Manila Neighborhood: The Best Place to Stay in Medellín

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Manila neighborhood in Medellín, Colombia.

Manila – a small yet mighty neighborhood located in el Poblado, Medellín, is quickly gaining recognition as one of the best places to stay in Medellín. Stick with us as we explore this quirky barrio and why it’s one of Medellín’s hottest up-and-coming areas.

Manila is a semi-residential, leafy neighborhood with a fascinating history. At the beginning of the 20th Century, wealthy families who lived in Medellín’s Prado and Centro neighborhoods would get the tram and then a horse and cart over to Manila. Here, they constructed a collection of fincas (rural estates) as their vacation homes. They populated them with animals and fruit trees and made fresh mountain water wells. Now part of the bustling metropolis of el Poblado, Medellín, it’s hard to believe the way this neighborhood started out. This curious mix of past and present adds to the irresistible charm and character of Manila.

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Manila: 20th Century Charm meets 21st Century Modernity

Today, Manila is characterized by its modern coffee shops, international restaurants, and quality hotels and hostels. It still retains a hint of its past, with traditional architecture, big houses, and old trees lining its streets. Manila is located right between Avenida El Poblado and Avenida Las Vegas. It is like a small island within El Poblado; a refuge from all the chaos and movement that you will generally encounter around Parque Lleras and Provenza. However, these tourist attractions are just a 10-minute walk away, and the metro station is just a 5-minute walk. Just one of many reasons why Manila is one of the best places to stay in Medellín. 

Where to eat and drink: The best bars and restaurants in Manila Medellin

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General Café Bar in Manila neighborhood, Medellín, Colombia.

Best eats in Manila, Poblado

Manila is full to bursting with fantastic places to eat and drink. It was hard to narrow the list down, but below you can find some of our favorites in Manila. Mamasita Medallo is a restaurant that sells typical Colombian food and has a great daily happy hour. If you have a hankering for pizza, head down to El Zorro y la Gitana for incredible artisan pizzas. We have already raved about Alambique in our Medellín Best Restaurants Blog, and it’s definitely worth a visit. If you fancy some Asian food, the best in Manila is Bao Bei; so good, in fact, that they have a waiting list via WhatsApp. El Altar Taquería sells tacos exactly as they should be sold: cheap, messy, and full of flavor. If it’s coffee or brunch you’re looking for, Hija Mía sells a fantastic cup of home-roasted coffee and has a super varied menu.

Nightlife in Manila, Poblado

In Manila, the vibe is very different from the bars you generally find in Parque Lleras or Provenza. Think more underground, more speakeasy-style. We love 7 Pulgadas – they call themselves a “Listening Bar”: it is super small and intimate with low lighting and old records everywhere. You can’t leave Manila without visiting Palma Piton. This architecturally stunning bar has live music, great drinks, and plants everywhere. La Pequeña Gran Libreria (The Little Big Bookstore) is a super unique bar concept where you can play classic board games on little tables outdoors whilst sipping wine. And if you want to party or dance, you can head to the rooftops of local hostels El Viajero and Los Patios. They open their rooftop parties to everyone, and not just hostel guests.

Where to stay in El Poblado?

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Apartment for rent in Manila neighborhood, Medellín, Colombia.

If you’re looking for accommodation options for El Poblado, Manila is without a doubt the best area to stay in Medellín. We have our own house in Manila, a super stylish 4-bedroom condo with room for up to 10 guests. This recently renovated apartment feels cozy yet still gives the vibe of a 5-star hotel. With warm lighting, high-quality furnishings, and sophisticated, locally sourced decor, you won’t want to leave this home from home. Of course, one of our favorite features is the hot tub, which stands pride of place in the living area. We will run it fresh for you upon arrival. Crack open a bottle of bubbly and live the life you know you deserve!

The apartment doesn’t skimp on luxury amenities. We splurge on shampoo and conditioner from a luxury local Colombian brand, plus everything that you need to feel right at home. There is a free washer/dryer in case you are staying for a longer period of time, and every room is equipped with A/C and fans to keep cool. There are also cooking basics in the kitchen. However, one of the biggest benefits of this condo is that the price includes a maid service for your cooking and cleaning needs from 8 AM to 4 PM. 

Private accommodation in Manila: A superior stay in Medellín

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Apartment for rent in Manila neighborhood, Medellín, Colombia.

Of course, we are biased, and we would believe that our apartment is the best place to stay in Medellín. But don’t just take our word for it; we have raving reviews on our Airbnb profile. Our apartment is priced at just $500 USD a night. That means that if you come with 9 friends, you will be staying in the best area in Medellín for just $50 bucks each. You can’t get much better than that! Our home is a safe refuge to chill with your buddies or with family and recharge after exploring the sights of Medellín. You also have a completely private entry and the whole place to yourself.

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Manila: A Cultural and Gastronomic Hub

Despite its small size, Manila spearheads and participates in many cultural events throughout the year. The community feeling of Manila as a neighborhood manifests itself in many ways. For example, back in 2022, Manila hosted an “Encanto” themed event. The community opened dialogues about mental health, whilst celebrating the famous “Feria de las Flores” (Medellín Flower Festival). Every year on December 7th, Manila also celebrates “Día de las Velitas” (little candle day). This is a Colombian Christmas tradition where people light candles in the street, representing hope and faith. Festival Manila a la Calle also saw varied gastronomic offerings, dancing, and the celebration of Colombian culture. Manila also got the original nickname of “Calle de la Buena Mesa”, a gastronomic celebration of the varied international offerings that can be found in one street.

Safety and Accessibility in Manila Medellin

It is well-known that el Poblado is one of the safest areas for travelers and tourists in Medellín. Within el Poblado, Manila is specifically praised for its safety, tranquillity, and green landscapes. Provenza can be loud and filled with people partying at all hours of the day and night. Manila is quieter and has a more chill atmosphere. However, it is still plenty close to the action, and Ubers are cheap and plentiful in the area. In terms of safety, it goes without saying that you will be fine in Colombia if you make smart decisions. Keep your wits about you at all times, and “don’t give papaya” as they say in Colombia. This basically means don’t flash what you’re not prepared to lose.

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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. 

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Pujol – “The Best Restaurant in Mexico”

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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

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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

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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.

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Things to do (for everyone) in Mexico City

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You finally did it: you booked your trip to Mexico City. Now it’s time to plan your days there. You know you want to absorb the local culture, do some shopping and, of course, eat and drink as much as possible. But where to start? And how to keep everyone happy during the trip? This guide to just some of the Things to Do in Mexico City aims to help you plan your trip.

In a city as big as Mexico City, your best bet is to plan your schedule by neighborhood and prioritize those that fit your vibe. For example, spend an entire day shopping, dining, and museum-hopping in Polanco, or split your day between trendy, neighboring areas like Roma and Juárez. This way, you’ll save valuable time instead of sitting in traffic. You’ll also get a great sense of what makes each neighborhood in CDMX so unique.

Walk in the City’s Neighborhoods

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Walking around Mexico City’s neighborhoods is an incomparable way to soak up the city’s diversity and color. Find charming cafés and restaurants in the leafy streets of Condesa, especially along its main avenue, Amsterdam, or the beautiful Parque España. Nearby, Roma is lined with trendy restaurants, bars, and coffee shops. Many of them are housed in gorgeous restored houses from the 19th and 20th centuries.

The dining scene is also strong in Polanco, particularly in the area that surrounds Parque Lincoln. This lovely park is usually populated with local families enjoying a day out. This neighborhood is also your best bet for high-end shopping. Its main avenue, Presidente Masaryk, is home to a fabulous selection of designer boutiques.

Should you want a glimpse of the city’s more whimsical neighborhoods, head to Coyoacán and San Ángel, both in the southern part of town. San Ángel boasts gorgeous cobblestone streets lined with colonial-style houses and bougainvillea. It’s a particularly excellent destination on Saturdays when local designers and crafts makers gather at Bazaar del Sábado to showcase their creations. In Coyoacán, you’ll find a lovely square called Jardín Centenario, lined with restaurants and coffee shops, as well as the aforementioned market and, of course, the Frida Kahlo Museum.

