50+ Medellin Travel Blog Post Tips in One Mega Overview

A LOT of bloggers have written about their recommended things to do in Medellin. Here we've brought them all together. This is a 50+ Medellin travel blog posts in one.

The attractions are ranked by the number of blog posts that recommended them, from which key excerpts have been quoted below. Click the initials at the end of these excerpts—e.g. "BV"— to go to the link where you can read the whole post by that blogger.

(If you want your blog added, contact us!)

Would you Rather Escape the Ordinary?

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There are some great tips below but…

You’ll notice they’re very repetitive. The majority of the Medellin travel blogs regurgitate recommendations from other blogs, travel guides, and TripAdvisor.

If you’re interested in taking the risk to escape the ordinary and possibly experience extraordinary travel experiences, check out our Medellin travel guide. It’s an unconventional summary of all of our favorite adventures from six months living in Medellin.

Hopefully it’ll inspire make one-of-a-kind, unforgettable discoveries of your own.

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Things to Do & See

Medellin metrocable
Riding the Metrocable is recommended by Along Dusty Roads and 25 other blogs, making it the most recommended thing to do in Medellin.

Public Spaces and Parks

Cable Car to Parque Arvi and Santo Domingo

  • “One of the most compelling signs of Medellín’s renaissance…a public transportation system of airborne gondolas that cruise up the hillside like ski lifts” – NYT
  • “These cable cars are meant to give residents easier access to the city, however they also offer a cheap and fun way to get panoramic views of the entire city” – YTB
  • "One second, you’re taking in a spectacular bird’s eye view of Colombia’s second largest city…the next, you are suddenly flying above a gorgeous forest with no city in sight." – JC
  • "listed as the city’s number one attraction on TripAdvisor…calling the Medellin cable car just a 'public transportation system' really doesn’t do justice to its historical significance." – WB
  • "Do like locals do in ‘real Medellin’ and hop on the cable cars" – TSA
  • "You may think that riding on a cable car and a subway is not an experience, and certainly not a highlight, but in Medellín, it is!" – GOR
  • "Medellín’s teleférico has been called one of the world’s best sightseeing tours" – TO
  • “Considering the fare for a metro ticket from anywhere in the city is only 2,300 pesos, it’s a real steal.” – MG
  • “This urban gondola..has become a symbol of the city's urban renewal.” – GA
  • "won numerous awards…made it possible for people to bypass the gang-riddled neighborhoods outside of Medellin in order to work in the city." – RR
  • "…the only place we have visited where a gondola is part of the regular public transportation" – TTB
  • "Can public transit transform a neighborhood? That’s a resounding yes in Santo Domingo, a once-blighted area that has come alive, in part thanks to the new ski lift–like aerial tramways. Transfer from subway to Metrocable at Acevedo station, and admire the shiny black Biblioteca Espana along the way." – CN
  • “For just the price of your metro ticket, you can board the gondolas that will take you to the upper reaches of Medellin…If the temperatures are too hot in the valley, you can head up here to escape the heat and reconnect with nature.” – DTD
  • "Once in the park, browse the small farmer’s market and typical food stalls." – JJ
  • “Escaping east over the mountains to one of the region’s largest nature reserves is as easy as jumping on the metro system.” – NM
  • "The nature reserve and archaeological site has plenty of walkable trails, beautiful wildflowers and outdoor markets on the weekend." – UL
  • "It baffles me that such a green, jungley area can be so close to the cosmopolitan city, Medellin." – HO
  • “Parque Arví is…a great place to spend a day wandering the hiking trails and admiring the lakes and greenery…to see everything it has to offer, I recommend allotting a full day for your trip. – SW
  • "While there are some nice forest tracks at the top, the best part of this place is getting the metro cable up." – CTW
  • "a wonderful reminder that sometimes, it’s about the journey, not the destination" – PT
  • "don’t go on a Monday like we did. Mondays are maintenance days so parks and pools are closed." – SSS
  • "…a really fun day in Medellin…Careful of rush hour though" – WAB
  • "Tip: Do this earlier in the day. You’ll need to transfer midway up the mountain and usually the metrocable stops taking people up after 2pm on busy days due to capacity." – GQ
  • "Jump on the last cable car back before 6pm to get phenomenal night-time views of the lit up Medellín on the way back." – IT
  • "Parque Arvi is the nearest vacation destination for local paisas. The ride to the top of the hill by cable car ride alone is worth taking this trip alone." – MM
  • "they bring you to some of the more off-the-beaten track neighbourhoods" – ADR
  • "Go to the top of the hill, Santo Domingo station, from where you can see the city like the palm of your hand." – SN
  • "It may give you a bit of the wobbles but the slow trek up the different communes are amazing. You get to see the major differences between the city below and all these communities above." – U30
  • "It offers tourists an insight of the barrios (neighbourhoods) from an up-close and interesting perspective." – LC
  • "The metrocable carries more than 30,000 passengers per day and is a great way for visitors to really experience the contrasts of life in Medellin." – OWR

Plaza Botero (Centro)

  • “a beautiful square filled with the distinctively pudgy bronze statues of dogs, people and horses created by Colombia’s best-known artist, Fernando Botero” – NYT
  • “…like a walk through an open air gallery” – GA
  • "spacious (and hectic!) plaza" – JC
  • "This is also a great place for people watching…" – GOR
  • "For me personally this is the highlighight of downtown." – OWR
  • “perhaps the most emblematic of all of Medellin’s tourist attractions” – DTD
  • "…get your picture taken amongst a few dozen of his large metal sculptures.” – YTB
  • “Botero donated the statues and many other artworks found in Museo de Antioquia.” – MG
  • "His exaggerated figures can be seen in public spaces from New York to Paris, and his signature style, Boterismo, has undoubtedly influenced the sketch artists you see around the city." – FA
  • "Mingle with locals and urbanites from Bogota posing for photographs, and pick salted mango and the iconic white hats from the meandering vendors" – CN
  • "Expect crowds, touts and food stands in the area." – GQ
  • "…you'll find dozens of Botero's large bronze sculptures in the square – alongside a number of prostitutes. It's an interesting place." – ADR
  • "This plaza is constantly buzzing with people, vendors, performers and anything art; this is where the action is." – WAB
  • "It is conveniently located near other attractions, however this area is more unsafe than others." – TTB
  • "Whilst here check out Museo de Antioquia for free, where you can see paintings by Botero as well as other Latin artists." – IT
  • "…the statues…surround Palacio de la Cultura Rafael Uribe, a gothic checker board pattern style building designed by a Belgian artist." – CTW
  • "Pay a visit to [the adjacent] Museo de Antioquia where more than 100 of his paintings are on display" – TO
  • “Make sure to step inside the Museo de Antioquia, which faces the plaza. Entrance is free, and you can see paintings by Botero as well as other Latin artists.” – NM

Jardin Botanico

  • “For those craving a little zen and tranquility, Jardin Botanico is one of the best in Medellin. Oh, and it’s 100% free!” – DTD
  • “The botanical gardens are set in about 34 acres of land (14 hectares). And it has over 1,000 different living plant species.” – MG
  • "…full of exotic plants and trees…" – MM
  • "They also have an area that you can walk through that is full of butterflies- all free." – SSS
  • "…spend a beautifully warm spring afternoon weaving through flowers or simply take a good book, sprawl on the grass and relax" – ADR
  • "The garden is open from 9 am to 5 pm, no admission fee except for the days of the flower festival" – SN
  • "Jazmin did not spend too much time in the park because there are countless iguanas, which she is afraid of." – TTB
  • “Go here when you want a break from the city noise.” – NM
  • "The city’s green lung…a 35-acre showcase of Colombia’s fauna and flora" – CN
  • "If you love nature, you won’t mind spending time in this exceedingly fantastic environment." – LC
  • "…It’s beautiful spot although if you’ve been to a botanical garden before you’ll probably won’t find it especially different." – OWR

Pueblito Paisa / Cerro Nutribara

  • “a mock pueblo (town) like you would find in the countryside…quaint and somewhat interesting…the real attraction for me is taking in the 360 view of the city, right from the center.” – DTD
  • "rub shoulders with locals in a faithful, if not kitschy-in-a-good-way." – CN
  • "I found it to be super strange and touristy! I don’t personally recommend it" – WB
  • “It’s about a 20-minute walk up from the Industriales metro station, or you can take a taxi.” – NM
  • “there are many shops selling souvenirs and restaurants serving coffee, ice cream and traditional Colombian food” – MG
  • " a little like the vibe you get from the pueblos outside of Medellin, but right in the city!" – JC
  • "With a massive open area & binoculars available, you can soak in views from all panoramic angles." – HO
  • "You’ll find yourself actually ascending a bunch of stairs (the climb isn’t tough) to a mini town on top of the hill with *another* amazing viewpoint of the city" – IT
  • "The village is very small mainly consists of souvenir shops and restaurants, 30 min. is enough to walk around" – SN
  • "There are several hiking trails that lead you to the Pueblito Paisa" – TTB
  • "…walk around in and outside the buildings, buy food, enjoy the view and generally just relax. The air feels much cleaner up there. It was a nice change from the city…" – LC
  • "…isn’t anything too exciting (especially if you’re planning on venturing out to see some real pueblos)" – OWR

