Medellin’s Coolest Neighborhoods: Best Medellin Guide

The vibrant metropolis of Medellín, Colombia has become a hub of activity for business owners, digital nomads, trade, and tourism. As you navigate its streets, you’ll discover a tapestry of neighborhoods, each with its own unique charm and character. Explore with us Medellin’s coolest neighborhoods and where to stay on your upcoming trip.

Medellín is known for being a modern city that has something for everyone. From the trendy streets of El Poblado to the artistic enclave of Laureles, join us as we explore the beating heart of Medellín and uncover the hidden gems that make each neighborhood a testament to the city’s resilience and creativity. This city of 2.5 million inhabitants is surprisingly easy to navigate. It is the only city in Colombia that has a metro system, which is clean and well looked after. There is also a cable car system to reach some neighborhoods tucked up at the top of the valley. Uber and other taxi apps are also commonly used and super affordable. So read on to get the local’s guide on Medellin’s coolest neighborhoods and start planning your next trip!

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Poblado: The Trendy Hub

El Poblado is the go-to neighborhood for many people visiting the city for the first time. This vast neighborhood has a lot of the main bars, clubs, and restaurants. It is buzzing with activity and movement at night. If Poblado were a person, he would be your party-mad friend who drags you out every night of the week; a total foodie who can’t say no to a tasty cocktail. Always impeccably dressed and super sociable, but with expensive taste. Definitely a friend to keep close!

Poblado is a great place to stay for those who wish to be near all the main action. For that reason, we would generally recommend el Poblado for those who are visiting Medellin for just a few days. With less need to catch taxis or the Metro, a lot of this neighborhood is walkable, especially if you are staying near Parque Lleras or Provenza. Provenza, like the song immortalized by Reggaeton artist Karol G, is for sure one of Medellín’s coolest neighborhoods. This swish, upscale neighborhood is safe and walkable and home to some of the nicest bars, clubs, and restaurants in Medellin. Cruise down the tree-lined streets and pop into a speakeasy hidden behind a bookshelf, or enjoy a stylish cocktail frozen with dry ice. Walking the streets of Provenza will have you feeling like a celebrity; and you probably will be rubbing shoulders with a few, too. 

Coffee and brunch connoisseurs simply cannot leave Medellin without having visited the famous coffee shop Pergamino. Just a few blocks away from Parque Lleras and Provenza, Pergamino serves fresh, local coffee beans and is THE place to head to cure a hangover on a Sunday morning. They are also pet-friendly, and the beautiful dogs of Medellin are sure to bring you much joy. Foodies will be pleased to learn that the majority of the best restaurants in the city are concentrated in this area. You could have one of the best gastronomic experiences of your life just a few steps from your villa.

Check out our blog on the best restaurants in Medellin for the insider scoop on the hottest spots to eat in the city of eternal Spring.

Laureles – For local charm and artistic vibes

Laureles is probably the second most popular neighborhood for expats and tourists in Medellin. A little more residential, and a little more low-key than el Poblado, Laureles is the perfect place to spend a little more time. We love the laid-back vibes of Laureles, but also the fact that it still has some incredible restaurants, brunch spots, and a party district too. There is a pretty young crowd in Laureles, as it is a University district. You will often find digital nomads and young expats working remotely from its many coffee shops. Laureles is also packed with parks and green spaces, and football (soccer) lovers will be pleased to find out that this neighborhood is home to Medellín’s main football stadium. 

If you’re looking for a local party and don’t want to head into the hedonistic center of Parque Lleras in el Poblado, you can enjoy a more local party scene at “La 70”. Carrera 70 in Laureles is a strip where you can go bar-hopping and enjoy the local music scene. Think Salsa, Vallenato, Bachata, and many beautiful Colombians who are willing to teach you the dance moves. Laureles in general is cheaper than el Poblado, from the nights out to the cost of rent. Another reason why it is a clear winner amongst so many visitors and one of the coolest neighborhoods in Medellin.

Envigado – The Hidden Gem

Envigado is a super chill and very green neighborhood located in the southeast of Medellin. Technically a municipality rather than part of the city itself, Envigado is well-connected to the bustling city center by metro, local buses, and taxis. Envigado is another neighborhood that would be great to stay longer periods of time. Get a glimpse into middle-class Medellin life in the leafy streets of Envigado. Here, you will find lots of families and expats. It is a bit further from the main attractions, which for some is an attraction in itself.

Enjoy the beautiful parks such as Parque El Salado, which offer activities such as hiking, climbing walls, and bird watching. You might even see some monkeys in the trees! Parque El Dorado in Envigado is also the perfect place for dog walking or for kids to play. Pack a picnic and get out in nature during your stay in suburban Envigado. There are plenty more attractions in Envigado such as Finca La Leona, a coffee farm where you can get a tour of the coffee-making process in stunning green surroundings. Adventurous travelers can also get a bus to Arenales. Here, you can go hiking from Pablo Escobar’s “jail” La Catedral through pine forest, and past waterfalls and natural springs. Having all of this so close to the city is one of our favorite things about Medellin.

Belén – Authentic Colombian Experience

High-angle view of “Pueblito Paisa” main square at early dusk on Cerro Nutibara of Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia

If you want a taste of real Colombian life, try Belén, Medellin. It’s a residential neighborhood that is close to everything, with a super chill vibe. One of the first things you will surely notice about Belén is the difference in price compared to el Poblado and Laureles in particular. It’s super affordable, and many working to middle-class Colombians live here. Belén is pretty safe, and people are friendly, due to its residential feel. It is best for cheaper accommodation and long-term rentals. However, you will need to speak Spanish if you plan on staying in Belén for a longer period of time. It’s not nearly as touristic as the other neighborhoods we have mentioned. So dust off your Duolingo subscription and become a real paisa during your stay! It’s the best way to get the authentic Colombian experience!

There is plenty to do in Belén too; don’t miss out on visiting the Pueblito Paisa, located at the top of Cerro Nutibara. This mini replica of an old Antioquian town is a cute day out for a date or for families. You can try some traditional food and drink, and take in the sights of the city. A visit to Pueblito Paisa is an unmissable Belén experience in Medellin. Belén is also home to Parque de Belén, a central park where locals gather to enjoy outdoor activities.

Wherever you decide to stay during your trip to Medellin, you are sure to find a completely unique experience in each of these thriving barrios. Whether you are looking to party in El Poblado or blend in with the locals in a quaint coffee shop in Laureles, every neighborhood tells a story. There is truly something for everybody in Medellin. So, lace up your shoes and get ready to explore—the coolest neighborhoods of Medellín are waiting to be discovered.

Now you have a better idea of where you want to stay in Medellin, you can start planning your trip. Get in touch with our team today to tailor-make your experience!

What to do for New Year’s Eve in Medellin

Known for its warm hospitality, breathtaking landscapes, and lively culture, Medellín offers a unique New Year’s Eve experience that you won’t soon forget. Explore the best places to go, restaurants to savor, party spots to dance the night away, and nearby towns to visit while also diving into popular traditions. We will guide you every step of the way with tips on what to do, how to book in advance, and how to escape the crowds so you can have a night to remember. 

Keep reading to know why Medellín stands out as an exceptional choice.

Why celebrate New Year’s Eve in Medellín

Here are some of the advantages of celebrating the arrival of the new year in this vibrant Colombian city:

Perfect Weather
Medellín is known as the “City of Eternal Spring” due to its pleasant climate year-round. Unlike many other destinations that experience cold winter temperatures during New Year’s Eve, Medellín offers a comfortably mild climate, ensuring you can enjoy outdoor festivities without bundling up.

