Colon Street in Cebu: Oldest Street in the Philippines
Colon Street proudly claims the title of the oldest and shortest national road in the Philippines, carrying immense historical significance.

Many Filipinos, including Filipino-Chinese merchants doing business in the city, know Colon Street in Cebu as the Philippines’ oldest and busiest historical street. The street received its name from the famous Italian explorer, navigator, colonizer, and citizen of the Republic of Genoa, Cristóbal Colón, also known as Cristoforo Colombo in Italian.

Colon Street, recognized as the country’s oldest street, is also the shortest national road in the Philippines. At the end of Colon, as you head towards Parian, you’ll encounter a heritage monument that pays homage to Cebu’s rich history.

Colon Street Night Market
Colon Street Night Market

The Colon Night Market, an annual event launched in 2007, transforms Cebu’s oldest and busiest street into a bustling nighttime trading hub.

Old Image of Colon Street way back in the year 1979
Old Image of Colon Street way back in the year 1979

Whether you’re on a tight budget or not, many people visit this place daily in search of affordable deals. If you’re looking for budget-friendly items, this is the ideal destination.

Overflowing with Vendors

  • Local Sidewalk Vendors
  • Stalls Selling Pirated Stuff
  • Stalls Selling Tempora (Fish Food)
  • Beggars

Below is the street view of Colon Street at night. It’s a crowded destination but fun to shop for.

Travel Guide

When you visit Colon Street in Cebu, be cautious with your belongings, especially gadgets, as there have been past incidents of pickpocketing. Some culprits may be Badjao street children who attempt to grab your jewelry, especially gold earrings. It’s strongly recommended not to wear your jewelry while on Colon Street.

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