Comuna 13

  • “an experience that’s exhilarating and inspiring…outdoor escalators that run up the steep hillside leading to Comuna 13, a gang-plagued neighborhood formerly isolated by its position atop stairs equivalent to a 28-story building” – NYT
  • "After the construction of escalators and a series of street art paintings around the neighbourhood, crime levels in Comuna 13 dropped and it is now a safe(ish) and interesting part of the city to explore." – GOR2
  • "Friendly escalator attendants, many of whom hail from the area, will gladly chat with you about how far the neighborhood has come." – CN
  • “For a deeper understanding of everyday life in the less privileged areas of Medellín, make your way to Comuna 13.” – SW
  • "In Medellín, art is not limited to museums or plazas, there's a thriving street art culture. Head to the San Javier neighborhood, also known as Comuna 13, to see it up close." – FA
  • "Fifteen years ago, we would never have been able to set foot in Comuna 13…Yet now, just 10 years after the city took back 13, this barrio is a symbol of the change happening in Medellin." – ADR
  • “it is best done by a tour guide to provide you with a better understanding of the entire situation here.” – DTT
  • "…you should go check out Casa Kolacho and buy some dope art to support the local artists." – U30
  • "…they are now welcoming tourists into their community to share their story. It’s hugely informative, educational and moving." – OWR

Parque Envigado (Envigado)

  • “It’s more of a main square than a park, but it’s a great place to go to get a feel for the culture and the people of this area.” – WL
  • "Find yourself a local treat in the park and kick back and watch Colombian life unfold." – Ah1
  • “A lovely one square block plaza…You will often find locals dancing to live music…and of course, there’s food and drink.” – BV
  • “While there, don’t forget to peek inside of the towering white Roman Catholic church, Inglesia de Santa Gertrudis.” – CI
  • “a convenient place to meet up with friends, and is also the epicenter of public events in the city” – ML

Parque de los Pies Descalzos (Centro)

  • “The Barefoot Park as it is known in English is a cool urban space where water features are a plenty, and placed alongside sand boxes (where you are meant to walk barefoot, hence the name)” – DTD
  • "one of the coolest parks we have ever seen. This barefoot park is basically a giant sandbox for everyone all of ages. Throw your shoes off to enjoy this zen inspired park." – TTB
  • "…a public space designed for people to literally kick-off their shoes and relax. There are 4 zen-like interactive experiences designed to get you re-engaging with your senses." – OWR

Mirador de las Palmas

  • "literally just on a hard shoulder off a main road, but it seems to be where all the cool kids hang out. It’s always busy, so maybe a little less serene – but no less magical." – HO

Parque San Antonio (Centro)

  • "Perhaps the biggest reminder of Medellin’s past…Here, two bird sculptures of the famous Columbian artist Fernando Botero stand. In 1995, one bird was blown by a guerrilla group killing 20 people. These days the sculptures stand as a symbol of the progression the country as made" – CTW
  • "Now that you’re feeling like a Botero statue expert then you should head here to see some more." – OWR

Plaza Cisneros (Centro)

  • "The area used to be dangerous and plagued by drug violence. However, nowadays light columns have been inserted to symbolise the hope and prosperity of the city." – CTW

Parque Lineal Ciudad del Rio

  • “a long strip of grass that’s always overflowing with young, hip Paisas. It’s a fantastic place for a picnic, people watching, or practicing that one weird hobby you’d be too embarrassed to do anywhere else…You won’t find a more eccentric park in the city.” – SW


Paul half-way up Cerro Quitasol
Hiking the hills around Medellin (like Cerro Quitasol pictured here) is an underrated and awesome thing to do.

Watch a Soccer Game

  • “It’s an entire sports experience that includes team songs, bands and, of course, tailgating.” – DTT
  • “For a real slice of Paisa culture, watch the local fútbol team take on their opponent as the crowd sings, cheers, waves flags and generally makes as much noise as possible for 90 minutes.” – SW
  • “…even if you’re not a huge soccer fan, the experience can send shivers down your spine” – NM
  • “Sit along the sidelines if you want a more normal experience, or sit behind the goals if you want to be part of the intense experience with the super fans.” – DTD
  • "Make sure to get a real beer after the game at one of the little stadium bars (only non-alcoholic beer is served at the match)." – GOR
  • "…tickets are usually easy to come by" – ADR
  • "Medellin has 2 soccer teams and some of the rowdiest crowds in South America." – WAB
  • "One of the very best ways to experience local culture and Paisa pride is to grab tickets to an Atlético Nacional game at Estadio Atanasio Girardot [Estadio metro station]." – TO
  • "Games are typically Wednesdays, Saturday & Sundays and you can normally buy tickets at the stadium entrance ($10,000 – $50,000 COP)" – OWR

Go Paragliding

  • “Medellin offers paragliding flights for surprisingly low rates compared to other popular places around the world…the flight zone is an hour's bus ride up into the mountains…even before you take flight, you'll be afforded breathtaking views of the valley below.” – GA
  • "kind of a must when in Medellin, the land is so beautiful that seeing it solely from the ground is just not enough.." – LW
  • "…you’ll see Medellin looking like a Monopoly board enveloped by mountains." – JJ
  • “one of the most popular tourist activities, especially among backpackers, thanks in part to dependable thermals and incredibly low prices” – NM
  • "How to get there? Take the metro to Caribe station and bus from Terminal De norte to San Felix. It takes about an hour to get there." – MM
  • "an unforgettable experience and well worth the nerves on the way up the mountain" – UL

Learn Salsa

  • "Check out one of the salsa studios in Medellín (Santo Baile, Baila Latino and dancefree) or stay at the hostels in Medellin with free salsa lessons (Wandering Paisa and Happy Buddha)." – TO
  • "There are countless places to Learn Salsa in Medellín, but one of the most popular is DanceFree in El Poblado." – GOR2
  • "Dancefree…attracts a lot of foreigners and tourists like myself looking to learn. They offer group lessons at night with free dancing afterward or private lessons throughout the entire day." – U30
  • "Nightlife in Medellin is ALL about the dancing. If you really want to get down with the locals go take a Salsa lesson as even a few basic moves will go a long way." – OWR

Learn Spanish

  • "If we ever go back to Medellín, we’ll definitely take the 'Quick & Dirty' class which helps you learn the essentials fast, without having to focus too much on confusing grammar." – GOR2
  • "Learning a language is SO much harder than I imagined but we persevered and learnt a lot" – SSS
  • "It was [ABC Spanish Schoo] who finally got me speaking Spanish after about 5 years of trying, and of all the teachers I’ve had (more than 10!) they were by far the best." – OWR

Cancha de Tejo (Envigado)

  • “A traditional game…here’s the fun part – those envelopes are full of gunpowder, so if your tejo hits one, you guessed it – it explodes loudly and sounds like a gunshot”- WL
  • “a fun and wild game that came from the native people of Colombia. It involves throwing a metal puck at gunpowder buried in clay while consuming a lot of beer.” – CI

Parque El Salado (Envigado)

  • “Tucked away up the hill from the main square, this park has many splendid surprises for nature lovers…you can follow the trails outside of the park’s fence into dense jungle that makes you feel far from the chaos of the city.” – CI
  • "Bring up a pick-nick and take a dip in the river." – Ah1

Arenales Hiking (Envigado)

  • “What’s special about this spot is that it’s unknown to foreigners and tourists. And even better, it’s teeming with rivers, waterfalls, luscious green mountains, and tree-lined paths.” – TLE
  • "After a romantic picnic and some time warming back up in the sun, we hiked back, got some ice cream, enjoyed the phenomenal view from the park at the bus stop, and headed home, spending a total of $6 for our days outing. Nobody said that hiking in Medellin had to be expensive." – SN2
  • "The trail winds through a river, so prepare to get wet feet/shoes. It peaks at a waterfall where you can take a dip in the cold pool. It feels great on a warm day." – Ah1
  • "…one of the best hikes in Medellin and also one of the best outdoors day trips you can do from Medellin." – HE
  • "Coffee is another reason to visit, with one recommended “finca” being [Finca la Leona], a small coffee farm with a passionate owner — who’s also a world champion race walker — named Fabian." – JJ

Colombia Immersion Friday Night Language Exchange (Envigado)

  • “Locals and foreigners meet up from 6:30 to 10:30 at the Envigado campus to practice speaking Spanish and English and enjoy beer, snacks, and games together…The team always creates some sort of icebreaker game that prompts conversations between strangers, and it’s a whole lot of fun and a great way to practice.”- WL

Downhill Mountain Biking

  • "This is a great experience and another awesome way to see other parts of the city." – LW

Sunday Ciclovia

  • “the perfect opportunity to walk, run or rent a bike and tour the city while get to do some physical activity” – DTT
  • "on Wednesdays evenings there is also the Cicleada." – OWR

Cerro Volador (Belen)

  • "A short (but insanely steep) walk up a hill – but the 360 view at the top is totally breathtaking." – HO
  • "…offer great alternative views over the city" – OWR

Cerro Quitasol (Bello)

  • "This is an awesome hike in Medellin, with eye-popping views, interesting and varied trails, a refreshing swimming area, and a cool, undiscovered neighborhood." – UR2
  • "This was a super cool hike. It has a great view of the valley from Bello to Medellin." – CA

Museums & Exhibitions

Parque Explora (by the Jardín Botánico)

