Ayala Center Cebu. Shopping Mall in Cebu City, Cebu

Ayala Center Cebu

Shopping Mall in Cebu City, Cebu

Ayala Terraces at night Photo © Thousand Wonders

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Ayala Center Cebu

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Ayala Terraces - Ayala Center Cebu
Ayala Terraces - Ayala Center Cebu. Photo by Rochelle-Guy
Ayala Center Cebu is the city’s premier shopping destination. It is conveniently located at the heart of the Cebu Business Park, also adjacent to Cebu IT Park. It caters to the middle and high-class shoppers of the metro, and attracts locals and tourists with its upscale dining, designer stores, and state-of-the-art entertainment venues. Currently, the mall has over 680 stores and services, 4 cinemas, a myriad of cafés, and a fitness center. The new expansion wing along with The Terraces undoubtedly separates Ayala Center Cebu from other shopping malls in the city. It is also one of the few shopping centers in the Philippines that features an exciting nightlife, with newly opened restobars, disco clubs, and KTV (karaoke) bars within its premises.

the Terraces at Ayala Center Cebu - Ayala
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the Terraces at Ayala Center Cebu. Photo by dbgg1979


It was developed by Ayala Malls in 1994, a few months after SM City Cebu opened. In 2008, Ayala unveiled its 600-million PHP expansion, The Terraces. Ayala’s redevelopment transformed its initial lagoon area into a restaurant and beverage strip with a beautiful landscape garden with orchestrated water features. In order to stay competitive and upbeat, Ayala Center Cebu has yet again added a new expansion wing in 2013. It is a 2.9 billion PHP four-level complex that has 200 stores in which over 40 have already opened during the unveiling.

What to See

Main Complex

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Ayala Center Cebu.
The initial 4-storey building of the Ayala Center houses most of its stores and services. Ranging from bookstores, supermarkets, department stores, retail outlets, and fastfood chains. There are also four well-maintained cinemas and a food court on the top floor.
  • Timezone Arena – a gaming arcade and entertainment center for kids and kids at heart.
  • Island Souvenirs – a popular local franchise where almost everyone shops for souvenirs.
  • Wagas Crafts – exquisite antiques and well-made crafts are available here.
  • The Maze – stalls that sells affordable Ready-to-wear (Wikipedia
	Article) apparel and accessories are housed in this area.
  • Fitness First – an A-class gym inside the mall. Popular for its high-end equipment and certified instructors.

Famous apparel brands and designer outlets like Girbaud, Converse, Guess, Van Heusen, Topshop, Lacoste, Marks & Spencer, and Levi’s to name a few are all available inside the main complex of Ayala Center Cebu.

Terraces at night - Ayala Center
Terraces at night - Ayala Center Cebu. Photo by Thousand Wonders

The Terraces

Aside from being an outdoor venue with amazing ambiance, what sets The Terraces apart from other places is its central garden and orchestrated water features. It was designed with the signature Ayala-landscape just like its other counterparts. The mall serves as the perfect place to meet family and friends, hang out after a tiring day of work, and an all-in-one destination for shopping and relaxation.
  • Golden Cowrie / Hukad – the local’s favorite when it comes to Filipino cuisines.
  • The Gustavian – a fine dining restaurant with reasonable prices for exceptional dishes.
  • Moon Café – a local restaurant franchise that serves Mexican dishes.
  • Siam Thai Cuisine – a must try for tourists looking for some authentic Pad Thai and Curry.
  • TGI Friday’s – one of the most popular American franchises in the country.

Other frequented shops in The Terraces are mostly the bars and the popular coffee chains like Starbucks, The Coffee Bean, Seattle’s Best, and Figaro.

Store Hours

Ayala Center Cebu opens from 10 AM to 9 PM daily. Unlike the main complex, The Terraces and the new expansion wing closes at 2 AM. During holidays, the store hours changes and the schedules are posted usually online or at the main doors of the mall. In some cases, the mall doesn't operate during Black Saturday and New Year.

Getting There

Being at the center of the Cebu’s business district, Ayala Center Cebu is conveniently accessible by all forms of public transportation. Most high-end hotels will have a private shuttle bus that can take guests to the shopping mall (and to other major points of the city) free of charge. Another practical option would be riding a taxi to Ayala Center Cebu. Just tell the taxi driver to take you to Ayala Center, or you can state upfront if you want to be dropped off at The Terraces or at the other entrances of the shopping mall. Commuters can also get to Ayala Center by taking a jeepney ride.

Travel Tips

  • If you are commuting from Ayala Center Cebu to your hotel (or some other place), be sure to do this before 7 PM to 9 PM in the evening. Traffic builds up fast during peak hours, and the number of commuters wanting to take a cab ride piles up faster than you can imagine. Most people are stranded in the taxi waiting line for 30 minutes just to get a ride during these hours.
  • It is very easy to get lost within the mall premises. Don’t hesitate to ask any locals for directions.
  • A lot of tourists can be seen chilling out at the cafés of the Terraces. Get a cup of coffee too, strike a conversation and share travel experiences.

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Author: radiantan. Last updated: Nov 29, 2014

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Ayala Terraces - Ayala Center Cebu
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