Guidelet: Cali: The travel guide

Mikasa Bar
a night,varies,just show up option
Located at Cll 26 Norte

If you want a party in Cali and are tired of Salsa music, just go to Mikasa. It's the perfect place to enjoy a night in great electronic tropical vibes. It's specially recommended if inhouse Dj's "Los Indajaus" are (literally) in the house.
La Central
a night,varies,just show up option
Located at Cra 9 # 10 -4

Do you enjoy non-mainstream electronic music ? If that's the case, then La Central is your best choice for a night out. A small place, makes you feel right at home with it's moody lightning and classic disco vibe. Best electronic place in Cali.
CALIWOOD Museo de la Cinematografía
a day,fixed price,just show up option
Located at Cra 9 # 10 -4

The late 60's and early 70's were a golden age for cinema in Cali. Caliwood is a museum that seeks to pay homage to that time and also teach us all stuff about this time. It's beautiful, and really educational. Also, they have audio guides in both English and Spanish, which is great if your Spanish isn't up to par yet.
Salerno Pizzeria
a lunch,dinner,varies,just show up option
Located at Cll 3 Oeste #3-35

The absolute best Calzone in the city. It's the best I've had in the whole world, and I've been to Italy. It's all in the sauce, it tastes like all your childhood dreams turning true. Great restaurant all around.
Teatro La Máscara
a night,varies,check option
Located at Cll 3 Oeste #3-35

La Máscara is a small theater, and along with a couple other theaters in the same neighborhood, home to the best that Cali has to offer in the dramatic arts. Don't let it's size fool you, the performances here are top notch, even if experimental at times.
Cerro de las Tres Cruces
a day,free,just show up option
Located at Cll 3 Oeste #3-35

This place is both beautiful and a challenge to your stamina. It's a great way to spend a morning, hiking to the top to find the 3 crosses looking back at you.
El Gato del Rio
a day,night,free,just show up option
Located at Av 4N Oeste

Also known as "El Gato de Tejada", it's a sculpture that stands in a particularly busy corner of the city. It is a must see place in Cali, specially because it's close to a lot of nightlife, so you can just meet up here and take off afterwards.
Bourbon Street
a night,varies,just show up option
Located at Av 9N 15A-15

This bar takes it's name from the New Orleans street, and like the city, it's a magical place. Simply put, the only New Orleans style pub in Cali. Great food. Great music. Great drinks and great company. Be on the lookout for when they have live music, usually fridays or saturdays.
Bar Martyn's
a night,varies,just show up option
Located at Av 6A N

Run by it's owner, Martyn's been a landmark in Cali for more than 30 years. If you're looking for a drink, there's no place like Martyn's, an Irish pub where alcohol really flows (mostly from the hands of it's owner, for free at times if you're lucky).
La Sanduchería del Escudo
a lunch,dinner,varies,just show up option
Located at Calle 4 Oeste # 3-46

Beautiful, delicious food in the form of amazins shrimp Sandwiches and Blue Cheese Burguers. It's one of those places that just make your tastebuds go crazy.
El Faro Pizza - Bar
a night,varies,just show up option
Located at K 66 #11-18

A rock bar with some of the best pizzas in town. Perfect place to enjoy a rather chill evening with great food.
La Topa Tolondra
a night,varies,just show up option
Located at Clle 5

This is THE place to go salsa dancing. It's small, intimate and there's always some amazing dancers around who can teach you some moves if you're up for it.
La Joroba Del Camello
a dinner,night,varies,just show up option
Located at Av 4 A Oeste # 1 - 65

La Joroba is a beautiful place. With an honest vintage interior, and an amazing italian cuisine, it's a great place to spend any evening.
Kukaramakara
a night,varies,just show up option
Located at Av 4 A Oeste # 1 - 65

Great place for mixed music nightlife, while not being a full club. They also have an in-house band that's really great.
Ventolini
a lunch,dinner,varies,just show up option
Located at CL 9

Started out as an ice cream place, now Ventolini is a fully fledged restaurant. With mixed, but always awesome cuisine, with a tendency towards italian food. The lasagna is specially amazing, and of course, the desserts.
La Hija del Canastero
a lunch,dinner,varies,just show up option
Located at Calle 15b

