Medellin Free City Guide

Markets in Medellin

Minorista – this is a huge commercial market located downtown and home to endless stalls selling meats, fish, grains, fruits & vegetables, through to electricals and second hand clothing. In the Minorista you can find an abundance of fruits and vegetables – some impossible to find in normal Colombian grocery stores like “Exito” and many that you will have never seen before. To get there you can walk from Parque Berrio or Prado Metro Stations. However because of it’s downtown location and the number of homeless people, making a living out of recycling the waste of the market, it might be safer and more comfortable to take a taxi.

Central Mayorista – this is the largest market in Medellin. It’s comprised of five different grocery stores as well as numerous minor stores and restaurants that surround it. You can reach the Mayorista by taking the metro to the Ayura station which is in Envigado to the south of Medellin. The hours of operation are Mon to Fri 7:00 am – 12:00 pm, 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm and Sat 8:00 am – 12:00 pm.

Mercados Campesino – if staying in the Poblado area you’re lucky to have access to two small boutique farmer’s markets. Held every Sunday morning (8am to 1pm) in the open air of Parque Presidenta (alongside Dann Carlton Hotel) and Cuidad del Rio (behind the Modern Art Museum) they are great little markets for stocking up on fresh veggies, breads, spices, sauces and other fresh treats. Even if you are not planning on cooking, browsing the stalls and snacking on the fresh empanadas, tamales, chorizos and arepas is an excellent way to spend the usually “dead” sunday morning in Medellin. If you’re hungover try the guarapo, sugar cane fed through the mechanical press and mixed with lime and ice – one of the most refreshing and thirst quenching drinks you could ever wish for, especially when suffering a hangover.

San Alejo Market
San Alejo Market

San Alejo (Parque Bolivar) – is a colorful craft market perfect for strolling around and purchasing cheap souvenirs. Located in Parque Bolivar, the market is held on the first Saturday of every month and is always filled with a mix of locals, hippies, travelers, smiling faces, music and children playing. After you’re done perusing the market’s goods feel free to take a trip down Junin, the famous and historical pedestrian street.

Toucan Tip: Fresh Market Meals

One of the best things about visiting a market is the fresh food. Here are some excellent restaurant options:

After you’ve finished shopping at the Minorista head to Aqui Paro Lucho where Juan the owner is a local celebrity serving up delicious market fresh food. Don’t be fooled by the surroundings the food is outstanding with the specialty being seafood and paella.

If you’re at the Mayorista you can’t leave without trying Buena Mar regarded by many reviewers on TripAdvisor to be the best seafood they have every tried.

Markets in Medellin
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