The barrio is one of the more beautiful areas of the city and tends to be the first stop for backpackers and ex-pats alike.
I love that the area is so walker-friendly, with Provenza’s section of Carrera 35 being blocked off from cars. All the businesses are within walking distance.
One important thing to remember: Carreras run North to South, while Calles run east to west. So, when looking up a direction, you will see a Calle 35 and a Carrera 35; they are, in fact, on two completely opposite sides of the city.
Provenza also neighbors Parque Lleras. This is another walkable party district. However, it’s seen as a bit seedy, so Colombians generally prefer later. I also think the quality of nightlife is better in Provenza, along with the restaurants.
How to Get to Provenza
The main strip of Provenza on Carrera 35 can be reached from Calle 10. This is the easiest route to take.
The surrounding areas of Manila, Poblado, and Parque Lleras, are a walkable distance. However, it is an uphill walk to Provenza, but good exercise.
The nearest metro station is Poblado. However, you will still need to walk around 15/20 minutes uphill, along Calle 10, to reach Provenza.
It’s best to use Taxi apps like Indriver and Uber in Medellin. With Indriver, the customer suggests a price on the app and pays in cash. Uber is the same in most other countries; you pay by card.
This is the best transport method if you’re coming from somewhere further away like Laureles or Envigado. However, from around 6pm to 9pm, there is a lot of traffic throughout Medellin, especially on the nearby Calle 10.
Eat Some Great Grub
Influenced by its growing international community, Provenza has developed a pretty extensive range of international cuisines like Italian, Japanese, Turkish, Greek, Arab, and French restaurants, to name a few.
Here are a couple of great places to eat in the neighborhood.
I was practically addicted to Gato while living in the area. Its fusion of Colombian cuisine is perfectly seasoned and flavourful.
If you’re a little greedy like me, you’ll be more than happy with the generous portion sizes. The menu includes Latin classics like ceviche and chaufa, but also Asian fusion dishes like the shrimp and chicken Pad-Thai. My favorite meal was the juicy Chili Ginger Salmon.
As a London native, do I approve of this frozen yoghurt? I absolutely do!
The delicious desserts are entirely customizable, allowing you to choose between the yoghurt flavors and the wide range of tasty toppings. The business is woman-owned; if you ever get a chance to meet the owners, you’ll be delighted by their story.
Pergamino has 3 locations in Medellin, with one being in Provenza. The cafe is known for its delicious breakfast menu and excellent coffee.
They roast with genuine Colombian coffee, grown locally by over 600 producers in the countryside. Their unique blends make the cafe quite popular, so be prepared to wait in line during some peak times.
Browse through the exceptional collections and possibly buy a piece at this well-respected art gallery. In addition, the space holds exhibitions for emerging artists, while focusing on contemporary abstract art.
They also provide workshops and present special talks for the city.
Provenza truly has something for everyone; it’s one of Medellín’s most exciting neighborhoods. Make sure you add it to your list of places to see in the city!
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