The Manila Guide

Welcome to the neighborhood of Manila, your home away from home during your visit in Medellín. To help make your stay more comfortable, we’ve created a curated list of the best of everything the neighborhood has to offer.
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Cambria

32,000 COP – 48,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Cozy
  • What to Try: Try their alcoholic coffees and make sure to order a plate of French toast!
  • Pro Tips: This spot is one of the few places open for early risers. Just be aware that the service is a little slow.

 

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Hacienda – Manila

10,000 COP – 106,900 COP

  • The Vibe: Rustic
  • What to Try: Order the calentado, a typical Paisa meal. Make sure to pair it with a steaming cup of Juan Valdez coffee! 
  • Pro Tips: The restaurant opens at 9:00 am, so don’t come too early. The meals are also pretty filling.

 

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Azai Natura

12,000 COP – 20,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Hippie
  • What to Try: Get any of the açai bowls and make sure to pair it with one of their lattes or cold-pressed juices
  • Pro Tips: It’s a pretty small spot, so it’s better suited to groups of 1-3 people than larger families.

 

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Almonte

20,000 COP – 50,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Rustic
  • What to Try: Scrambled eggs with hot chocolate in agua panela. 
  • Pro Tips: The meals here are relatively small, so they’re great for a light breakfast. Plus, it’s right around the corner from the hotel!

 

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Smash Café

8,000 COP – 30,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Modern
  • What to Try: Order the falafel wrap with the King’s green freshly-squeezed juice. If you want something sweet, finish with the avocado lime cheesecake.
  • Pro Tips: The café is adjoined to the hotel so you can swing down there in your pajamas if you need to! Plus, make sure to go upstairs for a quieter work zone if you’ll be staying there for a while.

 

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Hija Mia Coffee

8,000 COP – 30,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Hipster
  • What to Try: Order a flat white and the lox bagel. If you’ve still got room, finish off with one of their alfajores!
  • Pro Tips: Stick to the larger café in the nearby hostel for brunch. But, if you just want an afternoon pick-me-up, head up to the smaller café next to Urvino.

 

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Ganso & Castor

40,000 COP – 70,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Rustic
  • What to Try: Order any of the eggs and pair them with the Kir Royale cocktail. They also make great coffee.
  • Pro Tips: The place gets busy for brunch service, but is very quiet until about 11:00 am, especially on weekends.

 

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Seré

30,000 COP – 60,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Rustic
  • What to Try: Make sure to order one of their toasts, as they’re famous for bread. Pair it with a super smooth Americano.
  • Pro Tips: They have very cheap mimosas, so it’s a great spot if you’re wanting to enjoy some brunch.

 

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Pokawa Colombia

19,900 COP – 24,900 COP

  • The Vibe: Surfer
  • What to Try: The Super Proteína is a bowl that lets you try a bit of everything. They also offer açai bowls for dessert, if you’d rather go for something sweet.
  • Pro Tips: The space is connected to two other great restaurants. Plus, there’s a pool table and dancing upstairs at night.

 

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Philly Steaks & Bistro

24,000 COP – 40,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Old-timey
    What to Try: Try any of their gelato flavors! They also offer classic American snacks like loaded cheese fries that are pretty great.
    Pro Tips: The spot is pretty small, but offers great outdoor seating. It’s a fun place to hang out on a hot afternoon.

 

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Amoratto

10,000 COP – 20,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Quaint
  • What to Try: Their DIY ice cream bars. Add up to three toppings, choose a chocolate dip, and then top with more molten chocolate. Yum!
  • Pro Tips: If no one is behind the ice cream bar, ask in Western Wings. The shops are connected and they’ll attend to you right away.

 

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JamaiCamarón

10,000 COP – 45,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Street Food
  • What to Try: They only sell ceviche, but it’s great stuff! It comes with a little packet of crackers to dip in the sauce.
  • Pro Tips: This is a small spot that is great for a quick snack but not great for crowds of people. You can take your ceviche to go!

 

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La Fabryka Panadería & Café

5,000 COP – 20,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Cozy
  • What to Try: Make sure to try one of their sweet pastries. Pair it with an espresso macchiato, one of the best in the city!
  • Pro Tips: They have more sweets than savories, and they rotate their baked goods regularly.

 

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Mija

10,000 COP – 40,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Artistic
  • What to Try: They’re famous for their hot chocolate. You can order it with sweetener or drink it plain, both ways are delicious!
  • Pro Tips: Make sure to wander into the back part of the coffee shop. There are a few independent artists selling jewelry and clothing that you can’t miss!

 

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Open Space

15,000 COP – 20,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Modern
  • What to Try: You can rent a spot on either the first or second floor. There are no private desks, only communal tables.
  • Pro Tips: The second floor is slightly pricier than the first floor and the only real difference is the view of the space. Also, they have great coffee, but that’s not included in the price of the coworking pass.

 

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Zona Work

20,000 COP – 135,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Professional
  • What to Try: There are plenty of private offices and presentation rooms.
  • Pro Tips: You can rent out daily passes or can book an office space with a minimum contract of three months.

 

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COWORK Medellin – by Los Patios Hostel

40,000 COP – 50,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Laid-Back
  • What to Try: The coworking zone is located on the 6th floor and has three rooms. It’s quite small.
  • Pro Tips: Your coworking pass includes access to the hotel’s pool, billiard rooms, and other guest spaces. You also get a free coffee!

 

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Halong Vietnamita

19,000 COP – 32,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Boho
  • What to Try: The Halong tea to drink paired with a bowl of Pho. If you want something on the lighter side, their shrimp banh mi is also a great pick.
  • Pro Tips: The entire space is a private botanical garden. Make sure to stroll around the area after your meal to check it out!

 

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Sushi Gama

19,900 COP – 69,900 COP

  • The Vibe: Casual
  • What to Try: The plantain roll is absolutely delicious. Pair it with a cup of sake or opt for one of 20Mission’s delicious beers.
  • Pro Tips: The place is really popular, and so the wait for the food can be a while. Order a drink or two while you wait for the food to come out, you won’t be disappointed.

 

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Tamagotchi Ramen Bar

15,000 COP – 33,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Oriental
  • What to Try: Order a bowl of the Tamagotchi Ramen. Pair it with the lychee and ginger lemonade.
  • Pro Tips: Don’t let the outside of the building fool you! Once you enter, the space transports you straight to Japan.

 

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Pizzería Olivia Manila

12,500 COP – 55,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Romantic
  • What to Try: Order a Hawaiian pizza and ask about their wine pairings. All of them are oven-baked and delicious!
  • Pro Tips: The pizzas come in 32 cm, which is enough for 6 people (or one very hungry person).

 

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Lorenzza Pizza

12,000 COP – 43,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Industrial
  • What to Try: Order the sangria lemonade and pair it with one of their calzones. They also have delicious pasta!
  • Pro Tips: The space is small but cozy, and is open on the weekends when other spots are closed.

 

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Pane e Pomodoro Poblado-Manila- Pizzeria 100% italiana

20,500 COP – 35,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Rustic
  • What to Try: Their menu of the day. This features a choice of pasta or pizza paired with a salad.
  • Pro Tips: The meals are on the smaller side, so make for a great light dinner rather than a hearty meal to fill you up.

 

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Helecho Vegan Sushi

22,000 COP – 24,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Hippie
  • What to Try: Tempura roll and the peanut curry. Both are delicious and you’d never know they were vegetarian!
  • Pro Tips: This is a small spot with tables that only seat two at a time. It’s best for couples or individuals.

