The Michelin Guide is Coming to CDMX: A Guide to Some of the Best Restaurants in Mexico City in 2024

Argentine Chef Estanis Carenzo prepares a dish in the kitchen of the Pujol restaurant of Mexican chef Enrique Olvera.

The thriving and cosmopolitan city of Mexico City is rapidly gaining ground in the foodie world. It has been labeled as the next city that the Michelin Guide has set its sights on to celebrate its gastronomic excellence.

The Michelin Guide recently announced that it will soon be arriving in Mexico City. Finally, the restaurants that have already been spearheading the gastronomic scene for years will be given well-deserved recognition. Foodies around the world are anxiously awaiting the list, which will be revealed in early 2024. Many restaurants in Mexico City that have already been appearing on lists of the world’s best restaurants for years will receive their official seal of approval. These restaurants, which are a celebration of local and unconventional ingredients, alongside the creative talent of their head chefs, promise nothing less than the best. 


Mexico is a country that unapologetically celebrates the richness and diversity of its culture. We can see this through its music, languages, artisan crafts, and of course, food. Its streets are full of noise, friendly chaos, and delicious smells. Everywhere you go in Mexico City, you inevitably run into a different gastronomic delight. From street food such as chapulines (crunchy edible grasshoppers), esquites (corn off-the-cob with mayo, cheese, and spice), and of course, tacos, to high-end restaurants and fine dining, the city is positively bursting with flavor. Traditions in Mexico City are as deep-rooted and ancient as the crumbling cathedral in its historic center, or the handmade tortillas made by Mexican abuelas on street corners. In recent years, we have seen exponential growth in the number of Michelin-star-worthy restaurants. This is truly something worthy of celebration.

What’s in a name?: How Michelin Stars are Awarded

Almost 100 years ago, in 1926, the Michelin Guide was born. And since then, the process of anonymously reviewing of some of the best restaurants in the world has grown in popularity and prestige. The Michelin Guide has inspired some of the world’s best chefs to make their dreams of culinary success come true. 

The Michelin Guide looks for the following five items on their checklist of what makes a restaurant (or chef) deserving of a Michelin Star: 

1) The quality of the produce
2) The harmony of the flavors
3) The mastery of cooking techniques
4) The personality of the chef as reflected in the cuisine
5) Consistency throughout the menus and over time

With all that being said, come and explore with us some of the best restaurants in Mexico City. These restaurants have been touted as deserving of a Michelin Star due to their creativity, use of local ingredients, and consistent quality over the years. 

Need help planning your trip to Mexico City? Our concierge team can book restaurants, tours, and much more. Reach out for a consultation today

Pujol – “The Best Restaurant in Mexico”

Photo by: Luca Salas

Located in affluent Polanco, a trip to Mexico City wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the famous Pujol. Pujol is tipped to be one of the first restaurants to receive an official Michelin Star. Chef Enrique Olvera is the driving force behind this gastronomic masterpiece. Ranked #13 in the “World’s 50 Best” restaurants in 2023, and #1 in Mexico, it is safe to say that Pujol is a strong contender.

The colorful and stylish dishes change daily and throughout the year. We love how this means you can return as many times as you like in the year and always have a unique experience. However, one constant on their menu is the “Mole Madre”, the signature dish comprised of over 100 ingredients and cooked over 2,852 days. The depth and richness of its flavor make it worth the trip alone just to try this mole. Pujol is big on sustainability and works directly with local farmers and ingredients. 


Chef Olvera offers two different dining experiences within the restaurant. You can dine at the bar, Omakase-style, or in a more traditional way, in the restaurant. During the Japanese-inspired Omakase experience, the guest lets the chef guide the experience. Let the sommelier guide you on the best wines to drink by the glass to accompany each dish. The average cost of the 7-course sit-down tasting menu is $2565 MXN pesos, or around $150 USD. In our opinion, an excellent price to pay for one of the best dining experiences to be found in the Americas.

