Top things to do

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 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 International in Medellín


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…
Top Choice International in Taganga


This cosy rooftop restaurant has great bay views and an eclectic menu that keeps the crowds returning again and again. Try the excellent pumpkin soup, the perfectly cooked filet mignon or the sublime Thai green curr…
Top Choice Colombian in Medellín


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…
Colombian in Medellín

Café Colombo Credenza

On the top floor of the building housing the Centro Colombo Americano, this casual bistro serves up quality meals along with great views of the city. It's a great spot for cocktails early in the evening.
Vegetarian in Medellín

Restaurante Vegetarian Govinda's

For decent vegetarian cuisine served by friendly Hari Krishnas, try this bright, upstairs restaurant near the Museo de Antioquia.
Colombian in Medellín

Salón Versalles

Famous for its scrumptious Argentine-style empanadas, this Medellín institution also serves up a good set meal and is a great place to take a rest from the bustle of the center. It is frequented by everyone from har…
Thai in Medellín


Don’t expect chopsticks or even spicy food here, at what is one of the very few Thai joints in Colombia. Still, the food’s not bad, especially before 7pm, when all meals are half-price and cocktails are three-for-on…
Bar in Medellín


The only real pub in El Poblado, Berlín comes complete with dingy lighting, pool tables and rock classics. It's a welcome respite from the neon-clone bars that dominate the area.