 

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Vegan & Veggie

23,900 COP – 32,900 COP

  • The Vibe: Hippie
  • What to Try: The menu of the day is great. It’s traditional Colombian food with a vegetarian twist! Pair it with one of their kombuchas.
  • Pro Tips: The seating is limited, so don’t plan to go in a big group.

 

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AMA – Restaurante-Café-Mercado Orgánico-A Granel

15,000 COP – 30,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Country
  • What to Try: The vegan ajiaco followed by the vegan bandeja paisa. It’s a lot of food, but totally worth it.
  • Pro Tips: They have a lovely organic market with great vegan produce and souvenirs. Also, be sure to ask about their downstairs patio. It’s super cozy and private!

 

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Restaurante Café Creta

31,500 COP – 35,900 COP

  • The Vibe: Oriental
  • What to Try: The Shish Lahmi Aldaan, a delicious lamb kebab! Pair it with a glass of the house wine and finish off with a slice of Baklava.
  • Pro Tips: They have some great light appetizers and desserts which are excellent for a middday pick-me-up.

 

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Western Wings

10,000 COP – 24,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Sports
  • What to Try: Our favorite wings are the honey mustard. However, if you’re into spicy, try the red devil wings.
  • Pro Tips: This is a great place to watch a sports game. They mostly show soccer games, but you can catch basketball and other games during championships.

 

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Barbacoa Burguer & Beer Manila

21,900 COP – 39,900 COP

  • The Vibe: Laid-back
  • What to Try: Every year they participate in the Burger Master competition. Ask about this year’s Burger Master meal and give it a shot – it won’t disappoint!
  • Pro Tips: They have several TVs with live sports games. They also have a great selection of beers and outdoor seating, making it an ideal spot to watch a game.

 

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Restaurante Malevo

50,000 COP – 250,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Traditional Argentinian
  • What to Try: Try the wine and meat pairing. This is a great way to experience tons of different Argentinian flavors at once!
  • Pro Tips: The place gets pretty full on weekends, but is relatively empty during the week.

 

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Tagliata Carne y Pasta

35,900 COP – 54,900 COP

  • The Vibe: Romantic
  • What to Try: Order the Beef medallions with your choice of potatoes and sauteed vegetables. Pair it with a glass of Malbec for a delicious finish.
  • Pro Tips: They offer table decorations if you make a reservation, which is perfect for birthdays and special occasions!

 

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Clandestino Restaurante Lounge

36,000 COP – 44,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Speakeasy
  • What to Try: Any of the dishes with the word “Clandestino” in them are great. We recommend the Clandestino pasta paired with a house mojito!
  • Pro Tips: There’s a rooftop bar which is great to check out after your meal. There are also several different zones in the restaurant for you to enjoy dining in.

 

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Oh La La Bistrot

16,000 COP – 25,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Romantic
  • What to Try: The salmon croquettes are a great appetizer. For the main course, try the cordon bleu or the baked salmon.
  • Pro Tips: This is a cozy spot that’s great for a date. Just be warned that most of the appetizers are raw.

 

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Restaurante Frutos del Mar

80,000 COP – 250,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Romantic
  • What to Try: Get the oysters on the half shell to start and lobster for the main course. If you have room, finish off with a flan and a black coffee!
  • Pro Tips: This is a great place to go when you want a fancy night out. They have an extensive wine menu with some great white wines.

 

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Herbario Restaurante

35,000 COP – 65,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Modern
  • What to Try: The Caldereta de Mariscos paired with a Biche Enlulado. If you have room, add the Cremoso de gulupa!
  • Pro Tips: The space is huge and makes a great place to host a party, wedding reception, or another event.

 

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Idilico Restaurante

36,000 COP – 40,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Cozy
  • What to Try: Try the white tempura fish (Pesca Blanca Tempura) with a glass of rosé Malbec. If you’ve got room, finish with the Guanabana y Flor de Jamaica. It’s a delicious merengue with unique ice cream!
  • Pro Tips: Everything on the menu is great, so come hungry! The space is also small, which makes for great intimate dates.

 

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Mamasita Medallo

37,000 COP – 49,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Tiki bar
  • What to Try: Try the guayaba cocktail and pair it with the Chuzo de Punta Anca. It comes out hot, so be prepared!
  • Pro Tips: They run happy hour drink specials with a long list of cocktails. Make sure to get there around opening time to take advantage!

 

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Lucho Arepas

11,000 COP – 25,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Street food
  • What to Try: Try the house arepa. It’s stuffed full of all the paisa favorites – beans, chicharrón, rice, and corn.
  • Pro Tips: Great late-night food and super fast as well.

 

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Diverso – Unión de cocinas

6,000 COP – 45,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Boho
  • What to Try: Start with the empanadas and the chicarrón caramelizado. Make sure to order one of their macchiatos – they’re strong and delicious!
  • Pro Tips: There are five different restaurants, each selling something a bit different. Come back a couple of different days or visit at different hours for unique flavors!

 

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Lavocadería Manila

21,900 COP – 31,900 COP

  • The Vibe: Themed
  • What to Try: Try the avoburger and make sure to taste the avocado lemonade! It sounds odd, but trust us, it’s good.
  • Pro Tips: Go on an empty stomach as the meals are big and there’s so much good food to try you’ll want to eat it all.

 

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Tal Cual

14,000 COP – 55,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Cozy
  • What to Try: The octopus carpaccio to start followed by the ribs in tamarind sauce. Plus, you’ve got to get a Pisco Mango Biche, which is a traditional Peruvian alcohol.
  • Pro Tips: It’s better to go earlier in the day as it gets a bit busy at night. They also run a Sunday brunch if you want to have a hearty weekend meal!

 

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Restaurante peruano Uros

26,000 COP – 30,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Typical
  • What to Try: Try one of their seafood platters. It’s a trio of three different traditional Peruvian platters. Also, pair it with the chicha morada, a traditional Peruvian drink.
  • Pro Tips: During the evenings they sometimes have live music! The music is all Peruvian and Colombian and is a nice way to enjoy some culture.

 

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20Mission

6,000 COP – 18,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Rustic
  • What to Try: Try their beer flight of six of 20Mission’s best beers. You can also order dinner if you want to pair your drink with a meal!
  • Pro Tips: They have regular live music, but you’ll have to pay a cover. The spot is also a bit isolated, so you may want to take a taxi or Uber to get to and from the hotel.

 

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Foxey Pub

11,000 COP – 35,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Sporty
  • What to Try: Try one of their beer flights. The flights feature four beers and are a great way to try a couple of different drinks without filling up too much.
  • Pro Tips: There are 7 different beer companies in this spot so make sure to try them all. Also, check out the rooftop!

 

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Bipolar Brewing Co

8,000 COP – 15,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Indie
  • What to Try: The light beers. They’re super-aromatic and pretty fruity. Just know that the beers rotate regularly!
  • Pro Tips: They make all their beer in-house, and will actually let you take photos of the beer tanks. It gets loud the later you go, but is a great place to spend an afternoon!

 

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Fugitivo Manila

8,000 COP – 13,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Pub
  • What to Try: The beers on tap. There’s a self-pour beer station where you can try a number of different local and Colombian beers.
  • Pro Tips: The self-pour beers come in a prepaid card with enough cash for about 6 beers. Go in a group if you don’t plan to use the whole card!

 

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URVINO VINOS Y LICORES

20,000 COP – 160,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Classy
  • What to Try: Their Sangria is delicious and super refreshing on a hot day. You can also ask for recommendations, as the staff has excellently curated wine.
  • Pro Tips: They offer wine tastings on specific days. Ask what day of the week they’ll be doing their tasting and wine pairings!

