Colon Street
Colon Street
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Mark D
Cebu City, Philippines79 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 May 3, 2020
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extravelagent
Honolulu, HI385 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 October 19, 2022
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OPle23
Bangkok, Thailand115 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 November 12, 2023
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Vic Raymund
Cebu City, Philippines299 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 May 25, 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 July 9, 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 June 13, 2013
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Mars1d
Bongawan, Malaysia774 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 January 8, 2019
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SCOEE
Katherine, Australia17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 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 January 27, 2012
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Big_Jim_Cebu
Cebu City, Philippines16,122 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2012 • Family
When in Cebu City, I stay on the corner of Colon and Pelaez Streets. I used to live there and have otherwise been regularly staying on Colon since 1995.

I am surprised it is a tourist attraction.

Yes, it is the oldest street in the Philippines but it is still a normal road with the usual traffic lights you will find on any major street in an major city in the world.

At different times of the year, but especially near Christmas, the roadway between Jakosalem and Osmena is blocked off and there are stalls selling clothes, food and knick knacks. On all other days, one lane of the road between Osmena and Pelaez is used for food stall until the early morning. I like fried chicken. these late night food stalls sell fried chicken at P15 per piece. When it is available, they will sell foot long corn on the cob smothered with butter and salt for between P20 and P25 per piece.

There are several major department stores on Colon. the biggest is the Gaisano Metro. It is about 7 stories high with a cheap food court on the top level. There are several small shopping malls. 138 Mall has Blind Masseurs giving reflexology massages at P200 per hour. Colonnade Mall has the cheapest supermarket in Cebu City. It also has money changers, multiple DVD vendors, cell phone shops, electrical stores, cinemas and food stalls. The rest of the street is attorneys, doctors, many banks with ATM machines, fast food restaurants, electrical stores, shoe stores, cinemas, hairdressers, pharmacies etc.

Some one reviewed it as dangerous. I disagree. The chances of being mugged or shot are very very low. What can and does happen on Colon is that you will be the target of pick pockets and snatchers.

So, don't make yourself a target and you are unlikely to become one. By that I mean
- Dress down, do not dress like you are worth a million dollars.
- Don’t flash your cash
- Only carry the money you think you will need and leave the rest in the hotel safe.
- Do not text or talk on a mobile/cell phone while walking in the street as it can be easily snatched.
- Keep your valuables hidden. Don't wear an expensive watch or choose not to wear a watch at all. There is a clock in your mobile phone if you need one. Do not have a necklace showing on the back of your neck that can easily be snatched
- Do not wear a bum bag, fanny pack or any other type of bag around your middle that will identify you as a tourist. These can easily be sliced off. In fact do not carry any type of bag at all, in the streets, for any reason. If you must carry a bag, make sure there is nothing valuable inside such as cash or passport.
- Don't carry a wallet. Keep your cash in front pockets that are zippered, velcro or buttoned. Keep large notes P200 and above separate from small notes P100 and below, This is because you will mostly be using P20 and P50 notes with the occasional P100 note but will rarely need the larger notes except for larger purchases inside stores. Then, any potential pick pocket will not know where on your person you main stash of cash is held.
Written June 2, 2013
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mwlovin
Cebu27 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
This area is known for great bargains. Very crowded most days and like most busy market areas, riddled by petty crime. Street kids, prostitutes, drug pushers, mingle with the thousands of shop owners and side walk venders, 90% all lacking permits or control. You could buy most anything here, even double dead pork, fine fake Rolex from China, pirated CDs from the Muslims. The fact is true that also you can find some real bargains and hard to get items here. Don't ask anyone, just look yourself, it's better that way. Hard to get a taxi and the sidewalks are uneven, so be prepared for an adventure. TIP: Remove all jewelery, and watches, keep your purse at home, don't bring out your cell phone unless it is to call the police, go in small groups with a couple of big men included. It's more fun in the Philippines.
Written March 19, 2013
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