  • "Feel like a kid all over again…Normally, I would not think to visit an interactive science museum, but I'm thrilled that my guide put it on my itinerary." – FA
  • "…A great way to spend a day if there is bad weather." – TTB
  • “an interactive science museum…some people might think a science museum would be boring, but Medellin does museums really well.” – DTD
  • “The four interactive exhibition rooms include mind games, live physics, digital media, and a fourth that changes throughout the year…For geeky types like myself this place is heaven.” – YTB
  • “this complex features Latin America’s largest freshwater aquarium, as well as an outdoor park with interactive games demonstrating the laws of physics.” – NM
  • "This is definitely worth your money and time." – MM
  • "…may not be the first thing that springs to mind when you think of visiting Medellin, but it’s worth going just to check out the architecture of the building which is a kind of lego shape industrial design" – OWR

Museo de Arte Moderno (Ciudad del Rio)

  • "…another wonderful museum to check out…you'll walk away with a wide berth of social commentary on Colombian society, past and present." – FA
  • “a compact, industrial-chic space that presents exhibitions, which change every quarter, by contemporary artists like Álvaro Barrios” – NYT
  • “Housed in a warehouse building in the up-and-coming Ciudad del Río neighborhood, el MAMM is a great way to spend a couple of hours in Medellín.” – SW
  • “at the heart of the urban renewal and renovation taking place in Ciudad del Rio…The terraces on the upper floors of the museum are awesome.” – DTD
  • "A former 1939-built steel mill…Pick up cheeky paper wallets, art-printed clothes, and colorful tableware at the museum’s eclectic gift shop." – CN
  • "Go check out some cool and quirky art; amongst them the 250 pieces donated by Medellin native Débora Arango who was one of the museums brave founders who established the museum back in 1980 despite this being at the peak of Medellin’s violence." – OWR

El Castillo (near Poblado)

  • “Yes, there is a castle in Medellin, oddly enough…once the extravagant home of a wealthy businessman but has since been turned into a museum or park for the masses to enjoy…the best part here is the lovely gardens and sweeping view of the city.” – DTD
  • “Inspired by the castles of the French Loire Valley, El Castillo was constructed in 1930.” – NM
  • "Think real-life Beauty And The Beast setting with extraordinary views of the city. Bring a camera and a book and sit in the courtyard amongst the sculptures." – IT
  • "Walking through each room in the house you experience a subtle step back in time with a lot of europa art pieces." – TTB
  • "While the castle itself is quite small it is very pretty and the setting is spectacular with magnificent views overlooking the mountains." – OWR

Museo Casa de la Memoria (Centro, Free)

  • "the most informative, upsetting and yet inspiring documentation of this country's past and its forgotten victims whilst offering a hopeful vision for the future. It was by far the best curated and most thoughtful exhibition we have ever been to." – ADR
  • “a multimedia display of pictures, video, and storytelling for the purpose of never forgetting what happened in Medellin and Colombia.” – DTT
  • “Riveting videos from victims and relatives of the desaparecidos (victims of the armed conflict who were “disappeared” over the years) offer powerful, firsthand accounts of what it was like to live in the middle of Colombia’s internal war.” – NYT
  • "…through various immersive exhibits, they share the harrowing stories with the objective of “ver para no repetir” – see, so not to repeat." – OWR

Museo de Antioquia

  • “the most important and significant museum in Medellin..a large collection of Botero’s most famous paintings along with a number of his sculptures…also holds exhibits from a number of international artists, early art from the conquest of the Americas, and other important cultural attractions.” – DTD
  • “The primary exhibit of the museum is a comprehensive collection of Fernando Botero’s paintings and sculptures, which are located on the third floor. We recommend starting on the third floor of the museum and working your way down.” – MG
  • "If like me, you become fascinated by the Botero sculptures, pop into the museum next door for an extensive exhibition of Colombia’s most heralded artist."  – OWR
  • See Plaza Botero for more comments on the Museo de Antioquia

Museo de Agua (Centro)

  • “not something that would immediately sound interesting, but like I’ve mentioned, Medellin does museums very well. There are a number of exhibits that showcase the many different ecological zones of Colombia (from the paramo to the Amazon) which provide a great overview for future travels within Colombia.” – DTD
  • "…great for anyone interested in sustainability." – OWR


Real City Tours (Centro, Pay by Tip)

  • "Tripadvisor's #1 attraction in Medellin has earned its place with good reason." – ADR
  • “The free walking tour of downtown put on by Real City Tours is by far the best walking tour I’ve ever been on. Be prepared to be on your feet for a solid four hours (it’s worth it, trust me!) and be prepared to learn a TON about Medellin’s checkered yet moving past.” – SW
  • “Walking around El Centro, the central area of the city, you will quickly discover interesting spots like Parque Berrio, the Museum of Antioquia and Plaza Botero” – DTT
  • “one of the best things to do in town for new arrivals. The tour itself is free, but they ask for a donation at the end, whatever you want to pay.” – DTD
  • "There’s no better way to learn about the history of Medellín" – GOR
  • "Make sure you book your spot online 24 hours before the tour you wish to take or you risk having it sell out" – WAB
  • "…the best walking tour I've ever done." – SN
  • "The guides are super friendly, speak great English, and there are no questions that are off limits. They actually invite you to ask about some of the awkward topics." – U30
  • "…will take you to many attractions including Parque San Antonio, Metropolitan Cathedral, Plaza Botero, Plaza Cisneros among other things." – CTW
  • "[the guide] told us that it is normal for most families to have a story [about being affected by past violence]…everyone has been effected by what was initially a civil war between the right and left which resulted in a war between the right, left, drug barons, the army and rebels." – TSA
  • "The city center is crowded, dirty, loud, and filled with pick-pockets. In fact, some locals may try to put an X over certain areas of your map, especially those in the city center, and tell you that they’re not safe or nice places to visit. [The tour will] take you to those places." – WB
  • "Trust me, this tour is worth it; it is by far one of the fantastic walking tours I have ever experienced." – LC

Pablo Escobar Tourism

  • “You’ll tour the city by van, stopping at abandoned properties once owned by the infamous cartel leader as well as other points of interest (but I won’t give it all away)” – SW
  • “the ONE thing I said you should AVOID while in Medellin… Don’t patronize the Pablo Escobar tours here…They tend to glorify Pablo and take you to visit things like his grave, the house where he was killed, etc.” – DTD
  • “A typical half-day tour will include visits to Monaco, the eight-story apartment building where the Cali Cartel detonated a car bomb in an assassination attempt, to the building adjacent his final safe house where he was ultimately killed, and to his family grave” – NM
  • "This is a controversial tour, as many Paisas are trying to forget about Pablo Escobar’s history, but one can’t deny his impact. If you’re really curious about el Patron or a fan of Narcos, it’s a must do." – GQ
  • "Skip the pricey tourist trap tours and visit the grave of infamous drug lord, Pablo Escobar on your own." – RR
  • "Pablo Escobar’s gravestone is one of my favorites in the city. It’s surprisingly low-key considering his riches, and though it takes some time to reach it’s one of the more interesting things to see." – PT
  • "We did this, the guide didn’t tell us much- we learnt more from reading/watching Patron Del Mal (the more accurate version of Narcos, and of course Narcos too)." – SSS
  • "It is important to understand the effects this piece of history had on the country and its people. I found the tour to be quite educational." – WAB
  • "[Escobar's grave] is a little bit far from everything else but it is worth the visit as it is a main attraction." – TTB
  • "On a Pablo Escobar Tour of Medellín, you’ll explore the rise and fall of the cartel before joining Pablo’s brother for a cup of instant coffee while he tells you about his cure for HIV." – TO
  • "Our advice is to review the tours in advance, ensure they are not glorifying (as we’ve heard some are), and if you feel comfortable then go ahead." – OWR

Comuna 13 Walking Tours


chicharron from Gloria de Gloria, one of top restaurants in Medellin
The enormous chicharron from La Gloria de Gloria is why it's recommended by Colombia Immersion and 2 other blogs.

Colombian Restaurants

Mondongo’s (Colombian, Poblado and Laureles, $$)

  • "A trip to Medellin wouldn’t be complete without trying the typical Columbian dish Bandeja Paisa. You can buy the dish all over the city. We would highly recommend trying [it at this] restaurant" – CTW
  • “The portions are absolutely heaping, so make sure to share with friends.” – SW
  • “For the best experience, come for Sunday lunch when the restaurant is full of high-spirited Colombians and the atmosphere is electric…make sure you come early to grab a seat.”- CT
  • "…a great place to try the stew [also called mondongo]" – FA

Brasarepa (Envigado, $)

  • "unpretentious setting…was featured in Anthony Bourdain’s 2008 Colombia episode of No Reservations” – NM
  • "I actually ate here twice and while it was fine, it never crossed my mind to include it on the list. Imagine my surprise when I found out Anthony Bourdain featured this little hole in the wall restaurant" – SN
  • “serves up typical Colombian dishes in an unpretentious setting…was featured in Anthony Bourdain’s 2008 Colombia episode of No Reservations” – NM
  • "a great place to try the dish [bandeja paisa]" – FA

La Gloria de Gloria ($$, Envigado)

  • “arguably the most famous restaurant in Envigado. The secret to their success? Amazing portion sizes, delectable chicharrón and the sweetest owner on earth, Gloria Cecilia Ramirez.” – CI
  • “a casual corner restaurant that serves up some of the best chicharrón in, quite possibly, the world” – NYT
  • “one plate is enough for three people.” – ML

Hatoviejo (Traditional, Centro, $$)

