The Magic of Medellín

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Maggie Pecorino

  • City Travel

  • Active Travel

  • Food & Wine

  • Medellín

  • Colombia

  • Nightlife

  • Relaxation

  • Foodie

Aerial view of city at night.
Curator’s statement

There is a reason that tourism in the City of Eternal Spring has exploded over the past decade — and it’s not just because the temperature is always perfect. I could list the reasons I love Medellín - its rich history, welcoming people, the affordability, the fun and the mountains lit up like galaxies at night, but nothing can do this place justice quite like visiting yourself. It’s one of those places you have to be to believe. Let’s book this trip!

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Things to do in Medellín

Two big sized naked statues of a man and woman.

Go On a Free Walking Tour

Free Walking Tours are always a good idea, but Medellín’s is particularly inspiring. Learn about the city’s past, present, and future through the eyes of a local and see just how far this resilient city has come. (Recommend: Real City Tours)

Get Loud at a Football Game

I’m talking about American soccer, of course. Football culture is ingrained into the Colombian spirit and not to be missed. In fact, it’s completely wild. Be careful not to wear the opposing club’s colors — you probably won’t get let into the stadium. Be safe and have fun!

Picnic in the El Castillo Museum & Gardens

Located in the hills of Poblado, this castle/home turned museum offers a fascinating historical tour and beautiful grounds ideal for a lazy afternoon. Pack a few of your favorite Colombian beers (Poker, anyone?), pick up some empanadas and enjoy the view.

Visit Museo de Antioquia

There are tons of fantastic museums in Medellín, but Antioquia is filled with Colombian treasures - notably a large collection of work by Fernando Botero, one of Colombia’s most prized artists - making it a must for a first-time visit. While downtown, try bartering for cheap along the energetic Avenida Carabobo.

Take in El Poblado Vibes at Night

Via Provenza lies at the heart of the city’s most happening neighborhood and is thought to be one of the coolest pedestrian-only streets…ever. Start walking south at Calle 10 and stop at whichever bar or restaurant catches your eye. You probably won’t make it to the end of the road.

Tour Comuña 13

A true one-of-a-kind experience. Immerse yourself in the story of Pablo Escobar and the drug crisis of the 80s/90s and see firsthand just how much this inspiring neighborhood has transformed over the years. Street art and performers await you on every corner. Tours are offered via a variety of operators and can be booked through your agent or online.

Take the Metrocable to Parque Arví Escape the city rush!

For a cheap fee, ride the cable car (Linea L) up the mountain to this 40 acre nature reserve filled with miles of trails, green spaces and a local market. Great for families.


It’s no secret that Medellín is famous for its nightlife. Whether you opt for a chilled-out local watering hole or crazy club, grab your nearest and dearest, order a bottle of ice-cold aguardiente for the table and dance until closing time.

Day trip to Guatape

Two hours from the city lies the colorful and picturesque lake town of Guatape most famous for El Peñol, an enormous rock jutting over the skyline. Feeling athletic? Climb the 700 steps to the top for panoramic views. For a more leisurely afternoon, rent a motorboat or some kayaks and get out on the water for some house-hunting. These waterfront homes are a sight for sore eyes.

Places to eat & drink in Medellín

Food plate with a bun.


Pergamino: A staple on any Medellín itinerary; Colombian coffee, mouth-watering cakes and all-day dishes that will have you back every morning of your trip.

Famoso Arepa de Chocolo: The slightly sweetened variety of the ubiquitous arepa reigns supreme. This unassuming spot in the Laureles neighborhood makes them fresh throughout the day. Delicious and cheap.


Juan Carbon: Famous burgers and grilled meats with unparalleled city views. A bit of a trek out of town, but with cheap Ubers — worth the adventure.

Carmen: A Colombian classic, this upscale restaurant with outposts in most major cities lives up to the hype. Amazing cocktails. Tasting menu or a la carte. Try the ravioli in brown butter dashi.

Criminal Taqueria: Quick Mexican bites on Provenza; go get your birria fix.

Panka: Did you know that Medellín has a reputation for Japanese-Peruvian fusion? Now you do. Start here.


Salón Málaga: Open since 1957, famous for its musical history and musical patrons. Drop in for a Tango show (reservations recommended) or sip a cold brew and browse the photograph-lined hall.

Metropole Beer Lab: For my beer babes out there this is a tiny, modern spot in Poblado offering fresh craft pours.

Mad Radio: Quite literally one of my favorite bars ever. Different rooms for different vibes. Go for the enormous G&Ts, stay for the late-night DJ sets. One of the only Poblado spots with good electronic music and no cover charge.

Berlin Bar: Pool table, cheap beers, good music. Need I say more?

Need to Know

For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Laura Zapata’s guide, Best 5-Day Itinerary for Medellín, Colombia.

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This guide is part of our ongoing series on travel to Colombia, and our continuing series on city travel.