Mercado de Sabaneta is a new gastronomic market in the Medellín metro area, which will ultimately have a collection of 19 restaurants and bars in a building located near Parque Sabaneta in Sabaneta.
This food market opened on July 5, 2019. So, it just opened. And Mercado de Sabaneta has several small format restaurants with a variety of cuisines available.
At Mercado de Sabaneta, food is purchased at the small format restaurants. And food is eaten at several bar-height and several lower tables, which are cleaned quickly and efficiently by the staff.
In addition, this food market has two floors with a nice atmosphere and a decent variety of food and drinks available.
Also, this new gastronomic market is pet friendly with Wi-fi available. And valet parking is available plus domicilio (delivery) service is available.
Food Options at Mercado de Sabaneta
On opening day on July 5, 2019, there was a total of 11 food and drink places open at this new food market in Sabaneta. But there is space for several more locations.
I was told additional places will be opening soon. This gastronomic market in Sabaneta will ultimately have a total of 19 food and drink places when all the places are open.
Food options include arepas, burgers, Colombian, gourmet hot dogs, pizza, steaks, sushi and more. Also, there are a couple of bars.
Gastronomic Market Competition in Medellín and the Aburrá Valley
There are now eight gastronomic markets in Medellín and the Aburrá Valley, each with collections of many restaurants in one location:
- Contenedores Food Place – reportedly opened in January 2014
- Mercado Del Rio – opened in October 2016
- Mercado Del Tranvía – reportedly opened in October 2017
- Mercado Del Rio La Strada – opened in July 2018
- Mercado Del Parque – opened in September 2018
- Mercado Del Tranvía Envigado – opened in November 2018
- Mercado Del Norte in Bello – opened in January 2019
- Mercade de Sabaneta – opened in July 2019
Mercado de Sabaneta in Sabaneta is the newest gastronomic market in the Medellín metro area that opened in July 2019.
Some expats I have talked to thought the first gastronomic market in Medellín was Mercado Del Rio. But actually, the first gastronomic market was Contenedores Food Place in Envigado, which opened in 2014.
But Contenedores is a somewhat different format with several sit-down restaurants located in containers and not a big open warehouse space. In addition, Contenedores is smaller, as it has less than 10 restaurants. However, these are larger restaurants with separate sitting areas.
The second food market to open was the large Mercado Del Rio that opened in October 2016 near the large Bancolombia office. And the third food market was Mercado Del Tranvía, which reportedly opened in October 2017.
Also, Mercado Del Rio La Strada opened last year in July 2018 and Mercado Del Parque in Laureles opened in September 2018. And the sixth, Mercado Del Tranvía Envigado, opened in November 2018 followed by Mercado Del Norte in Bello that opened in January 2019 and Mercade de Sabaneta in July 2019.
In addition, Medellín used to have another food market that is now closed. Manila Food Market opened in April 2017 in the Manila barrio of El Poblado in the Los Patios Hostel. But Manila Food Market was small with less than 10 restaurants. Also, it reportedly failed due to a lack of customers in this location and closed in less than a year.
How to Get to Mercado de Sabaneta
The easiest way to get to this gastronomic market in Laureles is using the Medellín Metro. To get there take the Line A metro to the Sabaneta metro station.
Mercado de Sabaneta is located about a block and half from Parque Sabaneta. And Parque Sabaneta is located about a 10-minute walk east from the Sabaneta station. In addition, there are many people walking on the streets to/from the metro station. So, it’s relatively safe during the day and even after dark – but not too late.
Also, there are frequent and inexpensive metro buses that use Civica cards that currently cost only 2,100 pesos, which run from the Sabaneta metro station to and from the park. Most noteworthy, these buses don’t drop you at the park, they drop you about a block from the park. And the integrated fare including both the metro train and Sabaneta metro bus is only 2,800 pesos.
In addition, there is a taxi stand at the Sabaneta metro station, which normally has taxis available. Furthermore, any taxi or Uber driver in Medellín will know where Parque Sabaneta is located. It’s also normally pretty easy to catch a taxi at the park.
To get to Mercado de Sabaneta from the park go to the right of the Igelsia de Santa Ana church at the park. Walk to the right of the church and go east a block and half and Mercado de Sabaneta will be located on the right.
Address: Calle 70Sur # 43A-47, Sabaneta.
The Bottom Line – Mercado de Sabaneta
Mercado de Sabaneta just opened and since it’s located close to popular Parque Sabaneta this new gastronomic market is expected to be popular. It was popular the first night it opened with many people checking out this new place that had just opened.
Mercado de Sabaneta has space for over 200 people and is larger than Mercado del Parque in Laureles. I live only a five-minute walk from the new Mercado de Sabaneta. So, I expect that I will eventually check out all the restaurants in this new market.
Medellín and the Aburrá Valley now has eight gastronomic markets with a total of over 175 small format restaurants. Two of these are located in El Poblado, two are located in Envigado, one is in Laureles, one is in Sabaneta, one is in Bello and one is in Buenos Aires. The seven Mercado markets are similar and Contenedores is a different format.
Furthermore, these gastronomic markets in the Medellín metro area are pretty popular. So, it is surprising to me that I haven’t yet found a similar gastronomic market in any other cities in Colombia I have been to.
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