The Ultimate Guide to Cartagena’s Colonial District: The Walled City vs. Getsemaní

Beautiful sunset over Cartagena, Colombia
Beautiful sunset over Cartagena, Colombia. Photo by: Starcevic.

Not sure where to stay in Cartagena? If you’re looking to immerse yourself in culture, a stay in Cartagena’s colonial Centro area is in order. But which is better, the Walled City or Getsemaní? Stick with us as we take a deep dive into Cartagena’s most historic neighborhoods, from accommodation to nightlife, and safety.

Cartagena is undeniably the jewel of Colombia’s Caribbean coast. Positioned on the Caribbean Sea, this historic port town attracts thousands of visitors every year due to its unique architecture and charm. In Cartagena, you can see the stunning juxtaposition of new and old. It is a beautiful sight to see the Miami-like skyline of Bocagrande whilst standing on the centuries-old city wall. But the true appeal to most visitors is the timeless beauty of the colonial neighborhoods of Centro and San Diego within the Walled City, and Getsemaní, just outside of it. These neighborhoods are iconic and, designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, remain as a window to a past that has long gone by. 

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Cartagena’s Walled City: A Charming and Romantic Escape

Cartagena Colombia
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The historic center of Cartagena is surrounded by 11 kilometers of defensive walls. Built in 1586 to protect Cartagena from invading pirates, they now form a central part of the identity of the city. Nowadays, with no threat from conquistadors, pirates, or invasions, Cartagena welcomes thousands of visitors each year to stroll its picturesque streets. You are sure to be charmed by its cobbled streets and quaint, colorful buildings with flowering bougainvillea all year round. Cartagena has been named one of the most romantic cities in the world. Despite its historic facade, Cartagena is full of modern restaurants, trendy bars, and boutique designer shops. This makes it the perfect place to wander around for the afternoon, and well into the evening.

What is the Nightlife like in the Walled City?

Nightlife in Alquimico, one of Cartagena's best bars.
Nightlife in Alquimico, one of Cartagena’s best bars.

The nightlife in Cartagena’s walled city is unparalleled. As the sleepy heat of the day wears off, the city comes alive at night. Stroll through quaint plazas where artisans sell their wares, such as San Diego Square, or grab an arepa de huevo (Cartagena’s signature fried treat – the egg arepa) in Fernandez de Madrid Square.

The walled city is always buzzing with people until the small hours of the morning. You can find some of the best and most stylish bars and clubs in Cartagena inside the old town. Check out our guide to the best bars and clubs in Cartagena – all of which are located within the walled city. Some of our favorites include Alquimico for the best craft cocktails in town, and La Movida for a stylish nightclub with excellent music. The old town of Cartagena is super walkable and bar hopping is not only easy but recommended.

Where can I stay in the Walled City?

Luxury Villa in Cartagena Colombia
Luxury Villa in Cartagena, Colombia.

The old town of Cartagena probably has one of the highest ratios of hotels and Airbnbs per square meter than anywhere else. It is positively bursting with incredible locations to stay. Despite the fact that there are hundreds of hotels and hostels inside the walled city of Cartagena, we will always prefer to choose a villa over a hotel.

A villa rental is superior because you and your group will have the whole vacation rental to yourselves. The appeal of privacy, plus your own private garden, balcony, and swimming pool is just too much to pass on. Plus, the colonial architecture of the private villas in the walled city is second to none. You can even hire a private chef to cook up a storm for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, while you kick back on your private rooftop terrace. Sounds too good to be true? Check out our villas and see for yourself.

If you do fancy a hotel stay, there are some world-renowned options within the old city, such as the Charleston Santa Teresa or the Sofitel Santa Clara. The Santa Clara is a converted convent that looks onto the ocean and is steeped in history. It is even said to be the inspiration for Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s book “Of Love and Other Demons”.

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How safe is the Walled City of Cartagena?

If you’re within the walled city, you’re in one of the safest areas of Cartagena. The main streets are busy at all hours and are well-lit. As with any major city, it’s always good to have your wits about you. Pick-pocketing can easily happen, especially in large crowds. Don’t carry large amounts of cash on you, and make sure you take out some Colombian pesos rather than dollars if you want to buy any souvenirs in the street.

