Vibrant, fresh, local and authentic—here are the 3 best farmers markets in Medellin to visit if you want a taste for Medellin, Colombia.
18 percent of the world’s birds
600 species of bees.
130,000 varieties of plants and orchids
Fair to say that biodiversity is one of Colombia’s strong suits.
With all that blooming, buzzing and cross-pollination going on, it’s no surprise that Colombia is also famed for its fresh produce. Even in the heart of Medellin, the country’s second largest city, it’s impossible to overlook Colombia’s obsession with fruit and veg of all shapes and sizes.
Every refrigerator in Colombia is brimming with vibrantly coloured tropical fruits, many of which are grown in Antioquia Department, Colombia’s fruit bowl, and sold through Medellin’s humming wholesale markets.
A fruit vendor and a crate runner at Plaza Minorista.
Never one to pass on a pineapple juice, and with a serious mango habit I have no intention of kicking (three years living in Southeast Asia will do that to you), I came to Medellin fully prepared to embrace fruit culture. But we haven’t had the best luck so far—our first market adventure left us with a bag of plantains (nope, those aren’t oversized bananas) to slice up on top of our breakfast porridge
Figuring we still had a thing or two to learn, when Medellin City Services invited us to join their Local Fruits and Market Places Tour for a guided look at three of the biggest and best produce markets in Medellin, we couldn’t say no.