Colon Street is often called the oldest national road in the Philippines as it was built in 1565 during the Spanish colonial period. It got its name from Cristobal Colon, who is more widely known as Christopher Columbus. Under the leadership of Miguel Lopez de Legaspi, the street was developed and became the center of commercialization in Cebu. Colon was where the first few business establishments like movie houses, fashion shops, and offices were built in Cebu. It was also where social events were mainly held. Universities were built near Colon Street as well, such as the University of San Carlos, the University of Cebu, and the University of San Jose-Recoletos.
The charm of Colon was never lost and forgotten when it comes to bargain shopping and quality service. It has now become the go-to place for shoppers who are in search of good value for money. Shops along Colon Street are now known for quality goods sold at cheap prices like jewelry and ready-to-wear clothes.
Many jeepneys pass through Colon Street, making it easier for tourists to reach this historical site and shopping hub. Among the most convenient ways is to ride a jeep bound for Colon at the Ayala Termina in the Cebu Business District. Otherwise, you can take a taxi or a private car straight to Colon Street.
Tourists can visit Colon Street all year round. To avoid competing with big crowds at the various shops here, it is best to visit during office hours on weekdays when most people are at work.