The neighborhood is of low socioeconomic status, located between the Trincentenario and Acevedo Station of the metro system, and crossed by the Andalucia Station of the Santo Domingo Metro Cable.
Culture in Santa Cruz
Although small, the neighborhood of Santa Cruz has a variety of cultural spaces to offer to the community and to tourists seeking something outside the traditional. Let’s take a look at a few of these places around the city.
Corporacion Cultural Nuestra Gente
The Corporacion Cultural Nuestra Gente is a social group seeking to promote culture in Santa Cruz for the past 35 years, operating out of an iconic yellow house in a corner of the neighborhood.
Artistic and cultural are held at the Corporación Cultural Nuestra Gente, alongside theatre, dance, and puppet performances. Best of all, the entrance ticket is obtained through a barter system, so you don’t necessarily have to pay cash!
A rehearsal and event room for musical groups, Casa Lesmes promotes music as an artistic expression in the area.
Here, musicians can practice their repertoire, and visitors can attend live performances of rap, punk, rock, hip-hop, reggae, and other musical genres popular in the urban culture of Medellín.
Tickets are always sold at extremely cheap prices, or through the barter system. So, it’s a great place to go for a cheap night out!
Food in Santa Cruz
If you plan to spend a couple of hours in the neighborhood attending a music or theatre presentation, you might work up a bit of an appetite. Let me tell you about the best places to grab a bite to eat in Santa Cruz!
One of the most well-known restaurants in the neighborhood, La Carbona’s corner location boasts a striking setting and vast menu.
It’s the perfect place to enjoy grilled food or fast food dishes redone in a gourmet style. You can also order drinks and ice cream for dessert or a snack.
Mandingas de Santa Cruz
Mandingas is a french fries-based dish complemented with ingredients such as proteins, cheeses, sausages, and traditional Colombian sauces like pineapple or pink sauce.
If you like to mix new flavors with common ingredients, I recommend checking out this place.
Donde Guaro Ice Cream & Sandwich
Donde Guaro has a bit of a peculiar name: “Guaro” is an abbreviation of aguardiente, what Americans might know as schnapps.
But don’t let the name deter you! Donde Guaro has an exquisite menu with a wide variety of fruits and ice cream flavors. You can also order a traditional Colombian fruit salad with cheese.
If you’re not in the mood for ice cream or fruit salad, the restaurant also serves sandwiches, drinks, and salpicones.
Other Places in Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz is a traditional neighborhood like many others in Medellín and has some interesting places to visit and spend a couple of hours, despite its socioeconomic status.
In fact, there’s something for everyone here. Let’s check out a couple of those places!
Santa Cruz Public Library
The Santa Cruz Public Library belongs to the Public Library System of Medellin. What’s more, this place provides literary and academic opportunities to inhabitants and visitors.
While the library is small, it provides everything needed to create a calm, serene environment with a lot of information at hand. Computers with internet access are available to the public if you’re looking for a space to get some work done.
If you’re looking for a place to exercise or play sports, check out the neighborhood soccer field. Made of sand, the spacious field hosts local sports tournaments as well as children’s soccer lessons.
In addition to public places, the comuna has a wide range of places for residents and visitors, such as:
A pool bar
Visit Santa Cruz
Visiting the small neighborhood of Santa Cruz provides an authentic look into everyday life in Medellín, where visitors can also enjoy artistic, musical, and theatrical events. Hop on the Metro System to Santa Cruz, and let yourself be surprised by all you can find here!
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