Situated 2,000 feet (610 meters) high at the peak of Mt Busay, Tops Lookout, or just Tops to locals, provides the best unobstructed views in Cebu, especially at sunrise or sunset when the city seems to glow. The steep, winding drive up to the top will take you 30 to 45 minutes, but you'll be well rewarded with stunning panoramic views from the modern fortress-style viewing platform. On a clear day, you can see past the city all the way to Mactan, Bohol and Olango Islands.
Facilities at the lookout are minimal -- a snack stall selling beers and sodas -- as the view is the main draw, so a visit can take as short or long a time as you like. To get the most from the experience, pack a picnic dinner to enjoy while watching the sun set over the city below. If you'd rather enjoy the views in solitude, plan your visit just before sunrise when far fewer people will be visiting.