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Review of Colon Street

Colon Street
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Small-Group Cebu City Afternoon Fun Tour by Coach
Ranked #20 of 121 things to do in Cebu City
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Reviewed 14 January 2014

This place needs to be cleaned and updated, so dirty.

Beware of pickpockets and street children.

Rain makes the streets overflow with mud

Thank Roy A
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Reviewed 16 December 2013

Colon is a place you either love or hate. It really depends what you are wanting to get out of your travel experience. I definitely don't recommended it for those uptight types, that don't like crowds, pollution and having to haggle. But…for the more adventurous, it's worth a look into. I personally love it, and having been there on every visit I make to Cebu, it's my go to place to shop.

Colonnade Mall is a great place to start, and an easy landmark to tell to your taxi driver when wanting to be dropped there. This is where you'll find handbags & watches galore, all at bargain basement prices which you can haggle down even more. Take a stroll through all the arcades to find designer shoes, sunglasses, DVD's and up to date fashion. Along the streets you'll find pedlars, people making ID's in one street, watch repairers and jewellery re-fitters along another, electronics & cellphone repairmen on the next. It's always bustling and full of action. Such a great place to immerse yourself in a gritty, urban jungle that has a long history with the people of Cebu.

Cheap eats can be found everywhere, for when you need to recharge your batteries, and you'll need it after all the shopping!

As I foreigner, I've never understood the bad rap Colon gets for being dangerous and unsafe. Of course when travelling through any large, populated city you need to use common sense and not stand out like an easy target. Don't wear flashy jewellery or your latest designer outfit, don't parade your iPhone or wads of cash for all the world to see. Try to visit mid-morning or around lunchtime...after dark is obviously when things get a little risky.

As others have pointed out before, there are a few Universities in the area, so the crowd are young, uni students mostly..I guess that's why I've never felt threatened walking around the streets of Colon. As you head towards Carbon (which is a little way down the road) it does get a little seedier and you should probably exercise a greater degree of caution walking around the backstreets and market areas where pick pockets are rife. Other than that, enjoy the adventure!

1  Thank MeLLe_BuRn
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Reviewed 7 December 2013

Colon is the oldest street in Cebu City. It's a busy, crowded place where a lot of people walk, shop or simple meet up. We went to Colon Street near Metro when we have to buy something in SM. I notice there are a lot of street foods in Colon. This reminds me of the old Escolta, the once busy street in Binondo. This is a must see!

Thank Pilar168
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Reviewed 2 December 2013

I had a blast, it was crowded, dusty and hot. That said a fun couple of hrs enjoying the sights and sounds. The Architecture was facinating, old colonia well past its prime, but with character.

Thank DavidGB
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Reviewed 22 October 2013

Go there and see how is a popular commercial street in any development country. People walking, selling, passing, working or just looking. Not a beautiful place, but a interesting point of view.

Thank Claudia C
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