The Well-Rounded Paradise: Medellin’s Movies & Museums Shopping Different Altitudes Create Different Attitudes in this Expat’s Outlook

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One of the major draws to for foreigners traveling to distant lands has to be the subtle changes in the rhythm of life. For instance, this writer used to be all about the big celebrations and big events, yet here in Medellin, that’s shifted. Now, with a more relaxed latin cadence to life, we enjoy weekend trips to the local museums. Shopping. Movies.

One of the many attractions of Medellin is what we call the “refreshing randomness” of Colombia… Just take a walk from your apartment, a few blocks in any direction and you’re sure to see what we mean.

In the evenings and on weekends you will find people young and old walking together or spending time in the town square, just for the sheer gratification of being outdoors and enjoying the company of those around them.

This is something we feel our modern Western society has lost.

In fact, we love it so much that I’ve chosen to stay here, in Medellin for now. Six years later, I’m still here…still loving my job and my life in this incredible country. See where I live, right here.

Here’s my favorite five museums (in no particular order):

Casa Museo Otra parte

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(43A #27A Sur 11, Envigado – Ayura metro) The former home of Fernando González, a Colombian philosopher who helped usher in Nadaísmo (a literary movement with roots in Dadaism and Surrealism). There’s also a cool little café next door that hosts regular events.

Museo Casa Gardeliana

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(Carrera 45 #76-50 – Universidad metro) Carlos Gardel,  tango’s most famous singer died in a plane crash at Olaya Herrera airport, in 1935. This pleasurable tribute to the man, the music, and the dance features live performances on the weekends for between 10,000 to 30,000 COP ($6 to $18).

Museo de Antioquia

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(52 #52-43 – Parque Berrio metro) Conveniently located in Fernando Botero’s Plaza (worth it’s own trip), houses a splendid collection of Botero’s paintings, as well as other Latin artists, and rotating exhibits. Admission is 10,000 COP ($6).

Museo del Arte Moderno (MAMM)

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(Carrera 44 #19A-100 – Poblado or Industriales metro) Medellín’s modern art museum is located in Ciudad del Río. Inside, complimenting the industrial decor are are several galleries, and a Cajun-style restaurant, Bonuar, to boot! Don’t miss the plaza in front of the museum, where skateboarders are shredding the concrete daily. This museum is a 20-minute downhill walk from Parque Lleras, and a 10-minute walk from either the Poblado or Industriales metro stations. Admission is 5,000 COP ($3).

Look at some attractive accommodations near the modern art museum here.

Here’s my favorite five museums (in no particular order):

Museo El Castillo Calle

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(9 Sur #32-269 – Poblado metro) Built in 1930, this beautiful medieval gothic castle opened to the public in 1971. Admission is 8,000 COP ($4) for the castle, and 4,000 COP ($2) for the gardens. Free 30-minute tours of the interior are offered in Spanish. Be sure to check this one out while you’re here!

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If you’re like us, you enjoy a great shopping experience and a movie, just like millions of Colombians living in Medellin… Here’s a few places you won’t want to miss:

7 of the Best Shopping Malls and Movie Theaters in Medellin

El Tesoro

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(25A #1A Sur 45 – Poblado metro) Overlooking the city from atop Poblado, El Tesoro is a large, modern shopping center with movie theaters and – are you ready? More than 300 stores.

Enjoy a virtual “stroll” through some of the finest apartments for rent in the Poblano area here.

La Strada

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(Carrera 43A #1 Sur-155 (Poblado metro) Located along the Milla de Oro on Avenida Poblado. During the day, the mall is an unassuming collection of restaurants. In the evenings, the bar scene comes alive. And things really heat up on the weekends, when discotecas Aqua, Divina, and Crista draw the young and the beautiful. Go to La Strada on a Saturday night to see the prettiest women in Medellín. La Strada is also a good option when it’s raining, as most of it is covered.

Mayorca

(Calle 51 Sur #48-57 – Itagui metro) A large outlet mall with movie theaters and 250 shops. It’s easily accessible from the Itagui metro station via a pedestrian bridge.

Monterrey

(Carrera 48 #10-45 – Poblado metro) This is an older mall yet centrally located, across the street from the Poblado metro station. It’s known as a good place to buy cheap computers and electronics.

Oviedo

(Carrera 43A #6 5-16 – Poblado metro) Located on Avenida Poblado, between La Strada and Santa Fe. Like its neighbors, Oviedo is a modern mall catering to upscale shoppers. It also has movie theaters. Before Santa Fe was completed in 2010, this was my favorite mall.

Premium Plaza Carrera

(43A and Calle 30 – Industriales metro) Premium Plaza has seen better days, clearly having lost business as newer malls such as Santa Fe have opened. Still, you can get convenient access to a Carrefour supermarket, banks, shopping, movie theaters, and a few restaurants. There is a Bodytech gym upstairs.

RIO SUR

(Carrera 43A #6 Sur 26 – Poblado metro) Just when you thought you’d seen it all, this mall has it all, and we mean all: there are discotecas on the seventh floor. Check it out.

San Diego

(Carrera 43A and Calle 34 – Exposiciones metro) A 10-minute walk from Premium Plaza, the highlights here include access to medical services.

Santa Fe

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(Carrera 43A #7 Sur 170 – Aguacata metro) Opening in 2010, this mall features an impressive retractable roof to capture the open-air atmosphere whenever the weather’s nice. It’s the largest mall in the city, and second largest in Colombia, after the mall of the same name in Bogotá. From bottom to top, you’ll enjoy the variety of shops and restaurants, with a theatre at the top.

If this doesn’t keep you busy, let us know…

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Andrew Campion

This might be my quick "bio" but I want one thing to be crystal clear: this site is all about YOU! It’s my singular mission here at Medellin Lifestyle to report on and create awesome stuff that’s really helpful, insightful, to the point and makes your time (or potential time) in Medellin better. Since 2006 I've been investing in and helping others–from digital nomads to retirees and expats of all stripes–transition here to lead wonderful lives in my favorite city in the world!