Quintonil – New Wave Mexican with an Indigenous Twist

Photo by: Amol Panchabhai

Also gracing the “World’s 50 Best” restaurant list, this time coming in at #9 in 2023, is the emblematic Quintonil. Showcasing exotic and indigenous ingredients such as ant larvae and cactus, head chef Jorge Vallejo never fails to impress. Vallejo, who previously worked at top restaurants Noma and Pujol, is creative yet loyal to his Mexican roots. Vallejo takes humble ingredients such as corn, beans, and tlayudas (handmade crunchy tortilla) and elevates them to haute cuisine levels. Quintonil grows many of their own ingredients in an off-site garden, right in the middle of Mexico City’s upscale Polanco neighborhood. The exploration of Mexico and its biodiversity in Quintonil’s menu places it firmly amongst the best restaurants in Mexico City. 


The 11-course tasting menu at Quintonil will set you back $4500 MXN (around $260 USD). If you want it with wine pairing, you will pay $6825 MXN (around $400 USD) per person. There are also a-la-carte options for a lighter dining experience.

Rosetta – Creative Reinterpretation of Classic Dishes

Rosetta restaurant, Colonia Roma, Mexico City

Another restaurant that is tirelessly working to receive recognition by the Michelin Group as one of the best restaurants in Mexico City, and thus deserving of a Michelin Star, is Rosetta. Chef Elena Reygadas is a woman of many talents. From writing books and literature to designing the menu at Rosetta, her work across different aspects of gastronomic culture is what earned her the title of The World’s Best Female Chef 2023. Enjoy hearty dishes such as homemade pasta and gnocchi and a selection of cheeses with dessert. Reygadas´ passion for baking also shines through her menu, thanks to her training at the French Culinary Institute. The a-la-carte menu varies in price but will set you back approximately $1000 MXN per person (around $60 USD) for three courses, not including drinks. 

Sud777 – Innovative Mexican Vegetable Dishes

Photo by: Cathy Chaplin

Chef Edgar Nuñez is a true artist, creating visually stunning dishes from simple yet high-quality ingredients. His focus on the exploration of vegetables in his dishes – both to accompany meat and fish and as the stars of the show – has placed Sud777 on the map as one of the best restaurants in Mexico City. Sud777 offers a regular tasting menu and a vegan tasting menu. Located in the south of Mexico City, Sud777 displays a wide variety of textures, flavors, and culinary techniques. In terms of costs, the tasting menu costs $1850 MXN (approximately $100 USD), with wine pairing costing $900 MXN (around $50 USD).

Tips for Visiting Michelin-Standard Restaurants in Mexico City

Despite being potentially cheaper in Mexico than in the US or other European countries, the Michelin-star dining experience remains vastly similar. Make a reservation plenty of time in advance to avoid disappointment. Dress formally; the restaurants mentioned above have a sophisticated ambiance, and it is best that you look the part. Make sure to warn the restaurant whilst booking of any dietary restrictions. For example, if you are vegetarian, vegan, celiac, or if you have any other specific allergies. Some restaurants may not be able to accommodate all needs. Embrace the local flavors and ingredients, as many of the best restaurants in Mexico City pride themselves on showcasing the country’s rich culinary heritage. Lastly, savor the moment—Michelin-standard dining is not just about the food but also the overall experience, from impeccable service to the exquisite presentation of each dish.

Whether you are in Mexico City to experience its culture, food, or explore its stunning landscapes, our team of experts is here to guide your way

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!

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!

What to do for New Year’s Eve in Cartagena

If you’re planning to be in Cartagena for New Year’s Eve, you’re always in for a treat! Colombia is known for its extensive festive New Year’s traditions, and Cartagena in particular offers some of the best opportunities for visitors to participate in the celebrations. Let’s be honest, Cartagena is not afraid of a party!

Each year, we announce the hottest tickets for NYE here!

We work with many party promoters, bars, clubs, and restaurants in Cartagena. 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!

And while you wait for New Year’s event announcements, here’s everything you need to know about visiting Cartagena, Colombia for the turn of the year.  Get in touch and we will help you celebrate in style!