Speaking of money, make sure you always negotiate a price before purchasing a service. For example, getting in a yellow cab, getting a massage on the beach, or renting the horse and carts you will see around town. It’s always better to agree on the price beforehand to avoid getting scammed. And that photo with the beautiful Palenquera lady with the fruit basket on her head? It’s not for free. And finally, be careful when using dating apps. Make sure to always meet in a public place and keep your friends informed of your whereabouts.

Getsemaní: The Walled City’s Bohemian younger sister

Cartagena colombia Gesemani neighborhood
Beautiful street in Getsemaní neighborhood. Photo by: Priscilla Burcher

Getsemaní (pronounced het-sem-a-KNEE) was, historically, a slum where the slaves would live during colonial times. Until around 10 years ago, it was preceded by its reputation for being seedy and dangerous. Today, however, it is a totally different neighborhood. Getsemaní is a diamond in the rough; it is charming, without being perfectly polished like many parts of Centro. Enjoy its vibrant street art, much of which celebrates the essence of what it is to be proudly Afro-Colombian. The locals of Getsemaní have banded together to make the most of living right in the heart of one of Cartagena’s most touristic districts. Every family home has become a business; whether they are selling beers through their window, colorful canvases with local art, or cheap cocktails. Getsemaní was even named by Forbes magazine back in 2018 as one of the “coolest neighborhoods in the world”.

What is the Nightlife like in Getsemaní?

Getsemani Cartagena Colombia
Café Havana in Getsemaní, Cartagena, Colombia.

The nightlife experience in Getsemaní is very different from the experience in the walled city. It is a lot more chaotic and busy as there is a high volume of people in a smaller space. It is also a lot more relaxed in terms of the general atmosphere. The beating heart of Getsemani is Plaza de la Trinidad, where you will find many locals and tourists alike. Many people gather in this square during the evenings to chat, drink, and watch the street performers. Keep an eye out, and you might see Michael Jackson, or even Shakiro (Cartagena’s answer to Shakira which needs to be seen to be believed). Or if you fancy a $2 cocktail, head down to Callejon Ancho, where you will find a bunch of makeshift bars, blaring music, and the best vibes to get your weekend started.

There are also some great bars, restaurants, and clubs in Getsemaní. We like Seven Times, a cabaret-style club with different ambiances. Head to the famous Cafe Havana to dance salsa into the small hours of the night, or to Calle Dragones for some creative cocktails. We also can’t forget about dinner at Celele, a contender in the list of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants (2022).

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Where can I stay in Getsemaní?

Casa Santa Ana Cartagena
Luxury Villa in Cartagena, Colombia

Much like the walled city, Getsemaní also has its fair share of Colonial villas. Much like the villas in the old city, these stunning, centuries-old houses have private pools, terraces, and all the modern amenities. After the hustle and bustle of the busy streets of Getsemaní, entering your private villa feels like the perfect escape. Relax, party, or host in total privacy. Getsemaní has a much higher proportion of backpacker hostels compared to the Old City. Many of these are located on its main street, Calle Media Luna. There are also some more upper-scale hotels, such as Casa Lola, which stays true to the rugged yet charming vibe of Getsemaní.

How safe is Getsemaní?

Despite being a little rougher around the edges compared to the walled city, Getsemaní is also pretty safe. In recent years, safety has improved a lot in this area, as it has gotten more gentrified and popular. Still, it’s important to stick to well-populated areas such as the main square and the streets where the main bars and restaurants are. Don’t engage in conversation with homeless people or people selling things. All our previous recommendations for the walled city of Cartagena also apply here; no des papaya (don’t give papaya) as they say in Cartagena, and you’ll be fine! This local saying basically translates to don’t flash what you’re not willing to lose. If you stick with your group and go to reputable places, you have nothing to worry about. You’re sure to have the best time on your trip to Cartagena!

