Just a few years ago, San Fernando (including San Fernando Viejo) was mainly residential and relatively quiet, with the exception of the Parque del Perro area – an island of a dog park surrounded by restaurants and small bars. Now, the San Fernando neighbourhood is a charming mix of older residents and buildings, with new businesses.
While San Fernando comprises areas on both sides of la 5ta (“la quinta” – the main road that runs from the north to the south of the city), most of the action happens to the west. In addition to the bars and unique restaurants around Parque del Perro (everything from typical all-American burgers and wings, to plantain based meals and health food), you can now stumble upon unique boutique shops with surprising treasures. San Fernando is also home to some of the best cocktails you’ll find in Cali.
One of the best things about staying in San Fernando is that it’s central. With the obvious exceptions of extreme north and south locations, San Fernando really isn’t too far from any of the places you’re most likely to visit while in Cali.