Find out more about Mexico City’s Neighbourhoods in our Where to Stay Guide.

Mexico City’s Bars and Nightlife

When the sun goes down, Mexico City is still buzzing with life. Cocktail aficionados will appreciate the city’s booming mixology scene, present in bars like Brujas, in Colonia Roma. It’s a female-run spot that serves intriguing concoctions with mystical names. While in Roma, plan a visit to Licorería Limantour, a pioneer in the city’s cocktail renaissance. Over in nearby Juárez, the team at Handshake Bar serves creative and exquisitely presented drinks in an elegant speakeasy setting.

Those who want to explore the mystical world of mezcal should head to La Botica, with spots in Centro Histórico and Roma, or visit La Clandestina, in Condesa. With laid-back atmospheres and knowledgeable staff, these bars are ideal for sipping on this agave spirit.

If you feel like dancing, make sure to check out Salón San Luis, in Colonia Roma. The old-school vibe –waiters in white blazers, a live band onstage– sets the mood for a night of cumbia and salsa dancing til your feet hurt.

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Mexico City for Art and Culture Lovers

With more than 150 museums, it’s safe to say that the Mexico City museum scene covers whatever interest and passion you and your group may have. History buffs will be in awe of Museo Nacional de Antropología, in Chapultepec. It’s a stunning space with 22 halls dedicated to archaeology and ethnography, granting an incomparable glimpse into Mexican culture. Those who love classic art cannot miss MUNAL (Museo Nacional de Arte), in Centro Histórico. The building itself is an early 20th-century masterpiece. Discover Mexican art produced between the 16th and 20th centuries, including masterpieces by Raúl Anguiano and Saturnino Herrán.

If modern and contemporary art is your thing, head to Museo de Arte Moderno and Museo Tamayo, both located in the Chapultepec area, or visit Museo Jumex, in nearby Polanco. These spaces offer fascinating permanent collections and temporary exhibitions featuring some of the most prominent names in art. Mexico City is also home to unique and quirky museums, such as MODO, Museo del Objeto del Objeto. This design-oriented museum in Colonia Roma exhibits ordinary objects that tell extraordinary stories.

Explore Mexico City’s Markets

Exploring Mexican markets is a true feast for the senses. A colorful, loud, and sometimes overwhelming but always exhilarating ride. Although you’ll find markets of all sizes scattered across the city, here are a few of the most iconic ones. Our Cooking Class and Market Tour is a perfect introduction.

Mercado Coyoacán boasts countless rows of traditional market fare – fruits and vegetables, meat, spices and more. It’s also home to quite a few esoteric stalls, selling candles, crystals, and potions. No visit to this market is complete without a stop at its tostada restaurant. Treat yourself to tostadas topped with everything from chicken to shrimp cocktails.

Mercado San Juan, in the city’s downtown area, is a true paradise for those whose travel is led by food. Fresh fish and seafood, an impressive variety of meats (including exotic meats like iguana and boar), and edible insects coexist in the same space as colorful fruits and vegetables, Asian specialty foods, and European cold cuts and cheeses. 

Over at La Ciudadela, a dazzling selection of Mexican crafts awaits. La Ciudadela holds creations from around 350 vendors from all around the country. It’s perfect for authentic souvenirs, offering authentic textiles, silver, pottery, wooden alebrijes, and sculptures.

And for another colorful experience, make a trip to Mercado Jamaica, which specializes in plants and flowers. Although you may not be able to bring your purchases home with you, it is a true spectacle to see the variety of species sold here, as well as some of the creative flower arrangements offered for celebrations such as weddings and quinceañera parties. 

For more ideas on what to do in Mexico City, take a look at our Mexico City Experiences or give us a call to help Build Your Journey.

Plan your Dream Mexico Vacation

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The start of a new year brings dreams and ideas to the horizon: where should we go next? With its incredible variety of natural ecosystems, rich history, incomparable cuisine and welcoming population, Mexico should be on top of your list. It’s time to plan your Mexico vacation! 

Traveling to Mexico is easy. You can fly from the United States to Mexico City and other top destinations, like Cancun, Mérida, or Oaxaca. It’s also easy to take domestic flights from Mexico City, so you can extend your trip and explore other regions. The country’s geographic position also makes it a convenient year-round destination. You’ll find mild weather in the capital throughout the year, and warm, sunny weather in tropical areas nearly year-round. Aside from hurricane season, which usually lasts from July to November, you can plan your Mexico vacation without any complications.

Whether you are planning a trip with your family or your friends, Mexico has something that will charm everyone in your group. Below, you will find a selection of some of the best places to visit for your Mexico vacation.

Mexico City – for a vibrant, cultured Mexico vacation

A visit to the sprawling capital of Mexico is an adventure for the senses. History is alive in this city of more than 20 million, and so is a vibrant present, courtesy of its bustling culinary, artistic, and creative scene. Mexico City International Airport welcomes flights from all over the world. It’s a convenient destination for travelers of all ages, as there’s plenty for everyone to enjoy. Five to seven days are a good start to discovering this magnificent city. Although we have to warn you: you’ll always be left wanting more.

With more than 150 recognized museums, culture is everywhere in this city. Major institutions include MUNAL, a breathtaking building that houses Mexican art produced between the 16th and 20th centuries; Museo Nacional de Antropología, with more than 5,000 pre-Hispanic pieces; and the stunning Palacio de Bellas Artes, where you will find murals by artists like David Alfaro Siqueiros and José Clemente Orozco. 

Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City
Palacio Bellas Artes

Mexico City’s diverse neighborhoods are a treat to explore. Walk around the busy streets of Centro Histórico, where many of the city’s historic and cultural sites are concentrated. Or stroll along the tree-lined sidewalks of Condesa and Roma, home to countless restaurants, cafés, bars, and galleries. In Polanco, you will find stylish boutiques and high-end restaurants,. And the south part of the city will surprise you with areas like Coyoacán and San Ángel, whose cobblestone streets and picturesque buildings will make you feel like you’ve left the big city for a few hours. 

All across these areas, you will find countless options to delve into Mexico City’s fascinating culinary landscape. From fine dining options like icons Quintonil and Pujol to casual eateries or irresistible street snacks, there is an immense variety of flavors, concepts, and budget options, too. Mexico City is also home to old-school cantinas, traditional mezcal bars, and modern, inventive cocktail bars, like the award-winning Licorería Limantour and Hanky Panky.

Take a look at our Guide to Mexico City’s best restaurants for more recommendations.

Tulum and the Riviera Maya – for beach lovers

Turquoise waters bathe the coastline of the Riviera Maya, home to some of the most gorgeous beaches in Mexico. The area extends for 80 miles, from low-key Puerto Morelos to trendy Tulum. Here, you’ll find an incredible range of options when it comes to lodging, dining, and activities, catering to travelers of all budgets and interests.  As a region, it’s high on the list of any Mexico vacation plan.

Party-oriented travelers will love Playa del Carmen and its bar-lined Quinta Avenida. Or visit Cancun, the area’s first and largest destination, which offers world-class restaurants, all-inclusive resorts, luxury hotels, and an international airport that welcomes flights from the US, Canada, Europe, and South America. 

For those who want a slow-paced trip with a deeper connection to nature, Bacalar is the place to go. Its famed Seven Color Lagoon is ideal for kayaking, swimming, and enjoying endless hours of relaxation. 

Tulum beaches

Tulum is, indeed, one of its most popular spots, where a bohemian lifestyle and modern luxury coexist in tropical harmony. There are plenty of lodging options to choose from in Tulum, from boutique hotels and larger resorts that have opened recently. A great choice for any group is a private villa where you can enjoy a personalized experience. 