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Unveiling the Vibrant Nights of Cartagena: A Guide to Nightlife Hotspots

Cartagena is renowned for its thriving nightlife scene. The warm Caribbean nights and tropical vibes all year round make the perfect mix for a night to remember.

While many come to the Colombian coast for the beaches, islands, and warm weather, many others also flock to Cartagena to enjoy the nightlife events and nightclubs. Cartagena is the proud home of award-winning bars and restaurants. Every night of the week, hundreds of people take to the streets to dance, drink, and revel in the delights of the city. No matter which month of the year you plan to be in Cartagena, you’re bound to encounter something fun and memorable, which will have you booking your next flight back to Colombia before you’ve even arrived back home.

The best bars and clubs in Cartagena

Cartagena has many award-winning bars that offer tasty craft cocktails, live DJs, and impeccable vibes. One of our favorites is Alquímico, a three-story colonial townhouse with two different ambiances. Their mixologists make liquid art, and use creative ingredients and flavors. Right opposite, you will find La Jugada, a stylish nightclub with a rooftop bar. Keep an eye out for the fireworks and performances that take place on the roof after midnight. We also love La Movida, the place for all the beautiful people of Cartagena to see and be seen. With multiple ambiances and an outdoor terrace, La Movida will have you boogying all night long. When these clubs close, head to El Pasquín, another of Cartagena’s hottest nightclubs, which opens until 4 a.m. These places are some of the most high-class bars and clubs in Cartagena, so rock your hottest ‘fits and leave the sandals for the beach.

Alternative Nightclubs in Cartagena 

If you’re looking for a different vibe, head to Casa Cruxada. This nightclub-cum-restaurant attracts Cartagena’s alternative crowd. Located in an antique, crumbling building, with its trademark deliberately wonky window, you can enjoy different live DJs every night of the week. You will mainly hear electronic, house, and tropical beats. Or for something totally different and super fun for bachelorette or bachelor parties, make a reservation at Seven 7 Times. With multiple ambiences, from tropical, to urban, to cantina, there is something for everyone. Our favorite has to be the live burlesque show they do in the main salon, which is steaming hot and super entertaining.

Want more information on the best bars and clubs in Cartagena? Get the full scoop in our other blog post.

Events and Festivals in Cartagena 

Whilst the majority of major music festivals and concerts in Colombia tend to take place in Bogotá and Medellín, Cartagena has its fair share of events throughout the year.

The Wild Brunch – The wildest live music festival of the year

The Wild Brunch is one of the biggest events of the year, usually taking place a few nights before New Year’s Eve. With the arrival of the giant inflatable rubber duck perched in the Convention Center, the fun begins. See the hottest Latin and international artists and DJs in this surreal, colorful, explosion of sequins and fun. The costumes, makeup, dancers, and general vibes of this crazy festival are trippy and surreal. It is truly one of the best ways to end the year. This event takes place on the water’s edge, and you can even rent a boat slip to park your yacht right up next to the DJ.

New Year’s Eve – An unmissable party in Cartagena

 Of course, New Year’s Eve, just a night or two after the Wild Brunch party, is another one of the biggest events of the year in Cartagena. The whole city lights up in a giant street party, and all the hottest bars and clubs in town (see above) become hosts to incredible parties. Buy your New Year’s Eve tickets early because the best places always sell out. Make sure you leave plenty of time for wandering the balmy streets too. Soak up the best vibes at one of the peak times for nightlife in Cartagena. Contact the Two Travel concierge team today to get the latest info and tickets for New Year’s in Cartagena 2023.

Wakanda Festival – For the hottest Afrobeat vibes

If you’re into Afrobeat, Dancehall, and Champeta, Wakanda Fest is the one for you. This super cool urban music festival takes place right on the beach, for the ultimate Cartagena experience. Appreciate the best of Cartagena’s thriving local music scene and take the opportunity to dress up in your hottest outfit. The spirit of Africa is alive and thriving in Cartagena and can be found at Wakanda Fest.

