Mercado Del Rio La Strada is a 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 opened on July 13, 2018. And it has many small format restaurants with a big variety of cuisines available.
At this gastronomic market, 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.
This food 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 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 both of these Mercado Del Rio gastronomic markets.
The Food Options
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.
Some of the places in this food market 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.
Gastronomic Market Competition in Medellín and the Aburrá Valley
There are 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
Mercado Del Norte is the newest gastronomic market in the Medellín metro area that opened in January 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.
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 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.
This gastronomic market 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 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, the smaller Mercado Del Rio La Strada isn’t as loud and busy and also has a nice atmosphere.
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Editors note: updated on March 8, 2019 to add Mercado Del Tranvía Envigado.
Editors note: updated on March 14, 2019 to add Mercado Del Norte in Bello, which is the newest gastronomic market in the Aburrá Valley.
Editors note: updated on April 20, 2019 to add Mercado Del Parque in Laureles.