How to Spend New Year’s Eve in Cartagena

These traditions are a lot of fun, but you may still be wondering about what exactly to do on New Year’s Eve in Cartagena. If so, check out this list of the top 5 ways to celebrate the New Year during your Cartagena vacation!

1. New Year’s Eve Restaurant Reservations

If you’d like to ring in the New Year in style, we’d recommend reserving a spot at a Cartagena New Year’s Eve Feast. Several of the top restaurants, hotels, clubs, and bars will have special events, feasts, or parties planned. Many of the more popular events sell out well in advance, so be sure to book your reservations ahead of time!

Salon Tropical

Experience the Caribbean vibe in one of Colombia’s best restaurants. After their big hit in Bogota, Salon Tropical opened its doors in Cartagena to combine the elegance of haute cuisine with the best local flavors. The result is a menu you will remember for years to come.

Celele

This year Celele, one of Latin America’s 50 Best invites you to end 2023 with an extraordinary 6-course menu full of Caribbean flavors and live music, broadening the boundaries of Colombian-Caribbean cooking.

La Cocina de Pepina

La Cocina de Pepina is a staple of Cartagena’s high-level gastro scene, offering breathtaking food that lends admiration to costeño traditions, local ingredients, and culinary heritage like no other. This year, the team is coming together to offer you the best dinner party to enjoy costeño traditions and history. It’ll be an experience that everyone who comes to Cartagena for the holidays should have.

Other dinner options we highly recommend are these restaurants. We know they will all do something really special for New Year – Lobo de Mar, Carmen, and La Única. If you’d like to find out more about the restaurants in Cartagena, check out our Cartagena restaurant recommendations.

2. NYE Fireworks

One of the most popular Cartagena NYE activities is the fireworks and for those seeking breathtaking panoramic views, the rooftops of Townhouse, the Movich Hotel, the Charleston Santa Teresa, and the Santa Clara Hotel are absolute gems.

For an enchanting ocean view, El Baluarte is an absolute must-visit location. This historic fortification, part of the city’s famous walls, offers a unique and romantic setting perched right on the edge of the Caribbean Sea.

Another equally captivating spot with an ocean view is Cafe del Mar, a legendary bar and lounge situated atop the city walls. This iconic venue is renowned for its breathtaking sunset views, and it becomes an electrifying hub of celebration on New Year’s Eve. For a top-notch experience don’t hesitate to head to Bocagrande and get a spot at 51 Sky Bar. Located on the 51th floor of Hotel Estelar offers an incredible 360° view that you won’t want to miss.  

If you prefer a more public atmosphere, head to popular squares like Plaza Santo Domingo and Plaza San Pedro Claver, where locals and tourists alike gather to ring in the New Year with joyous celebrations.

Wherever you choose to watch the NYE fireworks in Cartagena, be sure to arrive early, savor delicious local cuisine, and immerse yourself in the vibrant energy of this enchanting city.

3. Tickets to the Best Cartagena New Year’s Eve Events and Parties

Tulum party boujee bar

If your idea of a great New Year’s Eve celebration is exciting nightlife, Cartagena is the place for you! There are dozens of popular clubs and bars that stay open late on New Year’s Eve. Some, especially those in El Centro, host amazing festive New Year parties with live music. It’s best to head out for some dancing after dinner or other celebrations, as most locals won’t be venturing out to the bars until after midnight on New Year’s Eve.

If you’re looking to get a little bit more exclusive, we have the parties for you.

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.

La Movida

La Movida Club and Bar is where the elite of Cartagena hang out. Often dubbed as the “best party in town”, it’s a fusion of old-school American Speakeasy and Latino lounge. Slide from one room to another through the night – each one with its own vibe. This New Year’s Eve celebration will be epic, with performances happening all night plus a special guest and DJs in each room. You’ll also be treated to a delicious menu and amazing drinks. If you want to start 2024 at one of the best parties in Cartagena, this event is for you!

La Jugada

Immerse yourself with the best Cartagena has to offer. This event always brings down the house. With top DJs, fireworks, dancers, and many surprises, this NYE is one people never forget.