November Independence Parade of Cartagena – for the Carnival seekers

If you find yourself in Cartagena around the week of the 11th of November, you will inevitably come across the Independence Parade and celebrations. These are enormous, carnivalesque parties that take place across the entire city to celebrate the independence of Cartagena. Colombia’s national beauty contest to crown “Miss Colombia” also takes place during this week. The parade is an incredible sight to behold; the main streets are closed and hundreds of dancers and performers parade down the street, with day parties turning into night. Don’t wear your best clothes if you join these street parties, as things can get messy! Locals love to spray foam and throw cornstarch and blue powder paint. Put on your oldest pair of sneakers, leave your valuables at home, and join in the fun!

Hot events at local island beach clubs – For boujee beach-goers 

Keep an eye out throughout the year for various events taking place at local island beach clubs, Fenix Beach and Blue Apple. They often host special events such as dinners hosted by local chefs, or beach parties with bonfires and guest DJs. With these events, return boat trips are often included. These beach clubs also double as hotels, so you can also book a night or two and boogie until dawn on a Caribbean island.

Tips for a memorable night out 

Staying safe in Cartagena is simple if you keep your wits about you and don’t make any foolish decisions. The center of Cartagena is a safe place, as it is buzzing with people at all hours of the day and night. As with any major city, it’s important to keep a close eye on your belongings to avoid pickpockets, and, as the famous saying here goes, “Don’t give papaya”. This basically means to not flash expensive jewelry or items in places they shouldn’t be flashed. While in bars and nightclubs in Cartagena, don’t leave your drink unattended or accept drinks from strangers. If you’re staying outside the walled city and need to get a taxi at night, make sure you negotiate the price before getting in. You can also use reputable taxi apps such as Uber and InDriver which are popular in Cartagena.

Whatever you end up doing in Cartagena, you’re sure to have a night to remember. Perhaps you’re in town for a special event, like one of the many festivals that take place in the city. Or perhaps you end up in one of the many bars or nightclubs of the historic center. Either way, the undeniably tropical vibes of this coastal city are always on point, and Cartagena nightlife will never let you down.

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What to do for New Year’s Eve in Medellin

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

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

Why celebrate New Year’s Eve in Medellín

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Midnight toast and party with Medellin locals

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

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

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

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

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Best Bars to Enjoy New Year’s Eve in Medellin

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

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

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

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

Where to Stay in Medellin for New Year’s Eve

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other Activities To Enjoy New Year’s Eve in Medellin

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

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

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

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

Best Rooftop Bars in Medellin

Best Medellín rooftop bars
Coracao Rooftop

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

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

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

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

Envy Rooftop (The Charlee Hotel, Parque Lleras)

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

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

La Deriva (Click Clack Hotel, Poblado)

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

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

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

Mosquito Rooftop (The Somos Hotel, Poblado)

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

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

Teatro Victoria Roof Garden (Provenza, Poblado)

Teatro Victoria bar Medellin

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

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

ENE Restobar Hookah Lounge (Provenza, Poblado)

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

Belisario (Provenza, Poblado)

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

360° Rooftop Bar (Hotel Haven, Poblado)

360° Rootop Bar Medellin

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

Even more Medellín rooftop bars!

Rooftop Bars in Medellin
NDN Rooftop

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

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

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

Medellín Nightlife FAQs

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

How much does a cocktail typically cost in Medellín? 

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

What time do people go out drinking and dancing?

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

What time do places typically close in Medellín?

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

What is the dress code for going out in Medellín?

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

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

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

Is Medellín safe at night?

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

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

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

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

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

Get in touch today to plan your next Medellín adventure!

Make the most of Mexico City nightlife

When the sun goes down, Mexico City comes alive. Mexico City’s nightlife offers an incredible array of experiences. From the high-end cocktail bar to the kitschy dance club to the timeless cantina, there are options for any mood, budget, and taste. Read on, get on your dancing shoes, and get ready. Here’s how to spend many memorable nights out on the town. This is our guide to the best bars and nightlife in Mexico City.

Plan your night in Mexico City – start off at a casual cantina, followed by a cocktail in a mezcalería or rooftop bar. There are so many to choose from! Then move on to one of the best dance clubs or nightclubs in Mexico City. Scroll down for hot tips, and get in touch if you need help finding a place to stay, or have a group event to plan.