Warm Hospitality
Colombians are renowned for their warmth and friendliness, and this extends to New Year’s Eve celebrations. You’ll feel welcomed by locals eager to share their traditions and joy with visitors.

Stunning Scenery
The city is surrounded by breathtaking landscapes, including lush green hills and picturesque towns like Guatapé, providing the perfect backdrop for your New Year’s Eve celebration.

Diverse Entertainment
Whether you’re partying all night long and looking for lively nightclubs or someone seeking a more tranquil celebration with the family, Medellín offers diverse entertainment options to cater to every preference.

Dining Options for All
Medellín boasts a thriving culinary scene, offering a wide range of dining experiences from traditional Colombian cuisine to international fusion. You can savor delicious dishes at a fraction of the cost you might pay in more touristy cities.

Contact us today to receive customized guidance on how to plan and book your trip and have a New Year to never forget in Medellin!

How to Spend New Year’s Eve in Medellin: Dinner Option

New Year’s dinner is an integral part of the festivities, and it plays a significant role in many cultures worldwide. In Medellín, as in other parts of Colombia, this meal is an opportunity for families and friends to come together, enjoy delicious food, and make cherished memories as they bid farewell to the old year and welcome the new one.

If you plan to dine out on New Year’s Eve in Medellín, we advise you to make reservations well in advance. Popular restaurants tend to fill up quickly, and having a reservation ensures you have a seat at your chosen venue.

Discover some of the best restaurants here or ask us to give you recommendations. We can make restaurant reservations, create personalized itineraries, and even do your shopping. Get in touch with us today to enquire about Two Travel’s Concierge Services.

Midnight toast and party with Medellin locals

Medellín’s New Year’s Eve parties offer an electric atmosphere and a chance to dance, toast, and celebrate the start of a new year with people from all around the world. Whether you’re into the club scene, prefer a more cultural experience, or want to ring in the new year with a rooftop view, Medellín has a New Year’s Eve party that will suit your style and create unforgettable memories.

But with so many bars and clubs in Medellín, it’s often difficult to know where to head first.

Provenza in El Poblado is undoubtedly one of the hottest spots for New Year’s Eve celebrations. Its surrounding streets are transformed into a bustling party hub with live music, street performers, and a joyful atmosphere. Many bars, clubs, and restaurants in the area host special events and parties, making it a go-to destination for travelers.

We work with many party promoters, bars, clubs, and restaurants in Medellín. As soon as they start to release tickets for the hottest events in October or November of each year, we open access to you.

If you want to be first on the VIP list to access tickets, sign up today!

Best Bars to Enjoy New Year’s Eve in Medellin

El Social
The perfect spot for a traditional paisa (as locals are called in Medellin) celebration. You can either stop at their spot in Provenza and join locals and other visitors with a toast, vibrant music, and picturesque traditions, or head to the botanical garden which they have taken over this year to host a party you won’t want to miss.

La Deriva
Want a night night in style? This is the place. Perched on top of the Click Clack Hotel, head to La Deriva for cocktails and delicious food in an immersive and scenic experience. Imagine yourself dipping your toes in the rooftop pool whilst sipping on an Aperol Spritz… yes, this is the best way to welcome the new year!

Gusto Nightclub
Located right in central Lleras Park, Gusto nightclub will never disappoint. Nightly escapades at Gusto involve laser light shows, beautiful girls, and expertly poured drinks. It is a great option in this super touristic area that doesn’t feel like a tourist trap.

La Oculta
Do you ever wonder where the young locals go to party? What if we told you it was in a speakeasy-style joint, hidden behind a bookshelf? La Oculta is, like its name suggests, hard to find, but a total gem once you get in. This intimate club is small but perfectly formed, and its glittering chandelier adds a boujee touch to your night. Great to share a bottle of whiskey with a group of friends and listen to local Latin beats.

Where to Stay in Medellin for New Year’s Eve

Why stay in a hotel, when you can stay in a place of your own and celebrate in style?  Make a luxury private villa your home for a while, relax, and welcome the new year with drinks, music, and the best company while not worrying about a thing – our villas come with all the amenities you need and 24/7 security.  Just tell us what you need or find your perfect place here.

Special New Year’s Eve events are announced in October and November, and we can offer you first VIP access to the best with the best prices too.

Año Viejo Effigies
One of the most distinctive traditions is the creation of “Año Viejo” effigies. These are life-sized dolls or figures made of old clothes, newspapers, and other materials. People create these effigies in the weeks leading up to New Year’s Eve and then set them on fire at midnight, symbolizing letting go of the old year’s burdens and starting anew.

Yellow Underwear
It’s a widespread belief in Medellín, and Colombia as a whole, that wearing yellow underwear on New Year’s Eve brings good luck and prosperity in the coming year. It’s not uncommon to see locals sporting yellow undergarments as part of their New Year’s attire.

Las Doce Uvas (the 12 grapes)
It is a tradition to eat 12 grapes at the stroke of midnight. As the clock chimes twelve times, people eat one grape with each chime, making a wish for each grape. It’s believed that if you successfully eat all 12 grapes, your wishes for the new year will come true.

Walking Around the Block with Your Luggage
You are already traveling but take your luggage for a stroll down the block to travel even more in 2024. In Medellín, it’s believed that taking a brief walk around the block with an empty suitcase on New Year’s Eve can bring good fortune in the form of travel opportunities, symbolizing a desire for new adventures, journeys, and new experiences.

Lentils in Your Pockets
Another charming tradition involves carrying lentils in your pockets on New Year’s Eve. Colombians place a few lentils in their pockets to attract financial well-being and success in their personal and professional lives. This tradition reflects the cultural importance of economic stability and growth.

Other Activities To Enjoy New Year’s Eve in Medellin

Watch the Alumbrados
The “Alumbrados” is a beloved tradition in Medellín, especially during the holiday season. Alumbrados, which translates to “lighting” or “illuminations,” refers to the Christmas light displays that adorn the city. This tradition has become a source of immense pride for the people of Medellín and is one of the most anticipated events of the year.

The Alumbrados are spread throughout the city, with some of the most iconic displays located in central areas like Parque Norte, Parque de los Deseos, and Parque de los Pies Descalzos. Additionally, many neighborhoods and streets also participate, decorating their homes and storefronts.

Guatape and other towns nearby
Just a short drive from Medellín, Guatapé is famous for its colorful houses and the towering El Peñol rock. Start your New Year’s Day with a trip here, go to a coffee farm, or explore other lovely towns around like San Antonio, La Ceja, El Retiro, and El Carmen for a more cultural and outdoorsy experience.

This and a ton of other things to do in Medellin are waiting for you. Get in touch today to plan your next adventure with us!

Best Rooftop Bars in Medellin

Best Medellín rooftop bars
Coracao Rooftop

Nestled in a valley in the Andean mountains, Medellín boasts some of the best views in Colombia. Many local businesses have taken advantage of these rolling hills and the temperate climate to take things al-fresco, to the rooftops. Whether you are there to party, drink, or eat, be sure to check out our favorite recommendations for the best rooftops in Medellín.

Something we love about a good rooftop is versatility. A good rooftop bar can literally see you through from brunch to the early hours of the morning. It’s great to appreciate a good sunset from a rooftop (and in Medellín, you see the most stunning sunsets). There’s also something magical about the city at night from above; thousands of lights twinkling below you like fireflies.