 

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AltaGracia Restaurante/Café/Bar

13,000 COP – 25,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Retro
  • What to Try: Try one of their cocktail shots. These are mixes of three to four liquors and have a unique flavor!
  • Pro Tips: They take their beer seriously, so avoid the beer cocktails. They also have tons of non-alcoholic drinks and good bar food.

 

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Vrtice Rooftop

4,000 COP – 60,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Party
  • What to Try: Order a cocktail! They have mojitos and classic bar drinks as well as a couple of margaritas.
  • Pro Tips: Bring your bathing suit as they have a jacuzzi right there on the rooftop! You’re allowed drinks in the pool.

 

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Los Rooftops

15,000 COP – 24,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Party
  • What to Try: Try one of their tiki cocktails. The drinks are strong but definitely delicious!
  • Pro Tips: Go later in the day, when they have live DJs and events. Also, make sure to ask about their happy hour specials!

 

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Moto Ride Tours

476,000 COP – 680,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Sporty
  • What to Try: The ride-along city tour. If you don’t know how to drive a motorcycle, you can ride on one as a passenger while you check out the city.
  • Pro Tips: You can take these tours out to Guatape and Parque Arvi, but they take a long time and the long ride can get uncomfortable. We recommend sticking to city tours or 24-hour rentals!

 

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Parches En Medellin

FREE – 250,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Relaxed
  • What to Try: The Comuna 13 tour. It includes artisanal ice cream, a coffee tasting, a hip-hop lesson, and entrance to art galleries.
  • Pro Tips: All their tours are in both English and Spanish, and the majority use public transportation to get around. The metro fare isn’t included, so bring a few pesos extra.

 

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Capture Colombia Tours

FREE – 260,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Adventurous
  • What to Try: The coffee tour, which takes you out to a traditional finca. You’ll get to walk through the coffee farm, sample different coffees, and learn about the growing process.
  • Pro Tips: Skip the free walking tour. You won’t see much and you’re expected to pay quite a bit in tips and metro fees.

 

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Mundo Arte Gallery

FREE – 3,000,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Modern
  • What to Try: A small gallery focused on paintings and digital art.
  • Pro Tips: They prefer if you don’t take photos. However, they have some gorgeous pamphlets for sale that are full of the gallery’s work.

 

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Galería Carlos Orozco

FREE – 3,500,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Modern
  • What to Try: Quite a small gallery that is most focused on sculpture.
  • Pro Tips: You’re not allowed to take photos indoors, but it’s still a great place to check out some beautiful art.

 

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Milnueve32 Tienda de Arte Cafe Galeria

FREE – 1,200,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Eclectic
  • What to Try: A quirky art gallery that’s full of vinyls, books, and tons of great art. Everything in the shop is for sale!
  • Pro Tips: The shop sells coffee and great wine. It’s a lovely place to sit and chat for a few hours.

 

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Academia de Baile El Candombe

25,000 COP – 70,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Historic
  • What to Try: This dance school focuses almost exclusively on tango lessons. You can take group or private classes.
  • Pro Tips: They host shows and tango events about once a month, so be sure to see what’s on while you’re in the area!

 

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Sailor Tattoos

200,000 COP – 2,000,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Hippie
  • What to Try: A tattoo parlor with a biological twist, this group is located in an ecological park right next to one of our favorite Asian restaurants!
  • Pro Tips: You can make an appointment but they’re more than happy to take walk-ins!

 

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Blink Spanish Immersion School & Hostel

779,000 COP – 1,149,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Fun-loving
  • What to Try: This Spanish-language school offers weekly packages of 2-10 hours of private lessons and 20 hours of group classes. Or, you can choose weekly private classes only.
  • Pro Tips: The school is connected to a dance school that teaches salsa three times a week. They also run regular activities and excursions for their students.

 

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OLSA Spanish English School

925,000 COP – 2,600,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Professional
  • What to Try: A well-established Spanish and English language school. They offer both private classes and conversation groups.
  • Pro Tips: If you want to stay longer, they offer 6 to 12-month Spanish programs in private, group, or partner settings. These count for a Colombian visa.

 

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Elefun Spanish School

300,000 COP – 1,000,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Laid-back
  • What to Try: This Spanish school offers excellent Spanish classes as well as organized group activities and tours.
  • Pro Tips: They have free trial periods and regular discounts, so be sure to ask what deals they have going!

 

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Iglesia de San Jose

FREE

  • What to Try: There are services almost every day, as well as services on special holidays and feast days.
  • Pro Tips: There’s a café run by the church in the inner courtyard. It’s a nice place to meet new people after the service.

 

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Diamond Way Buddhist Center

FREE 

  • What to Try: This is the only Diamond Way Buddhist center in Medellin. They help out with public projects and city improvements.
  • Pro Tips: The center is on the 2nd floor of Almonte and hosts two weekly meditation sessions, a weekly Buddhist seminar, and a weekly Ngöndro practice.

 

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Kingdom Hall of Jehova’s Witness

FREE

  • What to Try: They offer regular meetings twice a week as well as bible studies. On days when there are no meetings, the hall is closed.
  • Pro Tips: They have an English congregation that meets in the evenings twice a week!

 

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Vinke Barber Shop

20,000 COP – 200,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Retro
  • What to Try: Get a beard trim and haircut. This is a very basic barber that only offers trims and cuts.
  • Pro Tips: They offer you a beer or juice from the stall next door while you get your haircut.

 

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Javier Suarez Barber

30,000 COP – 300,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Classy
  • What to Try: A basic men’s cut is great. It comes with a hair wash as well as a blowout and styling.
  • Pro Tips: They offer tea, coffee, and water while you wait. There are also chess, checkers, and Jenga for you to play.

 

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London Barber Shop

45,000 COP – 400,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Classy
  • What to Try: The full spa cut and beard trim. The treatment comes with a basic facial treatment that’s super relaxing.
  • Pro Tips: They have an online booking system that makes it super easy to schedule your cut. It’s best to make an appointment as the place can get a bit busy with walk-ins.

 

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Mundo de Extensiones

300,000 COP – 1,000,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Elegant
  • What to Try: Any of their extensions, they also make human hair wigs.
  • Pro Tips: Go early in the day as it gets busy in the afternoon.

 

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Victoria Peluquería

100,000 COP – 1,500,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Modern
  • What to Try: Get a straightening treatment or hair mask.
  • Pro Tips: They have free coffee, water, WiFi, and tea during your appointment.

 

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Violeta Nails Spa Poblado

15,000 COP – 110,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Elegant
  • What to Try: Dip powder nails. You can get them in a manicure, pedicure, or both!
  • Pro Tips: Designs don’t cost extra, so go as crazy as you like. They have crystals, sparkles, and tons of other cute additions.

 

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Peluqueria Fanel

45,000 COP – 500,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Modern
  • What to Try: Get a pedicure, they have tons of options in gel and regular polish. Or, opt for any hair treatment.
  • Pro Tips: All wash and shampoo services come with a free face mask. And, the salon offers wine, beer, coffee, and tea while you’re getting your treatment done.

 

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SOUSA Nails & Spa

170,000 COP – 2,000,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Romantic
  • What to Try: Get a couple’s massage or try one of the body treatments. Make sure to use the jacuzzi!
  • Pro Tips: Not all packages include the jacuzzi, but you can add that or the sauna to any service. All services come with a glass of champagne or a cup of tea.

 

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Sol y Color Belleza Corporal

20,000 COP – 400,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Relaxed
  • What to Try: Check out the tanning beds or opt for one of their famous facial treatments.
  • Pro Tips: The facial treatments take a full two-hours minimum, so make sure you have enough time.

