Known for its wide range of dried fish displays, Taboan Public Market is one of the busiest and most famous markets in Cebu, and its popularity can be blamed on all the danggit that Cebuano vendors diligently sell here.
Danggit is a thin kind of salted dried fish that is also referred to as rabbitfish or spinefoot fish in English. It’s coined by many as a “poor man’s food”, but truth is lots of rich people, whether local or foreigner, also crave for such a delicacy. This Cebuano pride is best eaten when freshly fried and paired with some hot rice. Don’t forget to dip it into spicy vinegar and use your own hands while eating to have a great danggit dining experience!
One kilo of danggit in Taboan usually costs around 450 pesos, but of course, you can always haggle with the market’s vendors to buy the delicacy at a lower price. Aside from danggit, Taboan sells other tasty and fresh seafood treats from Bantayan Island, which is considered as the seafood capital of Cebu. Some of the dried seafood displayed in the market include dried squid, dried shrimp, fish tapa, and fish tocino.
Although Cebu’s danggit and other dried seafood can be easily bought at supermarkets and department stores, you always have a wider and cheaper range of choices when buying in Taboan Public Market. This is why it’s a normal scene already to see lots of tourists going to Taboan just to buy dried danggit as pasalubong. Speaking of pasalubong, you can also find dried mangoes, otap, chicharon, and other famous Cebu delicacies in this frequently visited public market.
Getting to Taboan Public Market
If you come from the downtown area, particularly Colon, you can ride 08G (Alumnos-bound) jeepney and tell the driver to drop you off at Taboan. From the jeepney’s drop-off point, you then have to ride a trisikad going to Taboan proper.