Whether you are visiting Medellín with your partner, with friends, or even with your bachelorette or bachelor group, you are sure to fall in love with this enchanting city and its stunning views.

But where can you find the best rooftop bars in Medellín? Read on to find out or book a Bar Hopping experience with us!

Envy Rooftop (The Charlee Hotel, Parque Lleras)

Envy Rooftop is the place to see and be seen in Medellín. This luxurious rooftop bar is located on top of the gorgeous Charlee Hotel. You can find it in the heart of the nightlife district; Lleras Park, Poblado. Built on two levels with an aquarium-style pool in the middle, the views are just as good inside as they are out. Grab one of the best cocktails in Medellín and some fresh sushi and admire the beautiful people. Then, when the sun starts to set behind the mountains, take in the beauty of the twinkling lights of the city below you. It truly is one of the best rooftops in Medellín. 

Envy has something to offer every day of the week; enjoy live music on Salsa Wednesdays and a live DJ the rest of the week. Don’t forget to visit Envy on the last Sunday of the month for its famous boozy bottomless brunch. Take the word “brunch” with a pinch of salt, as the kitchen opens from 5 PM onwards, which gives you plenty of time for a lie-in. You can take a dip in the pool or chill at the bar, just don’t miss this chic spot on your trip to Medellín.

La Deriva (Click Clack Hotel, Poblado)

Perched on top of the Click Clack Hotel, La Deriva isn’t just for hotel guests. Head to La Deriva for cocktails and delicious food in an urban jungle setting. Imagine yourself dipping your toes in the rooftop pool whilst sipping on an Aperol Spritz…yes, this is the lifestyle you deserve! At La Deriva, they have a live DJ who pumps out the best tunes.

Fish and seafood are imported from Isla Fuerte, a nearby island in the Colombian Caribbean. The menu is inspired by coastal recipes all throughout Latin America. Travel, through their menu, from the Golf of Mexico, to the Colombian Pacific, to the coasts of Peru.

We love the unpretentiousness of this rooftop oasis. Make use of their comfy loungers and take in the gorgeous Medellín skyline. La Deriva is open from midday until late, every day of the week.

Mosquito Rooftop (The Somos Hotel, Poblado)

If you want an all-encompassing place that promises excellent quality service from breakfast to midnight cocktails, head to Mosquito Rooftop. From mind-blowing brunches to getting down and dirty on the dance floor, this is the place to be. The rooftop at Mosquito offers panoramic views of Medellín, where you can surely lock in many Medellín core memories. This stunning Medellín skyline is actually the backdrop to the DJ booth. It undoubtedly makes for an unforgettable night as you explore Medellín’s nightlife. We love the oasis vibe with the rooftop lined with greenery.

Want to explore more of Medellín’s nightlife – come bar hopping with us and then on to a VIP Club Night!

Teatro Victoria Roof Garden (Provenza, Poblado)

Teatro Victoria bar Medellin

Located in trendy Provenza, Teatro Victoria is right in the heart of the action. Victoria Roof Garden has a chic and contemporary vibe. It’s our favorite of the four ambiences in the Teatro Victoria nightclub because taking in the freshness of the Medellín night on a rooftop is far superior to being stuck inside a sweaty club.

Don’t arrive too late for the chance to dine. They have an extensive menu of mouthwatering dishes. The menu showcases both local and international flavors; from soft bao, to fresh sushi, to exquisitely prepared meat and fish dishes. You can also find an impressive selection of craft cocktails at the bar.

ENE Restobar Hookah Lounge (Provenza, Poblado)

Ene Restobar Hookah Lounge in Medellín is a must-visit destination for those seeking a unique rooftop experience combined with a touch of Middle Eastern flair. It’s the perfect place to visit with a Medellín bachelor party group. Pull up a seat and share a hookah amongst friends. It’s one of our favorite pre-game spots, but also a place to chill when you don’t feel like going “out-out”. They have a delectable menu, featuring international dishes and dishes to share. We loved the crab and shrimp nachos and their specialty; the ENE fries with cheese, beef, and bacon. Bring your appetite!

Belisario (Provenza, Poblado)

If you’re looking for both a taste of Medellín nightlife and a taste of some of the best food and cocktails in Medellín, head on down to Belisario. The menu is Mexican, but it’s so much more than tacos. Sure, you can get some of the best tacos of your life here, but open your mind and imagination to beef tenderloin flambéed in tequila. Or perhaps we can tempt you with a mezcal and hibiscus cocktail. Truly heaven on earth! Afterwards, you can pop behind the bookshelf to the hidden club, La Oculta. We sang its praises in our Medellín Nightlife blog post.

360° Rooftop Bar (Hotel Haven, Poblado)

360° Rootop Bar Medellin

The rooftop bar on the top of Hotel Haven has, as its name promises, a breathtaking 360° view of Medellín. On the 11th floor of Hotel Haven, it’s the highest rooftop on our list. 360 Rooftop bar knows how to host a party. They will frequently have pool parties (in the heated pool!), electronic parties, neon nights, and their Sunday Funday brunch. Brunch is a perfect excuse for a party – especially when it’s all-you-can-eat from 11 AM to 4 PM! Lounge in the pool, grab some sliders and an artisan cocktail, and put the fun in your Sunday! Brunch is also only 20 bucks, which is an absolute steal.

Even more Medellín rooftop bars!

Rooftop Bars in Medellin
NDN Rooftop

With so many fun, innovative, and exciting rooftop options in Medellín, it’s hard to choose where to visit. But believe us, any of the places mentioned above guarantee you a night to remember. We also wanted to give an honorary mention to Mamba Negra restaurant in Q Tower (el Poblado) for flawless gastronomy and some of the best cocktails in Medellín. To Curacao, a fantastic bar sat atop the Selvario 36 hotel, and NDN (Provenza, el Poblado) for its romantic mountain views, and impeccable service.

From trendy modern establishments to charming hidden gems, the rooftop bars in Medellín provide an unforgettable setting to unwind, soak up the vibrant atmosphere, and create lasting memories against the backdrop of this dynamic Colombian city.

These are just some of our favorite rooftops in Medellín. If you want more personalized advice or you’re planning a group trip, get in touch, and we can plan your journey together, or read on for our FAQs on Medellín nightlife.

Medellín Nightlife FAQs

Have a burning question about nightlife in Medellín and didn’t know who to ask? No worries, we are locals, and we got you, boo!

How much does a cocktail typically cost in Medellín? 

Cocktails in Medellín are a fine art form. Talented mixologists work hard to produce delicious cocktails that satisfy all the senses. Glassware in Medellín is trending, so don’t be surprised if you are handed a wooden totem, a bronze goblet, or even a porcelain skull to drink from. Flowers, dry ice, and fruit garnishes add to the extravagance of the experience. Expect to pay from $45.000 COP to $55.000 COP (around $10 USD) for a cocktail.

What time do people go out drinking and dancing?

In Medellín, the nightlife scene typically starts to pick up around 9 PM, especially on weekends. People often gather at bars and lounges during this time to socialize and pre-game. But between 10 PM and 2 AM is when you will see most people in the streets and bars. During these hours, Provenza and Parque Lleras come alive with energy and music. It’s common for people to transition from bars to clubs later in the evening, with many clubs staying open until the early morning hours.

What time do places typically close in Medellín?