  • “Order the hearty mondongo, a traditional tripe soup that comes with rice, avocado and a plantain” – NYT
  • “This restaurant started out with a downtown location over 30 years ago and continues to go strong” – NM

Ajiacos y Mondongos (Traditional, Poblado, $$)

  • “for a taste of authentic Colombian cuisine. Ajiaco is a thick, potato-based soup with shredded chicken originally from Bogota, while Mondongo, is a tripe-based soup that originated in Antioquia, the department for which Medellin is the capital.” – GA
  • “Ajiaco is a potato-based soup with shredded white meat chicken, corn, capers, avocado, and cream.” – NM

Los 3 Típicos (Traditional, Poblado, $$)

  • “To sample any of the Colombian main course dishes, we recommend The 3 Tipicos for you to experience an entire array of traditional BBQ and dishes like Sanchoco, Cazuela de Frijoles, and Bandeja Paisa.” – DTT
  • "It’s delicious and popular with locals and tourists. Portions are huge, order a 1/2 portion for lunch!" – GOR

El Pipelon ($, Envigado)

  • “Lunch for two cost about $5 and was ridiculously delicious…so if you’re on a budget, this is great spot.” – BV
  • "our favorite lunch local…It can be a bit noisy from the street trafic. But friendly staff and great food make up for it." – AH

Tal Cual (Poblado, $$$)

  • "a fusion take on Colombian cuisine. This was probably my favorite restaurant. The food is fun, creative, and most importantly delicious. An extra thumbs up for being a casual restaurant and not too pricey." – GQ

Restaurante Los Toldos (Traditional, Centro, $$)

  • "an old-school Colombian eatery serving typical regional cuisine…to the soundtrack of folk music." – CN

Palo Santo Gourmet (Traditional, Laureles, $)

  • "They have more creative entrees, salads, and the overall quality is way above average compared to normal. Unbelievably, it only costs 8.500 pesos" – CL

La Cocina de Tata ($$, Envigado)

  • “This Colombian-creole style family restaurant served me some of the best local food I had while in Envigado” – WL

Trifasico (Colombian, Envigado, $$)

  • “for all the meat lovers” – ML

La Sazón de Martica ($, Envigado)

  • “Look for the “garage” with about 6 tables inside. It is usually packed by noon, so get there at 11.” – BV

El Nuevo Campín ($, Envigado)

  • “Another ridiculously cheap, ridiculously delicious restaurant. Less than $10USD got us a soup, seco, and a drink and amazing service.” – BV

International Restaurants

Bonuar (Creole, Ciudad del Rio, $$$)

  • “stands out for its Cajun-Creole cuisine that takes inspiration from the zingy flavors of the Colombian coast, the West Indies, New Orleans and northeastern Brazil.”- CT
  • "a perfect spot if you have just visited the Museum of Modern art in Medellin" – BV2
  • “if you’re craving excellent creole or north Brazilian food, head to Bonuar…features live Blues during the week.” – YTB
  • "a smart bistro serving dishes like leek-wrapped white fish and yucca-crusted sea bass—as well as a dose of live music" – CN

Lemoncillo (Vietnamese, $$, Envigado)

  • “We weren’t expecting anything good, but the food was incredibly fresh, the flavors were right, and so was the price. “ – BV
  • “something a little healthier and perhaps outside of paisa offerings…you can find fresh, healthy Vietnamese food” – CI
  • "The spring rolls are one of the most refreshing appetizers I’ve ever had…The Tom Kha Gai, a coconut curry with veggies, chicken, and rice, is also phenomenal" – SN

Pizzeria Olivia (Pizza, Multiple Locations, $$)

  • “Great appetizers, pizza and sangria. ‘Nuff said.” – SW
  • “Not NYC pizza, but some of the best we had in town.” – BV
  • "Pizza, delicious salads, amazing sangria, and an adorable ambiance" – JC
  • "I ordered a simple quinoa salad bowl with cashew cheese and I was totally disappointed at the taste. It was blander then water and I was still hungry after." – CT

Bonhomía Salumería (French, Poblado, $$$)

  • "Charcuterie is one of my favourite ways to eat out in a large group. Tasting boards everywhere, it is super low key but also very Parisian, and you can’t go wrong going Parisian…amazing cured meats all from Colombia with delicious cheese." – TIC
  • "A perfect spot in El Poblado for tapas, meats, cheese and charcuterie on one of the best outside terraces in Medellín." – JC

Toscano Tratorria (Italian, Poblado, $$)

  • "Their Menu Del Dia start off with the amazing house-made tomato soup then choose from pizzas, pasta, meat dishes, risotto, the selection is HUGE and all for $5USD. Insane." – TIC
  • "An authentic Italian cuisine for when that craving hits." – LW

Barbacoa Burgers and Beer (Comfort Food, Multiple Locations, $$)

  • “if you feel like a gourmet hamburguesa” – ML
  • "They pair up burgers and beers and they have a great selection of imported & local brews" – AH

Mahalo Sports Action Café (Bar Food, Envigado, $$)

  • "up on the mountainside with a phenomenal panoramic view of Medellin…built into an old home, so it has tons of outdoor space, porches, tables under the trees, a fire pit, and even a half pipe and paintball field! The food isn’t too bad either." – SN
  • "this super trendy restaurant with bar and skatepark is pretty unique. Chill out on their tables outside…and soak in the ‘sparkling city’ all night long…Take a jumper because it can get a little nippy up there." – HO

El Barral (Spanish, Envigado, $$$)

  • “Great tapas and fantastic service. They have a tiny outdoor area up front where you can sit and people watch. Highly recommended.” – BV
  • “if you’re in the mood for some delicious Spanish tapas” – ML

Chiclayo (Peruvian, Envigado, $$$)

  • “Super yummy Peruvian food and much cheaper than Cuzco (located near El Tesoro Mall). Killer Ceviches…stay away from the Pisco Sours…the hangover is a killer.” – BV
  • "While prices here are above average for Medellin, the surpassing quality of the meal and the excellent service make up for it." – DC

Bruno (Italian, Poblado, $$)

  • "quiet and away from the hustle and bustle…wine selection is huuuuge, and the pizza is on point. Everything is made in a stone oven" – TIC

Chicago's Deep Dish Pizza (Pizza, Laureles, $$)

  • "I’m no expert on Chicago-style pizza, but it’s really good." – CL

Romero (Italian, Poblado, $$$)

  • "We love the salmon fillet with the fehttuchini in Alfredo sauce. Yum." – LW

Ragazzi (Italian, Envigado, $$)

  • "Not only is Ragazzi run by an adorable husband and wife duo, they are also (finally!) bringing the craft beer scene into Envigado!…the pizza and pasta are both amazing, and the desserts (especially the lemon cheesecake!) are to die for" – SN

Pizzeria Antica Italia (Pizza, Envigado, $$)

  • “Now I see why this place is full every night! They serve huge New York size slices with awesome, fresh ingredients, and are always changing up pizza specials.”- WL

Sushi Service Barra – (Sushi, Envigado, $$)

  • "a little hole in the wall with an attentive staff and great ambiance. Visit on a Tuesday for the two for one roll special." – SN

1910 Revolución Mexicana (Mexican, Poblado, $$)

  • “Mexican food is often done well, and I’m a fan of 1910 Revolucion Mexicana for the stylish decor as much as the food.” – YTB

Zacatecas (Mexican, Envigado, $$)

  • “the hot sauce was actually hot…not something you normally find in Colombia…There are other fancier Mexican places in Envigado, but this is where you want to go, trust me.” – BV

Torteria Mexicana la Chilanga (Mexican, Envigado, $$)

  • “ a restaurant that brings the authentic and delicious street food he saw while living in Mexico City back to his home town”- WL

Amelia Fondue & Crepes (Swiss, Poblado, $$)

  • “quaint décor comprising a mosaic-tiled floor and intriguing religious imagery brandished across the walls…fondue and crêpes are the main draws.”- CT

La Provincia (Italian/French, Poblado, $$$$)

  • “generous portions of flavorsome fare with a particular talent for seafood… With a buzzing ambience and amiable service, it’s the perfect place to dine out in style in the trendy El Poblado neighborhood.”- CT

Black Pepper Steakhouse – (Steakhouse, Envigado, $$$)

  • "If you value a great steak, don’t hesitate to splurge on this carnivorous cornerstone" – DC

Marmoleo (Steakhouse, Up in the Hills, $$$)

  • “For a unique dining experience and some of the best steak (imported from the US) in the city” – NM

Restaurante Malevo (Argentinian, Poblado, $$$)

  • "If you’re in the mood for Argentinean, head here. It’s super affordable has a big menu yet still delivers in quality." – GQ

Cambalache Parilla Argentina (Argentinian, Poblado, $$$)

  • "get ready to eat a lot of meat and delicious empanadas" – JC

Zaaika (Indian, Poblado, $$)

  • "Nothing fancy but surprisingly good Indian food." – LW

Masala (Indian, Poblado, $$)

  • "I ordered the lentil curry at Masala and they came through as if I was back home in London" – CT

Il Forno (Italian, Multiple Locations, $$)

  • "…I ate here more than any other place in town…I'd often eat lunch there alone while I worked because they have great WiFi." – TIL

Korea House (Korean, Laureles, $$)

  • "This was my fix for Korean food while in Medellín…Ask for their ginger tea which they sweet with panela. It's so ridiculously tasty." – TIL

