Medellin Free City Guide

Barrio Provenza

A visit to Medellin wouldn’t be complete without checking out Barrio Provenza, the hippest zone in town. Take a stroll around Provenza and you’ll be amazed by the beauty of the area where the streets are neatly divided by running creeks and lush green bamboo forests. People come to Provenza from all over town to enjoy some of the highest rated restaurants & bars in Medellin with a mixed crowd that ranges from backpackers, hipsters to the glamorous set. You can get a feel for the area by checking out the Barrio Provenza Facebook page and the following video.

How to find Provenza:

To find Barrio Provenza walk up Calle 10 on the right hand side and continue past Parque Lleras. When you get to Carrera 37 (also called Via Primavera) this is where Provenza begins and the zone continues up the hill until Carrera 33. From Calle 10 Provenza stretches all the way to Calle 7.


Barrio Provenza Restaurant Map


La Causa Restaurant

La Causa Restaurant

Recommended Restaurants by Street:

The following is a list of our recommended options on each street.

Carrera 37 (also called Via Primavera):

  • Bonhomía – deli style meat and cheese platters, sandwiches & ribs with great sangria
  • Mundo Verde – aimed at healthy eaters they have a good selection of salads wraps and juice blends etc
  • Óle Óle – Spanish restaurant, the paella is great.
  • Juicy Lucy – Burger restaurant with good service and plenty of choices
  • Amoretti – Posh Italian restaurant with some great desserts
  • Pergamino – Medellin’s most famous café
  • Velvet -Superb Belgian influenced café popular with those who work online
  • Milan – Gelati icecream perfect for sunny days

Carrera 36:

  • Flip Flop Sandwich Shop – American style food aimed at the backpacker market
  • Me Late – the favorite of every chocoholic in Medellin. Amazing chocolate cakes, cheesecakes & truffles.
  • La Choripanería – Argentinean gourmet hotdog restaurant
  • Ganso & Castor – French inspired cafe/resto, their specialty is their breakfast and cakes
  • Centeno – best vegetarian in town

Carrera 35 (Via Provenza):

  • Libretto Pizzeria – Pizza restaurant
  • Zeta – Greek restaurant, specialty is the lamb, uncommon in Medellin
  • Lenteja Express – Vegetarian hamburger restaurant
  • Burdo –  Comfort food in an extravagant setting like no other
  • Bicyclette – Casual French influenced restaurant, great sandwiches and burgers
  • Alta Gracia – popular cocktail bar
  • Konico – Small latin influenced treat that come in tiny cones, either soft or hard
  • Como Pez en el Agua – An array of delicious pastries and cakes to check out.
  • Tea Market – Small cafe for tea lovers
  • La Vicente – Tiny ice cream parlor &  creperie
  • El Social – popular local bar
  • Toscano – popular Italian restaurant
  • Humo – Southern American BBQ from the same people that run Carmen
  • Verdeo – Medellin’s most popular vegetarian restaurant
  • Brie Bon – Superb French restaurant, also open for weekend breakfasts
  • Naan – Indian restaurant
  • La Fournee – real french croissants and bakery
  • Formosa 101 – Taiwanese restaurant and tea house

Carrera 34:

  • Restaurante Origin – mix of international and Colombian fusion with an emphasis on wine
  • Glacée & Urbania 34 – combined ice cream parlor and coffee shop
  • Bogota Beer Company – Famous craft beer and bar food
  • Almaciego – Coffee shop serving specialty coffee, ask for a coffee using the syphon method for a soft, smooth tasty coffee.
  • Ammazza – popular but perhaps a bit expensive Pizza & Gin Restaurant
  • Mu Ribs – Owned by an English gentleman named Simon, these are possibly the best ribs in town. There’s no menu, they only serve ribs accompanied by chips and handmade sauces.  Thurs – Sat only.
  • Sapore di Pasta – great economical Italian pasta restaurant
  • Sal y Brasa – Steak restaurant
  • City Pizza – pizzas with a touch of Colombian influence
  • 3 Tipicos – typical Colombian food, specialty is the Ajiaco soup.

Carrera 33 (Via Jardin):

  • La Abarroteria – popular spot that specializes in meat platters, salads, sandwiches and burgers
  • La Causa – An incredible fusion of Peruvian and Japanese food, mostly seafood. The risotto style dishes are fantastic and some of the best sushi in Medellin.
  • Kabuki – Japanese restaurant
  • Romero – excellent Mediterranean style restaurant with great selection of quality platters, pizzas, pastas, lasagna, salads and pretty reasonable priced.
  • Delerio Exquisito – eclectic mix of oriental and Tex Mex attracting a up market crowd.
  • Rocoto – Another great Peruvian restaurant, perched above the road level giving it an air of exclusivity
  • Arte Dulce – delicious ice cream and desserts
  • Mezzaluna Salads – a focus on healthy eating with salads, wraps, rice bowls and panne cook (filled bread rolled)
  • Tomasa – tiny little cafe with great coffee, cakes and breads
  • Tabun – one of Medellin’s best Arabic restaurants where you’re guaranteed to leave full. Weds is 2-4-1 on main meals. On the weekend you might be lucky to see a bellydance show.
  • Mistura – a delightful mix of Peruvian and oriental flavors.
  • Ocio – very popular restaurant served in tapas style international dishes perfect for sharing amongst a glamorous crowd.
  • La Cantine – French restaurant, has a tasty set lunch and is also open for breakfast on weekends.

Calle 8:

  • Al Alma – popular little cafe with great coffee and pastries which they make on site. Tasty set lunch.
  • Chocolate House – small chocolate themed cafe and a focus on healthy chocolate options.
  • La Pizza de Alejo – surprisingly good food in this Colombian style pizzeria
Barrio Provenza
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