Generally, bars and lounges in el Poblado close around 2 AM. However, there are also venues that stay open later, particularly clubs that may continue operating until 4 AM or even later, especially on weekends. Just ask us where to go and we’ll do the rest – we can even make sure you have transport home! 

What is the dress code for going out in Medellín?

The streets of Provenza at night are a catwalk for the young and beautiful – even more so in July and August when the fashion shows hit town. Medellín weather at night is cool enough to warrant a light jacket or jeans, but will also be fine for a dress and heels.

Paisas, or locals to Medellín, love to dress up, and you will often see women with a full face of makeup and a stunning waterfall of shiny hair. Men go for the smart-casual look; jeans or chinos with a shirt or polo. Make sure to bring your A-game, and don’t forget that some nicer restaurants and clubs have a strict dress code. That means no caps, no sneakers or sliders, no sandals and no shorts (for guys).

It’s always a good idea to check the dress code of a specific venue beforehand. Or, if you purchased our concierge services, you can just double-check with your concierge agent before they make your reservation for you!

Is Medellín safe at night?

Medellín has made huge strides in recent years with regard to safety. However, it’s always a good idea to have your wits about you, as with any big city. When traveling, use a reputable cab app such as Uber or Didi, rather than a local taxi, especially at night, or talk to us and we’ll arrange a private driver for your whole trip. It will also allow you to skip the language barrier if you still need to brush up on your español

We recommend you don’t use Tinder to meet people. But if you are going to meet up with someone you met on Tinder or a dating app, get a photo of their ID beforehand and keep someone updated on your whereabouts, just in case.

Colombians are known for their phrase “no dar papaya”, which literally translates to “don’t give papaya”. What it means, however, is to avoid attracting unnecessary attention by flashing expensive jewelry or valuables. You can leave that at home and still look fly on the dance floor.

And remember that super fancy cocktail you bought? Don’t leave it unattended (it’s too good to go to waste, anyway). By taking these simple steps, you can enjoy the vibrant nightlife of Medellín with peace of mind.

Medellín is a city of hedonism and parties. So enjoy all the fun from a bird’s-eye view, on top of some of the best rooftop bars in Medellín. Whether you’re there for a boozy brunch, or dancing your heart out until the small hours, get some fresh air with those fresh vibes.

Get in touch today to plan your next Medellín adventure!

Medellin Bachelor Pool Party

Medellin Mansion

One of the great things about Medellín is the climate – it’s called the City of Eternal Spring – because the temperatures are mild all year round (72°F – 77°F). So a pool party is a favorite activity for bachelors celebrating their last days of singledom in Medellín and we can help make that happen!

With Two Travel, you can book a house for you and all your friends that’s party friendly. It’s really important to have the permission of the house owner if you want to go all out, and we can do all of that for you. Take a look at just some of the amazing places you could be staying – yes, many have pools, some even have private nightclubs!

All you really have to do for your pool party is get up, get dressed and party. We do the rest!

  • We’ll decorate the pool according to your chosen theme.
  • We’ll make sure all the drinks and food you want are ready when you need them. We can bring in bartenders and chefs. Many of the houses have great BBQ spaces.
  • You might have a great party playlist, but we can make sure the speakers are what you need, and even bring in a DJ.
  • Never a dull moment. We’ll have beer pong, pool volleyball, dance activities and a special bachelor show, so your pool party is unforgettable!

We can also organize security, spa treatments and massages, among other things. Just get in touch and let us do the hard work for you.

Let our team do the Medellín bachelor party planning for you. You won’t regret it. Tell us when, for how many people and your budget and we will do the rest, so you can party like a pro!

Medellin Bachelor Party Special

Medellin Bachelor Party clubbing

Medellin is fast becoming a favorite for bachelor parties and we totally understand why.  So if you’re planning a bachelor party and wondering how to do it, read on. We are experts in party planning and this Medellín Bachelor Party Special is one to book!

Why celebrate your Bachelor Party in Medellín?

  1. The Nightlife: Medellin is known for its vibrant nightlife. The city is home to some of the best clubs in South America, and many of them stay open until the early hours of the morning.
  2. Beautiful women: Medellin is also known for its beautiful women, who are friendly, approachable, and open to meeting new people. This can make it an attractive destination for groups of single men looking to have a good time.
  3. Affordable prices: Compared to other popular bachelor party destinations like Las Vegas or Miami, Medellin is relatively affordable. Accommodation, food, and entertainment are all reasonably priced, which can make it an attractive option for groups on a budget.
  4. Adventure activities: Medellin is surrounded by stunning natural scenery, including mountains, waterfalls, and forests. There are plenty of adventure activities to enjoy, such as hiking, paragliding, and rafting, which can add an extra element of excitement to a bachelor party.

We can organize a full weekend (or longer) for you and your group.  And we love hosting our Bachelor Party Night Special – truly a night to remember. And of course, what happens in Medellin stays in Medellin 😉 

You want a night to remember? Book this Medellín Bachelor Party Special for at least one of the evenings that you’re in town.  We will take care of everything

Here’s what your evening could look like:

  • Warm up at the house : We make sure your chosen drinks are delivered in time for your pre-game, or if you want to go all out, we’ll lay on a bartender and chef to start off your evening with style.
  • Transport and security : No need to worry with directions in a second language, nor being at risk of light fingers (or worse!). Our local team is discreet but on hand, so you can party the night away without concern, wherever you choose for your special night.
  • Bar Hopping in Provenza : We know where to go for the best cocktails, best crowd and best views.  Hopping to a few bars before you go clubbing is a great way to get into Medellín’s party scene, and we can make sure there’s some brilliant bar food available at the best table in the house. Find out more 
  • VIP Club Night : As evening turns into night, when you’re ready, we’ll take you to your chosen club. We have relationships with all the best places, so you get the best tables, the best hosts, amazing cocktails and a front row experience not to be missed! Find out more
  • Back at the house : We’ll make sure you (and your guests) get back to the house safe, and that your fridge is stocked should you want to continue the party into the early hours. 
  • Next day rejuvenation treatments : Be it brunch, IV treatments, massages, or rejuvenating cocktails, count on us for all your next day needs. We’ll have you feeling tip top before your next activity, whatever it may be!

Let our team do the Medellín bachelor party planning for you. You won’t regret it. Just let us know when, for how many people and your budget and we will do the rest, so you can party like a pro!

VIP Club Night in Medellin

Medellín nightclub La Chula

If you’re in Medellin with a group of friends, you’re probably here to enjoy the nightlife. After a day exploring the city, what better way to party than dancing the night away in one of the best clubs in Medellin. We work with groups of 6 or more people, specializing in evenings for bachelor parties. Get ready for a VIP Club Night in Medellín to remember!

Our VIP Club night package is perfect for groups. No need to worry about which club to go to (we know all the best places!), how to get there, get in and get home – we’ve got this! We sort out transport, we get you to the front of the line fast and for groups, we can make sure you get one of the best tables with cold drinks on tap, so you can spend your time meeting the locals.

We highly recommend combining your VIP Club night with our Bar Hopping in Provenza evening. We can do a special package for you. Just get in touch!

If you’re leading a group, you cannot go wrong with these nightclubs. But this is not the limit to our VIP Club night. Just tell us what your group likes, and what occasion you’re celebrating. We’ll take you to the best clubs – VIP style!

