Although Cebu City is a first-class, highly urbanized city in the Central Visayas region, it offers locals and travelers many must-visit locations where they can get away from the so-called concrete jungle and be introduced to stunning heights and scenery.
Many of these destinations can be easily accessed from the heart of Cebu, so if you want to take a break from the bustling city life and escape to a place where you can sit back and relax in peace, here’s a list of spots in Cebu City where you can get amazing views:
NUSTAR Resort and Casino
If you want to get stunning views of Cebu City while experiencing the lap of luxury, NUSTAR Resort and Casino is the place to be. This 5 star resort in Cebu City offers unparalleled views of Cebu, allowing you to capture the city’s unique sights in the most exclusive way possible. NUSTAR has several areas where you can get gorgeous vistas of the sea, including the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX). Opening soon is NUSTAR’s Skydeck, which offers the best vantage point for breathtaking views of Cebu. The Skydeck is an open-air platform that is poised to stand over 116 meters above the water, allowing you an uninterrupted view of the city beyond.
Charlie’s Cup is a charming roadside environmental café that not only boast delicious treats but also offers captivating views of Cebu’s stunning mountains. Located by the cliffs of Balamban, Charlie’s Cup makes for an excellent spot where you can enjoy panoramic shots of the city’s lush greenery while sipping on your favorite beverage or indulging in the café’s delectable pastries. The café’s natural backdrop and cozy atmosphere make it the perfect place to unwind and immerse yourself in the magical ambiance of the Queen City of the South.
Another relaxing spot where you can take in Cebu’s natural scenery is Liel’s Kitchen. This restaurant is located in the Serenity Farm and Resort complex, which is about half an hour away from the heart of Cebu.
Liel’s Kitchen is known for serving delicious contemporary Japanese cuisine, but what makes it an extra popular location is its special outdoor area that’s hanging over the cliff face. In this section of the restaurant, you can get some fresh air while enjoying the panoramic view of Cebu’s mountain ranges. The restaurant’s outdoor area also includes a hanging net where you can get up close and personal with Cebu’s natural landscape.
The Tops Lookout
One popular spot where visitors can get a different view of Cebu City is The Tops Lookout. This fortress-like observation deck sits on top of the summit of Mt. Busay—which is around 2,000 meters above sea level—and gives you a gorgeous view of the cityscape. During the day, you get to see the intricate landscape where Cebu’s bustling city structures and lush natural environment intersect. At night, you’ll be captivated by the dazzling lights emanating from the city, adding a vibrant and colorful touch to your evening stroll.
Cebu Taoist Temple
The Cebu Taoist Temple is a cultural and religious site that offers a captivating view of the city. Perched on a hill in Beverly Hills Subdivision, the temple’s elevated location provides you with a serene environment for reflection and exploration. As you ascend the temple’s steps, the panoramic view gradually unfolds, filling your sight with the beautiful scenery of the landscape surrounding the temple. Plus, the temple’s intricate architecture adds to the sense of wonder as you take in the sight of the city below, giving you a truly unique view of Cebu.
Sirao Flower Garden
The Sirao Flower Garden, known as the “Little Amsterdam” of Cebu, is a great location for those who want to see the colorful side of the city. Nestled on a hilltop just a few minutes away from Lahug, Cebu City, the garden’s elevated position provides visitors with a captivating sight of the flowers in full bloom. The vibrant sea of flowers contrasting beautifully with the lush greenery and the distant city gives Sirao Flower Garden a special ambiance. As you wander through the garden’s pathways, each turn offers a new angle to appreciate the unique combination of nature and urban charm.
When visiting Cebu, it’s easy to get lost and be consumed by bustling city life. After all, Cebu City is a vibrant urban area filled with exciting experiences every kind of traveler can enjoy. However, if you allow yourself to take a moment’s pause, you’ll realize that the city has plenty of places where you can take in Cebu’s scenic views. There are a lot of locations not too far from the heart of the city where you can get stunning sights of the cityscape and enjoy the beauty of Cebu’s natural landscape.
With the help of this list, you won’t have any difficulty finding them because you already know where to look!
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