Mercado Del Tranvía Envigado is a new gastronomic market in Medellín, which has a collection of about 25 restaurants and bars in a warehouse located near Parque Envigado in Envigado.
This food market opened in November 2018. And it has already become popular. Mercado Del Tranvía in Envigado has many small format restaurants with a big variety of cuisines available.
At this food 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.
Mercado Del Tranvía in Envigado 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. In addition, it can be a good place to take out-of-town guests.
More About Mercado Del Tranvía Envigado
Reportedly the owners who opened Mercado Del Tranvía in the Buenos Aries neighborhood of Medellín in 2017 were behind the development of Mercado Del Tranvía Envigado. Both are similar gastronomic markets but the new market in Envigado is larger.
Also, this new gastronomic market in Envigado was reportedly built using a high percentage of recycled materials. This is similar to the Mercado Del Tranvía in Buenos Aries.
There currently is a total of about 25 food and drink places at Mercado Del Tranvía in Envigado. Food options include Arabic, traditional Colombian, Greek, hamburgers, Italian, Mexican, Peruvian, pizza, sandwiches, seafood, steaks, sushi, wings and much more.
There are also a couple of bars, a coffee shop and desserts at several kiosks. And on the second floor there is a bar and much more space to sit with over 200 seats.
A few of the restaurants in this new food market can be found in other parts of the city. A couple names that can be found in other parts of the city include Mr. Pig and Peru Mix.
My Experience at Mercado Del Tranvía
I heard that a new gastronomic market in Envigado had opened late last year but I never went. And I was told about this food market again recently. So, I finally went to check it out.
I was impressed by the variety of restaurants and the size of this gastronomic market. And my impression is it’s best described as a larger version of Mercado Del Tranvía or a smaller version of Mercado Del Rio.
Gastronomic Mareket 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 Tranvía Envigado
The easiest way to get to Mercado Del Tranvía in Envigado is using the Medellín Metro. To get there take the Line A metro to the Envigado metro station.
Also, it’s located half a block from Parque Envigado, which is about a 15-minute walk from the metro station. Or you could take a bus from the metro station or a minimum fare taxi for 5,500 pesos.
And from Parque Envigado walk half a block to the right of the Iglesia de Santa Gertrudis church and you will find this new food market on the left side of the street.
In addition, any taxi or Uber driver in the city will know where Parque Envigado is located.
Address: Carrera 42 # 38Sur-60, Envigado
Phone: +57 301 791 6384
Hours: Monday to Wednesday: Noon to 9 pm; Thursday: Noon to 10 pm, Friday and Saturday: Noon to 11 pm; Sunday: Noon to 9 pm.
The Bottom Line – Mercado Del Tranvía Envigado
The Mercado Del Tranvía food market in Envigado has only been open since November 2018. And in that short time, it has already become a popular location for both lunch and dinner. And it’s even more popular on the weekends.
While Mercado Del Rio is larger and has a bigger choice of restaurants, the new Mercado Del Tranvía food market in Envigado isn’t as busy and also has a nice atmosphere.
Medellín now has six gastronomic markets and each has a nice selection of restaurants. Furthermore, these gastronomic markets in Medellín are very popular. So, it continues to be 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 March 13, 2019 to add Mercado Del Norte in Bello, the newest gastronomic market in the metro area.
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.