Riding a bike is the best way to explore this coastal town. And definitely spend a day in one of its beach clubs. Mia Beach Club and Papaya Playa Project are two of the liveliest spots. Check out cool boutiques like Kismet, featuring a fantastic eyewear selection, and In The Middle, focused on simple items made with sustainable materials. When it’s time for dinner, make sure to book a table at Arca, where seasonal ingredients and open-fire cooking make for a memorable experience.

A visit to Tulum presents the unique opportunity to swim in a cenote. These natural sinkholes, which can be open or shaped like caves, are found all over the region. It’s believed that there are more than 7,000 in the Yucatan Peninsula. The Maya considered cenotes to be the entrance to the underworld, and swimming in them is a truly unique experience.

Two Travel can help you with your Mexico vacation. We tailor trips for groups who want to start their vacation in Mexico City or Tulum. Get in touch and we’ll help you build your journey. Or take a look at our recommendations for Things to do in Tulum this year.

Oaxaca – best for a foodie Mexico trip

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With a fascinating history, rich cuisine, and bustling art scene, Oaxaca holds the very best of Mexico. This beautiful capital city is a short flight from Mexico City (you can also fly nonstop from some US cities). It captures every traveler’s heart within minutes of walking around its historic center. Its centerpiece is the church of Santo Domingo de Guzmán, a baroque masterpiece that boasts a gorgeous altarpiece inside. Highlights also include Centro Cultural San Pablo, an old convent that went through an impressive restoration. It now features a modern building that houses temporary exhibitions.

Just outside the city, you will find two of the country’s most important archaeological sites. First is the breathtaking city of Monte Albán, which was once the capital of the Zapotec culture. And second is Mitla, a ceremonial site best known for the intricate carvings on its stone walls and columns. The most convenient way to explore them is by booking a tour through a certified provider.

Food in Oaxaca

It’s not an overstatement to say that many travelers come to Oaxaca to eat and drink. The city is home to eclectic food markets, like Mercado 20 de Noviembre. Here you can sample local specialties like cecina (cured beef), chapulines (toasted grasshoppers), quesillo (fresh string cheese), and Oaxacan hot chocolate. Among its many fantastic restaurants, check out city icons like Casa Oaxaca and Origen. They in turn paved the way for innovative concepts such as Criollo and Levadura de Olla. 

When it comes to drinking in Oaxaca, mezcal is king. This agave-based spirit is produced in nine states in Mexico, but Oaxaca boasts two-thirds of the whole country’s production. You will find this mystical liquid in pretty much any restaurant or bar across the city. We highly recommend booking a spot at La Mezcaloteca for a tasting of the most exquisite artisanal mezcal.

Mérida – to explore Mexico’s history

Merida is the capital of Yucatán. It holds a rich Maya history and a colonial past. It’s also one of the most thriving cities in the country today. This warm, welcoming city is as exciting for history buffs as it is for foodies and those who love a more relaxed approach to life. You can fly nonstop from Mexico City or from US cities like Houston and Dallas.  

Stroll along Paseo Montejo, Mérida’s main avenue, and take in the beauty of the grand colonial mansions. Some have been repurposed as restaurants, museums, hotels, and even banks. These buildings speak of the city’s splendor during the end of the 19th century when the city and its surroundings were the centers of sisal fiber production.

In Mérida’s beautifully-preserved historic center, you’ll find the San Ildefonso Cathedral, the oldest cathedral in the country. On the same square, Dulcería and Sorbetería Colón serves the most famous ice cream in town. We especially recommend the coconut sorbet! 

Mayan pyramid in Merida

Speaking of treating yourself, Mérida is a true culinary paradise. Yucatán cuisine includes specialties like cochinita pibil, relleno negro, and sopa de lima, among many other dishes. Make sure to book a table at Museo de la Gastronomía Yucateca for a taste of authentic Yucatán cooking with a side of culture. For a high-end dinner, stop at the beautiful Kuuk, and if you’re in the mood for a casual, authentic brunch, La Lupita serves unforgettable lechón (suckling pig) tacos and tortas.

Mérida is home to the Gran Museo del Mundo Maya, a modern building that will take you on a journey into the fascinating history of the Maya people through artifacts, textiles, and interactive exhibitions. Just two hours away from the city, the grand archaeological site of Chichén Itzá awaits. Named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World by UNESCO in 2007, this magnificent Maya complex features the iconic Kukulcan pyramid, a Ball Game court, and several platforms with intriguing panels and carvings. Book a certified tour and explore this stunning historic area.

San Miguel de Allende – a must for any Mexico vacation

This colonial city in Guanajuato constantly tops international lists on where to travel, and it’s easy to understand why. Its colorful houses, cobblestone streets, and mountainous landscape give it a magical atmosphere, one that makes visitors want to come back time and again. It’s just a three-and-a-half-hour drive from Mexico City, so it’s pretty easy to keep the love affair alive.

Start your San Miguel exploration at the very heart of the city: the main square around the Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel, the iconic pink limestone church that towers over the old town. Built in the 17th century, the church is open to the public and the setting for weddings and quince años, as well as for ordinary religious celebrations. Its unique towers were designed by stonemason Zeferino Gutiérrez and added in the 19th century. According to legend, the artist was inspired by a postcard of a Belgian church for his masterpiece. 

Around the square, there is no better plan than to walk around without any particular direction. The old town is packed with adorable boutiques and art galleries, such as Dôce18 Concept House, where you will find pieces by various Mexican designers. For authentic crafts, get lost in Mercado de Artesanías. A few minutes away, Fábrica La Aurora is a dream destination for furniture and home decor.

Thanks to its location in the Bajío region, San Miguel is at the center of an important sustainability and farm-to-table movement. Among its many delightful restaurants, local favorite Cumpanio doles out hearty brunches, excellent cocktails, and the best bread in town. Make sure to check out sister bakery Panio. And Luna Rooftop Bar, at the Rosewood San Miguel de Allende, offers delicious drinks and tapas with the best panoramic views of the city and its surrounding mountains.

San Miguel Allende streets

If you need help planning your trip to Mexico, get in touch. We’ll help you plan your Mexico vacation – helping you find accommodation, organizing transport and tours, and getting you that sought after reservation.

Mexico City Best Restaurants – Our Guide On Where To Eat

Mexico City is Restaurant Heaven
Mexico City, Mexico – February 27, 2014: The Angel of Independence sitting in the middle of a busy street in Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City’s culinary offerings are as wide and diverse as the city itself, ranging from world-class fine dining outlets to irresistible street food and innovative, up-and-coming concepts. Two Travel’s Mexico City restaurant guide includes delicious bites of this extensive gastronomic landscape. Believe us when we say this for starters – we are sure you’ll be left wanting more. We can help you with more recommendations when you book a trip!

Pujol – A Modern Mexican icon

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It was a little more than two decades ago that chef Enrique Olvera first opened the doors to his fine dining venture, a truly daring gesture at the time. With a razor-sharp focus on ingredients and flawless technique, Olvera raised traditional flavors and recipes to new, unexpected levels. And he has continued to do so over time, challenging himself and his team to higher standards. 

These days, you can enjoy the Pujol experience in two formats. First is a taco omakase, in which corn is the main protagonist and the chef will surprise you with a series of delightful creations. Second is a multi-course tasting menu, featuring Olvera’s signature mole madre, a sauce that has been aging for more than 2,000 days. 

Price: $$$$

Dress Code: Smart casual

Reservations Needed?: Make sure to book two or three months in advance

Sud777 – Ingredient-Focused Fine Dining

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Located in the city’s residential Pedregal neighborhood, this beautiful space invites you to take your time as you enjoy each aspect of the experience. At the helm is chef Edgar Nuñez, whose increased passion for putting vegetables at the forefront has allowed the kitchen at Sud777 to evolve over the years. 

In every dish, chef Nuñez and his team make sure every ingredient was grown or born in Mexican soil or water. These ingredients translate into perfectly balanced and beautifully presented creations. Try the smoked kampachi tiradito with hoja santa and chili salsa; turkey breast with amarillito mole, greens, and sweet potato purée; and warm crabmeat salad with butter and squash. Lunch and dinner at Sud777 are available á la carte or as a 12-course tasting menu.

