Whether you prefer to snack on something or end the day with a good meal, I’m sure you’ll find your favorite flavors in Medellin. Here are a few of my top spots to have a bite.
Abbiocco by Carmen
One of the most exclusive and popular restaurants in the city for its proposal to fuse Italian flavors with traditional Colombian ingredients and recipes that will certainly leave you wanting to savor every last crumb.
It’s located in the heart of El Poblado, so any local you ask will give you a good review of their signature dishes. If you’re a picky eater like me, you’ll be more than happy to try their exotic combinations.
My favorite meal was the “Fideua de la huerta”, crispy thin pasta, asparagus, mushrooms, aubergine, mushrooms brodo, and tomato petals.
Who doesn’t crave pizza for dinner once in a while? In Medellin there are thousands of places to have a slice, however, I bring this hidden gem to you for a reason, in Olivia you’ll find the most delicious pizzas with that glorious stretchy cheese.
If Italian food isn’t your thing, you can make your own pizza with the crust thickness of your choice and by adding fresh, high quality ingredients.
Then, for dessert. Head out to Madelo, certainly a spot to check out if you love ice cream, milkshakes, frozen yogurt, and sweet bites like me.
Their ice cream flavors and chocolatey creations are changing from time to time, so you’ll never get bored of their variety of treats. Having a sweet moment after dinner is something no one would turn down!
Now, if you’re experienced enough, or you’re looking for a genuine paisa experience, then La 33 should be your choice. Salsa, merengue, vallenato, reggaeton, dembow, rancheras, and much more, even for those who have two left feet.
The style of this place is very popular among tourists for the music, food, and entertainment straight from Colombia.
As always, there are some other more exclusive party spots such as Barrio Colombia or Las Palmas, which although a bit more pricey, are worth a visit.
LaZotea Rooftop Bar
If you want the night to be really intense, the atmosphere at LaZotea is perfect for boogie on the dancefloor in the company of one of Colombia’s most popular drinks, aguardiente.
The temperature rises with urban and crossover music, just what the locals call “perreo intenso“.
The Chiva Rumbera sounds interesting as well as intriguing, the truth is that I could not believe it when I knew that it’s actually a night bus tour of the city, adorned with party decorations, lights, and even a crystal ball, like a mobile dance floor.
By far, it’s one of the most fun things to do at night, not only because it’s a unique experience, but also because it’s a fun way to get to know the most popular parks in Medellin, some of the most visited in this type of events are:
Puente de la 4sur
Avenida El Poblado
Parques del Rio
Parque de las Luces
Parque del Poblado
Parque de los Pies Descalzos
There are a lot of agencies that offer you to choose which places in the city you want to visit and celebrate your birthday or bachelor party, many of them include music, shows, and drinks.
Medellin Night Tour
Surely you’ll find many agencies that offer different types of tours around the city, many of them take you on a special transport to areas such as markets, restaurants, and popular parks in the city to have a night full of flavors and experience the traditional paisa life.
You can also join the free walking tours with other expats. The best thing about these kinds of meetings is that they’re totally free, and usually there is a guide who speaks fluent English and advises you on the best places to visit.
From thrift stores to designer clothes, finding what you need is not as difficult as it seems. In fact, one of the local’s favorite pastimes is window shopping in the malls while eating ice cream.
Another interesting fact is that Medellin is considered one of the main cities that most promotes the textile and clothing industry in the country, becoming a convention center for important fashion events such as Colombiatex.
Other than that, If you’re looking for some Colombian fashion, I would recommend you to visit some malls such as:
El Tesoro Mall
Parque de Las Luces
It’s an iconic spot of Medellin very frequented by locals and tourists, mostly during the Christmas season. More than 300 columns of light that simulate the phases of the moon make this a very common place for photographers and architecture lovers to spend the afternoon capturing the magic of this place.
Of course, the best time to visit this park is after 6 pm, when you can enjoy this beautiful place and get some spectacular pictures.
This was once one of the largest markets in Medellin, as it is located in the heart of the city, however, this is no longer the case and that is why we can enjoy this beautiful night light show now.
Around the park, you’ll also find the buildings El Carré, El Vásquez, and the library of the public companies of Medellin, which also adorn with their dim lights this nocturnal landscape that leaves anyone speechless.
I never imagined I could be so close to the city and still feel like I was in a forest a thousand of kilometers away from civilization. In the Arví Park they take advantage of the calm and beauty of nature in the moonlight.
For this holiday season, the park has prepared an event with a movie night and a night walk through the forest, obviously accompanied by a guide who will tell the ancestral history of the park and its natural attributes.
Then you’ll have to prepare dinner at the campfire and warm up with some hot chocolate and marshmallows. Then you can lie under the stars in your tent and fall asleep to the silence of the night.
In addition to this incredible experience in the park, you will have access to the museum and butterfly farm. It’s definitely an experience worthwhile, and even more so when Christmas is approaching.