One amazing mexican restaurant in Cali. There's nothing wrong here, the place is great, decoration is beautiful and the food is just delicious. If you have a craving for some mexican food and margaritas, you can't go wrong with La Hija del Canastero.
Garden Lounge
a dinner,night,varies,just show up option
Located at Calle San Joaquin # Carrera 15 2-100, Cali, Valle Del Cauca

As it's name suggests, it's a lounge place, with electronic music. Great cocktails and food.
La Estacion Food & Pub
a dinner,night,varies,just show up option
Located at avenidad 9n 20n

La Estación has one of a kind burgers, mixed with some great cocktails and music. Really great when there's live music going on.
Route 66 Rock Food
a dinner,night,varies,just show up option
Located at Cra 66 # 11-60

Named after the iconic Route 66 in the US, this rock bar brings great food to the table, along with great live music acts. Nice for a calm night out when you're tired of Salsa.
Absenta Bar
a night,varies,just show up option
Located at El Peñon

Cocktails with Absinthe ! What could go wrong ? That's the main attraction here, a nice chill place with great cocktails.
Lolas
a night,varies,just show up option
Located at El Peñon

If you're in the mood for some clubbing, Lolas is one of the places you have to check out.
Rumbavana
a night,varies,just show up option
Located at El Peñon

Salsa. That's the description. Just salsa, all night and great dancers all around. It's become a bit of a meetup for foreigners as well.
Punto Baré Salsa Club
a night,varies,just show up option
Located at Calle 5 # 13 15

As Salsa Clubs come, Punto Baré is one of a kind. It's more of a "sit and listen" kind of place, but if you're in the mood for dancing, nobody will stop you.
el rincon de hebert
a night,very cheap,just show up option
Located at Av Roosvelt

It's a party in the middle of the street ! Don Hebert is one of the oldest salsa buffs in town, and he opens his house up to put some great music and sell some beer every weekend.
Crepes & Waffles
a lunch,dinner,varies,just show up option
Located at Av 6AN 24A-70

Crepes & Waffles is one of those restaurants that you just have to meet. Great food, affordable prices and amazing deserts.
Leños Y Carbon
a lunch,dinner,varies,just show up option
Located at Av 6AN 24A-70

It's one of the best meat places around, selling high quality beef, chicken or pork cuts in a lot of places around town.
Simón Parrilla
a lunch,dinner,varies,just show up option
Located at Av 6N con 44N, antiguo Maria Mentira

It's a bbq place with family activities as well, so if you're in the mood for some great food and space to run around, this is it.
Pizza al Paso
a dinner,night,varies,just show up option
Located at Av 6 N #38N 28

It's an artsy place that also sells nice pizza and other italian dishes. It usually has live music shows, which are always fun. The calzone is specially good.
D'Toluca
a dinner,night,varies,just show up option
Located at Calle 17N #8N-34

Mexican food and humongous margaritas ? Yes please. That's what D'Toluca is.
La Spaghetteria
a dinner option
Located at Calle 16 No. 103 - 10 local 4 - Ciudad Jardín - Cali

A small italian restaurant with some great food. Chef is also the owner, and takes care of each customer as if they were family.
Tortelli El Peñon
a lunch,dinner,varies,just show up option
Located at Cll 3 Oeste con Cra 3

One of the fancier italian restaurants in Cali, great food with a fun way to pick between pasta types.
El Arca
a lunch,dinner,varies,just show up option
Located at Cll 3 Oeste con Cra 3

A really typical restaurant that serves plantain with any mix of stuff on top of it. It's delicious, specially if you've never had plantain before.
Clowns Deli
a dinner,varies,just show up option
Located at Cll 3 Oeste con Cra 3

Clowns is a restaurant with some delicious wraps, made up of a... well, a lot of stuff. It's a mix of things that ends up being really great. Just try it. Also, they make some great juices, mixing different fruit.
Monchis
a dinner,varies,just show up option
Located at Cll 3 Oeste con Cra 3

Ribs ! The best ribs in town, they're huge, and delicious. You can't go wrong with Monchis.
Antigua Contemporanea
a dinner,night,varies,must schedule option
Located at Calle 2

One of the nicest restaurants around the San Antonio area. Great food, great service and great place, but it's a bit expensive, so only make a reservation if you have some extra money lying around.
La Pizzeria Estelar
a dinner,varies,just show up option
Located at Terraza Hotel Intercontinental

