Medellin is such a biodiverse country in the world. Please don’t leave without first giving a farmer’s markets tour around Medellin. So put your shoes on and get a taste of exotic fruits and vegetables that you’ll only find in this part of the world.
From vegetables with difficult-to-pronounce names to fruits that in other countries are considered a delicacy, you can take a walk around the different stalls around Medellin and experience some of the true paisa cultures.
So, what do you say? Are you ready to light your taste buds with fresh delicacies directly from the garden? Then let’s look at the top farmer’s markets and bazaars.
Plaza de Mercado La America
Built in 1969, La America is a farmer’s market perfect for rainy days due to its indoor businesses. Many locals advise visitors o try the Bandera paisa, a typical dish of this part of the country.
Here you’ll not only find a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and traditional legumes from Colombia, but at this market, you can also find other services such as
- Artisan shops
- Coffee shops
- Liquor shops
- Pet shops
- Health food stores
- Tech store
The atmosphere is a little like India. There are crowded markets with people everywhere selling their products and farmers showing their freshest products.
However, what stands out most about this place are the flower shops full of stunning bouquets and gorgeous floral arrangements. The city of eternal spring never disappoints its visitors.
If you missed the 2022 flower festival, take a walk around this place for a taste of the typical floral art of Medellin.
One of the charms of La America is the healthy nut market, not to mention the delicious aromas you can enjoy when you first step in. It’s the perfect opportunity to try new spices to garnish your dishes or bring home an exotic souvenir.
In addition to tasting the fruits of each small row of food stands, you can stay hydrated while strolling the stalls by tasting the juices (in water or milk) of fruits such as lulo, blackberry, mango, uchuva, guanabana, and many more.
Take the opportunity to have lunch in one of its 14 restaurants! Come hungry!
You can also order food delivery without having to leave your hotel or Airbnb.
Address: Cl. 45 # 79A – 100, La América, Medellín, Antioquia
Placita de Florez
Located in the Comuna 10 or La Candelaria, Placita de Florez is also an old farmer’s market of Medellin that opened in 1891. In its early years, called Mercado de Oriente. The peasants of Santa Elena came to sell the fruits and vegetables of the seasonal harvest.
Despite being a slightly smaller market, Placita de Florez still manages to supply groceries and other family basket products to more than 300,000 residents and tourists in Medellin.
The last floor of the shop has beautiful floral arrangements. Many people also find other pot plants or floral and aromatic plants to grow in their garden.
On the other two floors, you can find a wide variety of foods such as meats, fruits, health food stores, candle shops, sweets, ice cream shops, and much more.
You can even find a small shop where they sell arepas based on different types of corn flour, such as Peto corn or Choclo corn, definitely something new to try on your trip to Medellin.
Address: Carrera 39 # 50-25 Medellín, Colombia
Plaza Minorista Jose Maria Villa
Plaza Minorista is a more authentic experience of an informal farmer’s market. The main goal of the business is for farmers and informal vendors looking to sell their products at better prices.
That is why it’s still one of the most crowded and bustling markets, usually on weekends, when most locals get up early for vegetables.
Being at Plaza Minorista feels like being in a small town filled with rows of small warehouses and other stalls of fruit and vegetable baskets stacked on top of each other.
This market is unique because it hustles and bustles early in the morning. The products are harvested the day before their sale, which makes the quality so fresh!
Many packages arrive early and are transported directly from the truck to the food stall racks.
This market is a great family outing for those looking to taste the most exotic delicacies and chat with the local vendors.
Address: Calle 55A # 57-80, Medellin, Colombia
Mercado La Presidenta
An outdoor farmer’s market perfect for organic grocery shopping on a sunny day in Medellin. You can also find other items from the family basket, such as natural honey, spices, exotic fruits, juices, and more.
Mercado La Presidenta is in the El Poblado neighborhood. It is a busy spot dedicated to promoting the consumption of green food free of chemicals and preservatives.
Address: Parque Lineal La Presidenta – Cl. 8 #42-25, El Poblado, Medellín, Antioquia
Enjoy the Farmer’s Markets Tour at Medellin
Whether you want to start a healthier lifestyle or try the most exotic fruits that seem to come from a sci-fi story, you can’t miss this tour that promises to show you a lot of new flavors and textures and teach you something new!
So, what do you say? Will you try your luck in Plaza Minorista or take a quiet walk in La America? Let us know in the comments!
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