VIP Club Night in Medellín recommendations:

Las Palmas

Las Palmas is a well-known upscale area located near to El Poblado. La Chula is the perfect place if you’re looking to dance the night away Mexico style! This is the place for tequila and mariachi bands and right next door is La Chula Urbana if you’re looking for a reggaeton night. With us, you can jump from one to the other! Or we can take you to Bora Bora – perfect for urban music with a touch of Mexico.

Vintrash

Vintrash, located in the heart of the trendy Parque Lleras area, is a vibrant and energetic club that is sure to please any bachelor party. With its colorful decor and eclectic mix of music, Vintrash is known for its lively atmosphere and fun-loving crowd. Whether you’re looking to hit the dance floor or relax in one of the club’s lounge areas, Vintrash is a great spot to celebrate your bachelor party.

Gusto

Gusto, located in the heart of Medellin’s bustling Laureles neighborhood, is a firm favorite for bachelors. With VIP areas, a beautiful local crowd and urban/crossover vibes, you cannot go wrong with a night at Gusto. We can organize a range of bottle service options and VIP packages.

Other clubs we recommend

We have great relationships with the best nightclubs in Medellín. Let us know what kind of a night you want and we’ll do the rest. Try La Molienda, for a truly Paisa start to your evening with horses! For those looking for techno and a more European crowd, try Salon Amador or Sonorama. For those in the know, Dubai is a great place to meet locals and very popular right now. And if you’re looking for reggaeton, Perro Negro is your place.

Get in touch to book your VIP Club Night in Medellín or check out our Bachelor Party Special. Here’s our Medellin nightlife guide for more recommendations.

Bar Hopping in Provenza

Teatro Victoria bar in Medellin

Looking for the ultimate bar hopping experience in Medellin? Look no further! Our team are locals and they know all the best places to party (especially for bachelors) and will make sure your night is one to remember. Bar hopping in Medellín´s Provenza district is the perfect warm up before you head to a club in Medellín. From trendy rooftop bars to hidden speakeasies, we´ll take you to all the best places to party like a local in Medellin.

If you’ve booked a concierge service with us, we won’t simply recommend the bars to go to, we’ll sort out pre-game snacks and shots before you leave your accommodation, sort out transport to Provenza, and get you to the best tables in every place.

Get in touch to book and we will do the rest. Don’t miss out on the best nightlife Medellín has to offer!

Here are some of the top bars in this bar hopping experience:

  • La Octava: This bar has a great selection of beer and cocktails and a fun, laid-back atmosphere. It’s a great spot to kick off a night out in Provenza.
  • El Social: Known for its lively atmosphere, this classic bar offers a great mix of music and cocktails. It’s a popular spot for locals and tourists alike.
  • Envy Rooftop: Another rooftop bar with a great view, Envy is a popular spot for partygoers. The bar has a lively atmosphere, and the cocktails are fantastic.
  • Mosquito: This rooftop is one of our favorites, bringing in a trendy and beautiful crowd every day of the week to warm up with DJs, cocktails and gorgeous company with a view!
  • Teatro Victoria: A magical place – this is another favorite of ours. You’ll find urban and crossover music, a beautiful fun crowd and a rooftop all in one amazing bar. We recommend this as your last stop for good reason. You won’t want to leave!

Whatever your group, get in touch and we’ll get you into the best places for the vibe you’re looking for. And don’t stop at bar hopping – if you want to stay out late, we recommend our VIP Club Night, and for Bachelors – a Special Party – we’ll pull out all the stops so you have an unforgettable night and even deliver brunch (and more) if you’ve booked a house with us!

The Ultimate Guide to Hosting Your Bachelor Party in Medellin

Looking for the best place to host your upcoming bachelor party? Look no further than Medellin, Colombia. Medellin is one of the hottest up-and-coming destinations for bachelors and beyond, and it’s about time you discovered everything it has to offer for you and your group. 

A bachelor party in Medellin is guaranteed to include incredible nightlife, accommodation fit for a king (and party friendly!), and adventure activities that will get your adrenaline pumping. Not to mention, Medellin also happens to be the home to some of the most beautiful women in the world. But you can tell your wife that it’s a casual coincidence. Medellin has enormous, multi-story nightclubs and swanky, speakeasy-style bars. It also has a wide variety of private villas for you and your group to crash or party in private.  It is truly one of the best bachelor party destinations. The weather is a perfect 80°F (26°C) all year round, keeping you feeling fresh and not sweaty. All you need now is someone to help you plan the whole trip! That’s where we come in. 

A Travel Concierge: Your key to the city 

Planning a bachelor party isn’t easy. And managing a group of unruly guys, finding decent accommodation, reliable transportation, and making restaurant reservations in Spanish, all while trying to have fun is even harder. That’s why we love to make everything as easy as possible for you. Many AirBnBs and hotels in the city don’t accept large groups of all guys. We have direct contact with the owners of many private villas in Medellin, and we can do all the talking, so all you will need to do is show up. Fancy a personal chef to whip up breakfast every day, or treat you to a restaurant-quality meal from the comfort of your own villa? Want to organize a private pool party? We are expert bachelor party planners. We have private chefs on speed dial, along with DJs, and everything you would expect from a bachelor party. 

Fancy hiring someone to do all the boring work, so you can enjoy every moment? That’s what we’re here for! Get in touch with our concierge team today to get a quote for our services.

Activities for your bachelor party in Medellin 

A good bachelor’s weekend (or week!) needs to have activities planned for both daytime and evening. There’s no time to sit around nursing a hangover with so many activities to do in Medellin and its surrounding areas. The great thing about Medellin is that it is a big, metropolitan city, surrounded by beautiful countryside. So whether you want something outdoorsy or simply want to soak up city life, there is something for everyone. 

Day Activities 

Check out our Tours & Experiences page for more information on just some of the activities you and the guys can do for your bachelor party in Medellin. The Comuna 13 Tour is an amazing way to see the “other” side of the city. Twenty years ago it was a no-go zone, and it’s now a thriving art and culture scene. Comuna 13 is a great place to explore during the day. You can check out the stunning graffiti, try some street food, and even rap-battle the local kids there, as they love interacting with tourists.  

Or escape the city to visit the idyllic countryside and picturesque town of Guatapé. Home to an incredible naturally-formed volcanic rock that has a massive 708 steps to the top, it’s an unmissable photo opportunity. The Peñón de Guatapé is unique in the world, and climbing all those stairs makes for great bonding with the guys. The groom is sure to reach his wedding day in good shape!

Think there’s nothing scarier than getting married? You obviously haven’t tried paragliding. Get that adrenaline pumping, and soar like a bird over stunning green pastures near Colombia’s coffee region. This exhilarating experience will make you feel so alive and is sure to blow away the cobwebs of the routine of daily life. Or you can take advantage of the rough terrains of the countryside and go out on an ATV adventure. This is one of our most popular bachelor party activities. There’s no experience needed, and the trails have varying difficulty levels. Take a walk on the wild side and explore Colombia on a quad bike! 

Night-time activities 

When the sun sets, it’s time to play. Medellin offers a huge range of things to do in the evenings, namely in the form of bars, restaurants, and clubs. Medellin’s nightlife scene is absolutely buzzing. Check out some of our favourite restaurants in Medellin. There are some truly incredible places to visit, worthy of the special event you are celebrating. Make sure to bring some smarter clothes and shoes if you are heading to a nice restaurant or club. Many places have dress codes, and we would hate for you to miss out. 

We can help you with bar hopping in Provenza, a VIP Club Night, or a full blown Bachelor Party Special. Simply get in touch and let us know what you’re looking for. We can do the rest.

