Top things to do

Top Choice Viewpoint in Medellín

Cerro Nutibara

On top of this 80m-tall hill, 2km southwest of the city center, sits the kitschy Pueblito Paisa, a miniature version of a typical Antioquian township. Views across the city from the adjacent platform are stunning. N…
Top Choice Colombian in Medellín

Itaca

It doesn't look like much but this tiny hole-in-the-wall restaurant on the outskirts of downtown prepares fantastic gourmet plates bursting with flavor at bargain prices. There is no menu; just tell friendly chef Ju…
Top Choice Plaza in Medellín

Plazoleta de las Esculturas

This public space in front of the Museo de Antioquia is home to 23 large bronze sculptures by renowned local artist Fernando Botero. For more Botero, check out the iconic La Gorda, in front of the Banco de la Repúbl…
Top Choice International in Medellín

Carmen

Run by an American-Colombian couple, both of whom are Cordon Bleu chefs, Carmen prepares sophisticated international cuisine with a heavy Californian influence. The restaurant itself is made up of distinct dining zo…
Cafe in Medellín

Pergamino

It's worth the effort to wait in line for a drink at this popular cafe, which serves up the best coffee in Medellín. There is a full range of hot and cold beverages, all made with top-quality beans sourced from smal…
Canyon in Medellín

Río Claro Valley

Thanks to Colombia's improving security situation, it is once again safe to visit the Río Claro Valley in eastern Antioquia, where a crystal-clear river has carved stunning shapes into its marble bed. It's also…
Park in Medellín

Parque Arví

Accessible by the fantastic new Cable Arví Metrocable (Linea L) from the Santo Domingo interchange (COP$4600 one way, 15 minutes), Parque Arví is a big chunk of mountain wilderness in Santa Elena that makes a great …
Notable Building in Medellín

Biblioteca España

Constructed high on the mountainside in a marginalized neighborhood, this huge library is one of Medellín's most recognized landmarks and an emblem of the city's revival. At the time of research the entire structure…
Gardens in Medellín

Jardín Botánico Joaquín Antonio Uribe

Across from the Universidad de Antioquia is the city's Jardín Botánico. Opened in 1978, the garden has 600 species of trees and plants, a lake, herbarium, auditorium and the Orquideorama where an orchid di…
Books in Medellín

Panamericana

This huge bookstore has a limited selection of English titles. It also sells maps of Medellín, plus laptops and accessories.For high-end shopping, head to the malls of El Poblado, including El Tesoro, Santafé and CC…