THE BEST OF MEDELLIN FOR PRINCESSES
THE CITY OF ETERNAL SPRING
Guest Writer: Sarah Duncan, Lifestyle & travel writer
There’s a sangria waiting for you at a hidden bar in the busiest part of town, where fashion means mingling with the likes of Vogue and Prada and listening to live musicians happens as easily on the street as it does in the bars. It’s a colourful city nestled in the Colombian Andes called Medellin.
But let’s be frank, Colombia is generally not the first country that comes to mind when thinking of the perfect getaway for the lone travelling princess. But with an innovative fashion industry, a burgeoning music scene and friendly locals that are more than happy to show you the best parts of their beautiful city, the colourful streets of Medellin, the City of Eternal Spring, is the place to explore, dance, discover and perhaps even learn some Spanish along the way.
Each year Medellin plays host to South America’s largest fashion industry event ColombiaModa. The likes of Vogue and Prada were amongst the delegates during last year’s three-day event which saw more than 9,000 fashionistas strut through its gates. While the event is only open to buyers, retailers, designers and other industry folk, it is a sure sign of the booming fashion industry within Medellin and the rest of Colombia. Or if you want to see up-and-coming Colombian designers at work, head along to the lesser-known fashion event Moda Para el Mundo where models with hot bods and rippling biceps are just as important as the clothes they’re wearing.
From multi-level malls nestled into verdant mountains to one-off pieces made by young and forward-thinking local designers, Medellin is a great place to shop. A visit to either Oviedo or El Tesoro malls will lead you to some great shopping, albeit only the window variety for some.
Start the night with Salsa dancing and sangria at one bar then head out for tapas and techno music at another in Parque Lleras – the place to party in Medellin. Visit the kitsch-style bar Dash (think Astroturf and psychedelic wall paper) for their colourful drinks and a mix of tunes from local beats to electro-pop. Or head down the road to Latineria to practice your salsa steps while listening to the local Latin live music. It’s a small hole-in-the-wall bar so expect the party to spill out onto the pavement.
SLEEP AND STAY
And when you’re done dancing, shopping and casually sipping your way through Medellin’s cocktail list, rest your head at Casa Kiwi . Recently renovated, the casa-hotel has a roof-top bar with slowly swinging hammocks and a pool, while the bustling bars and restaurants of suburb el Poblado are just around the corner.
Get you flava on and get to Medellin this summer!