Casa Cruxada

This club was developed by the highly talented team that made Bogotá nightlife a mainstay.  Its dark ambiance and far-from-flawless decor only accentuate the perfection of the night this team will be throwing. Enjoy NYE dancing to international DJs with Tropical Vibes and Dark Disco.

El Barón

El Barón is famous for its cocktails and five-star menu. Celebrate New Year’s Eve in this beautiful spot in San Pedro Claver Square and don’t forget to dress to impress! Cartagena’s famous cocktail lounge will be sure to lay on live music, amazing food, and champagne! Get in touch and we’ll help you get tickets when they’re released!

Alquimico

Another favorite place for New Year is also one of the world’s best bars. Alquimico will no doubt have an exclusive party planned, with international DJs. Tickets for a sought-after table on the rooftop will sell out within days of release.

Townhouse

Townhouse is one of the coolest spots in Cartagena and boasts a rooftop pool, so if you want to celebrate in the center of the Historical District, this hotel rooftop bar is top of the list! There will be an OPEN BAR and tapas all night long, plus great music from amazing DJs spinning house, reggaeton, and today’s top hits. You will have a prime view of the fireworks and more surprises!

El Baluarte

Celebrate the arrival of the New Year in style at El Baluarte Cartagena, where you can enjoy the most spectacular view in town. This venue offers a breathtaking backdrop for this special occasion. As the clock strikes midnight, witness the mesmerizing fireworks illuminating the night sky, creating a magical atmosphere.

Mirador Gastrobar

Enjoy the best of the Caribbean influence at their Tropical Glam Gala from the rooftop or immerse yourself in their disco to experience a wild atmosphere at the Jungle Party. Welcome 2024 from the heart of the historic center of the city of Cartagena, and under the starry sky let’s toast to a future full of hope and opportunities.

Santa Clara Hotel

Discover the magic of Cartagena at the Sofitel Legend Santa Clara Cartagena, an iconic hotel where heritage meets modernity. Ring in the New Year in Mardi Gras style, with live music, Caribbean-inspired food with a New Orleans flare, and more. Do not miss this glittering, magical event.

We Are Us Party

Embrace the Magic of NYE Week in Cartagena! Get ready for a week of island adventures and unforgettable experiences as we ring in the New Year together in Cartagena! Our NYE Week is all about celebrating the spirit of the Caribbean and creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Wild Brunch Cartagena

The Wild Brunch started as a house party for Colombia’s cool kids during their annual end-of-year Cartagena holidays and since has grown into the biggest party of the year. It has blown up to such epic proportions and become such a spectacle that it is pretty much set to be the best party on the planet. Safe to say, if you are in Cartagena on the 29th of December, you will not want to miss out.

4. Cartagena New Year’s Eve Street Party

Perhaps the most looked-forward-to Cartagena New Year’s event is the traditional street party in San Diego Square. Located in one of Cartagena’s trendiest plazas, the BYOB event includes live music, dancing, and drinks. This is one of the most popular events in the city and seating is limited. So, you’ll definitely want to book your tickets well in advance to make sure you can welcome 2024 at this Cartagena New Year’s party!

Note: Tickets to this event cost upwards of $75 per person. Information about the music line-up and other details of the party will be released closer to the date.

If you want to ring in 2024 the right way, you can bet that this is one city you won’t be disappointed to visit during this time.

5. Join a family celebration

As in all of Colombia, Cartagena New Year’s Eve celebrations tend to be much more family-oriented than they are in many other countries. You’ll find that most locals spend the day and evening at home with their families. Some of the younger members head out to clubs and bars, but usually only after midnight when the family celebrations are over. So if you’d really like to celebrate the New Year like a local, try to make some friends and get invited to a family celebration. Then you’ll be able to naturally participate in all the unique Colombian New Year’s traditions along with your host family!

While you’re here, why not take a deeper look at Cartagena? There are plenty of villas, private islands, experiences, and yachts to make the most of! We still have some villas available over Christmas and New Year. Get in touch today!