Price: $$$$

Dress Code: Smart casual

Reservations Needed?: Strongly recommended 

Contramar – A Seafood Temple In The City

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It’s not an overstatement to say that most in-the-know visitors who come to Mexico City will hit Contramar at some point. It’s a places you’ll for sure hear about, either from a local or a fellow traveler. This is truly one of the best restaurants in Mexico City. It’s in the heart of Colonia Roma and it’s a favorite for several reasons. The first of course, being the food. Here, chef Gabriela Cámara serves super fresh, unpretentious seafood that is meant to be shared. Think tostadas and tacos, ceviches and aguachiles, and a legendary a la talla-style fish: served whole, half of it seasoned with a parsley rub and the other half with a red chili rub.

To make the experience even more delightful, the service is impeccable. And Contramar’s airy dining room is always bustling with lively conversation. Many patrons love to extend the meals for a couple of hours. Don’t miss the fluffy strawberry-meringue cake or the Carajillo cocktail (made with espresso and Licor 43). You’ll find this cocktail is a staple at most Mexico City eateries.

Price: $$$

Dress Code: Casual

Reservations Needed?: The restaurant doesn’t take reservations; we suggest you get there early.

Nicos – Traditional Recipes Served With Love

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For more than six decades, this family-run restaurant has been celebrating Mexico’s traditional dishes. Led by chef Elena Lugo and her son, Gerardo Vázquez Lugo, Nicos is all about preserving the country’s flavors and making diners feel like part of the family. 

Nicos’ warm, casual atmosphere is equally delightful at breakfast and lunch. If you’re there in the morning, you’ll find a wide variety of egg dishes. We recommend the hearty Enchiladas Nicos: stuffed with chicken and bathed in salsa verde and cream, and topped with poblano pepper slices and melted cheese. They will bring you back to life if you had one too many mezcals the night before.

At lunchtime, don’t miss the charales tacos (with tiny, fried fish from Michoacán), the classic tortilla soup, or chef Elena’s ribs in green pipián mole. Whatever you order, you can be sure that it will be made with excellent ingredients. One of the main drivers of the kitchen at Nicos is the relationship with small producers.  

Price: $$

Dress Code: Casual

Reservations Needed?: Yes

Em

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If you’re looking to delve into one of the most innovative restaurants in Mexico City, Em is one of your best bets. Led by talented young chef Lucho Martínez, Em stands at the corner of Zacatecas and Tonalá in Colonia Roma, where the iconic Máximo Bistrot used to be. The location has proven auspicious for Martínez and his team, whose creative menu, based on using seasonal ingredients with unusual techniques, has drawn the attention of curious foodies in town. 

You can choose between an omakase-style tasting menu or the á la carte option. Unique dishes include a catch of the day with black garlic purée and garlic foam, as well as roasted baby corn with yuzu and soy butter. 

Price: $$$$

Dress Code: Smart casual

Reservations Needed?: Yes

Máximo – A Modern Cantina With A Fabulous View

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Discover the vibrant culinary journey of Máximo Bistrot, founded in 2011 by chef Eduardo García and his wife, Gabriela Lopez. Rooted in a commitment to seasonal, fresh, and local ingredients, Máximo Bistrot showcases the best of sustainable gardens and crops in and around Mexico City. Chef García’s innovative approach has earned him acclaim as a standout figure in the city’s food scene, culminating in his recognition as the winner of the Estrella Damm Chefs’ Choice Award – Best Reinvention in 2021.

Amidst challenges, García’s dedication to innovation remained unwavering. During periods of closure, he tirelessly supported his network of producers, ensuring their livelihoods while preparing for the restaurant’s relocation to a new, more spacious venue. Here, the culinary magic continues as García seamlessly blends classic European techniques with traditional Mexican ingredients. Indulge in a symphony of flavors with dishes like grilled octopus paired with mole de olla sauce and organic sweet potato, or savor the richness of morels complemented by sherry and foie gras emulsion. At Máximo Bistrot, every bite tells a story of passion, creativity, and the vibrant tapestry of Mexican cuisine.

Price: $$$

Dress Code: Smart Casual

Reservations Needed?: Yes

Quintonil – A Modern Cantina With A Fabulous View

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Quintonil, a culinary gem in Mexico City, embodies the creative prowess of chef Jorge Vallejo and the warm hospitality of Alejandra Flores. Their innovative take on traditional Mexican cuisine, utilizing fresh, local ingredients, has garnered widespread acclaim. From spider crab in green mole to inventive dishes like cactus sorbet, each bite at Quintonil offers a journey through Mexico’s vibrant flavors. Following a 2020 redesign, the restaurant boasts a sleek counter seating area overlooking the open kitchen, enhancing the dining experience. Vallejo’s culinary journey, from Noma to Quintonil, alongside Flores’ hospitality expertise, creates a dining atmosphere that’s both inviting and unforgettable, solidifying Quintonil’s status as a must-visit destination for food enthusiasts in Mexico City.

Price: $$$

Dress Code: Smart Casual

Reservations Needed?: Yes

Terraza Cha Cha Cha – A Modern Cantina With A Fabulous View

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This lively restaurant is inspired by the beloved port city of Acapulco and its endless days and nights of partying. It also boasts one of the most spectacular views in Mexico City. Here you’ll get an amazing view of the Monument to the Revolution. This is a perfect spot to spend a Friday or Saturday afternoon. Enjoy tasty cantina-inspired bites, an ice-cold beer, or a refreshing cocktail. Watch the hours go by until night falls and the Monument lights up.

The menu features addictive tacos. We especially recommend the duck carnitas and the Baja-style fish tacos. Also the guacamole sprinkled with chapulines (fried grasshoppers) and seafood tostadas. For main courses, try the grilled octopus or an impressive rib eye served with glazed mushrooms. The fun cocktail offerings include their signature Cantarito, prepared with Patrón Silver tequila, grapefruit soda, and orange, lime, grapefruit, and lemon juice.

Price: $$$

Dress Code: Casual

Reservations Needed?: Yes

El Cardenal – Unbeatable Breakfast With Several Locations

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Born in the very heart of the city’s Centro Histórico, El Cardenal has grown to have four locations across the city. Despite this, it remains family-run and family-centered. Its comforting menu features appetizers like escamoles (ant larvae) if you’re feeling adventurous enough to eat some bugs, and entrées like traditional Oaxaca-style stuffed chili. But it’s breakfast that keeps everyone coming back to this iconic Mexico City restaurant. We love to start with their sweet hot chocolate and a fresh-from-the-oven pastry. Then dig into Michoacán-style enchiladas or scrambled eggs served in a clay pot. 

Price: $$

Dress Code: Casual

Reservations Needed?: Yes

Street Food – A Few Basics

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London, UK – February, 2018. Mexican street food stall in Brick Lane Market. Landscape format.

The universe of Mexican street food is vast and delicious. Throughout your trip, you are bound to encounter all sorts of street snacks, from giant cups of freshly-squeezed juice to fried churros and tacos stuffed with every meat imaginable. Some of the most fantastic tacos you will come across will be al pastor (pork meat with an adobo rub), beef, carnitas (fried pork), or barbacoa (slow-roasted lamb). With just a splash of lime juice and a dollop of hot salsa, you’ll soon realize why the humble taco is so widely beloved in this country. 

As you explore street corners in Mexico City, you’ll also spot carts or stands offering elotes and esquites. These are two delicious iterations of corn: an elote is corn on the cob, covered in mayo, cheese, and powdered chili, while esquites are corn kernels served hot in a cup with the same toppings as an elote.

While no trip to Mexico City can be considered complete without at least one stop for street food, here are some tips for a positive experience. Choose vendors that look busy with locals. Sticking with a popular spot means you’ll most likely get the freshest ingredients and high quality preparation. Also, keep in mind that Mexico City street food is very spicy! When it comes to salsa, start by asking for a little, “poquito” and only add more if you’re up for it.

