Shopping Carbon Market M. C. Briones St Cebu City 6000 Cebu Philippines Published on: 13-11-2015
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Why Carbon Market is special ?
The Carbon Market is the oldest and biggest farmer’s market in Cebu City, located in the central Visayas region of the Philippines. Now over a hundred years old, the market was used to be the old Cebu Railway’s depot of coal. That is how the market got its name. The Carbon Market, known to be the mother of all produce markets on the island, offers a huge variety of fresh food, inexpensive clothing, souvenirs and artifacts.
The Carbon Market is already over one hundred years old. The current location of the market used to be the final station of the railway line, where the coal that was used to power the steam engines was stored. The market’s name was most likely inspired by the “coal mountains” stored in the area. Now, that market is not only a tourist attraction for shopping but also cultural experiencing.
What to explore at Carbon Market?
Carbon is comparable to Divisoria in Manila, where different products and services are available. It is a typical Filipino market where items offered range from fresh food products to handicraft materials. The wet market area of Carbon is the place to go to when you have to buy fish, seafood and meat products. Vendors of vegetables and fruits are visible at every corner of the market. The handicraft stores and flower vendors are located at the market’s entrance facing the college campus of the University of San Jose Recoletos.
Aside from its relatively big area, the Carbon Market is hard to miss because of the landmarks surrounding it. Located at M.C. Briones and Calderon Sts., in Cebu City, the market is flanked on its various entries by the Cebu City Hall and the USJR-College Campus.
How to get to Carbon Market?
You can visit the Carbon Market via any mode of transportation. You may even want to try taking the “karetela” or the local horse carriages for a tour around the market.
- Great local market
- The cheapest place to buy things
- Cultural experience
- Very cheap market
- Interesting place with local color
Carbon Market M. C. Briones St Cebu City 6000 Cebu Philippines
Tips for you
One of the oldest food haus there is the Cebu Lumpia House in Manalili St. It is a Chinese Restaurant owned by the rich and famous in Cebu City. You also come and try Ong King King Snack Haus with lomi, pancit, roasted chicken, bread, freshly baked donut (are there especially during snack hours.)Food
The cheapest in Cebu!!!
Watch out for snatchers and pickpocketers
Fresh fruits and veggies! But you need extra care coz pickpockets are everywhere! Best time to buy would be at night.
Watch out for pickpockets
This is where the locals go to get there fruit, meat, veggies - it is crazy busy - the locals seem to go anytime, but more people are there during night so I would go during the day. There are so many stores and market booths everywhere so take a day to peruse everywhere - I still wont take my kids with me but enjoy going to find a good deal.
Unfortunately, my office is near the market, and I am not satisfied with its transformation. Yes, it is cleaner, safer, and more organized than over a decade ago. But it is still dirty, still unsafe (watch out for some kids who will prey on people they think are not regulars), traffic congestion starting at 6pm. I have seen markets in different parts of China, in Thailand, in Australia, in Germany, and even other local markets in provincial Philippines. A lot of them are cleaner, more organized, and safer than carbon market. A lot of peripheral streets have been transformed into a makeshift night market, but its not the night market that are set up in a lot of other places. Its a no nonsense, down to earth wet and dry market.However, it is still interesting to go, just keep your mobile phones in your pockets, and remove your jewelries to minimize temptation. A lot of bargains can be purchased here.
A market where you can get anything you want to get including clothes, food and you name it. Has been around for many years.
The cheapest in Cebu!