This is the best pizza restaurant in town, and I call it a restaurant, because it's not just a pizza joint. It's fancy, but delicious.
Molle Pizza
a dinner,varies,just show up option
Located at Av 9 AN 15BN 51

Cheap, amazing pizza. And they give you these little round garlic breads that taste like heaven.
Platillos Voladores
a dinner,varies,must schedule option
Located at Av. 3 Norte #7-19

A nice restaurant with a great chef. It's one of the more expensive places in this guide, so go if you plan to spend some money on a nice, memorable meal.
Restaurante Carambolo
a dinner,varies,must schedule option
Located at Calle 14N # 9N - 18 Barrio Granada

Carambolo has prices that stand on the brink of being expensive, but still, it's a great meal in a beautiful place.
Teatro Magico Del Sabor
a dinner,night,varies option
Located at Calle 14N # 9N - 18 Barrio Granada

A meal ? A show ? Why not both ? That's what this place is, and it's amazing.
Primo's
a lunch,dinner,varies,just show up option
Located at Cra 34 # 3-112

Primo's is burgers made art. Just, delicious, amazing burgers.
Il Forno
a lunch,dinner,varies,just show up option
Located at Av Roosevelt

Il Forno is one of the best italian places around, and it's also pretty affordable. Try the stuffed mushroom entree, it's awesome.
Museo de Arte Moderno la Tertulia
a day,free,varies,check option
Located at Avenida Colombia

This is Cali's modern art museum. It has a static collection, and a changing gallery. They also have a cinema place where they project interesting films most of the time.
Biblioteca Departamental Jorge Garcés Borrero
a day,free,just show up option
Located at Calle 5

This is Cali's main library. It holds a beautiful collection of the city's history, and there's almost always a cultural event going on.
Teatro Jorge Isaacs
a night,varies,check,must schedule option
Located at Cra 3 # 12-28

A beautiful city in downtown. If you catch a show there, it's a must see.
Cali Teatro
a dinner,varies,check option
Located at Cra 12 # 4-51

An indie theatre in the nice San Antonio neighborhood. They have mind provoking shows, so go if you want to experiment a bit.
Teatro al aire libre
a day,night,free,check option
Located at Cll 5

It is an outdoors theatre, where there's usually free concerts or other kind of free shows. Great view, and it's free, so why not go check it out ?
Now hotel
a dinner,night,varies,check,must schedule option
Located at Av. 9a Norte # 10-74

It's a fancy hotel, but also a bar and a restaurant. I don't expect you to stay there, but the drinks and food are great.
Hotel Spiwak Chipichape Cali
a day,night,varies,check,must schedule option
Located at Av 6D 36N-18

This hotel is a nice architectonic presence in the city, and they usually hold events in it's main salon.
Hotel Intercontinental Cali
a lunch,dinner,varies,just show up option
Located at Av Colombia No. 2-72.

This hotel has some great restaurants that have free access, including one of the best pizza places in town.
Hotel Dann Carlton
a day,night,varies,check option
Located at Cr 2

This hotel has one of the nicest salons in Cali, and they usually hold events there. If you're lucky enough to land on one of the free ones, it's worth a day.
Ciudadela Comercial Unicentro Cali
a day,night,varies,just show up option
Located at Cra 100 # 5 - 169

Unicentro is one of the oldest malls in Cali, but it's also one of the nicest ones. They even adopt stray cats and made a habitat for them !
Centro Comercial Cosmocentro
a day,night,varies,just show up option
Located at Cll 5 50-103

Cosmocentro is really just another mall, but it does have the biggest department store in town, La 14, so it's worth a look if you have the time.
Centro Comercial Chipichape
a day,night,varies,just show up option
Located at Cll 38N # 6N - 35

Chipichape is the biggest mall in Cali, with a lot of stores. It's really just for shopping.
Sushi Green
a lunch,dinner,varies,just show up option
Located at C.C. Unicentro

Best sushi place in town. I'm not kidding, it's amazing. Everything is delicious. Just go, it's worth it.
Fusion Wok
a dinner,varies,just show up option
Located at Cr 105 15b-45

Fusion Wok is a really good asian restaurant. If you're in the mood for asian food, and something that isn't sushi, then this is your place to go.
Cafe Del Sol (Ciudad Jardin)
a dinner,varies,just show up option
Located at Cr 105 15b-45