If private parties are more your jam, we’ve got everything you need to make it happen. From the party-friendly penthouse to the sound system, to the VIP guests. Did we mention our legendary pool parties? Our private barman can mix a mean cocktail, and we can even get you vitamin IV therapy to aid recovery the day after. But make sure you do make it out of the house! It wouldn’t be a Medellin bachelor party without a trip to Parque Lleras and Provenza. Here, you can find some of the best clubs and bars in Medellin. Luckily, we did the hard work for you and scoped out the best clubs and nightlife in town, so your Medellin bachelor party is truly epic!

Top Tips for your Bachelor Party 

You may be wondering where the best place to stay is with your bachelor party in Medellin. El Poblado is a popular and convenient option, as it is right in the middle of the action. You can find many bachelor pads and penthouses in Poblado and near the famous Lleras Park. You can literally step right out of your apartment or villa and find some of the best bars, clubs and restaurants in the city. There are also some other more exclusive locations in Medellin, such as Alto de las Palmas. This sought-after neighborhood is a little further up the mountain and boasts stunning views over the valley. Its location allows for a little more privacy, and the absence of neighbors in some villas means that the parties can be bigger, better, and louder!

Private pool
Casa Serena, one of the villas we offer in Medellin

Speaking of accommodation; you will want to make sure you book accommodations early. The best villas and penthouses can get booked up, especially during peak season (generally December through March). We have exclusive access to elite properties that aren’t on AirBnB, so lock in your property with us as early as possible. Unlike Cartagena, where most of the touristic areas are condensed within a smaller radius, Medellin is a sprawling city. Transportation is an important consideration for you and your bachelor group. For big groups, hiring a bigger van that fits all of you can often be more cost-effective than paying for separate taxis.

With so many moving parts involved in planning your bachelor party in Medellin, it’s best to leave the bachelor party planning to the experts. We can arrange from the smallest detail to the most extravagant adventure. Our goal is to make sure you and your group have the best time ever, and that your bachelor party is memorable for all the right reasons.

Bachelor Party in Medellin or Cartagena?

After reading this, and our Cartagena Bachelor & Bachelorette Party Ideas page, you might be unsure of which destination is best for you. If you are looking for a Miami-style, beach vacay at a fraction of the cost, Cartagena is calling you. Think yacht parties, Colonial mansions, and private islands. If you prefer big-city vibes and cooler climes, head to Medellin. In Medellin, you can find a bigger variety of clubs and bars, more adventure activities, and more beautiful women. The choice is yours.

Whichever city you end up choosing. You and your group are sure to have the time of your lives. But don’t take our word for it! Check out a testimonial from one of our clients. This client used Two Travel to plan his friend’s Bachelor Party in Medellin. They were a large group of 14 people and wanted to pack as many activities into 4 days. Here’s an extract from his review:  

“If Two Travel is operating in a city I travel to, I will 100% be using them to make sure I have the best experience possible.
In addition to making sure all of the planned events were executed and handled with exceptional detail, we were lucky to have Daniel O. with us the entire trip. Especially on nights we went out and experienced the nightlife, having Daniel with us was priceless. If Daniel is with your crew, you basically have the most well-connected person in Medellin. He knows everyone in Medellin / Provenza area and regardless of your group’s vibe he knows the perfect spot. Outside of that, he was amazing at accommodating last-minute requests and making sure our group was safe at all times.”

Two Travel Client

We promise you’ll have so much fun during your bachelor party in Medellin, that soon you’ll be convincing all the guys to tie the knot, just so you can plan more bachelor parties! Get in touch with the Two Travel Concierge team today, so we can start planning the ultimate bachelor party.

The Best Places to Visit in Colombia

San Bernardo del Viento Islands

It’s hard to pick just a few of the best places to visit in Colombia. In every corner of this magical country, there are different things to explore and traditions to fall in love with. The mix of landscapes, music, and gastronomy makes it a cultural melting pot that is unique in the world.

Colombia’s diversity is what makes it so special. It has snow-topped mountains, white-sand beaches, thick jungle, arid deserts, and metropolitan cities. Colombia has something for everyone. And on your Colombia vacation, we want to make it as special as possible. That’s why we have compiled this guide to help you plan out the vacation of your dreams with the best places to visit in Colombia.

Colombia is a vast country, with mountains and canyons running through its core and impenetrable jungle around some of its edges. One would need months or even years to fully explore it. However, on your vacation in Colombia, you can cherry-pick from some of our favorite destinations and stay one step ahead of other travelers. Explore the colorful streets of Cartagena and the crystal-clear seas of the Colombian Caribbean, then on to Medellín and the rolling hills of the coffee region. Take a trip with us as we explore the best places to visit in Colombia, and why you need to visit Colombia now!

Colombia: Just a short flight from the USA

Colombia is, on average, just a 3-hour flight from Miami and a 5-hour flight from New York. Its proximity and the ability to get great flight deals with multiple different airlines means that it’s possible to pop over for a short vacation or even a long weekend. Of course, if you want to visit multiple destinations, we would recommend a longer stay of a couple of weeks.

Climate and temperature in Colombia

Cocora Valley in Quindio, Colombia
Cocora Valley

Due to its positioning close to the equator, temperatures in Colombia are affected by altitude, not by the time of year. This means that if you head to the coast, you are always guaranteed to get warm, sunny weather all year round, and you can head to the mountains for cooler weather. Bogotá, at 8.660 ft above sea level, is notoriously grey and rainy. However, seaside destination Cartagena averages 80°F – 90°F (27-32 Celsius). As a perfect medium at 4,900 ft, Medellín is known as the “City of Eternal Spring”, with temperate, spring-like climates. If you’re looking to avoid the rain, April-May and October-November are when it is most likely to rain across the whole country.

Colombian people and Culture

Over the past few years, Colombia has been shaking off the negative stereotypes it got during the 1980s and 90s. Colombia has proved over and over again that it is so much more than its past. The warmness and friendliness of its people never fails to surprise and delight us. Colombia has been voted one of the world’s happiest countries, and the joy and good vibes of its people is infectious wherever you go. Colombian people love to embrace their multiethnicity. Indigenous, Spanish, African and Arab cultures all come together to make the modern Colombian. Different regions within Colombia have different accents, music styles, and gastronomies; all influenced by this same blend of external and internal influences.

Where are the best places to visit in Colombia?

Colombia is truly the country that has it all. So, depending on what you’re looking for during your trip to Colombia, you can surely achieve it. Below, we have detailed a list of our favorite places to visit and the truly unmissable destinations where you are sure to make life-long memories.

Cartagena and the Colombian Caribbean

Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena is the jewel of Colombia’s northern coastline. Its colonial, UNESCO-protected walled city and sleek, Miami-like surrounding neighborhoods make it one of Colombia’s most popular destinations. Cartagena also has stunning islands and archipelagos nearby, such as the Rosario Islands and Baru, which boast crystal-clear waters and white sandy beaches. There’s no better place to rent a speedboat or yacht than Cartagena. You can even rent out your own private island for parties! Live the dream!

Cartagena’s colonial center is like walking through a movie set; colorful houses lined with bougainvillea flowers; private swimming pools glistening in the afternoon sun, and palm tree-lined beaches. Many tourists highlight Cartagena as one of the best places in Colombia. Whether you’re there to party, relax, or shop; there’s something for everyone.

