Dried Fish Market in Taboan, Carbon, Cebu

You must not leave Cebu without bringing home the famous danggitDanggit are small variants of salted (and unsalted) dried fish that is very popular in Cebu.  Whenever someone goes to Cebu, we would always ask them to bring us danggit, dried mangoes or otap from Shamrock.

If there’s a good place to get fresh and cheap danggit or any dried fish for that matter, it would be the Taboan Market in Carbon Market, Cebu.  Carbon Market is the biggest public market in Cebu.  Taboan is just a couple of minutes walk from Carbon.


Taboan sells almost all kinds of dried fishes and other dried sea foods in Cebu. Taboan’s prices is relatively cheaper as compared to those being sold in malls and supermarkets.  Aside from the cheaper price, you can always haggle with the vendors for a lower selling price.

Dried fish

Danggit is usually fried and served with garlic rice and tomatoes during breakfasts.  It is paired with vinegar and chili pepper as its dip. My personal favorite is the pinakurat na suka from Iligan and Cagayan de Oro.  Danggit best served right after it is cooked since it loses its crispness after a few hours.  There are different variants of danggit being sold.  Salted, unsalted and tocino are among the popular variants.


Aside from Danggit, as mentioned earlier, Taboan also sells different kinds of dried fishes and other sea foods. They sell bagoong (shrimp paste), hebi (dried prawns), bottled oysters, and dried squid among others.

Jehzeel eating a giant fried fish

Jehzeel ‘nomnoming’ a giant dried fish.

How to get there?

Using the public transport is very difficult especially if you’re not familiar with the public transport routes of Cebu.  The best I can suggest is to take a cab from anywhere in Cebu.  Tell the cab driver to bring you to Taboan.  Since Taboan is very popular among Cebuanos, surely no cab driver can make a mistake of not finding the place.  If you’re within Cebu City, cab fare won’t exceed 150 pesos.  Taboan is only a few minute ride from the Osmeña Circle.

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Pinoy Lakwatsero is a mid twenties professional from Makati, Philippines who occasionally takes a break from his work and travel the Philippines and the neighboring countries in Southeast Asia. His goal is to travel Europe and West Asia. Pinoy Lakwatsero also blogs for the Philippine Travel Blog


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27 Responses to “Dried Fish Market in Taboan, Carbon, Cebu”

  1. March 30, 2009 at 12:05 am #

    omigash!! dangeeeet!!!

  2. March 30, 2009 at 12:08 am #

    yes. danggit. hahahah :P

    • February 22, 2011 at 3:13 pm #

      pwd po bang ma copy yung map mo sa website nato??? needed lng kasi report namin tong tabo-an tas nghahanap kami ng pinaka magandang map na nadyan na rin yung bopunderies…tas nakita ko…pwd ba??/

  3. spiderye
    March 30, 2009 at 12:19 am #

    kalami. sud-an sa pamahaw. :)

  4. March 30, 2009 at 12:31 am #

    Laki nung fish! Ang laki din ni Jehz hehe :D

    Love the new blog. Keep it up!

  5. March 30, 2009 at 1:12 am #

    wow ang laki..nung fish..ni jehz..este, nung fish..cheers! =]

  6. March 30, 2009 at 1:21 am #

    Ang sarap naman ng Danggit!

    Koya jehz, kasya ang yung nahuli mo sa bibig mo ah!

  7. March 30, 2009 at 8:10 am #

    seriously wala pa jud ko ka anha sa tabo an since.. hahaha…lupigan mn ko ninyo… hehhe.. gnahan bya ko anang danggit pud! heheh.. nice one wins!

  8. March 30, 2009 at 1:32 pm #

    wow! congrats sa bagong travel blog! wooooooot! natago mo pa pala tong pics na to.. wahehehe :D nyok!

    hinukay mo pics sa laptop ko? or may copy ka? hehe

  9. April 2, 2009 at 8:33 pm #

    whoaw…sarap ah, pero tataas talga uric acid mo nito…whew!

    ang kidney stones lalaki ng lalaki….hahaha

    @jehz! wawawa..makaka UTI ka cgurado..


    • May 22, 2011 at 2:00 pm #

      add me up guys im sealing dreidfish

      • Sam
        June 17, 2011 at 12:20 pm #

        magkano danggit mo?nsa cebu kaba?

  10. evanageline
    July 11, 2009 at 5:27 pm #

    wow na wow kanindot jod ana oi,,,lamian jod au…

  11. Mark
    December 22, 2009 at 2:40 am #

    I am curious…what is the current price for dried squid by the kilo? Is there also mechanically dried squid and if so what is that price. Im coming soon and my Filipino friends all demand some cebu dried squid!..lol Many thanks.

  12. Erica
    January 13, 2010 at 8:10 pm #

    hehehe…sarap ng danggit!! lab it!!! d tlga ako bmabalik ng manila ng wla akong dalang danggit, pusit, dried mango, otap lahat nah….hahahaha … aun (^_^)

  13. Emily Joy Legados
    October 25, 2010 at 5:52 pm #

    what other fares does the Market has? My colleagues and I are travelling back to Manila on the same day we are gonna go market hunting for pasalubongs and since we will live near University of San Carlos is it near?

  14. Sam
    June 17, 2011 at 11:38 am #

    How much is danggit?

    • Lakwatsero
      June 20, 2011 at 11:34 am #

      Hi Sam, no i’m not from Cebu. I’m sorry I don’t know how much ang selling price ng danggit in Cebu ngayon. It has been a while.

  15. Marlene
    August 3, 2011 at 11:34 am #


    Can I pack the danggit in my check-in luggage and would airport authorities allow me to bring them back to Manila?

  16. December 20, 2011 at 1:32 pm #

    Cebu’s public transport is not really complicated if you care to study it. The numbered jeepney routes make it really easy. ;-)

  17. February 3, 2014 at 10:53 am #

    where can I buy dried skeleton fish. I understand it is also famous in Cebu.

  18. March 30, 2009 at 1:31 am #

    @sire: hahaha. lols :P

  19. March 30, 2009 at 1:31 am #

    @micamyx oo ang laki ni fish at ni jehz. hahaha :P

  20. March 30, 2009 at 1:33 am #

    @rye, @migs: hahaha.. oo nga koya ang sarap ng danggit. waaa… i miss danggit na… i hope my cebu friends will send me some. :D weeee. :D

  21. March 30, 2009 at 2:56 pm #

    hahaha. may copy ako. :P di ko binubuksan laptop mo. :P binigay mo sakin to when i went to manila nung wordcamp. :) nasa google picasa rin ata. hehehe credits to you :P

  22. JENNY
    July 15, 2012 at 9:45 pm #



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