TLDR? El Centro is more than what you expect from it, art, local culture, food, and chill are waiting for you!
El Poblado may be the most well-known part of Medellín, but the downtown area contains some amazing hidden gems and secrets.
Streets full of music, local markets, restaurants, and some of the best bars and cultural hubs in the city are waiting to be discovered as you wander the streets.
Make sure to stay aware of your surroundings, as this isn’t the safest neighborhood for visitors, but if you’re vigilant and not alone, everything should be alright.
Let’s jump into everything El Centro has to offer!
How to Get to El Centro
There are a few different forms of transportation you can take to get to El Centro.
If you’re going from El Poblado to El Centro, you can take a taxi or Uber, though it may be a bit expensive, and at times unnecessary. I recommend using public transport to get the full Medellín experience!
You can take the metro from El Poblado to the Alpujarra station, a ride that’ll take around 20 minutes.
Things to visit in El Centro
Every city is full of hidden pockets full of history, and downtown Medellín is no exception.
The Explora Park, as the name suggests is a place for exploration, especially exploration into technology. Come and enjoy interactive shows of all kinds, from music to theatre to culture to history and more. There’s something here for everyone!
El Centro is so busy finding a good place to eat can feel a little overwhelming. I’ll walk you through some recommendations so you’ll know where to go to fill your stomach.
Govindas Vegetarian Restaurant
If you’re in search of vegetarian options, Govinda’s Vegetarian Restaurant will come to your rescue.
Refuel in a little peace and quiet away from the noisy city. With a beautiful view, the restaurant also provides activities such as yoga, meditation, and sustainability workshops. Check out their agenda for a full schedule!
As the name suggests, this farm-like restaurant is reminiscent of a Hacienda. If you’re looking for a typical Colombian meal, this is the spot! I recommend trying their Bandeja Paisa – it’s one of the best around.