Cantinas (local bars): aka. the Heart of Mexico

Historically, cantinas have been a preferred hangout all over the country. Laid-back and brimming with tradition, cantinas offer affordable drinks and botanas (snacks), and in many cases, full lunch or dinner menus. For centuries, women weren’t allowed in cantinas, but today, things have changed. Cantinas welcome patrons from all walks of life who want to gather around the table for hours, usually to the sound of a classic mariachi or trío.

Some of the most iconic cantinas in town are found right in the heart of downtown. Tenampa is a festive spot that’s ideal for traditional Mexican food and drinks. Believe us when we say they taste even better when paired with the sound of mariachi music. In fact, Tenampa is located in Garibaldi Plaza, the city’s official mariachi headquarters. Another cantina is La Faena, decorated with vintage bullfighting posters and memorabilia. Here, you’ll find a super casual and lively atmosphere. Meanwhile at La Opera, gorgeous interiors will take you back to its origins in 1895.

Mezcalerías: Agave bars in Mexico City

Mezcal has deep ties to Mexican history, culture, and mythology. According to legend, we have the agave goddess Mayahuel to thank for this fascinating spirit. Mezcal is produced in eight Mexican states including Oaxaca (home to most of the country’s production), Guerrero, and Durango. Whether you are already a mezcal aficionado or want to begin your exploration of this agave-based liquid, there are plenty of mezcalerías in Mexico City where you can embark on this journey.

Located in Centro Histórico, Bósforo is a bohemian spot dedicated to artisanal mezcal. Here, you’ll find a wide array of agave varietals and a knowledgeable staff that is always ready to offer advice. The low lighting and groovy world music will help set the mood. Over at Roma, head to La Clandestina, a local favorite for nearly 15 years. This cozy spot serves more than 20 mezcals, most of them from Oaxaca, including some in tasty cocktails. And for a fun, casual night of mezcal-imbibing, look no further than La Botica. Here, you’ll find more than 50 labels on the shelves of its two locations: Centro Histórico and Condesa.

Rooftop bars in Mexico City: See and be seen

Photo by: Toledo Rooftop

Over the past few years, rooftop bars have sprouted up all over the city. Make the most of the city’s mild climate (most of the year) and beautiful views across different neighborhoods. Rooftop bars usually offer a chill vibe during the early evening. Then the atmosphere starts to heat up later on – some of these bars turn into full-blown nightclubs. Depending on your plans, you can stop at a rooftop for a few drinks before heading to a nightclub, or spend the entire night there, soaking in the views and energetic atmosphere. Try these Mexico City rooftop bars and you will not be disappointed!

  • Supra, located in the heart of Roma, boasts modern furnishings, 360-degree views of the city, and a menu inspired by Asian and Mediterranean flavors that pairs perfectly with the house cocktails. Aside from a live DJ, Supra frequently hosts events such as meditation sessions or art shows.
  • Nearby, Gin Gin welcomes guests with a lively vibe and an extensive cocktail menu that, just like its name promises, features more than 50 gin labels. Pair a refreshing gin and tonic with one of their excellent burgers at any of their five locations (aside from two in Roma, you’ll find three more in Polanco, Condesa, and Satélite).
  • If you’re in Juárez, Toledo Rooftop is your best bet. A beautiful building is the perfect setting to enjoy a Baja-Med food menu (Baja California meets the Mediterranean), a long wine, spirit, and cocktail list, and music by live DJs.

Whichever of these Mexico City rooftop bars you choose to explore, remember that cocktails will cost around 220 pesos ($12 USD). Oh, and dress to impress!

If you’re looking to plan a trip to Mexico City and need help finding accommodation, things to do, or tickets to big events like the F1 Grand Prix, Lucha Libra or Day of the Dead, get in touch. We’ll help plan your journey.