If you’re planning a trip to Mexico City, it’s highly likely that you’re already dreaming of the city’s fascinating food scene. This guide will take you to the best places to eat in the city. We can also help you to plan every single detail of your vacation!

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!

Many of Medellin’s best restaurants have adopted and adapted these traditional foods to put a contemporary and exclusive twist on them. The restaurants included in our list below range from Michelin-star-worthy fine dining to relaxed, hearty food. In Medellin, you can enjoy intimate, romantic dinners, or raucous cocktail-fuelled nights that end with you dancing on a rooftop. Given Medellin’s perfect, spring-like climate all year round, sourcing local, seasonal ingredients has also been a huge recent trend. Sustainability is trending, and we are here for it!

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 afterward. Most are located in El Poblado, but some of the restaurants with the best views are a little further up the mountain. You’ll be sure to 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. 

It’s 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
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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

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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 are highly recommended. 

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

X.O. Medellín – Best for a sensorial exploration of Colombian ingredients 

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Part of the Carmen group (recommended in our Cartagena restaurants blog), X.O. is a haute cuisine must-see in Medellín. A true celebration of Colombian biodiversity, this restaurant pays tribute to small farmers and artisans, whilst maintaining an exceptional level of quality and service. In the words of Chefs Rob Pevitts, Mateo Ríos and Sebastián Marín, “Our inspiration is food coming from the source, which can become a powerful ingredient”. Each dish is a work of art and will take you on a culinary exploration of the Colombian territory. Check out the 13-course tasting menu, which is an homage to sustainably caught seafood. Despite the quality and outright beauty of their dishes, the concept of X.O. is “fun dining, not fine dining”, so come along prepared to have a good time!

Price: $$$
Dress code: Fun & chic
Reservations needed?: Book ahead

Sambombi Bistró Local – For true farm-to-table dining

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Who said food had to be complicated? Sometimes we just need to let the ingredients do the talking. And in Sambobi Bistro Local, you can’t get much fresher than this. This unassuming Provenza-based restaurant is quickly gaining ground as one of the best restaurants in Medellin. With a sustainable approach to sourcing the best local ingredients, Sambobi is infused with modernism while still nodding to a rich cultural heritage. The interior is stylish yet unpretentious, and the food is consistently excellent. Highlights include the snapper crudo, the roast chicken with shiitake mushrooms, and the caramel/white chocolate flan. We also had the best, most flavorful tomatoes of our lives at Sambombi. However, the menu changes weekly and sometimes even daily due to being seasonal and local, which we love.

Another reason to visit Sambobi is for their forward-thinkingness in sustainability. They don’t use plastic bottles and use biodegradable packaging. We hope that all restaurants of the future look like this one.

Price: $$
Dress code: Laid-back yet stylish vibe
Reservations needed?: Book ahead

Mamba Negra – Best for craft cocktails and Mediterranean cuisine

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Located on the 22nd floor on a luxury rooftop, Mamba Negra boasts stunning views over the Medellin Valley. It’s the perfect place for an intimate evening meal or drinks with friends. With a similar vibe to Alquimico, one of our favorite bar-restaurants in Cartagena, Mamba Negra has a laser focus on quality and local ingredients. They source ingredients seasonally and locally, and their Mediterranean-style cuisine with Spanish influence is second to none. And all their hard work has paid off, as Mamba Negra has been mentioned in the “World’s 50 Best Discovery” list; an impressive feat, given that Medellín has only come into its own as a tourist destination over the past 10 or so years. This place is definitely a vibe, and a hotspot for Medellin nightlife.

Price: $$$
Dress code: No official dress code, but you will want to dress stylish to come here
Reservations needed?: Book ahead to avoid disappointment

Oci.Mde – Best for gourmet comfort food

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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 specialty 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

Oni – Best for fresh Japanese flavors

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If you’re looking for a restaurant that has it all; chic decoration, fresh and experimental flavors, and impeccable service, Oni is the place to be. This Asian fusion restaurant serves Nikkei-inspired dishes. The Nikkei style is a harmonious synthesis of Peruvian and Japanese cuisines. In true Japanese and Peruvian style, the dishes are simple with high-quality ingredients that speak for themselves. The tuna tacos in crunchy wonton are unmissable, along with the tiradito with ají amarillo, a Nikkei classic. They have perfect dishes for sharing, and some which you will want to keep all to yourself. Oh, and stick around for dessert. It’s worth it.

Price: $$
Dress code: Chic-casual 
Reservations needed?: Not strictly necessary, but book ahead for busy times

Alambique – For Secret Garden vibes and Latin American cuisine

Hidden behind a tiny and unassuming doorway in el Poblado lies an oasis filled with plants, flavors and aromas. Despite being difficult to find, Alambique is a hidden gem and definitely worth looking for. The interior is jungly and cozy, and gives vintage “living room” vibes, which make a refreshing change from the usual aesthetic of el Poblado. They also have a rooftop terrace where you can enjoy their creative cocktails and live music. Alongside traditional liquors, Alambique also makes use of local Colombian liquors such as Viche, a sugar-cane based drink that is part of Colombia’s “cultural and ancestral heritage”.

The cuisine at Alambique is traditional Colombian food with a creative twist. Common street-foods such as the buñuelo (cheesy fried maize balls) are reinvented and elevated. Portions are big and meant for sharing – make sure you don’t order more than one dish per two people. Service is slow so go with plenty of time and be prepared to enjoy their relaxed ambiance and some great conversation. Good food is not meant to be rushed.

Price: $$
Dress code: Casual 
Reservations needed?: Book ahead via WhatsApp

Rúnico – For a classy night out with a touch of mysticism

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Rúnico is the passion project of Colombian ex-footballer Juan Fernando Quintero. With over $700,000 USD invested in its creation, the result was always going to be impressive. Runico is super stylish and vibey, with an industrial interior and a varied international menu. There are several ambiences at Runico, but the general atmosphere is a party atmosphere rather than a super intimate one. Their DJ pumps out excellent tunes until 2 A.M on the weekends, making it a hotspot for Medellin nightlife, and an unforgettable night out. The menu boasts an array of textures and flavors; in their own words, “a ritual of ancestral sensations”.

Prices for mains average at around $70,000 COP – $100,000 COP per dish (around $20 USD), but reach up to $600,000 COP ($150 USD) for their signature Cowboy ribeye steak with truffle butter. The live shows (including juggling, aerial acrobatics and fire breathing) give a mystical and dynamic twist to your night out.

Price: $$$$
Dress code: Smart & stylish chic 
Reservations needed?: Yes – you can easily book on their website

Ritwal Mesa y Mística – For fancy Mediterranean cuisine and stunning mountain views

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Far from the hustle and bustle of central Poblado, in Alto de los Balsos, lies Ritwal. This restaurant consists of wooden “casitas” perched in the mountains. It offers stunning views of the city and the Aburrá valley. It is a breath of fresh air – quite literally – and gives the unique feeling of being in nature yet still close to the city that one can only experience in Medellin. Make sure to bring something to cover you up if you have dinner reservations, as it can get chilly at night. From brunch to dinner, the menu at Ritwal is hugely varied. Despite being pricier than other options in Medellin, the quality and presentation of the dishes is impeccable. 

The “brunch del sol” (available from 10am to 2pm) is unmissable – we can’t get enough of the caramelized banana and honey pancakes or the Italian mortadella sandwich with burrata as a savory option. They also offer sessions of yoga alongside the brunch to complete the transformative experience in the middle of nature.

