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As with every major city, the variety and availability of good places to eat is enormous in Cali. Should you wish for a dining experience that you could get back in your home country, then head to the upper class neighborhoods of El Peñón and Granada. Otherwise, you are advised to do a little bit of hunting around for budget places. They spring up and close down routinely, but usually, within a couple of blocks of the ultra posh and expensive places, you can find restaurants that offer set meals and ridiculously low prices.

There are a string of budget vegetarian restaurants on Avenida 6 in the city center, just a couple blocks over from Calle 5, if coming from San Antonio. Plaza Alameda, where fresh seafood comes into Cali daily from the Pacific coast, is surrounded by cheap seafood restaurants that are only open for lunch, but which offer dishes like pescado de sancocho and cazuela at bargain prices.

Nightlife Overview

Known for its salsa dancing, Cali becomes alive at night. The major nightlife districts of Cali are just outside of the city limits, mostly due to the fact that they don’t have to close at the times stated by municipal laws.

After partying in the city a bit, many people head to either Menga or Juanchito to continue the rumba, both of which feature a long avenue lined with discos. Menga is located in the north, just past barrio Santa Monica and is considered more upscale. The city’s largest electronic and pop clubs are located here. Juanchito is where Cali’s salsa scene started and is located in the east. There are several large classic salsa clubs here including the legendary Chango.

Ask around for the most fashionable dancing spots, though you are sure to bump into salsa wherever you go. If you crave a more relaxed atmosphere—or need a night off from dancing—trendy lounges are springing up in Granada and Parque del Perro. Alternatively, check out the eclectic bars in the barrio San Antonio.

By Richard McColl
With over five years travelling and working in Latin America, Richard feels most at home here in the big Continent. From the former Scottish...
08 Feb 2012

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Palo Alto

Less chic than the surrounding places in Granada yet far from a dump, Palo Alto is where you come if you need a good coffee, a wrap or juice after...

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La Joroba de Camello

This joint above a jazz club is a place only a local would know. The Joroba de Camello (Camel’s Hump) is dark and moody with loud music, cold...

Cali, Colombia

Tin Tin Deo

Tin Tin Deo is routinely described as being one of the best places to go for salsa music and dancing in Cali. Come here to watch in awe as...

Cali, Colombia

El Habanero

As the name might suggest, spicy, hot and tingling are all sensations likely to be felt after a long night of salsa at El Habanero. Expect a...

Cali, Colombia


Often equipped with a live salsa band, Soneros has a different vibe from other salsa haunts, though it is hard to put your finger exactly on how....

Cali, Colombia

La Matraca

La Matraca is a salsoteca with a longstanding tradition of playing salsa dura, but also Cuban son and bolero. On Sundays, the place changes...

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Vinos del Río

Across from Los Gatos Park and the river is Vinos del Río, a nice wine store that offers free wine tasting with snacks. The wine is primarily...

Cali, Colombia

Arte Nativa

This cute tea house in Barrio Santa Rita prepares exclusive tea cocktails and delicious Mediterranean plates at a very reasonable price...

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Piccolo Pomodoro

A very cozy Italian eatery with pizza and pasta and all the desirable fixings, Piccolo Pomodoro aims to please, and does so effortlessly. All of...

Cali, Colombia

Restaurante Pizca Arte & Sabor

Up the hill of the ever-hip El Peñón is this trendy Mediterranean lunch and dinner spot. The place is rather artsy, with modern paintings, nice...

Cali, Colombia

Patio Valluca

This pleasantly decorated café and restaurant is one of the classier places to try authentic caleño cuisine. More of a dinner spot than a lunch...

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Petite France

his warm, cozy restaurant in El Peñón serves what is arguably the best French cuisine in Cali. The dishes at Petite France, which include crab...

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Always a good bet on weekends, Kukaramakara pumps salsa, rock and pop music from open to close. Don’t be surprised when locals start to dance on...

Cali, Colombia
La Casa Cafe

La Casa Cafe

The House Café is a coffee culture with a unique twist. Beverages are made ​​with coffee grown in Cajibio - Cauca. The flavors of coffee...

Cali, Colombia
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