Even at other times of the year, the park offers activities like these to the public and guided night tours of the park, so you should check their website from time to time to be aware of their upcoming events.
Getting some fresh air or taking a walk through the peaceful nature trails of the botanical garden is also an activity you can enjoy at night. Most of them are free activities, so you have nothing to worry about.
Each month, the garden organizes one or two night activities, most of them for a reasonable price.
I was able to participate in the flashlight tour, where the guide showed us all the secrets of the rainforests and the insects that inhabited them. Without a doubt, an incredible plan to spend a Saturday night enjoying the plants and wildlife that live in the park.
Instead of spending all night on the couch watching Netflix, you can spend the afternoon at the cinema watching movies on the big screen, munching on some popcorn or nacho cheese, and drinking slushies until you burst.
Most groups of friends or couples decide to take the whole evening and night off to jump from room to room watching all the movies available.
Lucky for you, most movie theaters in Medellin have evening shows from 6 pm to 9:45 pm and sometimes until 10 pm.
Usually, you’ll find the most popular movie theaters in the largest malls of the city, some of the most well known are:
It’s been a tough week and you’re looking for a way to release stress? Take a mid-week getaway to treat yourself and enjoy the tons of activities that Medellin has prepared for its guests.
Another of my favorite activities is spending the night at a theater enjoying my favorite shows. Whether you like drama or comedy or prefer something more complex like opera, you can find something that suits you and your tastes.
Fortunately, there are many weekday evening performances, however, I highly recommend getting your tickets in advance, as these types of plays are very popular with expats in Medellin.
Unleash your love for plays at any of the city’s public theaters, but don’t forget that there are some other hidden gems where you can enjoy a cup of coffee and live music while you get caught up in some of Medellin’s theatrical art.
Some of the best known theaters in the city are:
Pequeño Teatro de Medellín
Teatro Metropolitano José Gutierrez Gomez
Teatro Pablo Tobón Uribe
Teatro Universitario Camilo Torres
Teatro de la Universidad de Medellín
Teatro Prado El Águila Descalza
Take an Art Tour Through Medellin Museums
In Colombia, they have the habit of promoting museum nights, and some host important events such as new exhibitions or well known artists who have a place in the world of urban art in Medellin.
Whether you want to tour the halls of the city’s museums on your own or you prefer to receive a guided tour, I assure you that this is one of the best ways to spend the night if you’re not a party soul or prefer indoor activities.
Check for upcoming events at museums near you, as these evening tours are often part of a program rather than regular museum hours.
These are the museums you can’t miss spending the night at:
Currently, you can take this tour on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 pm to 9:30 pm at the Atanasio Girardot stadium and Avenida del Rio, so you can take the opportunity to come back from work or school while enjoying the city lights or just stroll around Medellin.
Of course, many tourist agencies offer guided tours and even lend you a bike, which is a more suitable option to get to know the city with your family or friends without losing your way or ending up in the wrong places.
You can also choose to walk to one of the many viewpoints that Medellin has to offer, where at the top you will find restaurants and bars where you can have a cool drink while watching the night fall and thinking about life.
Some of the mountains where you can find beautiful night landscapes are:
Cerro El Picacho
Cerro de las Tres Cruces
Cerro El Volador
Cerro La Asomadera
I am a big fan of visiting Pueblito Paisa every Sunday and setting up my picnic set to have a nice view of the Medellin night at this high point of the city.
If I then find myself craving some snacks or looking for a good meal, I can find what I need in the nearby stores and cafes.
Right now at Christmas time, it’s a very busy place due to the lights, decorations, and Christmas events that are held in the place, so if what you want is a quiet time with your thoughts, I recommend you to visit this place during weekdays.
Another interesting idea for a first date or fun activity for a night out in Medellin is to test your skills in a game of bowling.
The most exclusive places offer you the full experience with delicious dishes to have for dinner after a couple of hours of play or an exotic cocktail bar to add some fun on the bowling lane.
Only a few venues are open until the wee hours of the morning – certainly, an option that will allow you to kick off a wild night. Some bowling centers that are open until 1 am are the start of a night out at La 70 or any other nightclub in the city.
My favorite place is Super Bowling, with more than 16 bowling lanes and an exclusive specialty cocktail bar, in addition to preparing some of the most delicious burgers in town.
These indoor parks are places where you can easily spend all day entertaining yourself with the dozens of rides and attractions, I just recommend you not to eat too much before you start doing pirouettes and somersaults in the air.
You’ll just need some non-slip socks and a strong stomach to withstand the bouncing and playing through the night.
The largest trampoline park in Medellin is Flying Squirrel, where they also hold a neon party on Fridays and Saturdays, for all ages with lights, colorful smokes, and live DJs.
Medellin nightlife really has something for everyone, whether you want to spend a quiet night out or show off your dance moves on the dance floor, I’m sure you’ll find your ideal thing to do at night in Medellin after the sun goes down.
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