Price: $$$
Dress code: Casual and chic 
Reservations needed?: Yes – a $50,000 COP deposit is required for each person in the reservation (this amount goes towards the final bill)

Dos Santos Cantina – For an authentic Mexican experience with mariachis

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If you are looking for an authentic Mexican experience you came to the right place. Dos Santos is characterized for being a 100% Mexican restaurant that combines flavors of that country and has a wide range of liquors between mezcals and tequilas to live a complete experience of textures and flavors. In addition, every day there is a live show of the best mariachis in Medellin, so you will really feel in Mexico while listening to a famous ranchera and drinking tequila in a party atmosphere and with good food. Also, its location is perfect, as it is located in Provenza and very close to all the nightlife of Medellin.

And as if that wasn’t enough, on Tuesdays of course they do Taco Tuesday, where you can eat two octopus tacos, two chicharron tacos, two al pastor tacos, and two chicken tacos accompanied by two margaritas. So if you are looking for an authentic Mexican atmosphere to eat, have some good drinks, and continue the night this is the place to be.

Price: $$$
Dress code: Casual 
Reservations needed?: Not strictly necessary, but book ahead for busy times on their Instagram

El Botánico – To live an experience of senses around signature cuisine

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El Botanico is one of the most reputable restaurants in Medellin. Since it opened its doors 7 years ago it has become one of the references in terms of fusion food and sensory experiences around perfectly prepared food dishes served especially for each person who visits them. Their food and cocktails are perfect for any occasion and their exclusivity makes them one of the most sought after for locals and tourists.

Every process, every cut, and every ingredient is properly thought out to achieve a final result that blends tradition and flavor. At El Botánico the experience will be much more profound and you will feel that eating is really an art and that food should be enjoyed as in this restaurant.

Price: $$$
Dress code: Casual and chic (no shorts, no sandals, and no tank tops) 
Reservations needed?: Yes – You can easily book here

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!

2024 Guide to the Best Restaurants in Cartagena

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Foodies, rejoice! Gastronomy in Cartagena is BIG. Hidden amongst the cobbled streets of the walled city are some of the most talented chefs in Colombia. Wining and dining is our passion. We know all the best restaurants in Cartagena, from the classics to the new kids on the block. Read on for our definitive guide to the best restaurants in town.

Cartagena, being a touristic city, is a gastronomical melting pot. You can find an abundance of traditional dishes from the Colombian coast such as coconut rice, fried fish, and patacones. However, you can also find a varying range of flavors like Asian, Italian, Lebanese, Spanish, and everything in between. Due to its privileged location on the Caribbean coast, you can also expect some of the best (and freshest!) seafood of your life. It’s possible to eat at a different restaurant for lunch and dinner for every night during your trip to Cartagena, and still not even scratch the surface of the incredible restaurants that are on offer.

Along with the enormous variety of cuisines, Cartagena also has a huge variety of prices. From haute cuisine fine dining experiences at Alma or Carmen, to casual courtyard dining at La Cevichería, to $2 street pizza at Zazzy’s, there is something for everyone on the Cartagena restaurant scene. Some finer restaurants do have a dress code, so keep this in mind and save your sliders for the poolside, and get your long pants pressed! In Cartagena, high season is almost all year round, so make sure to make reservations in advance, especially if you have a bigger group and are looking to dine out on a weekend.

Don’t speak Spanish, or simply don’t fancy spending your well-earned vacay on hold? We got you! Just hire our concierge services. We can call in for you and make any and all reservations you need.

 

Cartagena’s historic center – known locally as Centro – is a hub for restaurants, bars, and villas. It is usually here where you can find some of the more high-end establishments. Most restaurants in Centro can be found inside beautiful 17th Century colonial buildings. They are rustic and visually stunning – often boasting internal courtyards, exposed brick arches, and palm trees. Dining in a colonial house adds to the irresistible charm of the Cartagena experience.

Carmen Cartagena – Best for fine dining Colombian fusion

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Head chefs Carmen Angel and her husband both studied at Le Cordon Bleu, the most prestigious culinary institution in the world. Their experience and passion for local, fresh ingredients make Carmen Cartagena stand out above the rest. The restaurant is situated in an intimate and elegant colonial house downtown, and the menu is a celebration of local flavors, many of which are unique to Colombia. At their Cartagena restaurant, they also serve freshly caught lobster, octopus, and crab, presented in unique and creative ways. At Carmen, every plate is a work of art. Their à la carte menu is your best option for an optimal dining experience. Every tiny detail is executed to perfection, from the attentive service to the award-winning wine list and the innovative craft cocktails. For anyone looking to impress – think proposals, anniversaries, or milestone birthdays, Carmen is the place to come. 

Price: $$$
Dress code: Smart 
Reservations needed?: Yes

 

 

 

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Don Diablo is inspired by Colombian meat, which is dry-aged in an exclusive cellar to bring to your table an unparalleled experience of flavor and texture. In a cozy and elegant atmosphere, Don Diablo is a proposal that seeks to vindicate the national beef innovation with modern culinary techniques and grill. Its menu offers a proposal of 100% Colombian meat dry-aged at home and grilled on a grill of our own design with local firewood. Vegetarian and seafood options are also offered along with a handcrafted cocktail proposal and a premium wine list.

Price: $$$
Dress code: Smart/Casual 
Reservations needed?: Yes

Apogeo – Best for Mediterranean experience with a view

 

 

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In a corner where the Mediterranean and Latin passion converge, this fantastic restaurant is born as a place that goes far beyond gastronomy. Here, cuisine becomes a universal language woven with art, exclusivity, and mystery. Apogeo is a space where the unexpected and the sublime merge, where each dish is a masterpiece and each ingredient a shared story. For this restaurant, the connection with the client is the true reason for being. Every detail, from the choice of ingredients to the live music, is carefully selected to create an unforgettable experience. In addition, the experience will be enhanced by enjoying one of the best views of the walled city on its fabulous rooftop, where the Caribbean breeze and the Cartagena nights will make you experience moments to remember.

Price: $$$
Dress code: Smart/Casual 
Reservations needed?: Yes


La Cevichería – Best for seafood and people-watching from the plaza

Photo by: La Cevicheria

If you went to Cartagena and didn’t pass by La Cevicheria, did you really even go to Cartagena? This cute seafood restaurant perched on the corner of Plaza San Diego may seem small and unassuming, but don’t underestimate it, as La Cevichería is infamous in Cartagena. It even appeared in restaurant magazines and TV shows when Anthony Bourdain visited on his show ‘No Reservations’. Its blue and white color scheme and outdoor dining tables give off a Mediterranean vibe, with a Caribbean twist. The food is also fresh, healthy, and Mediterranean-inspired with a distinctly Colombian flavor. The use of coconut gives a strong nod to the Caribbean, and its homemade hot sauce is unbeatable. So grab a seat, and enjoy the spectacle in the plaza put on by the famous Cartagena street performers (here, Michael Jackson is well and truly alive and comes out to dance every night).

Price: $$
Dress code: Casual
Reservations needed?: No reservations accepted, get there early and queue!

UMA Cantina Peruana – Best for authentic Peruvian 

Photo by: UMA

Come join us for a Pisco Sour at UMA restaurant in Hilton’s Hotel Nácar inside the Old City of Cartagena. This remarkable Peruvian-inspired restaurant will soon also be opening doors in Medellín and Miami. There will be no need to travel to Lima as you can find the best Peruvian gastronomy right here in Cartagena. From traditional ceviches to tiraditos (fish sashimi) and anticuchos (beef heart), it couldn’t get more authentic than this. The food is fresh, colorful, and visually stunning. We loved the grilled octopus with bok choy and shiitake mushrooms. It was truly some of the best octopus we have tried – and we know our seafood! We also still salivate thinking about the black spaghetti with tiger milk and prawns. You can even get the famous Inka Kola (if you’ve been to Peru, you will recognize this fluorescent green soda). UMA is perfect for a romantic night on a special occasion, or for exploring the majestic flavors of Latin America with friends.

