Tops Lookout

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Tops Lookout showing a square or plaza and a garden

Enjoy a sunrise or sunset and capture photos of the city from this fort-like viewpoint on a mountain with food stalls lining its access road.

Tops Lookout is an extraordinary mountain viewpoint that encompasses the city of Cebu and its picturesque surroundings. It is a tranquil retreat from the bustling commune and a popular picnic spot among locals and vacationers. See as far as the coast on a clear day and try to pick out the various islands.

Sit on one of the green benches and read a book with the stunning view as a backdrop. The stone building and hexagonal tiles create a impression of a fortress built into the rock face.

Try to pick out your favorite sights from your vacation in Cebu. Spot the coast of Bohol over the horizon and see the communes of Mandaue and Mactan Island. Occasional mists obscure the view, while generating an eerie effect.

Stay for the sunset and watch orange hues take hold of the sky over Cebu. View the stars and the lights of the city. Enjoy a romantic meal for two at one of the small restaurants nearby.

Pay a fee to access the vista and purchase snacks and drinks from the vendors. Arrive in the late afternoon to avoid the hottest part of the day and get both the day and night views. Bring a jacket to protect against the cold that creeps in at night.

Visit the nearby Temple of Leah, with its Romanesque columns, striking pediment and lion statues at the entrance. It stands in front of a spacious plaza with a fountain and also offers superb views.

Tops Lookout is on the summit of Mount Busay north of the city. Negotiate a fixed price with a cab driver for the 30-minute taxi ride from central Cebu. Drive past the neighborhoods of Lahug, Kalunasan and Busay on your way to the mountain viewpoint. If you take a jeepney, note that an uphill 10-minute walkway connects the drop-off point to the lookout area. Visit Doce Pares International on a nearby peak to zip line down a mountain.

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Top 10 Hotels Near Tops Lookout

Castle Peak Hotel
Castle Peak Hotel
3 out of 5
F. Cabahug corner President Quezon St, Villa Aurora, Mabolo, Cebu, Cebu
The price is RM121 per night from 27 Oct to 27 Oct
Located in the heart of Cebu, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Carmelite Monastery and IEC Pavillon. Cebu International Convention Center and Ayala ...
3.8/5 Good! (589 reviews)
"Good place to go when you visit the country for quarantine"

Reviewed on 8 Oct 2021

Castle Peak Hotel
Serenity Farm and Resort
Serenity Farm and Resort
3.5 out of 5
Sitio Tiguib, Brgy, Malubog, Cebu, Cebu
Situated in the mountains, this holiday home is within 3 miles (5 km) of Mountain View Nature's Park, Tops Lookout and Temple of Leah. Sirao Flower Garden is ...
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Serenity Farm and Resort
Marco Polo Plaza Cebu
Marco Polo Plaza Cebu
4 out of 5
Cebu Veterans Drive, Nivel Hills, Apas, Cebu, Cebu
The price is RM270 per night from 27 Oct to 27 Oct
Located in Lahug, this eco-friendly hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Ayala Center, Mango Square and Fuente Osmena Circle. SM City Cebu and Heritage of Cebu Monument ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,000 reviews)
"Nice hotel, good view."

Reviewed on 10 Jul 2021

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu
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Cebu Hilltop Hotel
Cebu Hilltop Hotel
3 out of 5
Veterans Drive Nivel Hills Busay, Cebu, Cebu
The price is RM62 per night from 18 Oct to 18 Oct
Cebu Hilltop Hotel
Serenity Farm and Resort
Serenity Farm and Resort
3.5 out of 5
Sitio Tiguib, Brgy, Malubog, Cebu, Cebu
Serenity Farm and Resort
Castle Peak Hotel
Castle Peak Hotel
3 out of 5
F. Cabahug corner President Quezon St, Villa Aurora, Mabolo, Cebu, Cebu
The price is RM121 per night from 27 Oct to 27 Oct
Castle Peak Hotel
Marco Polo Plaza Cebu
Marco Polo Plaza Cebu
4 out of 5
Cebu Veterans Drive, Nivel Hills, Apas, Cebu, Cebu
The price is RM270 per night from 27 Oct to 27 Oct
Marco Polo Plaza Cebu
Brand Cebu House
Brand Cebu House
3 out of 5
Paseo Pantaleon Lot 48 Block 3, Phase 8-B, Cebu, Cebu
Brand Cebu House
Villa Empress Cebu
Villa Empress Cebu
4 out of 5
Paseo Amanda, Cebu
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Cebu Guest Inn
Cebu Guest Inn
2 out of 5
Holy Family Road, Brgy. Busay, Cebu, Cebu
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Marco Polo Flats
Marco Polo Flats
3 out of 5
Middle Nivel Hills Road, Cebu
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Harolds Hotel
Harolds Hotel
3.5 out of 5
146 Gorordo Ave Cor, Rosal St, Cebu, Cebu
The price is RM245 per night from 5 Nov to 5 Nov
Harolds Hotel
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