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in Medellín (Poblado)

The neighbourhood of El Poblado has become the hub of restaurants, bars and nightlife in Medellín; you'd need to stay for months on end to try the countless number on offer!

We've comprised a list of our top places to eat for date night, casual dinners out and the perfect cafes to brunch or use as your digital nomad base for the day in Poblado!

The best cafe's in Poblado


HijaMia is our, and seemingly most others, favourite spot in Poblado for a breakfast , brunch or lunch!

They have such a good menu including açai bowls, cauliflower hash, nutella panacotta and so much more, as well as really great coffee.

The WiFi works very well here so it can sometimes be hard to get a table during working hours.


Seré has some amazing food choices; everything is fresh and the salads are a great option!
If you're looking for some fresh bread to take home then this is also the place to look.

The WiFi also works very well here and it can get pretty busy with nomads on weekdays.


Seré has some amazing food choices; everything is fresh and the salads are a great option!
If you're looking for some fresh bread to take home then this is also the place to look.

The WiFi also works very well here and it can get pretty busy with nomads on weekdays.

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Getting to El Rio is a little more difficult than Journey - once the bus drops you off on the main road most people take a moto-taxi (driven by a 16 year old local) the next 5-7 minutes down a very rocky road towards the river and the hostel - with your bag on your back that can be an adventure on it's own!

The Good..

+ The hostel is set right on the river, so although there's no pool you do have access to the river 
+ They have floats and a deck in the river for you to chill and tan on, as well as a little beach area at the riverside
+ El Rio is famous for it's floating adventure which is a fun afternoon and a great way to meet people
+ The food is delicious - probably some of the best we had!  The menu has a pretty wide choice and it's all fresh 
+ The private rooms were super cute - inside/outside bathrooms and large comfy beds away from the main communal areas making them pretty quiet 
+ The 'mothership' dorm room looked very cool - a large circular exposed building set around a large avocado tree
+ El Rio is famous for it's parties - several nights a week they throw some pretty great parties that people from as far as Palomino and Santa Marta travel to go to!

The Not So Good..

- There's no pool - if you aren't keen on the idea of a river swim then you might miss a pool
- Although the floating was great fun, it's 40,000COP per person which is extremely expensive considering you're only paying for two 20 year old guides and a float!
- You only have access to WiFi in the very tiny co-working area which is tucked round the back, extremely hot and an area they allow people to smoke in - so if you have to work it isn't a very productive or inviting environment to work from, and the WiFi wasn't really that great either
- The bar cocktails are pretty expensive, especially given it is still a hostel
- There's quite a few bugs and mosquitos as it's a river location

Our Summary..

El Rio was actually our favourite of the three hostels recommended to us in the Tayrona area and appropriately hyped in our opinion!

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Costeño Beach might be the most famous of all the hostels in the area thanks to its famous owner and the pool's role in their music video that has been watched millions of times!

The Good..

+ That pool!  The Costeño Beach pool is definitely a great place to hang out 
+ The hostel is located right on the beachfront, so it's a perfect location, and there are several other well known hostels such as Los Hermanos just a few minutes walk up the beach which you can visit 
+ The food and drinks were actually cheaper than El Rio and also of good quality
+ The private rooms are very nice - especially 'La Casita' which is its own little house away from the main rooms and party area and right on the beach front.  We absolutely loved our night in this room! 
+ They have a little co-working area with good Wi-Fi and quieter music for those on calls 
+ They also throw a party or two a week which get pretty busy for those wanting to party!
+ For those looking for a good night sleep - those parties end by midnight and the music is off

The Not So Good..

- The menu choices were very limited - after the wide choice at El Rio we were a little disappointed!  The quality of what they do have however is still very high
- If you're looking to party, it'll be over by midnight here
- The staff didn't seem too friendly or helpful here - they were very busy but were definitely lacking in the friendly area!

Our Summary..

Costeño Beach was definitely over-hyped in our opinion, but it was overall a great place to spend a couple of nights chilling out by the pool and beach.

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Up in the hills above Minca you will find the famous Casas Viejas property by Masaya with it's famous infinity pool overlooking the mountains and valley below.

The Good..

+ Like Costeño Beach, the pool at Casas Viejas is famous for a reason!  Sitting at the edge of the pool you can look down at the valley below as birds fly past you at eye level 
+ The restaurant and communual areas all have incredible views over the pool and valley and are a really nice place to spend time.  The WiFi also worked very well in this area
+ The private rooms were very nice with good balconies.  The dorms also looked nice and had amazing views from the front deck
+ The sunsets are amazing from up here!
+ The hostel offers tours to a nearby waterfall and coffee plant as well as traditional massages and daily yoga so there's plenty to do
+ The food is very, very good!  The food looks more like an upscale restaurant than hostel
+ Anyone is welcome - we had young families with kids playing in the pool through to groups of 10+ early 20s backpackers and everyone in-between
+ The staff were super friendly and helpful - they also all mostly spoke english

The Not So Good..

- It's a long way up the mountain!  This means you need to either rent a motorbike in Minca town and drive yourself up (roughly 100,000COP per day rental), take a 4x4 Jeep taxi at a cost of 80,000-120,000COP per car to be split between up to 4 people or you take a moto-taxi up the mountain at a cost of 20,000COP.  In dry season a moto-taxi is probably fine, however numerous people seemed pretty shaken by their experiences up the mountain on very rocky, very muddy, extremely steep mountain roads!
- Although the food is amazing, there's only 3 breakfast choices and either meat or vegetarian for lunch and dinner so choice is limited.  You also need to sign up for lunch and dinner in time otherwise you risk not having any food and there's nothing else around!  They do also offer snacks from 2.30-6.30pm.

Our Summary..

Casas Viejas was amazing, we loved every minute here and would highly recommend!

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Sat even higher above Minca and Casas Viejas you'll find Sierra Minca - famous for its giant hands and nets for chilling in over the valley below.

We didn't get to stay at Sierra and unfortunately didn't even get to visit to watch the sunset as planned due to poor weather conditions during our stay, so we can't comment too much on this place!

From the photos it looks great, however we found Casas Viejas to be far enough up in the mountains let alone going even further to Sierra! 

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We were pretty gutted we couldn't get booked in at Casa en el Agua - it looks incredible!

You obviously need to take a boat out to this hostel, which we believe you can take from either Cartagena or the small town of Rincon Del Mar.  There's nothing to do except lounge around in the sun and play in the ocean once you're there, but would you really need to do anything else!?

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