Price: $$$
Dress code: Dress nice
Reservations needed?: Recommended

Restaurante La Única – Best for authentic Mexican food

La Unica restaurant CartagenaPhoto by: La Unica

If, after a few days in Cartagena, you have eaten yourself into a ceviche and lobster stupor and want to try something different, we absolutely love La Única. It’s a Mexican restaurant that actually has branches in Mexico – so you know it’s legit. This modern cantina will take you far away from the stereotype of a Mexican restaurant and allow you to focus on the quality and artistry of its food. From tacos and guacamole to grilled octopus and juicy steaks, La Única Cartagena will not disappoint. This restaurant is the perfect place to come with a group of friends, as it has a fun, playful vibe and has great music – from in-house DJs to live mariachi bands. Share a tequila or two with friends and let the good times roll!

Price: $$
Dress code: Smart/ Casual
Reservations needed?: Highly recommended 

Lobo de Mar – Best for Mediterranean fusion with style

The owners of one of our favorite clubs in Cartagena – La Movida – also have a restaurant in the center of Cartagena. We knew their taste was impeccable, as we always have an amazing time at La Movida. So it was no surprise to find Lobo del Mar quickly becoming one of our go-to options in Cartagena’s gastronomy scene. The menu is extensive and varied, but everything is exquisitely prepared. From fish and seafood (the tuna tartar is unmissable) to burrata pizza in their wood-fired oven, to pork belly bao, everything is spot on. The décor is distinctly Cartagenian; you will be charmed by their high ceilings, vintage tiles, and indoor plants. And don’t leave without trying one of their signature cocktails, which are a celebration of local liquors, fruits, and flavors.

Price: $$
Dress code: Dress chic to go out clubbing afterwards
Reservations needed?: Not always needed but definitely recommended for bigger groups and peak times

Want to learn more about La Movida club and our other Cartagena faves? Check out our Best Bars in Cartagena blog!

Buena Vida Marisquería – Best for cheat day and good times

Photo by: Buena Vida Marisqueria

Everything about Buena Vida Marisquería – from the decoration, to the music, to the menu – characterizes the Cartagena we know and love. Colorful, fun, and irresistible are three words we would use to describe this seafood restaurant. While its dishes, such as the crab nachos, seafood mac and cheese and desgranado de camarones aren’t light on calories, they sure are full of flavor. It’s no coincidence that this restaurant’s name means Good Life, as you are guaranteed to have a good time at this restaurant, which consists of 3 floors of deliciousness. The first two floors are for the seafood restaurant, and the top floor is an adults-only rooftop bar with an impressive cocktail menu and smaller snack options from the restaurant. Come with a group of friends to start off an unforgettable Cartagena night. 

Price: $$
Dress code: Casual chic
Reservations needed?: Highly recommended at peak hours

Candé – Best for an immersive Cartagena experience 

Candé CartagenaCandé

If Cartagena were a restaurant, she would be Candé. A lot of the culture of a city may come from its gastronomy, but we mustn’t forget about the rest. Music, dance, and traditional dress are all things that Candé incorporates into its dining experience to ensure that its diners are fully immersed in the Cartagenero experience. Enjoy the live musical show at both lunchtime and dinner time, and watch professionals dance the Mapalé and Cumbia, traditional Colombian dances. Stimulate your senses whilst you tuck into some incredible food. Make sure you leave room for dessert, however, as their menu features local delicacies you won’t find anywhere else in the world. Culture, music, and tradition all come together at Candé to provide an unforgettable experience for families, groups, and couples alike. 

Price: $$$
Dress code: Dress smart!
Reservations needed?: Yes. Make sure to request a table where you can see the show.

Feel free to cancel your upcoming flight to Peru, because Cuzco Cartagena has everything you need. Cuzco has really put itself on the map as one of the best restaurants in Cartagena. However, it is so much more than just good food. The entire experience offered at Cuzco Cocina Peruana makes for a fantastic night out. Enjoy live music by the glowing pool, some of the best ceviche in the city (and that’s saying something!), and romantic moments below the Colonial arches. Make sure to try chicha morada, a traditional Peruvian drink, but stay for the lobster risotto, a Two Travel favorite. The three varieties of sangria are enough to give you a merry start to your night.

If you’re looking for a lively restaurant with a youthful feel, you can also go next door to Baruco by Cuzco. There, you’re also sure to find awesome food and great cocktails to boot.

Price: $$
Dress code: Smart chic
Reservations needed?: Book a couple days in advance

Agua de Leon is also a local designer brand for adults and (extremely stylish) kids. Their restaurant is on the same vibe as their clothes. Visually stunning, perfectionist by nature, and great to show off on a Friday night. Their Colombian dishes are a sentimental ode to traditional local flavors, but with a contemporary twist. The fried costeño cheese with truffle is the perfect example of this; mixing the familiar, salty flavors of any Colombian childhood with the sultry umami of truffle. The restaurant itself is an architectural beauty, reminiscent of some of our favorite restaurants in Provenza, Medellin. Understated yet elegant are the words to describe the experience at Agua de Leon, an unmissable experience on your trip to Cartagena.

Price: $$$
Dress code: Dress to impress
Reservations needed?: Yes

Alma Cartagena

Situated in the super stylish boutique hotel Casa San Agustín, Alma is fast-becoming known as one of the unmissable culinary experiences in Cartagena. Its gastronomic concept pays homage to Caribbean Colombian cuisine and its traditional flavors, with a high-class and contemporary twist. We love going on weekends to enjoy the live Cuban son music, and the atmosphere is always warm and inviting. It’s the perfect spot for a romantic meal. Although fresh fish and seafood are the stars of the menu, Alma also offers vegan options and premium cuts of meat.

Price: $$$
Dress code: Smart. Long pants and closed shoes for men are a must.
Reservations needed?: Yes. Reservations are tricky so book ahead.

Getsemani is Centro’s younger, cooler sister. It’s the nightlife district where you can find the majority of the clubs and bars. People also gather at a central square, Plaza de la Trinidad, at night, to drink beer and watch street performers. It has a lot of incredible restaurants tucked away inside the colonial arches of its cobbled streets. Read on to find our favorite restaurant recommendations in Getsemani, Cartagena.

Celele one of the best 50 restaurants in South AmericaPhoto by: Celele

Celele by Proyecto Caribe Lab – Best for a gastronomical experience 

Hidden away in an unassuming colonial house in Getsemani, the bohemian neighboring barrio to Cartagena’s walled city, lies Celele. Voted as one of the “50 Best Restaurants 2020” and winning multiple other awards for their innovative menu and concept, chefs Jaime Rodriguez and Sebastian Pinzón have really hit the nail on the head. Celele is more than just a restaurant; it is a study of gastronomical anthropology. The chefs have travelled Colombia, talking to indigenous peoples and rediscovering long-forgotten flavors and methods. The food is visually stunning, and each dish has a profound cultural significance behind it. Celele restaurant celebrates the rich biodiversity of Colombia, taking humble ingredients and giving them a high-class spin. 

Price: $$$
Dress code: Smart casual
Reservations needed: Yes

Want to know more about bars in Cartagena? Check out our Guide to the Best Bars in Cartagena!

If the streets of Cartagena remind you of Cuba, Calle Dragones bar and restaurant will transport you straight to 1950s Havana. This charming joint is perched on top of the famous salsa club La Habana in Cartagena’s buzzing night district, Gesemani. It was designed with an old cabaret in mind, evoking the golden age of Cuba. Everything about it exudes luxury and glamour; and you can enjoy food, drinks, and music in all of its three ambiences. Cuban chef Luis Pous explores, through his food, Cuban gastronomy and its Asian influences. We loved the pork dumplings with kimchi alioli and truffle essence and the New York steak matured in Colombian coffee beans. The flavors are revolutionary for Cartagena, a city dominated by fish and pizza.

The cocktail menu doesn’t fall far behind, and in Calle Dragones you can find some of the best cocktails in Cartagena. Certainly the best Old Fashioned. And, in true Cartagena style, you can enjoy the fresh air and live DJ from the rooftop terrace, while you watch the night revellers below you. And, of course, if you fancy joining them, you can pop downstairs to La Habana and dance the night away.