 

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Carulla Poblado

3,000 COP – 600,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Healthy
  • What to Try: A well-rounded and large grocery store with everything from home goods to groceries. They sell salads, hot meals, and alcohol as well.
  • Pro Tips: It’s located on the corner of a busy street. Go earlier in the day to avoid tons of traffic.

 

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Tienda D1 Manila

1,000 COP – 50,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Commercial
  • What to Try: It’s right in the heart of Manila and super-easy to find. The prices are also much more affordable than Carulla.
  • Pro Tips: The store is on the smaller side, so there aren’t a ton of options. You won’t find prepared meals here.

 

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Turqsa Swimwear

140,000 COP – 250,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Chic
  • What to Try: There are more clothes tucked away in the back of the shop, so make sure to look thoroughly!
  • Pro Tips: The selection is limited, but the quality of the clothing is very high.

 

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Plan Alma

150,000 COP – 300,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Boho
  • What to Try: Gorgeous clothes, jewelry, and accessories. It’s the perfect place to pick up a gift for someone back home.
  • Pro Tips: There are no prices listed on the items so you’ll need to ask at the front desk.

 

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Tricycle Clothing Store

120,000 COP – 350,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Edgy
  • What to Try: It’s quite a small clothing store with a modern and edgy feel.
  • Pro Tips: The store is near La Fabryka – grab some clothes and gifts before heading next door for a coffee stop!

 

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Pequeña Gran Libreria

10,000 COP – 50,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Hole-in-the-Wall
  • What to Try: A very small bookstore with a great selection! There are quite a few English language books as well.
  • Pro Tips: There are two chess tables outside the store for you to sit at. Drink a beer and challenge the owner to a game.

 

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Gimnasio Smart Fit la 10

60,000 COP – 200,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Modern
  • What to Try: A great, affordable gym with plenty of equipment. They have daily, weekly, and monthly passes available for visitors.
  • Pro Tips: There’s free parking and a coffee shop located below the gym.

 

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Athletic Gym Manila

50,000 COP – 600,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Modern
  • What to Try: The gym offers tons of personal trainers as well as sports massages. There are also tons of machines, so you won’t have to wait to use the equipment.
  • Pro Tips: They only offer monthly passes, so it’s a better place to check out for longer-term stays. However, they do give free 3-day passes to first-time visitors.

 

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Mundo Farma

1,000 COP – 250,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Modern
  • What to Try: A pharmacy with limited supplies. You can get most OTC meds here but may have trouble with more obscure prescriptions.
  • Pro Tips: They sell tons of different face masks, so if you lose one or need to purchase them, this is a great place to go.

 

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Full Medics

1,000 COP – 300,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Modern
  • What to Try: This is a large pharmacy located right in Manila. It’s on a quiet street and doesn’t typically have lines.
  • Pro Tips: Make sure you know the name of your medication in Spanish, as the attendants don’t speak English.

 

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La Rebaja Plus

1,000 COP – 350,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Small
  • What to Try: They offer tons of different prescriptions and over-the-counter medicines. You don’t need a doctor’s script for most prescriptions, just the name of the medicine.
  • Pro Tips: This pharmacy can be found all around Colombia and offers any medicine you might need.

 

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Metrosalud

250,000 COP – 1,000,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Modern
  • What to Try: A local hospital and doctor’s office. You can go here for emergency services.
  • Pro Tips: You can get treated here even if you don’t have Colombian healthcare. However, you’ll have to pay the full out-of-pocket price.

 

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Be You

300,000 COP – 4,000,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Modern
  • What to Try: A dentist and orthodontist’s office that offers a wide range of basic and emergency services.
  • Pro Tips: You’ll need to make an appointment to get treatment, even if you have a dental emergency.

 

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Cajero Automático Red Aval

  • What to Try: A small office with two ATMs and phone lines for additional assistance.
  • Pro Tips: This is a smaller bank machine, but is usually pretty empty.

 

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Cajero Bancolombia

  • What to Try: There are several locations around the city, although the best is the one in the big Bancolombia bank. They can also assist with currency exchanges.
  • Pro Tips: Bancolombia is the largest bank network in Colombia and offers pretty good exchange rates.

 

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Western Union

APPROX 3700 COP = 1 USD

  • What to Try: Western Union allows money transfers and currency exchanges. They take a commission but still give a pretty good exchange rate.
  • Pro Tips: This is a very small office and it usually has a line outside it. Try to go early in the day to avoid lines.

 

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Lavanderia Clear Service

20,000 COP – 80,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Bare-bones
  • What to Try: A dry cleaning laundry service that will take care of cleaning suits, gowns, and other delicates.
  • Pro Tips: The service usually takes a couple of days, so make sure that you factor that into your cleaning process.

 

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Stinky’s Laundry

22,000 COP – 99,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Bare-bones
  • What to Try: A basic laundry service. You drop off your clothing and the staff takes care of the washing and drying.
  • Pro Tips: Make sure to pick up your laundry on time as they don’t offer delivery.

 

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NODO Laundry

40,000 COP – 120,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Modern
  • What to Try: The service is located inside a hostel, but anyone is able to do their laundry here.
  • Pro Tips: They offer 24-hour laundry services and same-day delivery.

 

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Notaria 20

12,000 COP – 450,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Professional
  • What to Try: You can get documents certified here and can get a civil marriage license and document.
  • Pro Tips: If you have to get any documentation taken care of, make sure to bring photocopies of your ID and passport. They do not make photocopies there.

 

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Notaria 2 de Medellin

12,000 COP – 450,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Professional
  • What to Try: They offer basic notary services as well as some legal services such as processing documents.
  • Pro Tips: They’re not very busy, but they are tucked away down a side street.

 

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Europcar

200,000 COP – 1,000,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Professional
  • What to Try: An international car rental service, they offer good insurance policies and great vehicles.
  • Pro Tips: They’re one of the more expensive services, but offer free shuttles from their offices or the airport to your car.

 

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Executive Renta a Car

160,000 COP – 600,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Professional
  • What to Try: A rental car company in Manila, right near Parque Poblado. They offer early morning and late-night services.
  • Pro Tips: They’ll drive you from the airport or your hotel to pick up the vehicle. You can pick up and drop off your car at two different locations without an extra charge.

 

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Lavadero y Parqueadero La 43 D

40,000 COP – 200,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Industrial
  • What to Try: Cheap car wash and parking, they’re located right next to the soccer field.
  • Pro Tips: The entrance is slightly hidden. It looks like the entrance to restaurant parking, but it’s actually a public car park.

 

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Jigautos Car Wash

50,000 COP – 250,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Industrial
  • What to Try: Located on a quiet street right near Athletic Gym. This is a car wash only and doesn’t offer parking.
  • Pro Tips: They’re open every day, but they close early. It’s best to get there in the morning to clean your vehicle before returning it to the rental company.

 

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City Parking

5,000 COP – 100,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Open
  • What to Try: There are several of these car parks, one next to Athletic gym and one next to Smartfit. They’re run by the gym but offer public parking by the hour.
  • Pro Tips: If you work out in the gym make sure to show your receipt for a discount.

 

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Envia

15,000 COP – 560,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Professional
  • What to Try: They offer UPS services, which are great for shipping packages outside of Latin America.
  • Pro Tips: If you’re sending postcards or letters you’ll be charged a document tax. Send these items tucked into packages or in the national postal service instead.

 

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Servientrega

10,000 COP – 500,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Professional
  • What to Try: This is one of the biggest private postal networks in Colombia. They offer fast delivery anywhere in the country.
  • Pro Tips: Servientrega only offers services to and from the United States, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela, Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica, and the Dominican Republic.

