Close to center
Located opposite El Poblado across the river and just south of the Laureles-Estadio District, Bélen is an increasingly popular option among foreigners in Medellín. The neighborhood is solidly middle-class and is popular particularly among young professionals. It is well connected to the rest of the city via public transport and has some safe areas. The area is definitely more walkable than El Poblado (less hills) and enjoys a good number of restaurants, shopping centers and stores. Best neighborhoods here are Loma de los Bernal and Los Alpes.