Tulum’s Nightlife and Party Hotspots

Women dancing

Tulum isn’t just about beautiful beaches, yoga and matcha lattes. It’s also home to some of the hottest music events in the world and people travel from far and wide to enjoy Tulum’s nightlife.

Tulum is renowned worldwide for its nightlife and party scene. It’s slightly more upmarket than its neighboring towns of Playa del Carmen and Cancun. Art installations and trancey electronic beats echo the Burning Man Festival: a hipster’s dream.

As the sun sets, hips sway to the beat, chiselled jaws and toned midriffs at every glance, as the Tulumaniti come out to play. Leave your heels behind sister, grab your fedora and slide your best flats on, Tulum always delivers.

Read on to find out why Tulum’s nightlife is the place to party this year!

Who are the Tuluminati?

Tulum ati

Well, at first glance the Tuluminati seem to be an elite group of aesthetically pleasing people who come from an exclusive gene pool, almost like a private members club! They live, travel, blog and pose for Instagram. They float around barefooted, and scantily clad, riding their bicycles sipping a spirulina juice. However, you have to admire them, as they have chosen one of the most beautiful places in the world to live.

Tulum’s nightlife and party scene

The nightlife in Tulum is lively! Whether you’re on the hunt for a relaxed jungle vibe, or are looking to dance the night away, the nightlife in Tulum can take you from a laid-back bar with a mariachi band to a dance party on the beach under a full moon and shooting stars.

Chill out Bars

Begin the evening at one of these chill rooftops where you can enjoy dinner along with a drink or two (some spots have great happy hour specials). Most bars have live music or DJ sets starting from 10 pm till late.

Naná Rooftop Bar in Tulum town is a great bar to start your evening. Choose one of many mezcals from different regions of Mexico, or select a cocktail prepared with fresh juice, fruits, and herbs. The atmosphere is sophisticated, yet casual. Expect underground electronic and house music.

Batey Mojito & Guarapo Bar is located in the heart of Tulum town. Be sure to spot the converted VW beetle which is used to press sugarcane to add to mojitos. Expect unusual flavours like a dragon fruit martini or a lemon and rosemary gin.

Pasito Tun Tun. For a relaxed pace, join friends in the garden patio and listen to live bands.

Santino Bar Tulum. If you are a fan of reggae, head here and join the locals.

Tulum night life party cocktail

Boujee Bars

Tulum party boujee bar

La Zebra Hotel is located in the hotel zone on the beach. It’s a classy restaurant with a sexy mezcal bar in the back, and hosts live DJ nights with a cool, bohemian vibe. Expect bespoke cocktails and authentic cuisine. There’s live music on Friday afternoons, and salsa dancing on Sundays.

Casa Jaguar is a fashionable Caribbean restaurant with an open-air jungle setting. One of the original restaurants to hit the Tulum nightlife scene with amazing food and an even better ambience on days with live music. Their signature Thursdays are still the hot spot to be! Local and international DJs set the tone with electro and house tracks.

Gitano is the place to be on Friday nights for all-night drinking and dancing under a jungle canopy.

IT restaurant – mentioned in our Best Restaurants in Tulum, ‘IT’ is also famous for its wild parties. Taking inspiration from their sister restaurants in Ibiza and London, enjoy dinner and dancing while some of the biggest DJs in the world take to the decks.

For queue jumps, Tulum nightlife reservations and VIP tables to the latest party hot spots, Two Travel can assist you with all your party needs! Get in touch to Build your journey.

Drinks Tasting Experiences

 Drinks Tasting Experiences

First, pick your poison! Rum, gin, mezcal or Colombian craft spirits. Enjoy a welcome cocktail as you’re taken on a journey through the history of your chosen liquor, before learning about the aromas and flavors with a flavor board, and tasting five delicious varieties of your chosen liquor. We can also pair up these experiences with chocolate or tobacco tastings.

If you can’t wait to live this experience, our concierge team will make it happen for you, whether you choose to have it at one of the best bars in town (we have partnerships with El Barón, Members Only, El Arsenal Rum Box and more), or we bring the drinks and top class bartender to you with a private tasting in your villa.