 

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Cambria

32,000 COP – 48,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Cozy
  • What to Try: Try their alcoholic coffees and make sure to order a plate of French toast!
  • Pro Tips: This spot is one of the few places open for early risers. Just be aware that the service is a little slow.

 

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Hacienda – Manila

10,000 COP – 106,900 COP

  • The Vibe: Rustic
  • What to Try: Order the calentado, a typical Paisa meal. Make sure to pair it with a steaming cup of Juan Valdez coffee! 
  • Pro Tips: The restaurant opens at 9:00 am, so don’t come too early. The meals are also pretty filling.

 

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Azai Natura

12,000 COP – 20,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Hippie
  • What to Try: Get any of the açai bowls and make sure to pair it with one of their lattes or cold-pressed juices
  • Pro Tips: It’s a pretty small spot, so it’s better suited to groups of 1-3 people than larger families.

 

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Almonte

20,000 COP – 50,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Rustic
  • What to Try: Scrambled eggs with hot chocolate in agua panela. 
  • Pro Tips: The meals here are relatively small, so they’re great for a light breakfast. Plus, it’s right around the corner from the hotel!

 

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Smash Café

8,000 COP – 30,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Modern
  • What to Try: Order the falafel wrap with the King’s green freshly-squeezed juice. If you want something sweet, finish with the avocado lime cheesecake.
  • Pro Tips: The café is adjoined to the hotel so you can swing down there in your pajamas if you need to! Plus, make sure to go upstairs for a quieter work zone if you’ll be staying there for a while.

 

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Hija Mia Coffee

8,000 COP – 30,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Hipster
  • What to Try: Order a flat white and the lox bagel. If you’ve still got room, finish off with one of their alfajores!
  • Pro Tips: Stick to the larger café in the nearby hostel for brunch. But, if you just want an afternoon pick-me-up, head up to the smaller café next to Urvino.

 

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Ganso & Castor

40,000 COP – 70,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Rustic
  • What to Try: Order any of the eggs and pair them with the Kir Royale cocktail. They also make great coffee.
  • Pro Tips: The place gets busy for brunch service, but is very quiet until about 11:00 am, especially on weekends.

 

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Seré

30,000 COP – 60,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Rustic
  • What to Try: Make sure to order one of their toasts, as they’re famous for bread. Pair it with a super smooth Americano.
  • Pro Tips: They have very cheap mimosas, so it’s a great spot if you’re wanting to enjoy some brunch.

 

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Pokawa Colombia

19,900 COP – 24,900 COP

  • The Vibe: Surfer
  • What to Try: The Super Proteína is a bowl that lets you try a bit of everything. They also offer açai bowls for dessert, if you’d rather go for something sweet.
  • Pro Tips: The space is connected to two other great restaurants. Plus, there’s a pool table and dancing upstairs at night.

 

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Philly Steaks & Bistro

24,000 COP – 40,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Old-timey
    What to Try: Try any of their gelato flavors! They also offer classic American snacks like loaded cheese fries that are pretty great.
    Pro Tips: The spot is pretty small, but offers great outdoor seating. It’s a fun place to hang out on a hot afternoon.

 

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Amoratto

10,000 COP – 20,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Quaint
  • What to Try: Their DIY ice cream bars. Add up to three toppings, choose a chocolate dip, and then top with more molten chocolate. Yum!
  • Pro Tips: If no one is behind the ice cream bar, ask in Western Wings. The shops are connected and they’ll attend to you right away.

 

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JamaiCamarón

10,000 COP – 45,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Street Food
  • What to Try: They only sell ceviche, but it’s great stuff! It comes with a little packet of crackers to dip in the sauce.
  • Pro Tips: This is a small spot that is great for a quick snack but not great for crowds of people. You can take your ceviche to go!

 

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La Fabryka Panadería & Café

5,000 COP – 20,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Cozy
  • What to Try: Make sure to try one of their sweet pastries. Pair it with an espresso macchiato, one of the best in the city!
  • Pro Tips: They have more sweets than savories, and they rotate their baked goods regularly.

 

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Mija

10,000 COP – 40,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Artistic
  • What to Try: They’re famous for their hot chocolate. You can order it with sweetener or drink it plain, both ways are delicious!
  • Pro Tips: Make sure to wander into the back part of the coffee shop. There are a few independent artists selling jewelry and clothing that you can’t miss!

 

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Open Space

15,000 COP – 20,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Modern
  • What to Try: You can rent a spot on either the first or second floor. There are no private desks, only communal tables.
  • Pro Tips: The second floor is slightly pricier than the first floor and the only real difference is the view of the space. Also, they have great coffee, but that’s not included in the price of the coworking pass.

 

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Zona Work

20,000 COP – 135,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Professional
  • What to Try: There are plenty of private offices and presentation rooms.
  • Pro Tips: You can rent out daily passes or can book an office space with a minimum contract of three months.

 

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COWORK Medellin – by Los Patios Hostel

40,000 COP – 50,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Laid-Back
  • What to Try: The coworking zone is located on the 6th floor and has three rooms. It’s quite small.
  • Pro Tips: Your coworking pass includes access to the hotel’s pool, billiard rooms, and other guest spaces. You also get a free coffee!

 

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Halong Vietnamita

19,000 COP – 32,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Boho
  • What to Try: The Halong tea to drink paired with a bowl of Pho. If you want something on the lighter side, their shrimp banh mi is also a great pick.
  • Pro Tips: The entire space is a private botanical garden. Make sure to stroll around the area after your meal to check it out!

 

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Sushi Gama

19,900 COP – 69,900 COP

  • The Vibe: Casual
  • What to Try: The plantain roll is absolutely delicious. Pair it with a cup of sake or opt for one of 20Mission’s delicious beers.
  • Pro Tips: The place is really popular, and so the wait for the food can be a while. Order a drink or two while you wait for the food to come out, you won’t be disappointed.

 

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Tamagotchi Ramen Bar

15,000 COP – 33,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Oriental
  • What to Try: Order a bowl of the Tamagotchi Ramen. Pair it with the lychee and ginger lemonade.
  • Pro Tips: Don’t let the outside of the building fool you! Once you enter, the space transports you straight to Japan.

 

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Pizzería Olivia Manila

12,500 COP – 55,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Romantic
  • What to Try: Order a Hawaiian pizza and ask about their wine pairings. All of them are oven-baked and delicious!
  • Pro Tips: The pizzas come in 32 cm, which is enough for 6 people (or one very hungry person).

 

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Lorenzza Pizza

12,000 COP – 43,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Industrial
  • What to Try: Order the sangria lemonade and pair it with one of their calzones. They also have delicious pasta!
  • Pro Tips: The space is small but cozy, and is open on the weekends when other spots are closed.

 

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Pane e Pomodoro Poblado-Manila- Pizzeria 100% italiana

20,500 COP – 35,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Rustic
  • What to Try: Their menu of the day. This features a choice of pasta or pizza paired with a salad.
  • Pro Tips: The meals are on the smaller side, so make for a great light dinner rather than a hearty meal to fill you up.

 

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Helecho Vegan Sushi

22,000 COP – 24,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Hippie
  • What to Try: Tempura roll and the peanut curry. Both are delicious and you’d never know they were vegetarian!
  • Pro Tips: This is a small spot with tables that only seat two at a time. It’s best for couples or individuals.

 

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Vegan & Veggie

23,900 COP – 32,900 COP

  • The Vibe: Hippie
  • What to Try: The menu of the day is great. It’s traditional Colombian food with a vegetarian twist! Pair it with one of their kombuchas.
  • Pro Tips: The seating is limited, so don’t plan to go in a big group.

