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Parque Lleras

Parque Lleras (In between Carrera 37A and 40/Calle 9 and 9A), El Poblado, Medellin

Medellin's Parque Lleras is the focal point of its nightlife. The tiny park may not look like much during the day but at night it comes alive with a mix of paisas from all over Medellin and beyond and tourists and backpackers from all over the world. At the parks' northeastern corner you'll spot the unmistakeable Charlee Lifestyle Hotel, where rooms start at $250 a night. But on the park's opposite southwestern end, you'll find a tiny litle empanada stand, Mi Habana, where you can get beers and the best empanadas in town, both for a dollar a piece ($2.000).

Parque Lleras thus encapsulates the essence of Medellin. While most of Medellin outside of El Poblado is economically marginal, the Poblado area and nearby Barrio Colombia, attract a mix of movers and shakers, lowlifes, and everything in between. Some will head to fancy clubs and get $100 bottle service, while others will split a $7 half-bottle of aguardiente or rum on the street with their friends. But all will have a good time.

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Parque Lleras has the best restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in the city. Tiger Paw, Lleras Park Hostal, and Casa Kiwi are particularly close if you're looking for good hostels to stay in.

For Sushi head to Sushi to Go, or right next to Juan Valdez, poke your head into Aloha for great Hawaian barbecue. There's also good American grill food at Cajun/Creole, and you can't go wrong with the empanadas, fried chicken, arepas, and papas criollas at Mi Habana.

If you're looking for a great spot to watch a football game, try Lleras Town, with its patio and big-screen tv.

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And if you're looking for Thai food, head to Thaico, right next to the Charlee Lifestyle Hotel, where every day from 12pm to 7pm, much of the menu is half price.

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