Colon Street
Colon Street
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Mark D
Cebu City, Philippines100 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
The oldest street in the Philippines they say.. some great deals if you know where to look, but, watch your self... go with a local..(dont stray alone). not a local that gets kickbacks from the shops.. maybe from the hotel, they probably have a city guide... fun, definitive Philippines shopping experience
Written 3 May 2020
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extravelagent
Honolulu, HI398 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Lots going on on this street; not for everyone. Even the hotel told me not to visit but of course since they said that I had to. Keep your backpack on your front. Lots of people, crowed, some sketchy folks but if you need anything, Colom street will have it. Would I go back? probably not.
Written 19 October 2022
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Jason S
Melbourne, Australia2,101 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
I enjoyed Colon Street more at night, during the day not much to see or do, unless you are looking at shopping a local shopping malls.

Lots to see and do around the area with monument and YAPS house. The oldest street in Cebu City and location of night markets.
Written 24 March 2024
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OPle23
Bangkok, Thailand143 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
This place is very messy but good to visit for Philipino life. Not much street food but many local things here. Very hard to find taxi but you need to walk away from Colon street.
Written 12 November 2023
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Vic Raymund
Cebu City, Philippines297 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Couples
One of the Oldest Street in the Philippines. This is the Main access road from south to north. The only problem here if rush hour because it is traffic.
Written 25 May 2019
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mtatyana
Jakarta, Indonesia2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Friends
Landed in Cebu this morning and went for breakfast at Jolliebee at Colon street. Came across a group of small children near mango square with a lady. We knew they were up to something and crossed the road to avoid them. Thought it was safe when suddenly two girls came from behind and grabbed a phone from one of our friends. Luckily he realised and quickly snatched it from her.

After breakfast, we decided to get water from 7 eleven across the road. Noticed the gang, now with a few guys watching us from outside and on their motorcycle. When we left and tried to get a cab, one of them acted nice by opening our door and suddenly, he grabbed my friend's pouch as she was about to board the cab. She resisted and got dragged in the process. No one around saw/ helped. Luckily her bag was not taken away and he ran away.

Scary place for tourist. Please stay away! And be vigilant. Dont carry bags/ things that appear valuable.
Written 9 July 2015
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SEATravellerFromEU
EU34 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2012 • Family
OK: a shopping street isn't an attraction (though at night they sometimes have street markets!).

We visited Cebu (and therefore Cebu City) several times. Colon street is THE place to find a bargain. Prices at the Metro are LOWER than in the malls e.g. In the Colonade you find rum at prices below that of water ...

Yes, it's an old street, the sidewalks are uneven. So what - who complains of the steps in Rome or Paris?? Just to stay, some comments here are a bit too exigent.

Cebu City has a LOT of poor people. Some try to make an honest peso by vending lottery tickets, cell phones recharges, .. others turn to crime. We (family of 4) have never been robbed/pickpocketed and we do stand out in that crowd (really white, blond, ..). Why is that then? Well, like all SENSIBLE tourists, you don't take your finest jewelry along in the first place. Yes we have "brand" clothes, but not Ralph Lauren etc. To go in designer stuff there is like wearing a placque on your head "I CAN MISS A LOT OF MONEY - TAKE IT!". But hey - that's true everywhere (even Paris, Rome, ...). What you don't want to loose, you don't flaunt around, simple as that. SO the several warnings "be careful" - well, it's like that everywhere you (as enormously wealthy tourist compared to poor people) go.

The people who find Colon dirty, certainly haven't seen the rest of REAL Cebu City I fear.
Taxi's - who needs them (scared tourists?)? We take the jeepney's all the time. Safe, cheap and readily available. The drivers and co riders are very friendly, show you where to get off and one time (at 11.30 pm!!) the driver forgot us and when we mentioned, he first finished the tour and then brought us right to our hotel. A service we never expected so we gave him a nice tip (which he even refused at first!).

Go there, with your eyes open for the bargains yes and don't behave yourself like a scared fragile tourist. That's a globally sign for bad people to come by ....
Written 13 June 2013
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Mars1d
Bongawan, Malaysia835 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Solo
This place I can say is the busy street in Cebu.
A lot of things you may get it here with the cheaper price.
But the challenging is their can communicate proper in English and advise to bring someone as the translater.
Becare full with your available items.
Their informed that this place is black area.
Written 8 January 2019
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SCOEE
Katherine, Australia17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2011 • Couples
ALWAYS HAVE 50 PHP with you. Read why a bit further down.

Less expensive than Luzon (Manila and Angeles).
More religious than the Vatican (not really, but it is high).

Be careful near "Crazy Corner" (from Pelaez St to Osmena BLVD) in Colon St where many street girls hang out. They can be annoying, dangerous and persistent for male foreigners.

Shopping is superb with Carbon Markets about 10 minutes walk away, and an EMall, 3x Guisano, 138 store (where I get the best foreign exchange rate in Old Cebu) many other big stores and supermarkets in and near Colon St, FRESH COWS MILK (not just UHT) and bargains galore. All within 5 minutes walking of Central Colon St.

Bikini Bars in the back streets are dirty dingy places, but lots of food stalls nearby offer inexpensive good food.
Can be a bit daunting or dangerous after 9:30pm.

Always have someone with you in Cebu for added protection, even if it is only a small child. Police have a heavy presence in the area and this is a huge comfort. Avoid the smaller back streets on the Carbon side of Colon St if possible.

From about 4pm to 6pm, obey the traffic lights or you will be arrested and fined 50P for jaywalking, crossing on a red light etc. If you don,t have 50P on you, you will be taken in custody and put on a police bus where you will be detained for at least 4 hours. Maybe this is an experience you want to do????

You'll never ever forget this place, for one reason or another.

I'll be back (regularly as I am hooked).
Written 27 January 2012
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Ethan L
Cebu City, Philippines23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Solo
All kinds of people, except those in the high society, will be here. There will be lots of people, so don't dare showing your wallet or mobile phone in plain view. If you have a bag, make sure you hug it in front of you.

On the bright side, there are lots of shopping areas here selling various kinds of products. Street foods are everywhere, but if you have a sensitive stomach, it's better you buy food somewhere else... maybe in the midtown or uptown areas.
Written 21 May 2014
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