The oldest city in the Philippines, Cebu, which is better known as the “Queen City of the South,” is an economically buoyant metropolis and is touted to soon become a fully industrialized economy. But despite its rapid modernization, Cebu and its namesake province have kept their reputation as one of the best tourist destinations in the world, thanks to their gorgeous white-sand beaches and world-class dive sites. In fact, two of its islands—namely, Bantayan and Malapascua—have been added by local real estate website MyProperty.ph to its list of beaches that can rival the very popular Boracay Island.
But aside from being the Visayas’ economic powerhouse, Cebu City is also a certified foodie haven, thanks to Cebuanos’ penchant for good food (read: Cebu lechon). And when we say good food, it also means sinful treats that will delight every sweet tooth’s palate. In this article, we have put together a list of must-visit places in Cebu to satisfy cravings for delightful desserts.
1. Sulbing Dessert Café
With branches located in Gaisano Mall, Banilad, and the Cebu I.T. Park, Sulbing Dessert Café is well-known for their frozen desserts like ice creams and Korean halo-halo (also known as patbingsu). The Cebuanos’ go-to place during hot and humid days, Sulbing’s menu also features a wide range of affordably priced, generously served frozen desserts in different flavors, including mango cheese, blueberry, and Oreo.
Sulbing Dessert Cafe
Address: G/F, Gaisano Country Mall, Banilad, Cebu City
Mobile No.: +63-927-786-0007
Business Hours: Daily 10:00AM-10:00PM
2. Tymad Bistro
Known for French crêpes and galettes, Tymad Bistro is a French casual-dining restaurant that offers drool-worthy desserts that are best paired with their delicious coffee. Apart from their popular cheesecakes that people boast about, they also serve delicious homemade ice cream. Their must-try desserts are blueberry cheesecake, chocolate mousse, mille-feuille, sweet crêpes, and crème brûlée.
Address: Paseo Saturnino, Ma. Luisa Road, Banilad, Cebu City
Telephone No.: 032-239-7385
Business Hours: Monday: Closed, Tuesday-Thursday: 7:00AM-10:00PM, Friday-Saturday: 10:00AM-11:00PM, Sunday: 10:0AM-10:00PM
3. Fudge Restaurant
Fudge Restaurant is a casual-dining restaurant found in Ayala Center Cebu. This restaurant offers a variety of dishes, including American and Filipino, and they are also quite popular because of their delicious cakes and extensive list of desserts. Among their bestsellers include chocolate lava cake, chocolate cake, frozen lemon pie, and pizookie.
Address: 4F, The Terraces, Ayala Center Cebu, Cebu Business Park, Cebu City
Telephone No.: 032-260-0528
Business Hours: Daily 10:AM-10:00PM
4. Leona Cakes & Pastries
Located in SM City Cebu, this simple yet cozy joint’s desserts aren’t plated with any fancy frills, but definitely taste delicious nonetheless. Indeed, Leona is a paradise for the sweet tooth and it is quite well known for its mouthwatering and affordable cakes and pastries. Their most popular cakes are red velvet, tiramisu, Oreo cake, Japanese cheesecake, mango mambo, guava cake, and banoffee pie.
Leona Cakes & Pastries
Address: 65 Juan Luna Ave., Mabolo, Cebu City
Telephone No.: 032-233-0386
Business Hours: 9:00AM-8:00PM
5. Dolce Café
Save for its delicious desserts, one of Dolce Café’s major draws is its intimate ambiance. In fact, if you’re looking for a romantic place for a date—one that serves delightful sweet treats, of course—then this is the right place for you. Some of Dolce’s unique cake flavors include Oreo brazo, chocolate Kitkat, blackout chocolate, s’mores cake, lava cake, and chocolate knockout.
Address: Panorama Heights, Nivel Hills, Lahug, Cebu City 6000
Telephone No.: 032-512-7263
Business Hours: Sunday-Friday: 7:00AM-1:00AM and Saturdays: 7:00AM-2:00AM
6. Cove Café
Perhaps the newest joint on this list, Cove Café by Barako Haus is a coffee shop that offers Filipino desserts that are best paired with their uniquely flavored drinks. Their menu consists of such beloved Filipino treats as pandecillos, cassava cake, biko dukot, bibingka especial, and Cebu torta. They also serve cheesecakes, brownies, and cookies, and a wide array of milkshakes, including chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, cotton candy, caramel, guyabano, and strawberry chocolate.
Address: Concept Cove, Tango Plaza, cor. Gotianuy St., Queen’s Road, Cebu City
Mobile No.: +63-906-420-9008
Business Hours: Daily from 10:00AM-7:30PM and 9:30AM-8:00PM on Wednesdays and Sundays
7. Amidala Café
This quaint joint is not just for the sweet tooth; it is also touted as the country’s first Star Wars–themed café. Their creamy milkshakes and freakshakes are really presented well, loaded with colorful and sugary stuff that will delight any dessert-loving Star Wars fan, and are named after some of the best known characters from the famous space opera: Wookies, Force Choke, Carameleia, DarthMalt, Mrs. Deathstar, and Millennium Muffin. Insanely delicious beverages and definitely Instagram worthy, this place is definitely a sweet find.
Address: G/F Maria Christina Arcade, Maroa Cristina Extension, Capitol Site, Cebu City
Telephone No.: 032 4160529
Mobile No.: +63-942-613-1367
Business Hours: Monday-Friday: 2:00PM to 12:00AM and Saturday-Sunday: 5:00PM-12:00AM
While this list is by no means comprehensive, it makes for a great companion for any sweet tooth who finds him- or herself in Cebu for a weekend visit. So the next time you visit the Visayas’ queen city, make sure to always save room for dessert.