In fact, this mall is a bit more like a park than it is a shopping center!
El Tesoro is home to more than 400 shops as well as a mini rollercoaster and a couple of other amusement park rides. The rides are really for kids, but I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t tried them myself!
The shops you’ll find in El Tesoro cover pretty much anything you could need, including:
You’ll also find a food court that’s full of great eats. And, if you need to get some coworking done? There’s actually a space called Nómadas right there in the mall where you can connect to wi-fi and drink some coffee.
Another perk of this mall is that it has tons of American stores. I felt transported straight back to my hometown’s mall when I walked in and found all my favorite brands, such as:
The mall is situated a little way out of town, up in the hills of El Poblado rather than in the bustling Parque Lleras area. Still, don’t let that put you off. It’s a great day to get in some much-needed retail therapy!
Santafe is a close runner up to El Poblado. It’s a huge shopping mall that boasts nearly 100 more shops than El Tesoro does!
Like most malls in Medellin, it’s an open-air mall. However, the roof actually can be pulled back or rolled over to adjust for the weather. That makes it the perfect place to hang out on one of Medellin’s rainier days!
The mall features Cine Colombia, which is arguably the best movie theater chain in Medellin. Plus, there are tons of stores such as:
Where this mall really shines is in its food court. There are more than 60 different restaurants in the food court where you can sit down to some great grub.
Like El Tesoro, you’ll find a number of American shops in this mall, including:
Many tourists and digital nomads in Medellin really enjoy Santafe. That’s because it’s centrally located and is pretty handy to the metro. If you’re planning to get around Medellin by public transport, this is a good mall to check out.
Oviedo is an older, smaller mall in the El Poblado area. The mall has just over 300 shops. That’s a little less than Santafe and El Tesoro, but don’t let that put you off!
Just like Santafe, this mall is home to a Cine Colombia location. It’s pretty convenient if you’re wanting to catch a movie from time to time.
They offer movies in Spanish, but also show English movies with Spanish subtitles. That’s great if you’re wanting to watch a new flick and learn Spanish at the same time!
In terms of shops, there are plenty of stores for you to check out. You’ll find:
Kids’ and teens’ clothes
This is definitely a place I like to sneak off to if I’m in the mood for some guilty pleasure. They’ve got 40 different fast food restaurants, one of which is McDonald’s. That’ll transport you straight back home.
Speaking of being transported home, the only American shop here is Adidas. But, it’s worth checking out if you like sports gear!
Oviedo is pretty close to the Aguacatala metro station, just like the Santafe mall is. In fact, you can actually walk from this mall to Santafe if you’re wanting to keep checking out new shops!
In terms of American brands, things are a bit limited at this mall. You’ll mostly find restaurants like Subway and McDonald’s as opposed to shoe and clothing shops.
One such mall is Viva Laureles. Even though this is on the smaller side, it’s still got 90 different stores for you to check out. In fact, that can actually be a bit of a relief for those who find the screeds of shops in El Tesoro a bit much to take in.
A few shops for my fellow Americans to check out include:
The mall has a smaller food court with just 15 different fast-food restaurants. In terms of stores, you’ll find mostly clothing shops.
It’s not the most convenient mall in the city since it’s not close to any metros. Still, it can be a fun place to hang out if you’re bored in Laureles at any point.