Mercado Del Norte is the newest gastronomic market in the Medellín metro area, which has a collection of about 25 restaurants and bars in a warehouse located in Bello, which is in the northern part of the Aburrá Valley.
This food market opened in January 2019. So, it’s only been open a couple months. And Mercado Del Norte has many small format restaurants with a big variety of cuisines available.
At Mercado Del Norte, 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. Also, there are some TVs for watching sports.
Mercado Del Norte is open for lunch and dinner each day. And it has a good atmosphere and a nice variety of food and drinks as well as desserts.
Also, this new gastronomic market has two floors. And they sometimes have live music.
I recently went to Mercado Del Tranvía Envigado – the new gastronomic market in Envigado. And some Medellin Guru readers commented about yet another gastronomic market that had recently opened in Bello.
So, I also went to check out the new gastronomic market in Bello. I found this new food market in Bello to be similar to the others found in the Medellín metro area. And my impression is this new food market in Bello is best described as a smaller version of Mercado Del Rio.
There currently is a total of about 25 food and drink places at this new food market in Bello. Food options include traditional Colombian, hamburgers, Italian, Mexican, Peruvian, pizza, sandwiches, seafood, steaks, sushi, wings and much more.
Also, there are a couple of bars, a coffee shop and some desserts.
Gastronomic Market Competition in Medellín and the Aburrá Valley
There are 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 talked to recently 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 Del Norte in Bello
The easiest way to get to Mercado Del Norte is using the Medellín Metro. To get there take the Line A metro to the Bello metro station.
Mercado Del Norte is located a minimum fare taxi of 5,500 pesos from the Bello metro station. Also, you could take a metro bus to and from Mercado Del Norte.
In addition, any taxi or Uber driver in the city will be able to take you to Mercado Del Norte. Just provide the address below.
Address: Calle 56 # 55-96, Bello
Phone: +57 310 521 6079
Hours: Sunday to Thursday: Noon to 10 pm; Friday and Saturday: Noon to 11 pm.
The Bottom Line – Mercado Del Norte in Bello
Mercado Del Norte has been open only a couple months. And in that short time, it has become a popular location on the weekends. But during the week it’s typically not very busy. When I went on a weekday it wasn’t very busy.
While Mercado Del Rio is larger and has a bigger choice of restaurants, this new food market in Bello isn’t as busy and also has a nice atmosphere. But since this new food market is located north in the Aburrá Valley, not many foreigners have discovered Mercado Del Norte.
Also, it’s not really worth a trip from another part of the metro area unless you are already in the northern part of Aburrá Valley, since there are other gastronomic markets that are closer to where many foreigners live and stay.
Medellín and the Aburrá Valley now has six gastronomic markets with a total of over 150 small format restaurants. Two of these are located in El Poblado, two are located in Envigado, one is in Bello and one is in Buenos Aires. The five 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 found a similar gastronomic market in any other cities in Colombia I have been to.
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Editors note: updated on April 20, 2019 to add Mercado Del Parque in Laureles.
Editors note: updated on July 6, 2019 to add Mercado de Sabaneta in Sabaneta.