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Top Choice Monument in Manizales

Monumento a Los Colonizadores

Located atop a hill in the neighborhood of Chipre, this massive monument to the city's founders was crafted from 50 tonnes of bronze. It's a very impressive work, but an even bigger attraction is the spectacular vie…
Bakery in Manizales

La Suiza

This scrumptious bakery does great pastries and even homemade chocolate. It also serves up tasty breakfasts, plus excellent light lunches, including pastas, gourmet sandwiches and wraps. There's another branch with …
Lounge in Manizales

La Belle Vintage Bar

This swanky 2nd-floor bar in the heart of the dining district with elegant furnishings serves a wide selection of gins, tequilas and imported beers. The music is not overbearing and there's good bar food for when th…
Vegetarian in Manizales


Hip vegetarian restaurant serving up great juices and interesting meat-free dishes prepared before your eyes in the open kitchen. The changing lunch menu is top value. Sometimes there's live music in the evenings.
Bar in Manizales


Wonderfully relaxed bar where talented local musicians play to an older, laid-back crowd. Try the lethal carajillo – strong espresso spiked with rum – and try not to slide off the bar stools.
Park in Manizales

Los Yarumos

This 53-hectare municipal park offers panoramic views of the city, forest trails and adventure activities. Free activities include a short guided hike along a nature trail and a catapult that launches participants i…
Viewpoint in Manizales

Torre de Chipre

The 30m-high spaceship-like lookout point has 360-degree views of the dramatic mountainous terrain surrounding the city. If you're brave you can walk around the perimeter on an external walkway while attached to a h…
Bar in Manizales

Bar La Plaza

Delicatessen by day, bar by night; this is the place to start your evening. Fills up fast and by 9pm you'll have to wait for a table. There's a young, student vibe, and it offers gourmet sandwiches (COP$7000 to COP$…
Bar in Manizales


Unlike many local clubs, this basement salsa venue actually has a sizable dance floor that is not cluttered with tables, so there's plenty of space to cut loose without knocking over bottles of aguardiente. This is …
French in Manizales

El Bistro

An unpretentious little place with just a handful of tables serving up traditional French fare at good prices. Take your pick from a variety of crepes or more filling beef, chicken and salmon dishes. During the day …