Kusi Cocina Peruana (Peuvian, Laureles, $$)

  • "Kusi…had reasonable Medellín prices and some really delicious authentic Peruvian cuisine. Get the chicha moroda!" – TIL

Breakfast and Brunch

Ganso & Castor (Poblado, $$$)

  • "Possibly my favourite food experience in Medellin…a NYC bistro type vibe, with light but flavourful dishes, I was in heaven…the best brunch in Medellin, hands down." – TIC

Café Al Alma (Poblado, $$)

  • "This has some of the best brunches / breakfasts in town. Try the bagel with avocado and cream cheese and the eggs benedict! Yum." – GOR

D'Andre Gourmet (Poblado, $$)

  • "…one of the only places you can find a full breakfast complete with pancakes, eggs, bacon, and all the fixings you could dream of." – RR

Cariñito Café (Ciudad del Rio, $$)

  • “This café…won a place in my heart by being one of the few places in the city to offer brunch.” – SW

Healthy & Vegetarian Restaurants

Café Zorba (Pizza, El Poblado)

  • "Best. Pizza. Ever." – LW
  • “Hands down the most delicious (vegetarian) pizza in the city. Take my word for it.” – SW
  • “the best pizza in town…It’s also a great place for a culture kick, as the café supports local artistic talent through an eclectic program”- CT
  • "Whether you are vegetarian or not, Cafe Zorba is THE pizza joint." – U30

Verdeo (Poblado, $$)

  • “You won’t find more delicious vegetarian options than those created at Verdeo.” – SW
  • "…has nothing of ego. It is, instead, totally familial; a restaurant that from its core is so natural and so true to its roots that you have no choice but to show up the same." – LW
  • "This little restaurant is always full, the food is delicious and there are many options to choose from." – GOR
  • "Many tourists in Medellín visit Verdo to sample their nutritious soups and no one has ever been disappointed." – LC

Natto (Poblado, $$)

  • "The food is fresh and wholesome and just what the doctor ordered if you’ve spent the last week or so eating traditional Colombian food." – UL
  • "In a country where so much of the food is heavy/fried, this place is like a breath of fresh air." – LW

Naturalia Café (Laureles)

  • "healthy meals, vegetarian options, and super filling." – TIC
  • "Best restaurant in Laureles" – CT

Saludpan (Laureles, $)

  • "healthy meals, vegetarian options, and super filling." – TIC

Dharma Café (Poblado, $)

  • "Everyday is unique…there is a different set menu…Based on a fresh, hearty taste, great great vibe and beautiful calming surroundings Dharma Cafe is a 5/5 restaurant – CT

Mundo Verde (Poblado, $$)

  • “For light and healthy fare such as salads, wraps, and smoothies, Mundo Verde is your best friend.” – SW
  • Also recommended by LC

Roll'up Sushi Burrito (Poblado, $)

  • "a giant sushi, rolled up like a burrito…The fusion came together as if they are destined to be" – CT

Flora (Laureles, $$)

  • "hidden gem…It was too good to be true, I just wanted to stay forever and the price is reasonable" – CT

Marietta (Poblado, $)

  • "… 100% vegetarian (maybe even vegan), this place is an awesome choice when you want a quick and cheap meal." – LW
  • Also recommended by LC

Cable a Tierra (Parque Arví)

  • "After an afternoon of hiking around the trails in Parque Arvi, this restaurant is the best spot to relax and have some wholesome food." – GOR

Prâná (Envigado, $)

  • "If you are vegetarian/vegan then you must visit Prana in Envigado…My favourite restaurant in the whole world!!" – SSS

Salpijugos (Envigado, $$)

  • “had I known this healthy-focused family restaurant existed sooner, I would have been here every day to try the menu del dia offering.”- WL

Veg Station (Poblado, $$)

  • Recommended without additional commend by LC

Govinda's (Centro, $)

  • Recommended without additional commend by LC

Contemporary Restaurants

Carmen (Poblado, $$$$)

  • "…a forerunner in Medellín's culinary boom, is a must for fusion fare and bespoke cocktails" – FA
  • “take advantage of the favorable exchange rate and splurge on dinner at one of the city's best restaurants” – GA
  • “Gastronomes will surely find a visit to the accomplished Carmen an unforgettable treat.” – CT
  • "ask to be seated at the garden out back. This is a fantastic date spot. The restaurant offers a lovely tasting menu." – BV2
  • "The Korean taco is one dish you NEED to try, but you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu." – UL
  • "probably the city’s most popular restaurant among chic foreign visitors" – CN
  • "Another fancy schmansy joint that is definitely worth a visit. We highly recommend to opt for the tasting menu with wine pairing" – LW
  • "…often hailed as the best restaurant in Medellin" – OWR
  • "Dine on pork that was cooked slowly for 12 delicious hours and drizzled with a palm sugar glaze" – RR
  • Also recommended by MG

In Situ (Jardín Botánico, $$$)

  • “the city’s most aesthetically attractive eatery…offers a broad array of dishes that give a modern twist to classic Colombian flavors with specialties including salmon tartare, racks of smoked pork, and pesto-stuffed chicken.”- CT
  • "enjoy the view and little surprises like butterflies and iguanas walking right past you. The food celebrates Colombia’s natural diversity" – BV2
  • “a popular open-air restaurant with good food and service and a nice ambience…considered by many as one of the best restaurants in Medellín” – MG
  • "…a delicious restaurant in the heart of the garden." – FA

El Cielo (Poblado, $$$$)

  • “Adventurous foodies will find a feast for all the senses…with experimental kitchen creations based on molecular cuisine. These include artichoke-stuffed prawns, macaroons with champagne jelly, and decadent rose petals with which to wipe your hands after eating.”- CT
  • "I paid about $80 USD for a 12-course lunch with wine pairing. Expensive in Colombia, but a similar experience home could easily be 2-3x the price." – GQ
  • Also recommended by MG
  • "Perfect for a special occasion (I went here for my birthday recently)." – OWR

OCI.Mde (Poblado, $$$$)

  • "my favorite meal in all of Colombia…the crispy quinoa was one of my favorite things I’ve ever tasted!" – JC

El Herbario (Poblado, $$$)

  • “a trendy eatery that puts an emphasis on well executed, vegetable based dishes…Those wanting something a little more substantial will find an extensive selection of seafood and fish dishes.”- CT

Cafe Colombo (Centro, $$$)

  • “located on the 10th floor…this high-flying bistro serves brunch, light lunch, and dinner options along with the fantastic panoramas over the sprawling city below and the outstretching mountains beyond it. Its outdoor terrace is a fantastic place to sit and watch the sun go down.”- CT

El Botanico (Poblado, $$$$)

  • "That place was dope and one of the best meals I had while in Medellín." – TIL

Alambique (Poblado, $$$)

  • "Quite possibly our favourite restaurant in Medellin. They serve Colombian food but with a modern twist." – OWR

Street Food / Takeaway / Fast Food

El Buñuelo de Botero (Snacks, Centro, $)

  • "an excellent place to try buñuelo, which are made with a small curd white cheese and formed into doughy balls, before being fried." – GOR

Empanadas el Machecito (Snacks, Poblado, $)

  • "These empanadas might’ve been the best bite I had in Medellin. I wish I took a picture of it, but my greasy hands were too busy enjoying them." – GQ

Empanadas la Catedral (Envigado & Laureles, $)

  • "There are only two choices, which is how you know it’s good. Desmechadas is pulled beef and potatoes, and Tradicional is ground beef and potatoes." – SN

Subula (Greek, Poblado, $)

  • "AMAZING. So much flavour. Messy as fuck and I had Tztakitaki running down my chin but totally worth it." – TIC
  • "…run by super cool bogotanos (peeps from Bogota). Think Colombian Johnny Depps. Quick service style greek food, really delicious. Try the chicken salad!" – LW

Contenedores Food Place (Various Food Stalls, Envigado, $$)

  • “This is a container park turned food hall. More “expensive” than the rest of Envigado – Maybe $30 USD for an appetizer, two sandwiches, and two drinks…but so worth it.” – BV
  • "built by stacking shipping containers on top of each other and draping the place in fairy lights, making a strange grown up version of a secret garden or maze… but with food" – SN

Mercado del Rio (Ciudad del Rio, $$-$$$)

  • “a massive warehouse in Ciudad del Rio that has been converted into a mid to upscale food court (for lack of a better word)…Nowhere else can you find such a great variety of eats under one roof.” – DTD
  • "Great place to hang-out, try a variety of food, and sip on a cerveza." – OWR

La Chocolera (Colombian / Street Food, Envigado, $)

  • “a sweet corn cake with massive amount of fresh, Colombian cheese on top, and La Chocolera in Envigado does it the best.” – WL

Devoción (Street Food, Envigado, $)

  • “Great place for a cheat meal…a small menu inspired by street & bar food of the world…Their “poutine” was ridiculously delicious” – BV

Kokorico (Chicken, Envigado, $)

  • “I dream of the day this chain is all over the world. Awesome roasted chicken, great soups…and they give you plastic gloves so you don’t dirty your fingers….yummy!” – BV

Ciudad del Rio Food Trucks (Ciudad del Rio, $$)

  • “Enjoy a night feasting on everything from Philly cheese steaks to Venezuelan arepas to Argentinian choripan, then roll yourself home.” – SW

Veneca Arepas Venezolanas (Venezuelan, Envigado, $$)

