Did you know that Colon Street is the oldest street not just in Cebu City but in the whole Philippines? This place surely has gone through a lot, and is undeniably one of the most important and most crowded spots in the whole Cebu. If you happen to be anywhere in this famous street this summer, here are refreshing treats that you may enjoy!
Ice Cream and Halo-Halo
With the wide variety of malls and stores in Colon, you won't find it hard to look for a place where you can conveniently buy an ice cream or a halo-halo. You can buy a gallon of ice cream or a pinipig stick from the pharmacies near Metro. Or better yet, eat a delectable halo-halo and relax in an air-conditioned spot by going to Mang Inasal or Chowking, which are both conspicuously positioned near 138 Mall. If you're lucky enough, you simply have to buy from a sorbetero selling “dirty ice cream” at a price that's as low as 5-10 pesos! To find Cebu's best halo-halo versions, on the other hand, visit any of the stores mentioned in our previous post.
The sago't gulaman in Mang Inasal is my personal favorite. Aside from the fact that it has this sweet taste that never fails to put a smile on my face, sago't gulaman can also be a healthier and tasty substitute for the soft drinks that us Cebuanos usually pair our meals with. To enjoy a delicious lunch in one of the most famous fast food chains in Cebu (and even the whole Philippines), choose to order a glass of sago't gulaman, which is full of ice and tastes perfect with grilled chicken!
Buko Juice and Fruits
It's also easy to find street buko vendors in Colon, especially now that the hot season is on. I personally found one near the new Gaisano across Jollibee last weekend, and found it tempting to buy freshly prepared buko juice; if only I wasn't in a hurry to meet a friend in E-Mall. Anyway, I believe the cost of one serving of this classic Pinoy favorite starts at 10 pesos. Just try drinking it yourself while in Colon to experience what fresh and naturally delicious really mean! Furthermore, you can find an array of fruit stands on the sidewalk, particularly beside Metro Colon and beside Best Buy Mart, where you can buy fresh pakwan or watermelon and other delicious, thirst-quenching fruits at really low prices!
Mango shake, anyone? The sound of it is tantalizing enough, especially during the hot summer months. So, if you happen to roam around Colon one of these days, do not forget to taste a glass of ice-cold shake, like the ever-famous mango shake. You may also enjoy yummy chocolate shakes and fruit-flavored smoothies by going to the food court of Metro Colon and going directly to the stalls of Zagu and Thirsty.
Cold Mineral Water
No other cold drinks could ever beat the satisfying thirst-quenching effect of a cold bottled mineral water! Imagine riding a jeepney fanning yourself with your handkerchief and drying your face from non-stop sweat; then you see a street vendor shouting “tubig”! Certainly, you would quickly get 10 or 15 pesos from your pouch and call the vendor to buy one of his refreshing drinks, wouldn't you? Yes, it can be this easy to taste ice-cold water whilst in the streets of Colon. You simply have to wait for the next jeepney stop, and surely, one of the many street vendors will be more than eager to offer their mineral water bottles for thirsty passersby and PUJ passengers like you.
Aside from thirst quenchers, Colon Street is also known for its wide array of street food, namely; banana cue, mani, sweet corn, tempura, fish ball, kwek-kwek, mango with bagoong, and siomai. Can you name some more affordable and easy-to-buy street food and drinks in Colon? Share them with us and let's all beat the summer heat refreshingly!