Carcar Guide

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CHICHARON. Carcar makes the best chicharon. Period. (Photo provided by Carcar City Government).

Carcar specialties and delicacies

From food to dry goods, Carcar products are created with the Carcaranon values of hard work and creativity.

This city known for its heritage structures is also home to small shops that manufacture quality yet affordable shoes. Its roasted pig, although done the traditional Cebuano way, is seasoned with an herb indigenous to the area and comes with its own special sauce.

Carcar is synonymous with the tastiest chicharon (pork skin cracklings), colorful bocarillo (candied coconut strips) and crispiest ampao (rice crispies).

When in Carcar, don't forget to try out the delicacies and bring home a few pairs of those Carcar-made shoes.

Carcar Shoe Expo

Carcar shoemakers display their products at a site in Valladolid called the Carcar Shoe Expo. The stalls display footwear of different styles - from sandals to wedges to peep toes to formal shoes - made by members of the Carcar United Footwear Manufacturers Association. Some styles sell as cheaply as a hundred pesos per pair.

At the same time, one or two stalls display quality wooden furniture.

The area is just a tricycle ride from any point in Carcar's central business district and drivers know where it is. If you get tired shopping for footwear, a restaurant within the expo area serves refreshments and meals.

If you're bringing your own car, there's ample parking inside.

Carcar Lechon

Carcar's roasted pig is sold by the kilo at the Carcar Public Market. You can eat your lechon there or have it wrapped.

Lechon in Carcar distinguishes itself by its special mix of ingredients that serves as seasoning for the pig during the roasting and sauce when it is served.

Carcar lechon makers have their own special recipes for the sauce or juice as they call it but the general ingredients include garlic, onions, spring onions, and the leaves of an herb indigenous to the area and which the locals call “patiotes.”

The public market is of walking distance from the Carcar rotunda and church complex and a tricycle ride from farther distances.

Perhaps a good cuisine to pair with the lechon is the paksiw na isda, a specialty of eateries at the market. Carcar’s paksiw (usually tuna) has the distinct quality of being very soft-textured, owing to the “palayok” or “kun” where it is cooked.

The “palayok” distributes the heat evenly inside that the cooked fish dish almost melts in the mouth when eaten.


No other place in Cebu makes the best chicharon than Carcar. The pork skin cracklings come in two variants: the "kubal" or purely pork skin and the chicharon which still has traces of meat. Whichever you prefer, they come perfect with plain vinegar.

Carcar locals can point out the best places to buy chicharon, but kiosks along the rotunda sell products from different suppliers.

Bocarillo. (Photo provided by Carcar City Government)

Ampao and Bocarillo

People with sweet tooth would appreciate the ampao or rice crispies and bocarillo (candied coconut strips). Carcaranons have been making and selling them forever.

Aside from the rotunda where these are sold in abundance in kiosks or single table stores, ambulant vendors bringing these goods in packages would board buses when they stop by the town and sell to passengers.

Native baskets

In Barangay Tuyom, woven handicraft baskets for decorative purposes or otherwise are also being sold.

On pre-arranged occasions, foreign guests and locals are taught how to make baskets using coconut sticks by trainers who have been weaving almost half of their lives.

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