|"Atin Ito" (This is Ours) is one of the bigger shops at the Departure Building just before the check-in hallway. It has handicrafts, books and souvenirs.|
|cXpress is also a new shop, replacing what used to be D'Lindth beside PhilPost.|
|Money Changer beside the bright and colorful "Island Souvenir".|
There are 2 ATM machines: a Land Bank and a BPI ATM machine as you enter the departure building. Further on are the following: Value Money Changer (for your foreign exchange requirements), Gala Cafe (fruits and seafood), Islands Souvenir, Visual Expressions Arts Shop, Hi-Tech Telecommunications - Airport Internet (telecom, internet, gaming, long distance calls, phone cards, printing), Jeshan and Ann Gift Shop and Souvenirs; the comfy but pricey Cafe Cesario (top photo), cXpress shop (replacing D'Lindth Snackshoppe and Pasalubong) and PhilPost (below, for your postcard and snail mail needs). There's a huge waiting area near PhilPost if you came in too early to check-in.
Cafe Cesario offers Pinoy cuisine: lechon kawali is worth a budget-busting P320 - and this doesn't even include your rice yet; braised pork belly (humba) at P210; pork chicken adobo, which I ordered, has tasty adobo sauce but the chicken is bony and the pork meat isn't even tender. Even the serving feels too limited for something that's worth P200+ without the rice. Order a soda and a small serving of rice, and you're unappealingly set back more than you'd care to spend on your next meal. There are several turo turo more appetizing inside the check-in hall and even at the pre-departure area at a price a fraction of what you'd pay in Cafe Cesario. Cafe Cesario is affiliated with Hotel Cesario located in M.L. Quezon Highway in Lapu Lapu City. They open from 1 AM to 9 PM daily!
At the extreme end of this entrance hallway (prior to entry into the check-in hallway) are several travel shops: A Zest Air ticketing office, Tiger Airways, Sea Air, and ETA Air. I have never heard of ETA Air until now, but they have flights departing from Cebu to places like Romblon, Camiguin, Cotabato, Tandag, Maasin, Masbate, Catarman, Tacloban, Iligan, Pagadian, Jolo, Siargao, Tawi tawi, Zamboanga, Sta. Fe-Bantayan, etc. Their future international flights include Port Moresby, Seoul, Sandakan, Kota Kinabalu, and Jakarta. They have a catch phrase that says: "We fly you the Pinoy Happy Way" which doesn't seem like such a savvy verbal hook. But this is great news so we're wishing ETA Air good luck. More air carriers will bring better service to the current crop of airlines serving the country. Here is their website: http://www.etaair.com/
After these airline hub, there's the passenger's waiting area, and beside it are the toilets.
There is a Malayan Insurance Counter and the new Concierge Luggage and More: left luggage, shipping, and packing needs. Beside this is a payphone beside the main entrance from the outside hallway. Across this payphone is the Office for Quarantine Services, and nearby is the Airphil Express Office, beside the Cebu Pacific check-in counters.
The check-in counters have assigned spaces. From right to left: Zest Air, Airphil Express, Philippine Airlines, then Cebu Pacific which has the most number of check-in counters. Beside Bo's Coffee, is a massage stall. Right across the massage corner is the Wildlife Office (where you'd probably need clearances and permits for your animals).
Cash 'N Carry Food Delicacy offers turo turo fare and rice meals, right across Zest Air and Airphil Express check-in counters. Island Souvenirs have shirts as low as P260.
Bo's Coffee Club, Mikel's Philippine Delicacies, Ato-MCIAA Employees Multipurpose Cooperative (a shop, not an office), Silangan Snack Bar, Ricky's Pasalubong Center, Twin's Pasalubong, Sinia's Snack Bar, Bennette's Snack Shop (Pudding Taho & Snow Ice), the brightly lit Dunkin Donuts, Clothes Minded (an apparel shop), Reflections Gift Shop, Alma Gift-Novelties and Guitars (or is it Alika?), Massage (right at the corner near Gate 4 and 5 and the toilet), Marlboro Buon Volo Smoking Cafe and Lounge, a separate Smart Bro free internet counter, and MCIAA MD station (for those who require health attention), the Mabuhay Lounge of Philippine Airlines and Ezekiel Souvenirs.
They have a small hallway where occasional exhibits are held. I chanced on a painting exhibit once. This area is flanked by a massage stall and the toilets.
The stalls across the pre-departure hall include Timex Watch, Bag Tag, Island Souvenirs, another watch stall without a name, Fruit Magic, and Coffee Dream.
Update: New Set of Shops at the Domestic Predeparture Hall
As of August 2014, most of the shops at the domestic pre-departure area have been "removed" and very few of the "old batch" were allowed to continue operations, e.g. Dunkin Donuts, Bo's Coffee, Potato Corner, etc. Check out these new Pre-departure shops here:
New Shops: http://eye-in-the-blue-sky.blogspot.com/2014/07/shops-at-mactan-cebu-international.html