Mexico City’s Cocktail Scene: A Toast to Creativity

Photo by: Brujas

As varied and exciting as its culinary scene, Mexico’s cocktail landscape keeps getting more interesting as time goes by. It’s no surprise that many of its cocktail bars are featured in international lists. In this city, you’ll find inventive drinks, excellent service, and original concepts.

Cocktail bars in Mexico City usually open around 6:00 PM and get busier as the night progresses. You can start your evening at one of these bars before you head to dinner or a club. Or spend the night exploring their unique personalities and drinks.

Start with an award winner – Handshake Bar, in Juárez is the #2 bar in North America by 50 Best Bars. Inside a luxurious, intimate space, the team serves deceptively simple-looking drinks that hide careful, creative processes. Roma is home to two other exciting cocktail bars: Brujas, a woman-led den with drinks that honor inspiring women and traditional Mexican herbology, and Rayo, a gorgeous rooftop bar in Roma where every premium spirit-based cocktail tells a story. We also love Hanky Panky, in Juárez – a speakeasy whose address is secret, where the bartenders are part-owners. It’s an intimate space with incredible cocktails… and we can help you get in. Just ask!

Dance Clubs: Show your moves

Cumbia, salsa, merengue, and reggaeton await at some of Mexico City’s fabulous dance clubs. With decades of tradition, these aren’t the type of clubs where dancing is optional. Here, people spend hours on the dance floor, moving to the sound of live music with pure joy. From amateurs to true pros with impressive moves, you’ll find all sorts of couples on the floor. Don’t be surprised if a complete stranger asks you to dance!

In Roma Norte, Mama Rumba is a two-story Cuban bar dedicated to salsa and Caribbean music where a 100 peso ($5 USD) cover will guarantee a night of nonstop dancing. Also in Roma, Club San Luis has been a beloved space for more than eight decades, boasting three live bands per night and an irresistible, old-school feel. Another timeless classic is Salón Los Ángeles, located in Colonia Guerrero. This fun and unpretentious setting has been witness to countless dance contests and parties and has even been used as a filming location in movies and shows. Danzón, mambo, and swing are a few of the genres you can move to when you visit this historic dance hall.

Nightclubs: Party until dawn

Mexico City’s energy continues to thrive well into the night. For an evening of dancing and people-watching, its nightclubs offer a variety of styles, from trendy spaces where you can dance to pop and reggaeton, to dark, sexy spots that host world-class DJs every weekend.

Most clubs usually open around 11:00 PM, and booking a table is a good idea if you plan to go with a larger group to avoid waiting in line at the door. We can help you with that – simply get in touch for the best in Mexico City nightlife! Here are our recommendations:

Dinsmoor, located in Polanco, is a favorite among fans of live DJs. The vibes are always high inside this gorgeous space. Make sure to book a table in advance, as it is small and exclusive, so it gets crowded quickly. Also in Polanco, República welcomes a young, glam crowd to dance to today’s latest hits and toast with classic drinks. Over in Roma, a house that once belonged to the founder of the Mexican Communist party is now the beloved MN Roy, with an impressive rotation of DJs to dance way into the end of the night.

We know you’ll have a great time exploring Mexico City’s bars and nightclubs.
For a fully planned itinerary, we’re here to help you have the best vacation ever.

Medellin Bachelor Pool Party

Medellin Mansion

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

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

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

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

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

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

Medellin Bachelor Party Special

Medellin Bachelor Party clubbing

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

Why celebrate your Bachelor Party in Medellín?

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

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

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

Here’s what your evening could look like:

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

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

VIP Club Night in Medellin

Medellín nightclub La Chula

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

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

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

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

VIP Club Night in Medellín recommendations:

Las Palmas

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

Vintrash

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

Gusto

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

Other clubs we recommend

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

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

Bar Hopping in Provenza

Teatro Victoria bar in Medellin

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

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

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

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

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

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

Things to do (for everyone) in Mexico City

Angel de la Independencia - Independence angel

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

Young Caucasian woman walking in Mexico City

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.

Two Travel can help your build your journey – from accommodation to day trips to restaurant reservations. Fill in this form and we’ll be your local Mexico City guide from the moment you start planning.

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.