This place has an "All you can eat" sushi day. It's a great day, specially if you can eat a LOT of sushi like me.
Centro Comercial Palmetto Plaza
a day,night,varies,just show up option
Located at Cll 9 # 48 - 51

Another one of the malls, this one is particularly interesting because it has a really active night life plaza.
Único Centro Comercial Outlet
a day,varies,just show up option
Located at Cl 52

It's a mall that only has outlets. It's really cheap to shop here.
La Ermita
a day,night,free,just show up option
Located at Calle 13

It's the most beautiful Cathedral in Cali. You have to go and take a look at it, it's breathtaking.
Cristo Rey
a day,just show up option
Located at Cristo Rey

It's a monument to Christ. While not as big as El Corcovado in Rio, it's still one of Cali's most important architectonic structures.
Parque del Perro
a dinner,night,varies,just show up option
Located at cl 3ª cr 36

Around the statue of a dog stands this park, that has become one of Cali's nightlife spots. There's restaurants and bars all around.
Bulevar del Río
a day,night,free,just show up option
Located at cl 3ª cr 36

This is a relatively new spot in town. It spans across a couple of blocks and has brought commercial life to an otherwise not so attractive location. During Christmas, it's brightly illuminated and beautiful.
Restaurante Mansión del Río
a dinner,varies,must schedule option
Located at Ave 2n # 2N-22

Easily, Cali's fanciest restaurant. The food, drinks and service are all great, but it's not cheap.
Patio valluno
a lunch,dinner,varies,just show up option
Located at Calle 2 oeste # 1-07

A place for regional food. Every dish is local cuisine, and it's delicious.
Chorro De Plata
a day,free,just show up option
Located at Calle 2 oeste # 1-07

It's this small town just outside Cali. Crossed by a river and a big forest, it's one of the best places for nature lovers around the city.
Canchas Panamericanas
a day,very cheap,just show up option
Located at Calle 9 con Cholados (Cra 37)

It's the place for Cholado inside the city. A Cholado is a cold dessert made out of chipped ice with lots of fruit. If you're in Cali, you need to have a Cholado.
Parque Del Cholado
a day,very cheap,just show up option
Located at Calle 9 con Cholados (Cra 37)

This park is in Jamundí, a small town near Cali and it's the BEST place for Cholado's in the world.
Plaza de toros Canaveralejo
a day,night,varies,check,must schedule option
Located at Calle 9 con Cholados (Cra 37)

This is Cali's Bull Fighting arena. If you're into that, then you can check that out. If you're not (like me), it's also a place for concerts and other cultural activities.
Centenario Centro Comercial
a day,night,just show up option
Located at Av 4N # 7N - 46

One of the nicest looking malls in Cali. It also has a nice Movie theatre that plays some indie movies once in a while.
Tin Tin Deo
a night,varies,just show up option
Located at Cll 5ta 38-71

One of Cali's iconic Salsa clubs, with more than 15 years in the business.
Rio Pance - La Vorágine
a day,free,just show up option
Located at Cll 5ta 38-71

This is one of Cali's biggest rivers, and it's also a hub for sunday activity. Go for a quick swim here and then have some lunch by the riverside.
Zoológico de Cali
a day,fixed price,just show up option
Located at Cra 2 Oe

It's Cali's zoo ! It has lots of tropical animals and some Savanah ones as well, like a couple tigers and a lion. Of course, no cold weather animals unfortunately.
Museo de La Caña
a day,fixed price,check option
Located at Hacienda Piedechinche, 42 Km de Cali, 6 km Hacienda el Paraíso

A museum near Cali that show's how the "Caña de Azucar" has helped build the whole region.
Zaperoco Bar
a night,varies,just show up option
Located at Av 5 AN 16 -46

This is a special kind of salsa club. It's small, but everything feels so familiar and they also have live Salsa bands once a week.
Acuaparque de la Caña
a day,varies,just show up option
Located at Cra 8 #39-40

Really fun waterpark. On really hot days, it just hits the spot.
Estadio Olímpico Pascual Guerrero
a day,varies,check option
Located at Cr 36

