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Sugbo Mercado

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Attractions Details

📌 Address

Abad St, Apas, Cebu City, 6000 Cebu, Philippines

Opening Hours

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

💸 Entrance Fee

Free

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"Make sure to visit Sugbo Mercado on a Thursday to Sunday evening for a less crowded experience and take the opportunity to chat with the food vendors; many of them have fascinating stories about their dishes that you won't find on the menu."

What is Sugbo Mercado?

Sugbo Mercado is not your ordinary marketplace—it's a vibrant, dynamic street food paradise nestled in Cebu's bustling urban landscape. Here, food enthusiasts and curious travelers alike gather to indulge in a wide array of local and international culinary delights. With a lively atmosphere that echoes the warmth and hospitality inherent to Cebuano culture, Sugbo Mercado is more than a food destination; it's a cultural melting pot where traditions and flavors intermingle under the open sky. It's the kind of place where each stall has its own story, passed down through recipes and through the hushed secrets of the locals.

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History of Sugbo Mercado

The genesis of Sugbo Mercado goes back to 2015 when a group of passionate Cebuanos decided to create a venue that would showcase the rich culinary heritage of Cebu while promoting local entrepreneurs. Its name, 'Sugbo,' is derived from Cebu's ancient name, and 'Mercado' means 'market' in Spanish—a nod to the Philippines' historical connection with Spain. From the very beginning, it was designed to be more than just a collection of food stalls; it was envisioned as a community hub that would come alive with shared experiences and gastronomic adventure. Over time, it has burgeoned into an iconic spot in Cebu, not only for the variety of food but for the role it plays in bringing together families, friends, and even strangers around the love of good food.

Why is Sugbo Mercado Important?

Sugbo Mercado holds an irreplaceable spot in the heart of Cebu's urban culture. It's important for several reasons: economically, it's a springboard for small culinary businesses to thrive without the heavy investments usually required for a brick-and-mortar location. Culturally, it keeps the flame of Cebuano flavors alive as vendors serve up traditional dishes passed down through generations, while also embracing innovation and fusion in the kitchen. Socially, Sugbo Mercado serves as a gathering place—a community centerpiece where locals and international visitors break bread and barriers, creating a convivial atmosphere unique to this corner of the world. It represents the essence of Cebu: its hospitality, creativity, and the shared joy found in its food.

Things to Do & See at Sugbo Mercado

Imagine a place where each step brings a new aroma, a new taste, and a new experience—that's Sugbo Mercado for you.

  • Feast on Local Delicacies: The food is undoubtedly the main attraction. Whether it's lechon belly (slow-roasted pork), kinilaw (vinegar-cured seafood), or grilled skewers, the authentic flavors here are unmatched. There's something for every palate, from hearty meals to sweet treats like mango boba or ube (purple yam) ice cream.
  • Enjoy Live Entertainment: Sugbo Mercado often features live music, adding a soundtrack to your dining experience. It's not rare to find local bands playing, making for an even more enjoyable and immersive atmosphere.
  • Shop for Unique Finds: In addition to food, there are vendors selling artisanal crafts, organic products, and unique souvenirs. It's a great place to find a special memento or a gift that truly represents Cebu.

Don't forget to interact with the vendors—many of them love to share stories about their food and their connection to Cebu's culinary scene. Lastly, be prepared to leave with a full stomach and a heart warmed by the hospitality of Cebuano culture. In Sugbo Mercado, each visit is not just about the enjoyment of food; it's about the experience of being part of a community that welcomes everyone to their festive table.

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Frequently asked questions

What is Sugbo Mercado?

Sugbo Mercado is a popular outdoor food market in Cebu, Philippines that offers a diverse range of culinary options, from local Filipino delicacies to international cuisines, brought together in a vibrant and sociable atmosphere.

Where is Sugbo Mercado located in Cebu?

Sugbo Mercado has multiple locations in Cebu. The original and most famous venue is situated in Cebu IT Park, Lahug, with other locations including Cebu Business Park and other areas within the city.

What types of food can be found at Sugbo Mercado?

Visitors to Sugbo Mercado can enjoy a wide variety of food options including street food, regional Filipino dishes, barbecue, seafood, desserts, and beverages, as well as a selection of international foods from various cultures.

What are the operating hours of Sugbo Mercado?

Sugbo Mercado typically operates in the evenings, with many vendors opening from around 5:00 PM to 1:00 AM. Operating days and hours may vary for different locations, so it's advisable to check in advance.

Do I need to bring cash to Sugbo Mercado, or do vendors accept card payments?

While some vendors at Sugbo Mercado may accept card payments or electronic wallets, it is recommended to bring cash to avoid any inconvenience as not all vendors may be equipped with card payment facilities.

Attractions Details

📌 Address

Abad St, Apas, Cebu City, 6000 Cebu, Philippines

Opening Hours

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

💸 Entrance Fee

Free

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