  • “authentic Venezuelan arepas that are the best in town…open only on Friday and Saturday night.” – CI


Reposteria Astor (Centro and Laureles)

  • "the best chocolate cake you’ll ever have" – CL

Arte Dolce (Poblado)

  • "run by an Italian man and his Colombian wife. They are friendly and their gelato is the real deal. I obviously had to try their Tiramisu which was sooo boozy and delicious. LOVED it." – su

Antonio’s Gelato (Envigado)

  • "With a rotating stock of delicacies – like key lime, cafe, Manyusa, arroz (honeyed caramel), cocoa fudge, and lemon sorbet – any traveller with a hankering for satisfaction can find their sweet spot." – DC
  • “Awesome homemade ice cream” – BV

Pércimon (Envigado)

  • “Percimon has a plethora of every type of heavenly flavored frozen treats you could want – from Greek yogurt to delicious gelato, and fresh fruit juices.”- CI

Ambrosia Repostería (Envigado)

  • "If you really want a decedent dessert, this is your stop." – AH

La Paletteria (Ice Cream, Multiple Locations, $)

  • “It’s not exactly centrally located so it might be a trek to get there, but it’s a trek well worth the effort in my opinion.” – SW



Pergamino Cafe (Poblado)

  • "the most talked about coffee shop in a country where coffee might be the most talked about subject" – LW
  • “This chic cafe by Parque Lleras, which uses single-origin beans from coffee plantations owned by the same family, wouldn’t be out of place in San Francisco” – NYT
  • “the best coffee in the city” – DTT
  • “If I’m just going for a coffee, their outdoor seating area can’tbe beat.” – SW
  • “I’d also recommend checking [it] out…for a more indy coffee scene.” – DTD
  • “Since opening in 2012, it has received rave reviews from travelers and expats and has attracted a strong Colombian clientele too.” – NM
  • "The food here is also delish and the vibe is such that you might never want to leave" – UL
  • "My Spanish teacher Diego raves about this place, it’s his favourite in Medellin." – OWR

Casa Museo Otraparte (Envigado)

  • “the former home of an important Colombian writer and philosopher known as Fernando Gonzalez…The on site coffee shop is one of the best in town. They also host many cultural events ranging from movie nights, to lectures on art, music, and more.” – DTD
  • “a museum, library and café all rolled into one…opens at 3 pm, but the open-air seating and garden areas (with WiFi) are available to use at any time… If you stay long enough, you can easily transition into nighttime drinks.” – SW
  • "this is a great little place hidden away in a more residential neighbourhood of Medellin" – OWR
  • “a super cute outdoor cafe where you can sit, read a book, and have a few snacks. On Saturday nights, this place is poppin’, so get here early.” – BV
  • “the servers are friendly, the coffee is delicious and the atmosphere is amazing. You don’t need more than that, but they are giving it to you anyway.” – CI
  • “If you want some culture, go to Otraparte” – ML
  • "The covered outdoor cabana seating, wrapped around a patio, and open floorplan inside, communicates the free-flowing mindset of it’s former resident." – DC
  • "a bit of the coffee shop experience but can also be a great place to wind down the day with some good friends and a nice bottle of wine." – AH

Cafe Velvet (El Poblado)

  • “They offer all types of artisanal coffees…a lunch menu and plenty of sweet treats like Belgian chocolate creations and macarons…popular among the digitally nomadic and even has mini desks for those who come solo” – SW
  • "Best cafe in Medellin…you know me and COFFEE. I don’t fuck around…and they offer almond milk!" –
  • "They do all sorts of speciality coffees and it’s got a cool laid back vibe." – OWR
  • "Another cool coffee shop to relax and or/work." – LW
  • "We highly recommend spending the afternoon at Cafe Velvet" – ADR
  • "a beautiful indoor/outdoor space for lounging around and drinking Colombian espresso, and perhaps nibbling on some Belgian chocolate." – IT
  • "For great Columbian coffee in the Poblado area" – CTW

Cocolatte Café (Envigado)

  • “Not only do they have excellent coffee, they prepare excellent coffee…They also have really good wifi and a beautiful, welcoming atmosphere that’s perfect for reading, studying or get some work done”- WL
  • “The friendly baristas will enlighten you on their process, demonstrating exactly how each specialty drink was made in a very special way. Not into coffee? No problem. Try the refreshing sweet drink of limonada de coco – a simply mindblowing juice.” – CI
  • "It’s in the cute little area on Sur 30 in Envigado with quiet streets, shop fronts, greenery, and an almost European vibe to it. It’s the perfect place to chill on a lazy Saturday afternoon, and Cocolatte is a must visit when there." – SN

Juan Valdez (Multiple Locations)

  • "…like the Colombian version of Starbucks…The main difference is that it actually serves great, Colombian grown coffee!" – GOR2
  • "a tad more expensive than others but what originally drew me to this place was the environment in which it creates for it’s customers…However, Juan Valdez does not serve the best coffee in Colombia." – JC

Cafe Revolucion (Laureles)

  • "While the shop is small, it’s very welcoming, with a pair of friendly expat owners and a thriving group of digital nomads that frequent the establishment and mix with locals." – CL
  • Recommended without additional comment by LC

El Laboratorio de Café (Centro & Others)

  • "an excellent cafe if you are looking for proper, cold brewed coffee. They also serve normal coffees as well, but the cold ones are delicious." – GOR

Café Zepplin (Laureles)

  • "…offers a bit of an alternative vibe with couches and mismatched tables and chairs. One thing to note is that they don't open until 12pm each day…" – TIL
  • "This is definitely more chilled than the others and as a bonus they play great music." – OWR
  • Recommended without additional comment by CL

Rituales (Laureles)

  • "…this is the newest kid on the block, and our current favourite in Medellin." – OWR

Cafe la Montanita (Parque Arvi)

  • "This is unique. In Parque Arvi, way up at the top of the metrocable, this is basically a little shack serving a range of locally produced artisanal coffee" – OWR

Café Cliché (Laureles)

  • Recommended without additional comment by CL

Algarabia (Laureles)

  • Recommended without additional comment by CL

La Venta de Dulcinea (Envigado)

  • “the walls are decorated with artists from throughout the ages, and you could feel the Bohemian vibe of this place. Next time I’ll have to go for a live performance of some kind!” – WL

Como Pez en Agua (El Poblado)

  • “Their gourmet confections are what originally drew me in and their breakfast items like eggs benedict kept me coming back.” – SW
  • "We liked them so much we booked them for our wedding." – OWR

Starbucks (Multiple Locations)

  • "1) It was the only place in town to serve a 20 oz bucket of coffee… 2) The Internet was fantastic. 3) There are plenty of seats upstairs so I never felt like I was overstaying my welcome… 4) Everyone knew me by name." – TIL

Café Tales (Laureles)

  • "…a tiny quaint cafe with fast Internet and plenty of outlets to plugin your laptop. A small group of women run this cafe and they are super nice." – TIL

Macanas (Poblado)

  • Recommended without additional comment by LC

Café Vallejo (Laureles)

  • Recommended without additional comment by LC

Bars & Nightlife

View from Charlee Hotel's Envy bar
The Sweetest Way (photo credit) and four other Medellin bloggers recommend the Envy bar for a sunset cocktail.


Envy Rooftop Bar at the Charlee Hotel (Poblado)

  • “the rooftop bar…is worth it, if only to enjoy views of both the pool and the pulsing streets below.” – NYT
  • “Go for the sunset view, stay for the club-like atmosphere after dark.” – SW
  • "even if you’re not staying there, go for a drink and enjoy those views." – UL
  • "If a rooftop bar with a swimming pool, house music, sushi & cocktails is what you’re after" – HO
  • "the perfect place for a fun drink overlooking the entire city." – TTB
  • "…this is where the beautiful people of Medellin go." – OWR

El Social (El Poblado)

  • “This is one of the few bars where the price of Aguardiente doesn’t totally skyrocket and the price of beer is standard as well.” – SW
  • "the hot spot for locals…there is a great vibe here!" – GOR
  • "Very simple bar in the style of a traditional Colombian tavern, the type where you would typically find people drinking during the day in small rural towns!" – OWR

Bogota Beer Company (El Poblado)

  • “The ‘biggest little brewery of Colombia’…they have happy hour specials between 4-6 pm…something is bound to please every beer lover’s palate.” – SW
  • "The microbrewery, BBC, has really good beers! There is a very cool bar with great pints." – GOR

3 Cordilleras Brewery (Ciudad del Rio)

  • “the most fun is to visit the actual brewery near Industriales during one of their Thursday – Saturday night open houses. For about $10 you get five beers, live music (usually rock ‘n roll), and a commemorative glass.” – DTD

Cerveceria Libre (Ciudad del Rio)

  • “a cheerfully unpretentious operation that sits behind sliding garage doors in the up-and-coming Ciudad del Rio neighborhood.” – NYT

El Callejon (Envigado)

  • “The bartenders all have dreads down their backs and are the chillest guys, the music is always good, and you’ll always find a full dance floor. What’s not to love?” – WL

Random Small Bars (Envigado)

  • “go for beers in any of the small, hole-in-the-wall bars that can be found in every neighborhood. The bars facing any park, such as Parque Envigado, offer good people watching opportunities too.” – YTB

La Cabaña del Recuerdo (Envigado)

