CALI - NEIGHBORHOODS
There are several different `Barrios` (neighborhoods) that make up northern Cali, some of which include the beautiful areas of Granada and Versalles. The north region of Cali is mostly an industrial area with quiet middle-class neighborhoods and other areas of interest including Menga, which is a popular nightlife destination. Santa Monica lies to the south of La Flora and is a beautiful area to stroll around brimming with shopping centers and 5-star hotels and some great dining options and popular bars including the MiKasa bar.
South from Santa Monica is the Versalles neighborhood filled with residential and office buildings. Versalles boasts La Avenida 6N (La Sexta) which runs through the neighborhood offering a host of restaurants, bars, and clubs with a happening nightlife scene. Granada is one of the best dining districts in the entire city, the area is overflowing with high-end restaurants, bars, and salsa dancing. There are Republican style mansions that line the boulevards in Granada which was owned by two very prominent families back in the day. Fancy boutiques, cafes and more are great to explore in Granada.
There are many areas to stay on the outskirts of Cali with plenty to offer. There are tons of restaurants serving delicious cuisine, coffee shops, cafes, bars, and clubs. Shopping is popular in the great boutiques and shopping malls. The neighborhoods are characterized by beautiful old colonial buildings and verdant open parks and historic churches. The outskirts provide some great hotels and other accommodations and give great access to the city center and all the attractions. The city of Cali and surrounding regions offer beautiful landscapes with mountains in the background, wide open plazas bustling with people, shopping and food and plenty of open green park spaces perfect for strolling around. The beautiful boulevards in the different barrios are brimming with ancient architecture and bursting with color and art.
Western Cali has some of the most attractive areas in the city, especially along the Cali River banks and in the beautiful parks. The region lies close to the mountain ranges and the Three Crosses hills which leads up the El Cristo statue. One of the biggest and most popular neighborhoods in west Cali is San Antonio, with a great location, colonial-style architecture, and a large park with spectacular views, this is a great place to stay. The artsy San Antonio barrio sits on top of a hill overlooking the city and boasts a bohemian atmosphere with colorful buildings that line the quaint cobblestone streets. Old houses here are now craft and antique shops, trendy restaurants, and cute coffee shops, the ancient San Antonio church sits in the center of town and the large San Antonio Park surrounds the area providing a great space for walking and people watching with many eating and drinking establishments found right outside of the park.
El Penon is an upscale neighborhood featuring high-end restaurants and luxury hotels as well great parks. The famous landmark of the River Cat, the large bronze statue of a cat that sits on the banks of the Cali River. El Penon Park is a popular gathering spot on Sundays when artists and musicians can be seen and heard. San Fernando is another area known for its dining, drinks, and dancing, it is popular with the students and busy on the nights and weekends.