Cartagena is also home to some incredible restaurants and some of the best cocktail bars in the world (Cartagena’s very own Alquímico and El Barón were featured on worlds50best.com). You’ll hear us sing Cartagena’s praises in our blog post on the Best Restaurants in Cartagena.

What are you waiting for? Get in touch with us today to find the perfect villa and book your own yacht or trip to the islands near Cartagena!

Other notable areas on the Caribbean coast: 

Barranquilla is the fourth-largest city in Colombia and the location of the second-biggest Carnival in South America after Rio. During this time, this usually very organized city transforms into flurries of flowers and feathers. Music plays on every street corner, and the streets and bars fill up with people in colorful outfits dancing and drinking aguardiente, an aniseed-based Colombian liquor. Carnival is an unmissable spectacle for visitors. Dates vary, but Carnival de Barranquilla usually takes place between February and March, and warm up events take place throughout January. 

The San Bernardo Islands: If you have planned a visit to the Rosario Islands an hour from Cartagena by boat, don’t miss also getting to know the San Bernardo Islands. These gorgeous, unspoiled islands can be reached by direct boat from Cartagena (2 hours) or from the tiny fishing village of Rincón del Mar (40 minutes). On the islands of Mucura and Tintipan, you will find white sand beaches and crystal clear seas; a true Caribbean paradise. 

Minca, near to Santa Marta in Colombia
View from Minca

Minca, a tiny village tucked up in the mountains near Santa Marta, is the perfect destination for eco-conscious travelers looking to reconnect with nature. Explore waterfalls, tropical jungle, and check out the toucans and monkeys hanging out in the trees nearby. You can also visit a working coffee farm just above the town.

Medellín and the Villages of Antioquia

A trip to Colombia wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Medellin. It is without a doubt one of the best cities in Colombia. This sprawling, metropolitan city is built in a valley, so many houses and villas have incredible views over the mountain. Why not rent a penthouse with us, and watch the city lights twinkling like stars in the valley below you? Medellin is a party city, and we have the best contacts and recommendations to ensure that you have the best experience.

Pueblito Paisa in Medellin, Colombia
Pueblito Paisa

You can also take a tour with us to see the best places in town. Our tour guides are local and knowledgeable, with your best interests in mind. The tour we recommend to start with would be our Medellin City Tour. From rooftop bars to deep house nightclubs, a night out in Medellin will surely be one to remember. On an average Friday night, you’ll be likely to find us drinking cocktails in Provenza, Medellín’s most up-and-coming neighborhood. On our blog The Best Places to Party in Medellin, you can find our local recommendations.

The villages of Antioquia

Guatapé: If you need some downtime in the countryside to recharge after partying hard in the city, Medellin also has the perfect options. There are many “pueblos” – small towns – located just a couple of hours’ drive from the city. Guatapé is a popular destination, famous for its enormous granite rock “El Peñol”. This stunning natural formation has 740 zig-zagging steps up to the top. From the top, you can enjoy a refreshing “michelada” beer, and take in the gorgeous view of the lake and green rolling hills surrounding it. The town itself is picturesque and colorful. 

Guatape, near to Medellin in Colombia
Guatapé

We also highly recommend a trip to Jardín, Antioquia. Its name literally means “garden”, and this town does not disappoint. Its temperate climates and green hills make this town feel like a paradise. Stroll through the cobblestone streets, go horse riding, or take a local coffee tour. Ideal to spend a romantic weekend and disconnect from technology. 

If the cooler weather in the Medellin hills gets a bit too chilly for you, you can travel for around an hour and a half to Santa Fe de Antioquia. In this postcard-pretty town, temperatures rise to a warm 85°F (29°C), which makes a nice change from the weather in the rest of the region. 

The Coffee Zone

The Coffee region of Colombia, also known as the Coffee Triangle, is the area where three of Colombia’s departments meet; Caldas, Risaralda, and Quindio. Fly into the city of Pereira or Armenia and take a local bus to one of the quaint towns tucked into the hills. This area is one of stunning natural beauty and is home to the famous Valle de Cocora. Here, you can find some of the tallest palm trees in the world, reaching up to 197 feet. These wax palms are unique in the world and make for an incredible photo opportunity. To reach the trees, however, you must embark on a six-mile hike through a cloud forest, over rickety bridges, and over natural streams. Stop for a hot chocolate in a conveniently-located finca, where you can watch hummingbirds fly above your head.

Salento in Quindio, Colombia
Salento

Although visiting the wax palms of the Valle de Cocora is one of the main reasons tourists visit this area, the towns are the other reason why they stay. Salento, now a popular tourist destination in the area, is a must-see. It’s also the departure point for the hike to the palm trees. You also mustn’t miss Filandia, Salento’s lesser well-known sister, but no less beautiful. Come here to get all the same vibes as Salento, with fewer tourists. These colonial, colorful towns feel like something right out of Disney’s Encanto. Don’t forget to try plenty of coffee, as it can’t get fresher than this! 

Santander for nature and adventure

The department of Santander is slightly off the beaten path of tourists in Colombia. However, it is an area that has breathtaking nature and endless opportunities for adventure sports and adrenaline junkies. The town of San Gil is often frequented by people who are looking to go parasailing, white-water rafting, or hiking. You can even go ziplining or paragliding over the Chicamocha Canyon, a huge and majestic canyon in the area. At 2km deep, Chicamocha is deeper than the Colorado Canyon, and is the second-largest canyon in the world. 

Chicamocha Natural Park in Santander, Colombia
Chicamocha Natural Park

If you need to decompress after all the adventure activities in San Gil, Barichara is the place to head. Deemed “the prettiest town in Colombia”, Barichara is a colonial and romantic town. Stroll down the cobblestone streets and visit local artisan shops, marveling at its gorgeous views over the Suarez river canyon. Barichara is said to have hardly changed since its foundation in 1705. These towns and more are just a few hours’ drive from the city of Bucaramanga.

Two Travel Tips for a Colombia vacation

Traveling around Colombia is a true privilege, and you will find that coming once is never enough. Don’t forget to take into consideration our top travel tips to ensure that you get the best out of your Colombia vacation. 

Airports and Immigration

When you travel to Colombia, flying into the capital city, Bogotá, is cheaper and more convenient than other airports. The airport is well equipped for receiving international arrivals. Immigration queues at regional airports can sometimes be long and tedious, so avoid if possible. If you do fly direct to Cartagena, spend extra to get on the front of the plane, so you’re at the front of the immigration queue. Have on hand your physical vaccine card and the CheckMig app. 

Cash and Card transactions

In the bigger cities, card payments are totally common and accepted. Keep in mind that if you are given the option of paying in local currency (Colombian pesos) or USD, always select local currency. In the smaller towns, villages, or islands, cash is king. You can use an ATM to take out pesos rather than an exchange house, and make sure to decline the conversion rate offered – your bank will give you a better rate. 

Getting one step ahead with your vacation planning

Speak to the travel advisors at Two Travel to help build an itinerary customized to your needs. We have the best direct contacts and know the best places to visit in Colombia. We can get you everything you need for your Colombia vacation – accommodation, airport transfers, transport during your stay, the best activities, and bar, club and restaurant reservations. Cut out the stress and hustle of your vacation. Let us plan your trip, so you can sit back and enjoy the best bits. Not everything in Colombia can be booked online, or simply may not be advertised or accessible online. Our concierge and travel advisors are happy to do the hard work for you!

Get in touch with us today for a personalized itinerary and a full quote for your trip to Colombia!

