Sabaneta might be a little far from the action of Medellin, but this working-class town just south of Envigado offers a safer environment and a lower cost of living than the city’s glitzier neighborhoods. It’s mostly flat, making it very walkable, but if you crave a hillier workout, you can venture to the trails of Reserva La Romera.
The center of Sabaneta is Parque Sabaneta, a leafy plaza with lots of street food vendors, restaurants, and the Iglesia de Santa Ana. Each Tuesday, thousands of Paisas make a pilgrimage to the church, asking for holy favors. Around the plaza you can buy massive buñuelos (fritters) at El Peregrino, eat steaks at El Viejo John, or order a three cheese thin crust at Pizza en Leña. At night, the bars around the square become the town’s nightlife center, especially Los Rieles Bar.
Dedicated coworking spaces are sparse here, but Meraki Coworking House offers private offices, board rooms by the hour, and rates from one day to one month. Alternatively, Sabaneta Municipal Public Library has strong WiFi and several coworking tables. You’ll also find both decent coffee and reliable WiFi at Café Zendaya Studio, and more outlets and spaces to work at Café Bosque Adentro.
Other worthwhile attractions here include the artsy cultural center, Casa de la Cultura la Barquereña, and Nostalgia Video Bar 60's and 70’s, for those that love dancing to the classics. La Octava Maravilla Mirador has the best view of any restaurant in town, and El Sombrero serves authentic Mexican dishes. Finally, for a farm-to-table dining experience, eat lunch at Restaurante Catalan.
Malavika is an India-based writer passionate about travel, wildlife, and the outdoors. Follow her travels @malavikab on Instagram.
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