Where to stay
- Royal Garden Hotel, Burgos Corner, Zamora St; +63 88 521 2888; www.royalgardenozamiz.com. A contemporary boutique hotel for both business and leisure travelers.
- 67th Boulevard Pension House, Cebedo St. Chek in here for clean and comfortable rooms equipped with WiFi and cable TV.
Where to eat
- Banyan Resto, Banadero; +63 920 915 7501; facebook.com/banyanresto. One of the city’s newest restaurants, serving up authentic Filipino dishes like crispy pata (pork knuckle) and sizzling pochero (meat stew with plantains).
- Big Catch Restaurant, City Time Square, J. Luna St, Brgy. Aguada. A must-try for all seafood lovers, with everything from crabs to baked mussels on the menu.
- Dahon Boodle & Grill, Don Anselmo Bernad Ave, Ledesma Extension, Carmen Annex; +63 88 545 0790; facebook.com/DahonBoodle. Experience a true-blue Filipino boodle meal – a military style of eating where food is laid on top of banana leaves at long tables, and diners eat with their bare hands.
- Gat’s Bar & Restaurant, Don Anselmo Bernad Ave; +63 88 521 4075. An affordable beer garden for a casual meal.
- Johann’s Cuisine, Bañadero Highway; +63 88 521 4351. For the best lechon baka (roasted calf) in town.
- Manukan ni Hanz-Ken, P7, Bitoon, Aguada Ozamiz-Oroquieta National Highway. Head here for a quick and tasty lunch of native chicken soup and crispy chicken adobo.
- Mooon Cafe, JP Rizal Ave. The pan-seared fish fillet is a must-try at this colorful, Mexican-inspired restaurant. Other dishes on the menu include burritos, tacos, pastas and pizzas.
- Palayan Seafood Restaurant, Tigdok, Tudela. Feast on seafood dishes in one of the restaurant’s floating cottages.
What to do
- Bukagan Hill, Ozamiz-Oroquieta National Highway. Hike up the hill for a panoramic view of the city. You’ll find four big bells at the top of the hill, named St. Peter, St. Marien, St. Joseph and St. Michael.
- Clarin’s House of Suman, Clarin; +63 88 545 1943. Take home tasty souvenirs in the form of suman (sticky rice cakes), in flavors like chocolate, cheese and ube (taro).
- Cobra Falls, Tipan. Go off the beaten track and head to scenic Cobra Falls for river trekking and overnight camping.
- Cotta Shrine, Rizal Ave. Also known as Fort Santiago, this spiritual haven houses a carved image of the Blessed Virgin of Cotta, who supposedly guides fishermen entering Panguil Bay.
- Hoyohoy Highland Stone Chapel Adventure Park, Hoyohoy, Tangub City; +63 939 924 8076; hoyohoy.com. Do a farm tour or whizz down the longest (1,250m) and highest (500m) zipline in Asia.
- Subanen Crafts, +63 910 413 7306; www.subanencrafts.com. Help the women of the Subanen tribe by purchasing their mandala handicrafts.