 

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AMA – Restaurante-Café-Mercado Orgánico-A Granel

15,000 COP – 30,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Country
  • What to Try: The vegan ajiaco followed by the vegan bandeja paisa. It’s a lot of food, but totally worth it.
  • Pro Tips: They have a lovely organic market with great vegan produce and souvenirs. Also, be sure to ask about their downstairs patio. It’s super cozy and private!

 

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Restaurante Café Creta

31,500 COP – 35,900 COP

  • The Vibe: Oriental
  • What to Try: The Shish Lahmi Aldaan, a delicious lamb kebab! Pair it with a glass of the house wine and finish off with a slice of Baklava.
  • Pro Tips: They have some great light appetizers and desserts which are excellent for a middday pick-me-up.

 

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Western Wings

10,000 COP – 24,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Sports
  • What to Try: Our favorite wings are the honey mustard. However, if you’re into spicy, try the red devil wings.
  • Pro Tips: This is a great place to watch a sports game. They mostly show soccer games, but you can catch basketball and other games during championships.

 

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Barbacoa Burguer & Beer Manila

21,900 COP – 39,900 COP

  • The Vibe: Laid-back
  • What to Try: Every year they participate in the Burger Master competition. Ask about this year’s Burger Master meal and give it a shot – it won’t disappoint!
  • Pro Tips: They have several TVs with live sports games. They also have a great selection of beers and outdoor seating, making it an ideal spot to watch a game.

 

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Restaurante Malevo

50,000 COP – 250,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Traditional Argentinian
  • What to Try: Try the wine and meat pairing. This is a great way to experience tons of different Argentinian flavors at once!
  • Pro Tips: The place gets pretty full on weekends, but is relatively empty during the week.

 

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Tagliata Carne y Pasta

35,900 COP – 54,900 COP

  • The Vibe: Romantic
  • What to Try: Order the Beef medallions with your choice of potatoes and sauteed vegetables. Pair it with a glass of Malbec for a delicious finish.
  • Pro Tips: They offer table decorations if you make a reservation, which is perfect for birthdays and special occasions!

 

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Clandestino Restaurante Lounge

36,000 COP – 44,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Speakeasy
  • What to Try: Any of the dishes with the word “Clandestino” in them are great. We recommend the Clandestino pasta paired with a house mojito!
  • Pro Tips: There’s a rooftop bar which is great to check out after your meal. There are also several different zones in the restaurant for you to enjoy dining in.

 

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Oh La La Bistrot

16,000 COP – 25,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Romantic
  • What to Try: The salmon croquettes are a great appetizer. For the main course, try the cordon bleu or the baked salmon.
  • Pro Tips: This is a cozy spot that’s great for a date. Just be warned that most of the appetizers are raw.

 

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Restaurante Frutos del Mar

80,000 COP – 250,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Romantic
  • What to Try: Get the oysters on the half shell to start and lobster for the main course. If you have room, finish off with a flan and a black coffee!
  • Pro Tips: This is a great place to go when you want a fancy night out. They have an extensive wine menu with some great white wines.

 

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Herbario Restaurante

35,000 COP – 65,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Modern
  • What to Try: The Caldereta de Mariscos paired with a Biche Enlulado. If you have room, add the Cremoso de gulupa!
  • Pro Tips: The space is huge and makes a great place to host a party, wedding reception, or another event.

 

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Idilico Restaurante

36,000 COP – 40,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Cozy
  • What to Try: Try the white tempura fish (Pesca Blanca Tempura) with a glass of rosé Malbec. If you’ve got room, finish with the Guanabana y Flor de Jamaica. It’s a delicious merengue with unique ice cream!
  • Pro Tips: Everything on the menu is great, so come hungry! The space is also small, which makes for great intimate dates.

 

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Mamasita Medallo

37,000 COP – 49,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Tiki bar
  • What to Try: Try the guayaba cocktail and pair it with the Chuzo de Punta Anca. It comes out hot, so be prepared!
  • Pro Tips: They run happy hour drink specials with a long list of cocktails. Make sure to get there around opening time to take advantage!

 

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Lucho Arepas

11,000 COP – 25,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Street food
  • What to Try: Try the house arepa. It’s stuffed full of all the paisa favorites – beans, chicharrón, rice, and corn.
  • Pro Tips: Great late-night food and super fast as well.

 

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Diverso – Unión de cocinas

6,000 COP – 45,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Boho
  • What to Try: Start with the empanadas and the chicarrón caramelizado. Make sure to order one of their macchiatos – they’re strong and delicious!
  • Pro Tips: There are five different restaurants, each selling something a bit different. Come back a couple of different days or visit at different hours for unique flavors!

 

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Lavocadería Manila

21,900 COP – 31,900 COP

  • The Vibe: Themed
  • What to Try: Try the avoburger and make sure to taste the avocado lemonade! It sounds odd, but trust us, it’s good.
  • Pro Tips: Go on an empty stomach as the meals are big and there’s so much good food to try you’ll want to eat it all.

 

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Tal Cual

14,000 COP – 55,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Cozy
  • What to Try: The octopus carpaccio to start followed by the ribs in tamarind sauce. Plus, you’ve got to get a Pisco Mango Biche, which is a traditional Peruvian alcohol.
  • Pro Tips: It’s better to go earlier in the day as it gets a bit busy at night. They also run a Sunday brunch if you want to have a hearty weekend meal!

 

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Restaurante peruano Uros

26,000 COP – 30,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Typical
  • What to Try: Try one of their seafood platters. It’s a trio of three different traditional Peruvian platters. Also, pair it with the chicha morada, a traditional Peruvian drink.
  • Pro Tips: During the evenings they sometimes have live music! The music is all Peruvian and Colombian and is a nice way to enjoy some culture.

 

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20Mission

6,000 COP – 18,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Rustic
  • What to Try: Try their beer flight of six of 20Mission’s best beers. You can also order dinner if you want to pair your drink with a meal!
  • Pro Tips: They have regular live music, but you’ll have to pay a cover. The spot is also a bit isolated, so you may want to take a taxi or Uber to get to and from the hotel.

 

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Foxey Pub

11,000 COP – 35,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Sporty
  • What to Try: Try one of their beer flights. The flights feature four beers and are a great way to try a couple of different drinks without filling up too much.
  • Pro Tips: There are 7 different beer companies in this spot so make sure to try them all. Also, check out the rooftop!

 

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Bipolar Brewing Co

8,000 COP – 15,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Indie
  • What to Try: The light beers. They’re super-aromatic and pretty fruity. Just know that the beers rotate regularly!
  • Pro Tips: They make all their beer in-house, and will actually let you take photos of the beer tanks. It gets loud the later you go, but is a great place to spend an afternoon!

 

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Fugitivo Manila

8,000 COP – 13,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Pub
  • What to Try: The beers on tap. There’s a self-pour beer station where you can try a number of different local and Colombian beers.
  • Pro Tips: The self-pour beers come in a prepaid card with enough cash for about 6 beers. Go in a group if you don’t plan to use the whole card!

 

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URVINO VINOS Y LICORES

20,000 COP – 160,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Classy
  • What to Try: Their Sangria is delicious and super refreshing on a hot day. You can also ask for recommendations, as the staff has excellently curated wine.
  • Pro Tips: They offer wine tastings on specific days. Ask what day of the week they’ll be doing their tasting and wine pairings!

