Mercado Del Rio La Strada is a new and popular gastronomic market located in El Poblado in Medellín with a collection of over 20 trendy restaurants and bars. It’s located on the third floor in the La Strada building on Avenida Poblado along the “Golden Mile”.
Mercado Del Rio La Strada is the newest gastronomic market to open in the Medellín metro area. It opened on July 13, 2018. And it has many small format restaurants with a big variety of cuisines available.
At Mercado Del Rio La Strada, 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 and free Wi-Fi is available without a password.
The new gastronomic market 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, it can be a good place to take out-of-town guests.
My Experience at Mercado Del Rio La Strada
I heard about Mercado Del Rio La Strada recently from two readers of the Medellin Guru site and I went to this new gastronomic market yesterday with another Medellin Guru reader.
There are many options. But we both decided to have a pizza at La Serenissima. I like thin-crust pizzas and the pizzas at La Serenissima have perfectly cooked thin-crusts and are very tasty.
Mercado Del Rio La Strada is best described as a smaller version of Mercado Del Rio. In fact, the Mercado Del Rio La Strada logo is similar to Mercado Del Rio. So, I suspect there is a relationship between the Mercado Del Rio and the new Mercado Del Rio La Strada.
Food Options at Mercado Del Rio La Strada
There currently is a total of over 20 food and drink places at Mercado Del Rio La Strada.
Food options include Asian, chicken, Colombian, hamburgers, Italian, Mexican, pizza, sandwiches, steaks, sushi, wings and so much more.
There are also a couple of bars, a Juan Valdez coffee shop, desserts and yogurt. And on the fourth floor is a restaurant. In addition, it looks like three additional places will be opening in Mercado Del Rio La Strada in the near future.
Some of the places in Mercado Del Tranvía can be found in other parts of the city. Some familiar names that can be found in other parts of the city include Chef Burger, Juan Valdez, Patatas A Cielo, and San Miguel Paellas.
There is a range of prices for meals at the restaurants in Mercado Del Rio La Strada from about 15,000 pesos to over 40,000 pesos.
Also, in the La Strada building, there are additional restaurants and fast food places on the lower floors.
Competition for Mercado Del Rio La Strada
There are now four gastronomic markets in Medellín with collections of 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 Rio La Strada the newest gastronomic market in Medellín. And it’s similar to Mercado Del Rio, which is located directly south of the large Bancolombia Headquarters in Ciudad Del Rio.
But Mercado Del Rio La Strada is smaller with less than 25 restaurants and bars compared to over 50 at Mercado Del Rio.
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 then 10 restaurants.
The second food market to open was the large Mercado Del Rio that opened in October 2016. And the third food market is Mercado Del Tranvía, which reportedly opened in October 2017.
Medellín had another food market that is now closed. Manila Food Market opened in April 2017 in the Manila barrio of El Poblado. But Manila Food Market was small with less than 10 restaurants. Also, it failed due to a lack of customers in this location and closed in less than a year.
How to Get to Mercado Del Rio La Strada
One way to get to Mercado Del Rio La Strada is using the Medellín Metro. To get there take the Line A metro to the Aguacatala station. And the La Strada building where the new gastronomic market is located is about a 20-minute walk from the metro station.
In addition, there are several bus lines that run along Avenida Poblado that pass by the La Strada building. For example, there is a bus from Sabaneta that runs down Avenida Poblado on its way to El Centro.
Mercado Del Rio La Strada is on the third floor of the La Strada building. And there is a Burger King and Papa John’s on the first floor. Also, there is a Holiday Inn Express in the same building.
Also, many taxi and Uber drivers in the city will know where the La Strada building is located. If not, give the driver the below address.
Address: Carrera 43A #1Sur-150, El Pobaldo, Medellín
Phone: +57 300 748 6377
Hours: 7 am to 11 pm.
The Bottom Line – Mercado Del Rio La Strada
Mercado Del Rio La Strada has only been open since July 13, 2018. And in the short time it has been open, it has already become a popular location for both lunch and dinner.
Also, it’s becoming quite popular on the weekends. Furthermore, it’s relatively easy to get to since it’s located in El Poblado on Avenida Poblado.
While Mercado Del Rio is larger and has a bigger choice of restaurants, Mercado Del Rio La Strada isn’t as loud and busy and also has a nice atmosphere.
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