Parque Sabaneta is arguably the nicest city park/plaza in the Medellín metro area. And Parque Sabaneta is worth visiting particularly during the Christmas season. In addition, Sabaneta is one of the fastest growing neighborhoods in the Medellín metropolitan area.
Sabaneta is a separate municipality located directly south of Envigado. And Envigado is south of El Poblado. Sabaneta is one of 10 separate municipalities in the Aburrá Valley also known as the Medellín metropolitan area by many foreigners.
The daily life in Sabaneta is typically centered around Parque Sabaneta, which is a one square block plaza that is filled with trees for shade. In addition, this park is surrounded by several small restaurants, bars and shops.
This city park in Sabaneta definitely comes alive on the weekends with many people and families from around the Medellín metro area visiting the park.
Along the streets near the park on the weekends you’ll find many stands selling typical Colombian street food and arts and crafts.
Parque Sabaneta is considered by locals to be a convenient place in Sabaneta to meet up with friends. In addition, this park is considered to be the epicenter of public events in Sabaneta. Outdoor concerts are sometimes held on the street nearby.
I have been living in Sabaneta for nearly three years. And Sabaneta is becoming increasingly popular with foreigners. I now hear English several times each month in Sabaneta. When I first started living in Sabaneta, I rarely heard any English.
What is Near Parque Sabaneta?
Next to the park you will find the Markepaisa grocery store that has prices which are typically a bit lower than Exito for many items. Markepaisa also conveniently offers domicilio (home delivery) services.
Also next to the park and Markepaisa is a food court with several fast food places you will typically find in the malls in Medellín including Frisby, Qbano and Subway.
In addition, in the same area near the park and Markepaisais is a small Ferris wheel and some other attractions for children.
About a five-minute walk from the park is Aves Maria mall. This shopping mall has an Exito, Cinemas Procinal movie theater, gymnasium, several banks and several shops. It’s a relatively small mall that has some vacancies due to the much larger and more popular Mayorca Mega Plaza mall located in northern Sabaneta.
The Church at Parque Sabaneta
Iglesia de Santa Ana is a notable and historic Roman Catholic church located at Parque Sabaneta, which is worth seeing. There are many pieces of religious artwork to be found throughout this church including many beautiful stained-glass windows.
This church is particularly popular on Tuesday each week when thousands of devotees from across the Medellín metro area flock to this church. And to the right of the church you can find some stores selling religious memorabilia.
We previously wrote about Iglesia de Santa Ana, which is one of many beautiful churches in the Medellín metro area.
Parque Sabaneta at Christmas
There is a Christmas lights display in Parque Sabaneta each year. And families from around the metro area come to Parque Sabaneta during this time of year. Last weekend I went to the park and it was full of people.
This year on the road next to the park they have lights strung above the road and booths are set up selling many types of arts and crafts.
Good Food Near Parque Sabaneta
Around Parque Sabaneta there are many food carts selling Colombian street food and there are many nearby restaurants. Furthermore, many of the restaurants in the area sell traditional Colombian food.
There are several restaurants located in a pedestrian food alley to the right of the church at the park. And within a few blocks of the park beyond the traditional Colombian food restaurants you can also find Italian, Mexican, steak and pizza restaurants.
Next to the park to the right of the church is the El Peregrino restaurant that is famous for its Buñuelos. This place makes normal size Buñuelos as well some giant Buñuelos that are more watermelon size.
Five of my favorite restaurants near the park in Sabaneta are:
- El Sombrero – authentic and very good Mexican food
- Mama Santa Parrillada – good steaks located a six-minute walk from the park
- Picnic – Italian food with good Lasagna
- Pizza en Leña – very good brick oven cooked thin-crust pizzas
- Restaurante El Viejo John – good traditional Colombian food
I have eaten at all five of these restaurants many times and the food is consistently good. All five restaurants are located within a few blocks from the park. Addresses of these three restaurants are as follows:
- El Sombrero: Carrera 43C # 66Sur-27, Sabaneta, +57 4 301 9182
- Mama Santa Parrillada: Calle 72 Sur # 46D-56, Sabaneta, +57 311 719 1298
- Picnic: Carrera 45 # 67 Sur-92, Sabaneta, +57 4 301 9315
- Pizza en Leña: Carrera 44 cl # 70 Sur-32, +57 4 611 9569
- Restaurante El Viejo John: Carrera 45 # 70 Sur-42, Sabaneta, +57 4 288 7022
Locations of the restaurants
How to Get to Parque Sabaneta
An easy way to get to Parque Sabaneta is to take the Medellín metro Line A south to the Sabaneta metro station. And the Sabeneta station is only about 10 minutes from the Poblado metro station.
Parque Sabaneta is located about a 10-minute walk east from the Sabaneta station. In addition, there are many people walking on the streets to/from the metro station. So, it’s relatively safe during the day and even after dark – but not too late.
Also, there are frequent and inexpensive metro buses that use Civica cards that currently cost only 2,000 pesos, which run from the Sabaneta metro station to and from the park. Most noteworthy, these buses don’t drop you at the park, they drop you about a block from the park. And the integrated fare including both the metro train and Sabaneta metro bus is only 2,560 pesos.
In addition, there is a taxi stand at the Sabaneta metro station, which normally has taxis available. Furthermore, any taxi or Uber driver in Medellín will know where Parque Sabaneta is located. It’s also normally pretty easy to catch a taxi at the park.
Location of Parque Sabaneta
Parque and Plazas in Medellín
On the Medellin Guru website, we have looked at nine different parks and plazas in the Medellín and Aburra Valley area:
- Parque Lleras – the top nightlife district in Medellín
- Parque Sabaneta – arguably the nicest park in the Medelllín metro area
- Piedras Blancas – an ecological park near Medellín worth visiting
- Plaza Botero – a popular outdoor plaza with 23 sculptures by Fernando Botero
- Plaza Cisneros – Parque de las Luces, Medellín’s Park of Lights in El Centro
- Jardín Botánico – the popular Medellín botanical gardens
- Plaza San Antonio – a large plaza with four Fernando Botero sculptures and sometime has concerts
- Cerro el Volado – a huge park with incredible views of Medellín
- Cerro Pan de Azucar – a park with amazing views of Medellín
The Bottom Line: Parque Sabaneta
Parque Sabaneta is one of the most popular parks in the Medellín area. And locals from around Medellín come to this park in Sabaneta, particularly on the weekends and on holidays.
Many local Colombians I have talked to prefer Parque Sabaneta to Parque Lleras. Parque Lleras in El Pobaldo is seen to cater too much to foreigners. Parque Lleras is filled with restaurants, hotels, bars and clubs. And most of these places are expensive, pretentious and considered to be non-Colombian.
In comparison, Parque Sabaneta is surrounded by Colombian-style bars and fondas as well as many restaurants with local Colombian food. So, this park in Sabaneta is more of an authentic Colombian experience.
Furthermore, Parque Llleras has been experiencing problems with drugs and prostitution resulting in an increased police presence. You won’t find those problems in the more family-oriented Parque Sabaneta.
I live about a 10-minute walk from Parque Sabaneta and I go there frequently to have lunch in one of the nearby restaurants. In addition, I sometimes meet other expats for a drink at the park in the evening. It’s a good place to sit and have a beer and people watch.
The bottom line is that Parque Sabaneta is expected to remain a very popular park. And the weekend before Christmas, this park will be even more popular and is expected to be packed with people, as it was the past weekend.
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Editors note: updated on April 3, 2018 with new metro bus fares.