 

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AltaGracia Restaurante/Café/Bar

13,000 COP – 25,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Retro
  • What to Try: Try one of their cocktail shots. These are mixes of three to four liquors and have a unique flavor!
  • Pro Tips: They take their beer seriously, so avoid the beer cocktails. They also have tons of non-alcoholic drinks and good bar food.

 

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Vrtice Rooftop

4,000 COP – 60,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Party
  • What to Try: Order a cocktail! They have mojitos and classic bar drinks as well as a couple of margaritas.
  • Pro Tips: Bring your bathing suit as they have a jacuzzi right there on the rooftop! You’re allowed drinks in the pool.

 

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Los Rooftops

15,000 COP – 24,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Party
  • What to Try: Try one of their tiki cocktails. The drinks are strong but definitely delicious!
  • Pro Tips: Go later in the day, when they have live DJs and events. Also, make sure to ask about their happy hour specials!

 

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Moto Ride Tours

476,000 COP – 680,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Sporty
  • What to Try: The ride-along city tour. If you don’t know how to drive a motorcycle, you can ride on one as a passenger while you check out the city.
  • Pro Tips: You can take these tours out to Guatape and Parque Arvi, but they take a long time and the long ride can get uncomfortable. We recommend sticking to city tours or 24-hour rentals!

 

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Parches En Medellin

FREE – 250,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Relaxed
  • What to Try: The Comuna 13 tour. It includes artisanal ice cream, a coffee tasting, a hip-hop lesson, and entrance to art galleries.
  • Pro Tips: All their tours are in both English and Spanish, and the majority use public transportation to get around. The metro fare isn’t included, so bring a few pesos extra.

 

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Capture Colombia Tours

FREE – 260,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Adventurous
  • What to Try: The coffee tour, which takes you out to a traditional finca. You’ll get to walk through the coffee farm, sample different coffees, and learn about the growing process.
  • Pro Tips: Skip the free walking tour. You won’t see much and you’re expected to pay quite a bit in tips and metro fees.

 

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Mundo Arte Gallery

FREE – 3,000,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Modern
  • What to Try: A small gallery focused on paintings and digital art.
  • Pro Tips: They prefer if you don’t take photos. However, they have some gorgeous pamphlets for sale that are full of the gallery’s work.

 

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Galería Carlos Orozco

FREE – 3,500,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Modern
  • What to Try: Quite a small gallery that is most focused on sculpture.
  • Pro Tips: You’re not allowed to take photos indoors, but it’s still a great place to check out some beautiful art.

 

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Milnueve32 Tienda de Arte Cafe Galeria

FREE – 1,200,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Eclectic
  • What to Try: A quirky art gallery that’s full of vinyls, books, and tons of great art. Everything in the shop is for sale!
  • Pro Tips: The shop sells coffee and great wine. It’s a lovely place to sit and chat for a few hours.

 

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Academia de Baile El Candombe

25,000 COP – 70,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Historic
  • What to Try: This dance school focuses almost exclusively on tango lessons. You can take group or private classes.
  • Pro Tips: They host shows and tango events about once a month, so be sure to see what’s on while you’re in the area!

 

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Sailor Tattoos

200,000 COP – 2,000,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Hippie
  • What to Try: A tattoo parlor with a biological twist, this group is located in an ecological park right next to one of our favorite Asian restaurants!
  • Pro Tips: You can make an appointment but they’re more than happy to take walk-ins!

 

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Blink Spanish Immersion School & Hostel

779,000 COP – 1,149,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Fun-loving
  • What to Try: This Spanish-language school offers weekly packages of 2-10 hours of private lessons and 20 hours of group classes. Or, you can choose weekly private classes only.
  • Pro Tips: The school is connected to a dance school that teaches salsa three times a week. They also run regular activities and excursions for their students.

 

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OLSA Spanish English School

925,000 COP – 2,600,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Professional
  • What to Try: A well-established Spanish and English language school. They offer both private classes and conversation groups.
  • Pro Tips: If you want to stay longer, they offer 6 to 12-month Spanish programs in private, group, or partner settings. These count for a Colombian visa.

 

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Elefun Spanish School

300,000 COP – 1,000,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Laid-back
  • What to Try: This Spanish school offers excellent Spanish classes as well as organized group activities and tours.
  • Pro Tips: They have free trial periods and regular discounts, so be sure to ask what deals they have going!

 

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Iglesia de San Jose

FREE

  • What to Try: There are services almost every day, as well as services on special holidays and feast days.
  • Pro Tips: There’s a café run by the church in the inner courtyard. It’s a nice place to meet new people after the service.

 

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Diamond Way Buddhist Center

FREE 

  • What to Try: This is the only Diamond Way Buddhist center in Medellin. They help out with public projects and city improvements.
  • Pro Tips: The center is on the 2nd floor of Almonte and hosts two weekly meditation sessions, a weekly Buddhist seminar, and a weekly Ngöndro practice.

 

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Kingdom Hall of Jehova’s Witness

FREE

  • What to Try: They offer regular meetings twice a week as well as bible studies. On days when there are no meetings, the hall is closed.
  • Pro Tips: They have an English congregation that meets in the evenings twice a week!

 

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Vinke Barber Shop

20,000 COP – 200,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Retro
  • What to Try: Get a beard trim and haircut. This is a very basic barber that only offers trims and cuts.
  • Pro Tips: They offer you a beer or juice from the stall next door while you get your haircut.

 

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Javier Suarez Barber

30,000 COP – 300,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Classy
  • What to Try: A basic men’s cut is great. It comes with a hair wash as well as a blowout and styling.
  • Pro Tips: They offer tea, coffee, and water while you wait. There are also chess, checkers, and Jenga for you to play.

 

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London Barber Shop

45,000 COP – 400,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Classy
  • What to Try: The full spa cut and beard trim. The treatment comes with a basic facial treatment that’s super relaxing.
  • Pro Tips: They have an online booking system that makes it super easy to schedule your cut. It’s best to make an appointment as the place can get a bit busy with walk-ins.

 

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Mundo de Extensiones

300,000 COP – 1,000,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Elegant
  • What to Try: Any of their extensions, they also make human hair wigs.
  • Pro Tips: Go early in the day as it gets busy in the afternoon.

 

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Victoria Peluquería

100,000 COP – 1,500,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Modern
  • What to Try: Get a straightening treatment or hair mask.
  • Pro Tips: They have free coffee, water, WiFi, and tea during your appointment.

 

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Violeta Nails Spa Poblado

15,000 COP – 110,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Elegant
  • What to Try: Dip powder nails. You can get them in a manicure, pedicure, or both!
  • Pro Tips: Designs don’t cost extra, so go as crazy as you like. They have crystals, sparkles, and tons of other cute additions.

 

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Peluqueria Fanel

45,000 COP – 500,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Modern
  • What to Try: Get a pedicure, they have tons of options in gel and regular polish. Or, opt for any hair treatment.
  • Pro Tips: All wash and shampoo services come with a free face mask. And, the salon offers wine, beer, coffee, and tea while you’re getting your treatment done.

 

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SOUSA Nails & Spa

170,000 COP – 2,000,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Romantic
  • What to Try: Get a couple’s massage or try one of the body treatments. Make sure to use the jacuzzi!
  • Pro Tips: Not all packages include the jacuzzi, but you can add that or the sauna to any service. All services come with a glass of champagne or a cup of tea.

 

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Sol y Color Belleza Corporal

20,000 COP – 400,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Relaxed
  • What to Try: Check out the tanning beds or opt for one of their famous facial treatments.
  • Pro Tips: The facial treatments take a full two-hours minimum, so make sure you have enough time.