  • "Envigado has tons of cool little bars that you can visit throughout the week. But on Wednesday or Thursday night, you should go. Go around 9ish to get a table. The place fills up with music enthusiasts who love to listen to live music and enjoy a beer or two." – Ah1

37 Park (Poblado)

  • "We loved this place! The vibe here is great and the restaurant / bar is always packed with people. They have outdoor seating in a little “park” with little wooden stools for chairs" – GOR
  • "This is one of our favourite spots to have a beer and catch up with friends." – OWR

Art Hotel Boutique Rooftop Bar

  • "decked out with copper interiors and indoor trees. It was so trendy, it had quite a Shoreditch House vibe." – HO

Clubs & Nightlife

Parque Lleras (Poblado)

  • “four square blocks of bars, restaurants, and discotecas…Locals and tourists go out to Parque Lleras every night of the week, but Fridays and Saturdays are by far the busiest.” – GA
  • “Even if nightlife isn’t your thing, it’s still a place that you should check it out at least once during your visit to Medellin.” – DTD
  • “Parque Lleras is the most accessible — you can just walk around until you find a bar or discoteca that looks like fun.” – YTB
  • “Parque Lleras is the perfect place to people watch and chat amongst yourselves before a night of dancing at a local club.” – SW
  • “the epicenter of nightlife in Medellín” – NM
  • "grab a six-pack of local Colombian beer. Join the throngs of locals having a relaxing afternoon beer in the park" – RR
  • "Start your evening in Parque Lleras in El Poblado. It's packed with wonderful bars and a few nightclubs" – FA
  • "…the place to go for a few vasitos of aguardiente…Get out of the hostel common area and start your Saturday night here." – ADR
  • "El Poblado is full of fancy restaurants, bars and night clubs to have your fiesta in…but the real party here is in the park." – WAB
  • "Streets are filled with restaurants, bars and clubs making it a must visit during the evening or night time." – TTB
  • "While this area is practically dead during the day, it comes alive at night" – CTW

Son Havana (Laureles)

  • “a Cuban-themed salsa joint in the trendy Laureles neighborhood…It’s a small place and not fancy, but the atmosphere is electric, the music is sparkling and the dance skills are mesmerizing” – NYT
  • “Colombia is a country known for salsa music and dancing. And you don't have to go to Cali to experience it. Even if you've never danced a step in your life, it can be fun to go out, grab a beer, and watch the locals.” – GA
  • “Medellin has a few really popular salsa clubs, so if you’re going to go, make it one of these” – DTD
  • “Currently the best salsa bar in the city.” – NM

Dulce Jesus Mio (Las Palmas)

  • “For a truly over-the-top Colombian clubbing experience…This outrageously kitschy discoteca will make your jaw drop before you even walk in the door.” – SW
  • “a caricature of the typical bars found in rural pueblos” – NM
  • “decorated like a mock Antioquian pueblo. Workers dress up as caricatures of typical townspeople. Get there early (9 pm), and ensure you have at least one girl with you, to get a table.” – YTB
  • "This eccentric, over-the-top bar located on the road on the way out of Medellin is oh so very Colombian." – OWR

El Son de la Loma (Envigado)

  • “If you’re looking for a traditional, hole-in-the-wall, authentic salsa experience in Envigado, this is the place.” – WL
  • “a salsa bar in Envigado where you can get a little practice in a real-life setting. But you’ll have to venture beyond the borders of this charming neighborhood to find some of the more popular salsa clubs” – CI

Calle 9+1 (Poblado)

  • “The music is faithfully electro every night of the week…It’s crowded, it’s sweaty, it’s amazing.” – SW
  • "underground techno music situated in warehouse-style vibes." – IT

Barrio Colombia (Ciudad del Rio)

  • “you’ll have a dozen different discotecas to choose from, all within a few square blocks. And you’ll see fewer foreigners than in Parque Lleras.” – YTB

Bendito Seas (Poblado)

  • “similar to Dulce Jesus Mío but for a fraction of the price…not quite as outrageous but it’s more centrally located” – SW

Carito (Poblado)

  • “For a more balanced mix of Latin music and electronic dance music…there’s no shortage of lasers, smoke, foghorns and confetti rain.” – SW

El Eslabon Prendido (Downtown)

  • “a salsa bar known for its live music on Tuesday nights” – NM

Patio del Tango (Trinidad)

  • “One of the city’s few remaining milongas (tango bars) and a great place to grab dinner and a show on the weekends.” – NM

Dulce Jesus Mi Pueblo (Envigado)

  • “Characters include the policemen, midget, the doctor or a ‘typical’ old fashioned Paisa. The night starts off calmly, but fast forward 4 hours – the entire crowd is dancing on the dance floor or next to their table.” – CI

La Tienda (Envigado)

  • “a fonda, or a paisa restaurant that becomes a disco where people dance next to their tables, is great for salsa and merengue.” – ML

Rio Sur (Poblado)

  • "…kind of like a mall for nightclubs. On the sixth and seventh floors you can take your pick of EDM, reggaeton, and rock." – FA
  • "It’s home to more than 10 bars / clubs and is where the locals tend to go if they’re planning on a big night." – OWR


Plaza Minorista Medellin
Medellin's Plaza Minorista is a cornucopia of exotic fruit (and more!) recommended by Couple Travel the World (photo cred) and five other bloggers.

Plaza Minorista (Centro)

  • “largest public market in all of Medellin. It is principally in a massive warehouse where you will find every type of food, fruit, veggie, and meat imaginable, as the interesting smells intermingle.” – DTD
  • "A little bit of money can take you a long way here. Bring an empty backpack and get ready to load up!" – U30
  • "stop by…to sample the amazing variety of fruits. The fruits are not only fresh and natural but also very cheap." – MM
  • "…a must for anyone looking for an authentic introduction to the city. Everything can be bought, sold or recycled here" – ADR
  • "…if you are interested in knowing more about the fruits at this market then you can always sign up for an exotic fruits tour for 45,000 pesos per person" – CTW
  • "We promise you’re going to come across so many things you’ve never seen before in your life." – OWR

Santa Fe Mall (Poblado)

  • “the city’s largest shopping mall…features movie theaters, a food court as well as some specialty restaurants like Sushi Light, and plenty of name brand clothing stores.” – YTB
  • “I’m not a big fan of malls, generally speaking, but the locals here truly love malls, so you would be missing out on an important part of Medellin by not going.” – DTD

Poblado Farmers Market (Poblado)

  • “Open every Sunday from 8 am to 2 pm, the farmer’s market at Parque La Presidenta in El Poblado is the perfect way to spend a morning.” – SW

El Tesoro Mall (Poblado)

  • “a very modern mall with some great scenic views of the city…You’ll find well over 200 shops” – MG

Andres Pajón (Poblado)

  • "Whether you're in the market for a beautiful one of-a-kind creation garnished in luxe materials…or just window-shopping, the dynasty-esque flagship boutique has a beautiful back courtyard and is worth a visit" – FA

The Blue House (Poblado)

  • "the ideal place to shop for gifts for friends back home and souvenirs to decorate my apartment in New York City." – FA

Makeno (Poblado)

  • "another great spot to find local designers — it's hard to leave without putting a dent in the wallet. The design incubator has a mix of menswear, womenswear, jewelry, and accessories." – FA

Central Mayorista (Itagüi)

  • "…actually located just out of Medellín in Itagüi (2 stops from El Poblado). If like me you like to eat fruit and vegetables this is the best place to buy. The prices are ridiculously cheap." – LC

Day Trips / Nearby

Jardin Medellin Antioquia
A colourful colonial town where you awaterfalls and visit coffee plantations, Jardin is a perfect getaway spot.

Guatape and El Peñón

  • “Guatape is a colorful pueblo…situated on a lake, and is just 15 minutes from El Penol, a monolith sticking out of the ground. You can pay a few bucks to climb the stairs up” – YTB
  • “visit to wander the streets admiring the characteristic wainscots that give Guatapé its charm and to visit La Piedra for the incredible view of the reservoir from above, but there are plenty of other activities to enjoy given enough time” – SW
  • “up in the slightly cooler mountains, east of Medellin” – DTD
  • “It can easily be visited as a long day trip, either independently (it’s safe) or as part of an organized tour” – NM
  • "Is Guatapé the most colorful town in the world or what?!" – JC
  • "740 steps up and you’ll get one of the best views you will ever see in your whole life—it’s so beautiful that it’s hard to believe it’s real" – UL
  • "there you can take your Narcos obsession to the next level and play some paintball in Pablo Escobar's old mansion" – LW
  • "The nearby colourful town of Guatape is a must visit. Make sure to hike up the granite rock, El Peñol!" – GOR
  • "Climb the 740 steps to the top of the Guatapé rock or go wakeboarding on the lake." – RR
  • "Not only do you get an amazing view when you get to the top of Penol but also you can get a taste of the Colombian way of living while wandering the streets of Guatape." – MM
  • "The brightly colored streets (called El Pueblo de Zócalos) are an Instagrammer's dream" – FA
  • "Visit Guatape!" – SSS
  • "A man-made lake built for hydro-electric power in the 1960s substantially changed the topography" – WAB
  • "Activities abound for the outdoor adventure enthusiast, like cycling around the lake, kayaking, peddle boating, hiking, swimming and more." – JJ
  • "On holidays and weekends gets a bit crowded but in a lovely way, many locals from around, stands with Colombian food and sweets, carousels for children, music and dancing everywhere, nice Colombian vibe." – SN
  • "experience the best view in the world" – CTW
  • "the essential day trip for anybody visiting Medellin" – GQ
  • “two hours by bus east of Medellin…features colorfully painted buildings, and is a great spot to sample regional cuisine, like bandeja paisa…It's worth the 15-minute climb to the top (of El Penol) for the 360-degree views of the surrounding countryside.” – GA

Santa Fe de Antioquia

  • “45 minutes from Medellín…The cobblestone streets and horse-drawn carriages will transport you back to Spanish colonial times” – SW
  • “features beautiful colonial architecture and cobblestone streets. It is considerable hotter than Medellin though, so keep that in mind.” – DTD
  • “the first capital of the department of Antioquia all the way back in 1584.” – NM


  • “roughly three hours southwest of Medellín…a haven for nature lovers. Ride horses to waterfalls or drink beers with Colombian cowboys in the main square.” – SW
  • "With all due respect to Medellin, the real magic of Colombia lays in its smaller towns and more rural areas." – LW

Where to Stay

Room in Medellin's Charlee Hotel
Fathom Away took this photo of the Charlee Hotel, which they say, "has the [Medellin] boutique hotel market cornered."