Price: $$$
Dress code: Smart chic
Reservations needed: Not necessary but recommended for busy dates

La Cocina de Pepina – Best for comforting Colombian home cooking

If you want to feel like you have been invited to the kitchen of a Colombian abuela, head down to La Cocina de Pepina. Located in a yellow Colonial house in Getsemani, this unassuming restaurant has won multiple gastronomic prizes. La Cocina de Pepina has local, fresh flavors and really captures the essence of local fare from Cartagena. Be prepared to try something new – whether it’s the tart corozo juice – a local berry a bit like a cranberry – or the mote de queso. Mote (pronounced mo-tay) is a cheese soup thickened with yam and yucca – new comfort food unlocked!

You will soon be eating like a Cartagenero (local to Cartagena) as you fall in love with the diverse flavors of the Caribbean. With African influence and of course the influence of the offerings of the Caribbean Sea on its doorstep, Cartagena has a world of flavor. Come for lunch – but be prepared to wait for a table at this popular local spot!

Price: $
Dress code: Casual
Reservations needed: No reservations accepted. Be prepared for a short wait at busy times

With so many restaurant choices in Cartagena, and new ones popping up every day, this list really could go on forever. We feel the need to make a few honorable mentions for some old favorites of ours with the Two Travel seal of approval. For those days when you really need a great steak, Quebracho Argentinian Grill is your best bet. They offer prime cuts any Argentinian would approve of. If Italian is your thing, Don Ignazio will transport you to the backstreets of Florence. Don’t forget to stop by Verona for some of the best pizzas in Cartagena. If you loved Cuzco and are craving more Peruvian food in your life, definitely check out Gran Inka Gastro Bar.

 

Dining in Cartagena is nothing short of a cultural experience. Don’t forget that we are here for you to make life as easy as possible. We can call and make reservations on your behalf, as well as resolve any other issues or questions you may have!

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Coffee Farm Tour

colombian coffee

Colombia’s coffee is prized across the globe and the Coffee Triangle outside Medellín is the best place in the country to see how coffee is grown and processed. This day trip takes you to one of the best coffee farms in the region. Walk through the organic coffee plantations and learn how coffee is grown, harvested, dried and ground. As well as the coffee plantation, the farm has bee hives and raises animals. Take the coffee tasting experience, before exploring a little further on a horse ride through the property. This day trip is one not to be missed!

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.

The Best Restaurants in Tulum

The Best Restaurants in Tulum

Tulum is a small town in the Yucatan peninsula, surrounded by the jungle, nestled into the Caribbean coastline of Mexico. Famous for its idyllic white sandy beaches lapped by warm turquoise Caribbean waters, and its bohemian chic style.

Tulum is also a foodie’s paradise and is crammed full of restaurants offering flavors from all over the world. From budget to fine dining and everything in between, whatever you’re craving, Tulum has it all!

Tulum’s restaurants are split across 3 areas – downtown Tulum, the beach road and the hotel road. Expect to pay $1-$2 for street food in downtown Tulum, $6-$8 for a classic cocktail, and for dinner in the luxury area of the hotel zone, expect to pay around $100 per person.

And don’t forget to tip – it is part of the custom in Tulum, and 10% – 15% is the standard rate. Tipping is accepted in pesos or dollars.

As part of your Concierge Service with Two Travel, we can help you choose the best restaurants in Tulum, whatever the occasion. And you can count on us to get you the best table in the house and make any special arrangements you need.

Here are just three of Two Travel’s recommendations for fantastic eateries to get you started on your culinary journey in Tulum.

Must eat tacos – Taqueria Honorio

Street food tacos – eat like a local!

Tulum offers many international flavours, but the taste of real Mexico can still be found, and Mexican traditions are still very much alive in the backstreets of Tulum.

Taqueria Honorio

For a no-frills street food with dine-in option, be sure to try the bustling Taqueria Honorio, the oldest street vendor in Tulum with to-die-for tacos. The preparation that goes into cooking the meat is quite amazing.

The conchinita pil pil and lechon honduros which translates as suckling pig is marinated in oranges and spices which are buried in a fire pit underground and slowly cooked for 12 hours. Each morning at 5am they collect the meat from the ground ready to serve to hungry locals and tourists alike.

The menu is packed full of authentic delights – fresh homemade tortillas filled with stewed meats, chopped red onion and cilantro, and if you’re brave enough, add lashings of super-hot habanero chilli sauce and a squeeze of lime. Pair it with a Mexican ice-cold coke and you’re good to go!

For $1 -$2 there really is no excuse not to rub shoulders with the locals and try the real culinary delights of Mexico. Taqueria Honorio can be found on Avenida Satelite Sur on the north side of the street between Calle Andromeda and Calle Sol.

Good Burger, Tulum

More than just a burger bar.

Bonkers about burgers? Well, this is the meat feast you should not miss! Aesthetically pleasing to the eye, this restaurant is all concrete polished floors, hand woven wooden décor, moon crescent shaped booths and lush green plants.

Menu

A classic juicy steak burger, oozing with cheddar cheese, crunchy lettuce, tomato and a few sliced pickles is always our first choice. However, this place, of course, offers all the fillings, including maple flavoured bacon, Oaxaca guacamole and German sauerkraut topped burgers, in homemade brioche buns. Be sure to choose a side of crunchy well-seasoned fries which do not disappoint, accompanied with an array of dunkable dips, such as, siracha lemon mayo, chipotle aioli, chilli jam and truffle mayo. Wash it all down with a punchy pineapple margarita or an ice-cold beer with a wedge of lime. Simply delicious!

Expect to pay $15-$20 for a burger with a side and around $5 for a beer and $8 for a cocktail.

Good Burger, Tulum

Day to Night

More than just a restaurant, Good Burger has three floors to explore. On the second floor, you’ll find the lounge bar. Enjoy a fragrant mint shisha with friends or boogie to a selection of funky beats and experience some cocktail wizardry.

With live music until 1am on Fridays, don’t forget to reserve a private air balloon shaped booth on the rooftop to take in the night time views and sounds of downtown Tulum below, as you get tipsy on tequila.

The Good Burger can be found on the main road in Tulum near the corner of Avenida Satelite. Hours are 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. daily. Reservations are recommended for the rooftop as the booths tend to fill up quickly around sunset.

More than just a restaurant, Good Burger has three floors to explore. On the second floor, you’ll find the lounge bar. Enjoy a fragrant mint shisha with friends or boogie to a selection of funky beats and experience some cocktail wizardry.

With live music until 1am on Fridays, don’t forget to reserve a private air balloon shaped booth on the rooftop to take in the night time views and sounds of downtown Tulum below, as you get tipsy on tequila.

The Good Burger can be found on the main road in Tulum near the corner of Avenida Satelite. Hours are 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. daily. Reservations are recommended for the rooftop as the booths tend to fill up quickly around sunset.

IT Tulum

Michelin Star Mediterranean menu for that special occasion.

For fine dining in Tulum, the choice is endless, but we highly recommend IT Tulum for a super special night out. Head to the famous Hotel road, where you’ll be dazzled by candle lights, and the sweet smell of copal incense – Tulum’s signature scent.

IT Tulum

IT Tulum is an Italian inspired restaurant, whose fine dining concept began on the Mediterranean shores of the Balearic island, Ibiza. Tucked away in the jungle, this enchanting restaurant can now be found in Tulum – perfect for a special occasion!

Featuring a creative Mediterranean menu, designed by the two MICHELIN-Starred chef, Nino Di Costanzo, discover incredible Italian classics combined with a Mexican twist – cured meats, mozzarella and pesto tacos, Spaghetti ai pomodori, lamb chops with eggplant and olives or Risotto alla carbonara.

IT Tulum is open from 7pm – 1am and as with all restaurants on the hotel road, it is advisable to always book a table in advance. Two Travel can help you get the best table for your special night or event.

For more recommendations or to build a full itinerary for your Tulum trip or vacation,
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