2024 Guide to the Best Restaurants in Medellin

Food in Medellin is a big deal, and tourists and locals alike take it very seriously. At Two Travel, we firmly believe that your culinary experience in a country can make or break a vacation. That’s why we’ve made a list of the best restaurants in Medellin to ensure you are getting the most out of your trip. 

There are a handful of superstar chefs who have put Medellin on the culinary map. With innovative dishes, locally and responsibly sourced ingredients, and Michelin-starred resumes, their projects in the City of Eternal Spring have been a roaring success. But the beautiful thing about Medellin is that you can also find incredibly flavorful food on any and every street corner. Local dishes are hearty and filling, and evoke a comforting sense of home; even if your grandma isn’t an old Latina lady. Which brings us to the following question…

What do people in Medellín eat?

Paisa (local to Medellin) cuisine is famous all over Colombia. The most famous dish is the Bandeja Paisa, which is a mixed platter of some of the most delicious local foods. It consists of rice, beans, avocado, chicharron (fried pork belly), sausage, mincemeat, sweet plantain, and a fried egg. After all, calories don’t count when you’re on vacation!

You can’t leave Medellin without trying an arepa, a delicious and versatile corn patty, served with pretty much everything. Mondongo is a traditional soup packed full of potatoes, yucca, meat, and tripe. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it; Paisas pride themselves on their mondongo recipe!

There’s no better way to start your day than with a delicious calentado, which literally means “heated up”. Yup, you guessed it, it’s last night’s rice-based leftovers, with a fried egg on top. The breakfast of champions! Many of Medellin’s best restaurants have adopted and adapted these traditional foods to put a contemporary and exclusive twist on them. 

Where are the best restaurants in Medellín?

On your trip to Medellin, you will come across a plethora of restaurants. Some of the best restaurants in Medellin are hidden in plain sight; and some are conveniently located for going out to party afterwards. And you’ll find some of the best restaurants in Medellin with a view in this list! As well as its exquisite variety in gastronomy, Medellin is also an excellent place to go out partying. Don’t miss our Guide to the Best Places to Party in Medellín!

The following places are our unmissable recommendations for foodies, so prepare your palate for some big eats at Medellin’s top restaurants. 

Its our passion to help you plan your trip from start to finish, and help you with the small details too! We can make restaurant reservations for you, create personalized itineraries, and even do your shopping. Get in touch with us today to enquire about Two Travel’s Concierge Services.

El Cielo – Best for a Michelin-starred experience 

El Cielo Restaurant, Medellin
Photo by: El Cielo Hotel

El Cielo is an unmissable fine dining experience in Medellin. Its concept is proudly and undeniably Colombian, with avant-garde techniques that make it stand out in an exceptional way. Chef Juan Manuel “Juanma” Barrientos is a young chef who has achieved incredible things throughout his career, leading the path for molecular cuisine in Colombia and the USA. El Cielo D.C and Miami were both awarded a Michelin star, and its branches in Bogota and Medellin are on the same level. The menu is a 22-course sensory experience where you are encouraged to eat with your hands, play with your food, and truly enjoy yourself. This isn’t an experience to be rushed, so make sure you dedicate your evening to it, and let yourself be swept away by the creative innovation of Juanma and his team. 

Price: $$$
Dress code: Smart 
Reservations needed?: Yes, make sure to book early

Carmen – Best for locally inspired fusion

Carmen Restaurant, Medellin
Photo by: Carmen Restaurant

If you’ve read our blog on the Best Restaurants in Cartagena, you’ll already have heard us sing the praises of Carmen Restaurant, which has branches in both Cartagena and Medellin. Carmen works with ingredients of the highest quality; locally sourced and expertly crafted. The restaurant itself is intimate and beautifully designed with its high ceilings and jungle-like conservatory. The cooking of head chef Carmen Angel takes Colombian classics such as the empanada, a stuffed fried patty common in Colombian street food, and makes it sophisticated. The meat is sourced from the nearby Andean mountains, and the fish is freshly caught in the Pacific Ocean. They also have a tasting menu with wine pairings that comes highly recommended. 

Price: $$$
Dress code: Smart 
Reservations needed?: Yes, book ahead 

Oci.Mde – Best for gourmet comfort food

Oci.Mde Restaurant, Medellin
Photo by: Oci.Mde

Home is slow-cooked meat. Home is big plates of delicious food to share. Head chef Laura Londoño has done an incredible job in creating a warm and inviting environment in her restaurant Oci.Mde. Families, groups of friends, and couples gather around tables piled high with food. They share mouthwatering dishes such as the 5-hour braised pork, or short ribs 12 hours braised in lemon and chili caramel sauce. It tastes like comfort food, but still packs enough punch with local Colombian ingredients and innovative techniques to keep you on your toes. Londoño trained at a 3-Michelin star restaurant in Paris, and brought her many years of knowledge to her home country to create her own concept. Although Oci.Mde´s speciality is slow-cooked meat, vegetarian and vegan options are available.

Price: $$
Dress code: Smart / smart casual
Reservations needed?: Highly recommended, especially on weekends 

Colosal – Best for fine dining with a view

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If you want to make the most of the spectacular views on offer in the mountainous valley that surrounds Medellin, don’t think twice about heading to Colosal. Colossal is one of the best restaurants in Medellin with a view. Located in leafy Envigado, just a stone’s throw from Poblado, this restaurant stands out from the crowd. It offers outdoor dining, live bands and DJs, and impeccable service. The food speaks for itself, and has something for everyone. You can enjoy perfectly-cooked meat and fish, to delicious homemade pastas, and substantial salads. Colossal is the perfect place for a romantic evening, and their wine list is extensive and well-crafted.

Price: $$
Dress code: Dress to impress
Reservations needed?: Highly recommended

Panka – Best for Nikkei Japanese-Peruvian fusion

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If you fancy something different and full of flavor, make sure you head to Panka. This restaurant is located right in the heart of Provenza, the hottest Medellin district for nightlife and partying. Its our favorite choice for Peruvian-Japanese fusion. Dishes at Panka are colorful and flavorful, and a wide variety of textures and techniques are used. We love the Nikkei risotto with octopus, and the shrimp and salmon maki. The dark, leafy interior of the restaurant gives an intimate and glamorous feel. Don’t leave without trying one of their many craft cocktails; they are exquisite and make a great accompaniment to your meal. It also makes Panka a great place to start your night, before heading down to the bars at Parque Lleras just a few blocks away.

Price: $$
Dress code: This restaurant is in one of Medellin’s hottest neighborhoods, so dress chic!
Reservations needed?: Recommended but not strictly necessary

Mondongo’s – Best for a hearty local Sunday lunch

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Mondongo’s is the place to head for a Sunday lunch when you need some hearty home cooking to rectify a hangover caused by a heavy night out. Its generous portions, friendly service, and local vibe make it a favorite amongst Paisas and tourists all over the city. Make sure you try its namesake, mondongo soup, served with avocado, fried plantain, lime and arepas. Here is also a perfect place to try the famous bandeja paisa, a traditional lunch in Medellin. Its popularity means that queues can sometimes lead out of the door, but they generously provide bottles of water and the queue moves relatively quickly. Come hungry and prepare yourself for a true local Colombian dining experience.

Price: $
Dress code: Casual
Reservations needed?: No reservations, get there early to avoid queues on weekends.

With so much choice and gastronomic variation in the city of Medellin, this guide is your best go-to for checking all the culinary boxes during your vacation. Let us help you plan all the other details, too!