The Charlee Hotel (Poblado)

  • "…has the boutique hotel market cornered with everything from five-star service (I lost an emerald in my laundry and they found it!) to high-grade design with a strong focus on art." – FA
  • "The Charlee Hotel is swanky, swanky, swanky. Even if you don’t stay here, you have to check out their rooftop for sunset cocktails." – JC
  • "… the city’s top boutique hotel, with plush rooms and a gym where you can spot Colombia’s top models posing for selfies between workouts." – NYT
  • "The Charlee hotel is the place to be if you don't mind spending the extra $$$" – LW
  • "If you’re more into hotel living check out The Charlee Hotel and make the most of their rooftop bar." – UL
  • "This 42-room boutique hotel is chock full of edgy local art. The modern, clean-lined rooms are decorated with freshly cut flowers." – CN
  • "…it’s located right in the middle of the madness in Parque Lleras." – OWR

Diez Hotel (Poblado)

  • "Each floor’s décor references a different region of Colombia; the spa looks out over the city." – NYT
  • "This charming hotel offers a 4-star experience with plenty of local touches. And did I mention, incredible city and mountain views?" – SW
  • "Larger hotel, more Colombian in style, and decked with bamboo and greenery throughout giving it the feel of a tranquil Eco Lodge." – OWR

The Art Hotel (Poblado)

  • "…a nice place for those with a bigger budget." – YTB
  • "…stylish boutique hotel and a great option for those on a lower budget." – OWR

Inntu Hotel (Laureles)

  • "Ultra-modern and stylish, this hotel offers a truly unique experience in Medellin–especially when it comes to their spa!" – SW
  • "… a nice rooftop terrace with good views." – OWR

Hotel Du Parc Royal Medellin (Poblado)

  • "…its french luxury vibes will have you feeling like you’ve found the perfect oasis in the city." – JC

Hotel San Fernando Plaza (Poblado)

  • "…walking distance to the metro, this hotel also offers a rooftop terrace, pool, fitness center, and onsite restaurant" – SW

Casa Del Reloj (Poblado)

  • "In our humble opinion, this is the best (style+location) place to stay at in Medellin. This place is also awesome for when you travel with friends and family, as it has amazing options in the form of apartments with large common living and dining spaces and multiple bedroom suites with a bathroom and shower in each." – LW

Sheraton Four Points (Poblado)

  • "Only around $75/night (yes, you read that right), this Sheraton, with its prime location in El Poblado, is all you need for a Medellín hotel." – JC

Kolor Boutique (Poblado)

  • "…really small boutique hotel located on a quiet residential street 10 minutes walk from the restaurants in Provenza." – OWR

Hotel Asturias (Laureles)

  • "…a good budget option for anyone looking to stay in Laureles. It’s a small, clean & modern hotel well located in a residential area nearby many cafes, restaurants and bars." – OWR



  • "…my top pick for a number of reasons…layout that practically forces you to be social, so meeting people is a breeze…draught beer…rooftop pool with a great view for those hot Medellín days…movie theater for lazy/hungover days; and the location…couldn’t be better." – SW
  • "While most of the hostels are party hostels, I like to recommend Casa Kiwi where I stayed when I first arrived in the city." – YTB
  • "Other hostels that are popular and receive good reviews from backpackers are Casa Kiwi, Black Sheep, The Garden of Blues, and Happy Buddha." – GOR
  • "Our top pick…it has a great rooftop area with a pool, kitchen, and very comfortable mattresses." – IT
  • "impressive range of facilities including a tree-canopy roof-top terrace with a small pool, spectacular views, a two-story open-air hammock area, a wood deck on the 1st floor with bar service and a creek" – OWR


  • "The open-air bar is a major draw, as well as the parties (if you’re looking for that kind of thing). The beautifully decorated, clean rooms obviously don’t hurt. Happy Buddha also provides a pretty kickass breakfast and coffee all day long." – SW
  • "…known for being a party hostel." – GOR
  • "If you prefer more of a nightly party vibe, (read: social but noisy travellers) try Happy Buddha Hostel" – IT
  • "…a full bar and great entertainment the Happy Buddha is a happening place and great place for meeting other travelers" – OWR


  • "The beds are super comfy, access to the metro, a major supermarket, and a pharmacy is just a five-minute walk, and it’s located in a quiet neighborhood so you’ll be sure to get your Zzz’s." – SW
  • "Other hostels that are popular and receive good reviews from backpackers are Casa Kiwi, Black Sheep, The Garden of Blues, and Happy Buddha." – GOR
  • "If you'd prefer to be closer to El Poblado but are keen to avoid the larger party hostels in the area." – ADR
  • "Located near to the Metro and the University the Black Sheep offer a range of mixed dorms and single occupancy rooms" – OWR


  • "If you want a quieter stay in a less touristic part of town…They also serve a fabulous breakfast and the location provides easy access to the Floresta metro station as well as restaurants, cafes, and supermarkets." – SW
  • "…this small homely hostel is an excellent choice for longer stays, couples or anybody wanting a relaxing time in the city. They also happen to have an awesome breakfast and two of the absolutely best dogs ever!" – ADR


  • "Try one of the many hostels located in Laureles (my favorite neighborhood in Medellin) or Estadio. I’d recommend the Urban Buddha Hostel in Laureles or the Wandering Paisa near Estadio." – DTD
  • "If you are looking for the real Medellin then your hostel of choice is The Wandering Paisa. Proudly, its slogan is ‘the other side of Medellin’" – TSA
  • "Awarded the ‘Best Hostel in Colombia’ by Hostelworld…" – OWR

Urban Buddha Hostel (Laureles)

  • "Try one of the many hostels located in Laureles (my favorite neighborhood in Medellin) or Estadio. I’d recommend the Urban Buddha Hostel in Laureles or the Wandering Paisa near Estadio." – DTD


  • "…has a cafe / small bar attached to it, but it’s not loud or very busy like the other ones nearby. The staff were friendly and answered the questions that we had about the city, and the wifi here is very good." – GOR
  • "…beautiful boutique style hostel with a range of dorms, single and double rooms with mostly shared bathroom facilities. It’s clean and the staff are super friendly." – OWR


  • "Other hostels that are popular and receive good reviews from backpackers are Casa Kiwi, Black Sheep, The Garden of Blues, and Happy Buddha." – GOR


  • "…we would highly recommend [it] because it was clean and comfortable." – CTW

The Grand Hostel (Poblado)

  • "If you are looking for a hostel in Poblado, which has easy access to the Metro, we do recommend [this] great spot…run by a lovely woman named Lucy – DTT



  • "Airbnb is always the way we roll. And in Medellin? There is no shortage in beautiful apartments for great prices." – LW
  • "We recommend this ads your first choice when you look for accommodation in Medellín." – DTT
  • "…for the same price as a hotel you can rent a super-cool apartment with awesome views over the city" – OWR


  • "For long-term stays, I always encourage people to look into shared apartments with locals by searching CompartoApto.com." – SW

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6 thoughts on “50+ Medellin Travel Blog Post Tips in One Mega Overview”

  1. The downloadable map is next level. We were able to download it before our trip, put it on our phones, and add any of own spots that we wanted to check out during out stay. We found that many of the places we researched and wanted to add were already on the map. This is because this map is totally legit.

    During our stay we were able to open the map on our phone and use it to help explore neighborhoods as we bounced from place to place. Thanks for doing all the leg work for us. You saved us hours and hours of compiling recommendations and pointed us in so many right directions.

    • Glad to hear Dave. We really, really appreciate the feedback.

      Just one quick word of warning to others reading this: Do use the maps to find highlights, but also do be careful of not having your head in your phone too much in Medellin especially. That's asking for trouble. Be discreet using your phone on the streets and do most of your planning in cafes, restaurants, or back at your accommodation.

  2. Hi guys!

    I’ve imported your map to my Google app on my iPhone and it appears under ‘My Maps’ as expected. However, when I click it, the pins don’t load 🙁 I can view the map legend as a list but the pins don’t appear on the map… is this happening for you too?

    • Hey A, I too am having the same problem. Funny enough Kim isn't, though. Both of us have iPhones. According to the help forums, many people are also not seeing their My Maps and Google says they're working on fixing it for their next update. All we can do is wait for now.


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