Mercado Del Parque is a new gastronomic market in the Medellín metro area, which has a collection of about 14 restaurants and bars in a building located at the Primer Parque in Laureles.
This food market opened in September 2018. So, it’s only been open for a little over six months. And Mercado Del Parque has several small format restaurants with a nice variety of cuisines available.
At Mercado Del Parque, 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, it’s open for lunch and dinner every day. Also, the Smash Avocado restaurant there is open for breakfast. And it has a nice atmosphere and a decent variety of food and drinks available.
I recently wrote about Mercado Del Tranvía Envigado and Mercado Del Norte in Bello. And I found out about Mercado Del Parque in Laureles from a Medellin Guru reader living in Laureles. So, I went to check it out recently.
Food Options at Mercado Del Parque in Laureles
There currently is a total of about 14 food and drink places at this new food market in Laureles. Food options include Arabic, burgers, Colombian, Mexican, Peruvian, pizza, steaks, sushi and more. Also, there are a couple of bars.
Gastronomic Market Competition in Medellín and the Aburrá Valley
There are now seven 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 Parque in Laureles
The easiest way to get to this gastronomic market in Laureles is using the Medellín Metro. To get there take the Line B metro to the Estadio metro station.
Mercado Del Parque is located a minimum fare taxi of 5,500 pesos from the Estadio metro station. Also, you could walk, it’s about a 15-minute walk from the metro station to the Primer Parque in Laureles where this food market is location.
In addition, any taxi or Uber driver in the city will be able to take you to this gastronomic market in Laureles. Just say “Primer Parque en Laureles” and provide the address below.
Address: Calle 39D # 73-126, Laureles, Medellín.
Phone: +57 4 448 0440
Hours: Sunday to Wednesday: Noon to 10 pm; Thursday to Saturday: Noon to midnight. And the Smash Avocado restaurant is open for breakfast.
The Bottom Line – Mercado Del Parque in Laureles
Mercado Del Parque in Laureles has only been open since September 2018. And in that time, it has become a popular location on the weekends. But during the week it’s typically not as busy.
Mercado Del Parque is the smallest of the gastronomic markets in the Medellín metro area with only 14 small format restaurants and bars. So, it’s not really a destination food market like the largest food markets such as Mercado Del Rio, Mercado Del Rio La Strada or Mercado Del Tranvía Envigado, which each have 25 to 50+ restaurants and bars.
Mercado Del Parque is more of a local gastronomic market for people living in Laureles. In my opinion, it’s not really worth a trip from another part of the metro area to go to this small food market in Laureles, as there are larger gastronomic markets found in El Poblado and Envigado.
Medellín and the Aburrá Valley now has seven gastronomic markets with a total of over 160 small format restaurants. Two of these are located in El Poblado, two are located in Envigado, one is in Laureles, one is in Bello and one is in Buenos Aires. The six 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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Editors note: updated on July 6, 2019 to add Mercado de Sabaneta in Sabaneta.