 

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Carulla Poblado

3,000 COP – 600,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Healthy
  • What to Try: A well-rounded and large grocery store with everything from home goods to groceries. They sell salads, hot meals, and alcohol as well.
  • Pro Tips: It’s located on the corner of a busy street. Go earlier in the day to avoid tons of traffic.

 

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Tienda D1 Manila

1,000 COP – 50,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Commercial
  • What to Try: It’s right in the heart of Manila and super-easy to find. The prices are also much more affordable than Carulla.
  • Pro Tips: The store is on the smaller side, so there aren’t a ton of options. You won’t find prepared meals here.

 

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Turqsa Swimwear

140,000 COP – 250,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Chic
  • What to Try: There are more clothes tucked away in the back of the shop, so make sure to look thoroughly!
  • Pro Tips: The selection is limited, but the quality of the clothing is very high.

 

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Plan Alma

150,000 COP – 300,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Boho
  • What to Try: Gorgeous clothes, jewelry, and accessories. It’s the perfect place to pick up a gift for someone back home.
  • Pro Tips: There are no prices listed on the items so you’ll need to ask at the front desk.

 

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Tricycle Clothing Store

120,000 COP – 350,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Edgy
  • What to Try: It’s quite a small clothing store with a modern and edgy feel.
  • Pro Tips: The store is near La Fabryka – grab some clothes and gifts before heading next door for a coffee stop!

 

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Pequeña Gran Libreria

10,000 COP – 50,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Hole-in-the-Wall
  • What to Try: A very small bookstore with a great selection! There are quite a few English language books as well.
  • Pro Tips: There are two chess tables outside the store for you to sit at. Drink a beer and challenge the owner to a game.

 

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Gimnasio Smart Fit la 10

60,000 COP – 200,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Modern
  • What to Try: A great, affordable gym with plenty of equipment. They have daily, weekly, and monthly passes available for visitors.
  • Pro Tips: There’s free parking and a coffee shop located below the gym.

 

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Athletic Gym Manila

50,000 COP – 600,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Modern
  • What to Try: The gym offers tons of personal trainers as well as sports massages. There are also tons of machines, so you won’t have to wait to use the equipment.
  • Pro Tips: They only offer monthly passes, so it’s a better place to check out for longer-term stays. However, they do give free 3-day passes to first-time visitors.

 

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Mundo Farma

1,000 COP – 250,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Modern
  • What to Try: A pharmacy with limited supplies. You can get most OTC meds here but may have trouble with more obscure prescriptions.
  • Pro Tips: They sell tons of different face masks, so if you lose one or need to purchase them, this is a great place to go.

 

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Full Medics

1,000 COP – 300,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Modern
  • What to Try: This is a large pharmacy located right in Manila. It’s on a quiet street and doesn’t typically have lines.
  • Pro Tips: Make sure you know the name of your medication in Spanish, as the attendants don’t speak English.

 

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La Rebaja Plus

1,000 COP – 350,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Small
  • What to Try: They offer tons of different prescriptions and over-the-counter medicines. You don’t need a doctor’s script for most prescriptions, just the name of the medicine.
  • Pro Tips: This pharmacy can be found all around Colombia and offers any medicine you might need.

 

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Metrosalud

250,000 COP – 1,000,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Modern
  • What to Try: A local hospital and doctor’s office. You can go here for emergency services.
  • Pro Tips: You can get treated here even if you don’t have Colombian healthcare. However, you’ll have to pay the full out-of-pocket price.

 

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Be You

300,000 COP – 4,000,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Modern
  • What to Try: A dentist and orthodontist’s office that offers a wide range of basic and emergency services.
  • Pro Tips: You’ll need to make an appointment to get treatment, even if you have a dental emergency.

 

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Cajero Automático Red Aval

  • What to Try: A small office with two ATMs and phone lines for additional assistance.
  • Pro Tips: This is a smaller bank machine, but is usually pretty empty.

 

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Cajero Bancolombia

  • What to Try: There are several locations around the city, although the best is the one in the big Bancolombia bank. They can also assist with currency exchanges.
  • Pro Tips: Bancolombia is the largest bank network in Colombia and offers pretty good exchange rates.

 

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Western Union

APPROX 3700 COP = 1 USD

  • What to Try: Western Union allows money transfers and currency exchanges. They take a commission but still give a pretty good exchange rate.
  • Pro Tips: This is a very small office and it usually has a line outside it. Try to go early in the day to avoid lines.

 

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Lavanderia Clear Service

20,000 COP – 80,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Bare-bones
  • What to Try: A dry cleaning laundry service that will take care of cleaning suits, gowns, and other delicates.
  • Pro Tips: The service usually takes a couple of days, so make sure that you factor that into your cleaning process.

 

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Stinky’s Laundry

22,000 COP – 99,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Bare-bones
  • What to Try: A basic laundry service. You drop off your clothing and the staff takes care of the washing and drying.
  • Pro Tips: Make sure to pick up your laundry on time as they don’t offer delivery.

 

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NODO Laundry

40,000 COP – 120,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Modern
  • What to Try: The service is located inside a hostel, but anyone is able to do their laundry here.
  • Pro Tips: They offer 24-hour laundry services and same-day delivery.

 

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Notaria 20

12,000 COP – 450,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Professional
  • What to Try: You can get documents certified here and can get a civil marriage license and document.
  • Pro Tips: If you have to get any documentation taken care of, make sure to bring photocopies of your ID and passport. They do not make photocopies there.

 

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Notaria 2 de Medellin

12,000 COP – 450,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Professional
  • What to Try: They offer basic notary services as well as some legal services such as processing documents.
  • Pro Tips: They’re not very busy, but they are tucked away down a side street.

 

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Europcar

200,000 COP – 1,000,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Professional
  • What to Try: An international car rental service, they offer good insurance policies and great vehicles.
  • Pro Tips: They’re one of the more expensive services, but offer free shuttles from their offices or the airport to your car.

 

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Executive Renta a Car

160,000 COP – 600,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Professional
  • What to Try: A rental car company in Manila, right near Parque Poblado. They offer early morning and late-night services.
  • Pro Tips: They’ll drive you from the airport or your hotel to pick up the vehicle. You can pick up and drop off your car at two different locations without an extra charge.

 

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Lavadero y Parqueadero La 43 D

40,000 COP – 200,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Industrial
  • What to Try: Cheap car wash and parking, they’re located right next to the soccer field.
  • Pro Tips: The entrance is slightly hidden. It looks like the entrance to restaurant parking, but it’s actually a public car park.

 

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Jigautos Car Wash

50,000 COP – 250,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Industrial
  • What to Try: Located on a quiet street right near Athletic Gym. This is a car wash only and doesn’t offer parking.
  • Pro Tips: They’re open every day, but they close early. It’s best to get there in the morning to clean your vehicle before returning it to the rental company.

 

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City Parking

5,000 COP – 100,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Open
  • What to Try: There are several of these car parks, one next to Athletic gym and one next to Smartfit. They’re run by the gym but offer public parking by the hour.
  • Pro Tips: If you work out in the gym make sure to show your receipt for a discount.

 

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Envia

15,000 COP – 560,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Professional
  • What to Try: They offer UPS services, which are great for shipping packages outside of Latin America.
  • Pro Tips: If you’re sending postcards or letters you’ll be charged a document tax. Send these items tucked into packages or in the national postal service instead.

 

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Servientrega

10,000 COP – 500,000 COP

  • The Vibe: Professional
  • What to Try: This is one of the biggest private postal networks in Colombia. They offer fast delivery anywhere in the country.
  • Pro Tips: Servientrega only offers services to and from the United States, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela, Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica, and the Dominican Republic.

 

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