and wine you are about to consume. The ‘Al Fresco’ part of this, however, is what is really impressive.
Seating is elegant and plentiful without feeling congested or out of place. Pink, purple lights illuminate trees decorated to look like cherry blossoms that stand around white open-air spheres you can sit under. La Maison Rose restaurant is one of the few savoury spots that stand beside La Vie Parisienne, all of whom are more than happy to serve you outdoors too!
Try their macarons!
Address: Newtown Blvd, M.L. Quezon National Highway, Lapu-Lapu City, Metro Cebu
Relatively new to the food scene in Cebu, Mactan Alfresco has already garnered itself a lot of buzz. Its layout is quite similar to Singapore’s hawker food scene, for anyone who has been, and the variety of local food available is pretty incredible, even by today’s standards. Whatever it is they serve here is dished up with typical Filipino flair, making it near impossible not to be satisfied.
Location-wise, Mactan Alfresco is the cream of the crop. Only a short drive from the beach, two old churches, and a few top-of-the-line hotels, this covered food-strip attracts people from all walks to gather and enjoy some of the best food Cebu has to offer.
There is no better way to enjoy all the joy, personality, and good food Cebu has to offer than by dining ‘Al Fresco’, taking in the sights and sounds while enjoying a delicious, relaxed meal. These three spots are only able to scrape the surface of this stunning hub of Visayas.
Head on over to one of these spots and begin your ‘Al Fresco’ journey!