It's Cali's Football Stadium, recently renovated. If you can check out a football game here, it's worth it. Just don't go to the north or south side, since that's where the really hardcore fans go.
Plazoleta de San Francisco
a day,free,just show up option
Located at Carrera 6

A plaza in downtown, it's usually bustling with activity at daytime, filled with birds of different species.
Favela Club
a night,varies,just show up option
Located at Callejon Indupan

One of the best clubs that's opened in Cali lately. Features all kinds of music.
Plaza de Caicedo
a day,free,just show up option
Located at Callejon Indupan

The geographic heart of the city, this plaza is always full of activity, and has huge historic value.
Museo Del Oro Calima
a day,varies,just show up option
Located at Calle 7 # 4-69

Once, indigenous tribes lived in Colombia and they worked gold really well. This is a museum filled with artwork from that time.
Museo Arqueológico La Merced
a day,varies,just show up option
Located at Carrera 4 # 6 - 59

This is an archeological museum in downtown. It's right next to a really beautiful church and features exhibitions from findings in the Cali area.
La Casa del Pandeyuca
a day,lunch,dinner,varies,just show up option
Located at Av Roosevelt 27 28

An emblematic bakery in Cali, it has the best "Pandeyuca" around and also one delicious oatmeal smoothie.
Carpa Delirio
a night,varies,check,must schedule option
Located at Av Roosevelt 27 28

The best salsa show in the world has it's main stage in Cali. Has only one show, the last friday of each month, so if you happen to be in town, don't miss it.
Zaguán de San Antonio
a lunch,dinner,varies,just show up option
Located at Carrera 12 N 1-29

One of the best typical restaurants in town, come here to have the most delicious local dishes around.
El Portón de Melendez
a lunch,dinner,varies,just show up option
Located at Carrera 56 # 2-134

Another typical restaurant. Local food is just that great.
La Barra
a lunch,dinner,varies,just show up option
Located at Carrera 66 # 12-06

It's one of the most iconic restaurants in town, featuring food from all over the country.
Pica Restaurante
a lunch,dinner,varies,just show up option
Located at Cll 4 oeste 3A-32

This is a delicious restaurant that features food from our continental southern neighboors, Perú.
Macondo Postres Y Café
a dinner,night,varies,just show up option
Located at Cra 6

A cozy little place in San Antonio that serves the best coffee based drinks and desserts in town.
Changó Discoteca
a night,varies,just show up option
Located at Cra 6

Located in Juanchito, a town close to Cali famous for it's nightlife. Changó is the best club in said town.
Iglesia de San Francisco
a day,free,just show up option
Located at Carrera 6

A church in the San Francisco Plaza, it's one of the oldest in Cali and shows some beautiful architecture from colonial times.
Colina de San Antonio
a day,night,free,just show up option
Located at Cll 2 con carrera 6

A small hill in the beautiful neighborhood of San Antonio. on top of it, stands the Church of San Antonio.
CHORIZOS DEL INGENIO
a lunch,dinner,very cheap,just show up option
Located at Cll 2 con carrera 6

This is a local favorite. Don't let their street look fool you, these are the best chorizos in town.
Tardes Caleñas
a lunch,dinner,varies,just show up option
Located at Cll 2 con carrera 6

It's an iconic restaurant and bar that usually features live shows of many kinds. The food is great.
Casa De La Cerveza
a dinner,night,varies,just show up option
Located at Cll 2 con carrera 6

It's a big bar and restaurant in the southern portion of the city. It usually has live shows in the evening.
Rodizio Rio D'Enero
a lunch,dinner,varies,just show up option
Located at Avenida 9AN 16-49

A Rodizio is a Brazilian food show that basically consists of feeding you tons of different meat. It's amazing.
El club del clan
a night,varies,just show up option
Located at Ave Las Américas #18N-17

It's a place for old music. Honest retro style, and I mean honest because it's been the same for 30 years or so.
Patio Santo
a lunch,dinner,varies,just show up option
Located at Av Cañasgordas

This restaurant has one of the most beautiful decorations around. The food is also quite good, although not cheap.
Centro Comercial Premier Limonar
a day,night,varies,just show up option
Located at Cll 5 69 - 03

Another one of Cali's malls. It features the best movie theatres in town.
Mister Wings
a lunch,dinner,varies,just show up option
Located at Cr 105 Calle 14

It's a place for wings and other kind of USA style food. Really tasty.
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