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Top Choice Bar in Armenia

La Fonda Floresta

Set up like a traditional Antioquian village with old antiques hanging from the ceiling and party lights everywhere, this popular bar draws a mixed crowd, who come to sit around small tables and drink. Once suitably…
Colombian in Armenia

La Fonda Antioqueña

A block from Plaza de Bolívar is this fine paisa restaurant. It serves lovingly prepared traditional fare, including bandeja paisa and, on weekends, sancocho (soup or stew). The almuerzo ejecutivo (executive lunch; …
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El Solar

Just a few hundred meters from the zona rosa (nightlife zone) is this top-notch grill restaurant with the funky decor. Kids’ bikes, umbrellas and empty wine bottles dangle from the ceiling, and bamboo shoots creep i…
Cultural in Armenia

Desfile de Yipao

Charge your camera batteries – this is one photo op you don't want to miss. An important part of Armenia's annual birthday celebration, the Yipao is a fantastic parade in which local working jeeps are loaded down wi…
Park in Armenia

Parque de la Vida

If all the concrete is getting too much, stop by this tranquil park located in a valley in the middle of the city. It features both gardens and forested areas, as well as several small lakes and a fast-flowing strea…
Museum in Armenia

Museo del Oro Quimbaya

Check out the bling-bling of the pre-Columbian Quimbaya culture at this excellent gold museum that also houses a fine ceramics collection. It's in the Centro Cultural, 5km northeast of the center. Grab bus 8 or 12 n…
Colombian in Armenia

La Fogata

This fine restaurant is one of Armenia's most famous eateries and with good reason. It does excellent steaks and seafood as well as vuelve a la vida, a fish soup rumored to be an aphrodisiac. Also has a good selecti…
Vegetarian in Armenia

Natural Food Plaza

An oasis in a city of slim pickings for herbivores, this delicious vegetarian cafe prepares an excellent lunch buffet (COP$9000), as well as great burgers and vegetarian versions of typical dishes.
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Maria Juana

A groovy bar with a downstairs lounge space, outdoor patio and live music shows from 11pm. At closing time there are plenty of taxis to take you back to Armenia (COP$12,000 to COP$15,000).
Club in Armenia

Club 3:00AM

Just outside the town boundaries – and thus not restricted by licensing laws – this spot is where the hip crowd goes to keep the party going after everything else closes.