I’ve been meaning to come up with a post like this for quite some time now. But since I’ve gotten so busy the past few months, I haven’t been able to write anything new for my blog. It’s been a difficult year for me and with so many things that’s happened, there are just days when I prefer to stay home and be anti-social. If you’ve been reading my other blog, you’ll know what’s up with me. But anyway, that’s a different story.
The point is, GoodFoodTrip is back and hopefully better than before.
So like I said: I’ve been meaning to write a post to specifically talk about where to eat in Cebu IT Park that’s affordable for a regular employee. I’ve been working inside Cebu IT Park for over 3 years and after a while of eating at the same places every day, it can get boring to a point where you yearn for something new. But as an employee, you have to make sure you don’t go over your budget.
And while there are a bunch of fast food joints and mid to upscale restaurants around IT Park, it’s good to know where you can get a decent meal for P50 to P100. I hope this article helps young professionals and those who are working at Cebu IT Park for the first time since I never got help before.
Just before you enter Cebu IT Park, you’ll be greeted with an array of food stalls and carinderias lined on the road leading to the main arch of the private complex. Since it’s literally in front of the TESDA office, the carinderia was aptly called as such.
When I first started working in Cebu, I was amazed that I could buy a decent meal here for P20. Of course, you’d have to walk in the heat of the sun and dust from the road to get to your destination but if you’re looking to save money, this is a good suggestion on where to eat in IT Park.
Some of my favorites include Lugaw Ni Bossing, which we usually have once every week and the humba from Humba Station, which is considerably the best humba I’ve eaten (aside from the one I cook at home).
2nd Floor, i2 Building
The i2 Building in Cebu IT Park is one of the places where you can find a number of food stalls with various choices. There’s a stall that sells fish ball, squid balls, breakfast fare, home-cooked meals, Leylam Shawarma, Ayer’s Lechon, and Thirsty.
Personally, I recommend the Cheese Sausage with Rice available at Fusion Dish for only P60 with fried egg. And when I want to eat bananas, 2nd floor i2 Building is also where I go.
The Fourth, TGU Tower
No one really knows where the name The Fourth came from. Ever since I started working in Cebu IT Park, this place has always been referred to me as that name.
What I particularly like about The Fourth TGU Tower is that there’s a wide variety of dishes to choose from and that they have a clean area to eat in. I prefer to eat here since it’s shaded and you can find vegetables, fish, and fruits here. The price is relatively cheap but out of the different cheap restaurants in Cebu IT park I featured on this list, it’s considered as the priciest.
On the other side of this buffet style section, there are some food stalls that sell ngohiong, pancit canton, pizza, and fruit shake.
3rd Floor, i1 Building
A few months ago, the carinderia located on the third floor of i1 Building was packed with people clad in the same uniform. But as I discovered, the company that held offices in the building has since relocated somewhere in Mandaue or Mactan area. When they left, the carinderia became almost empty on most days. It’s even a surprise to find out that not too many people know there’s a carinderia in this building.
Ah, the place with so many fond memories. I used to frequent this place for breakfast because I loved eating their Daing na Bangus. They are a streetside, open-air eatery where your food gets when you place your order. What I love about this place is that they feel like a breath of fresh air in an urban jungle like Cebu IT Park– like a misplaced establishment of sorts.
I recommend trying their Tapa!
Rockpool is another cafeteria-type of establishment you can find inside Cebu IT Park, specifically on the ground floor of Skyrise 1. They have different viands available every day with an assortment of pork, chicken, fish, and vegetable dishes. They offer set meals with a choice of a drink and also an option for no beverage included.
Skyrise 1 Mini Foodcourt
Just a few steps away from Rockpool, you’ll find this mini food court on the ground floor of Skyrise 1, Cebu IT Park. The stalls regularly change but some of the main stalls you can expect to find here include Tiktilaok, Ayer’s Lechon, and our favorite Sol’s Halo-Halo (although we heard it will be leaving soon).
The seats are limited, however, so you have to make sure you arrive early.
If you walk further down the line of buildings, you’ll find another exit leading to Brgy. Apas. Here, you can find an assortment of carinderias and Pungko-Pungko stands along the way. You’d be literally eating beside the road.
This is, perhaps, one of my favorite places to go when I want to eat homecooked meals. UCMA has an assortment of stalls so you’ll never run out of options to dine in. You’d also find different dishes available here, where you can eat comfortably with a roof over your head. The only problem is the walk here since it’s already outside Cebu IT Park.
One of the recommendations here is the Fruit Shake stall, which beats some of the commercial establishments you’d typically find in malls. Their fruit shake even ranges from P35 to P55.
Paradise Village Carinderia
I haven’t been here personally but my husband says it is also lined up with different food stalls. I guess their target market is the tenants inside the buildings on the farther side of Cebu IT Park, which is really good for them so they won’t have to walk too far to eat.
Have you tried any of these carinderias in Cebu IT Park? Which one is your favorite?