It's been more than a decade since Medellin was best known as the murder capital of the world. And it's not the first Colombian city to creep onto our radar. First the laid-back appeal of Cartagena lured us to the Caribbean coast, then Bogotá began to hum with a design and culinary buzz. But Medellin's vibe is more cutting edge. The city has been investing in dynamic architecture (the boulder-like Biblioteca España, Museo Casa de la Memoria) and quirky public transport in the form of cable cars and escalators.
There are new bar and restaurant openings weekly. In trendy Parque Lleras, local chef Carmen Angel has launched Humo, a US-style BBQ restaurant. Cervecería Libre, in up-and-coming Ciudad del Rio, serves craft beers in a former garage, while the colourful Cariñito Café does coffee and pastries just steps away from the Museo de Arte Moderno, where an ambitious extension opens this year. Coffee fans should also stop at the tiny, Canadian/Hungarian-owned Café Revolución.
This museum shares about the Colombian conflict from the viewpoint of the victims and more. It came recommended from our tour guide as an opportunity to learn more about the local history.
If you’re looking for modern art in the city, come here.
One of the best days spent on a guided tour to Guatapé. I share all about the experience in full in this post.
This spacious (and hectic!) plaza houses 23 larger-than-life funky bronze statues by Medellín’s favorite sculptor, Fernando Botero. The open air museum is one of Medellin’s main attractions.
Visiting Comuna 13 is an absolute must for anyone coming to Medellin! This barrio, or neighborhood, used to be Medellin's (and possibly Colombia’s) most dangerous neighborhoods, but in the last 10 years has completely changed to become a beautiful (and safest!) place to visit for tourists, as well as a symbol of Colombia’s urban transformation and ‘New Colombia’. It’s known for its vibrant street art, bright culture and lively atmosphere.
Calle 57#19-10, 111311
Calle Ponzano 8
Planta 3, Puerta A, 28010