Ultimate Guide of Restaurants in Medellin

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Medellin is a city brimming with culinary delights, and we’ve made it our mission to explore and savor its diverse food scene. This blog is a collection of our personal favorite restaurants in Medellin, each one selected after countless meals, memorable experiences, and delicious discoveries. It is a work in progress with constant updates.

 

Whether you’re a local looking for new spots to try or a visitor eager to taste the best of Medellin, our recommendations come straight from our hearts (and stomachs). Dive in and enjoy the gastronomic journey through the city’s vibrant restaurant landscape.

 

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Restaurants in Medellin: Colombian Food

Mondongo - Colombian Food - Restaurans in Medellin
Mondongo – Colombian Food
  • El Rancherito –  The highlight is La Bandeja Paisa, a traditional dish from Antioquia. This hearty platter includes beans, rice, ground meat, chorizo, fried egg, avocado, and plantain, representing the rich culinary heritage of the region. It’s a must-try for anyone wanting a true taste of Medellin.
  • Mondongos – Mondongos is a beloved traditional restaurant known for serving the best mondongo soup (tripe soup) in the city. This hearty dish is a must-try for anyone looking to experience authentic Colombian flavors. The rich, savory broth and tender tripe make it a standout choice.

For more on restaurants in Medellin focused on Colombian food, please read this blog.

 

Restaurants in Medellin: Fine Dining

Fine dining - El Cielo - Restaurants in Medellin

 

These restaurants provide not only exquisite meals but also a memorable dining experience. Perfect for special occasions or when you simply want to treat yourself to the best.

 

  • Carmen: Consider by many the best of all restaurants in Medellin, is renowned for its fusion of local Colombian flavors with international culinary techniques. Run by chef Carmen Angel and her husband Rob Pevitts, this dining establishment offers a sophisticated yet cozy atmosphere perfect for any occasion.At Carmen, guests have the option to explore the diverse à la carte menu or indulge in the tasting menu, which features a carefully curated selection of dishes that reflect the richness and diversity of Colombian cuisine. Each dish is a masterpiece, showcasing the finest local ingredients with a creative twist.
  • El Cielo: One of Medellín’s most internationally acclaimed restaurants, helmed by chef Juan Manuel Barrientos, known for his expertise in molecular gastronomy. Guests can choose between ordering from the regular menu or indulging in the tasting menu, which features up to 18 exquisite dishes. This restaurant offers intricately crafted dishes that blend Colombian culinary traditions with innovative techniques. For an exceptional fine-dining experience, El Cielo is the ideal choice.

For more on restaurants in Medellin focused on fine dining, please read this blog.

 

 

Restaurants in Medellin: Brunch Breakfast

Brunch in Laureles: Al Alma
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Start your day right with our favorite brunch and breakfast spots in Medellin. Whether you’re in the mood for a classic Colombian breakfast, a healthy smoothie bowl, or a hearty brunch, these eateries have something to satisfy every morning craving.

 

  • Pergamino – Pergamino is a perfect spot for breakfast lovers who appreciate a good cup of coffee. Here, you can enjoy a delicious breakfast while sipping on some of the best coffee in Medellin. The cozy atmosphere also makes it an ideal place to work or relax with friends.
  • Al Alma – Al Alma is renowned for its variety of bagels, all made from scratch. Whether you’re in the mood for a classic bagel with cream cheese or something more adventurous, Al Alma has you covered. Their commitment to quality and freshness sets them apart.
  • Crepes & Waffles – Although an american name, this is a Colombian brand and Colombians queue in order to get a table!. Their mission is to create employment to women who are the head of the family. Crepes & Waffles offers tasty and well-prepared food at a fair price. Known for its extensive menu featuring both savory and sweet crepes and waffles, this restaurant provides excellent value without compromising on flavor or quality.

For more on restaurants in Medellin focused on brunch in Laureles, please read this blog.

 

Restaurants in Medellin: Cheap Restaurants

Cheap Restaurants in Medellin
Cheap Restaurants in Medellin

The famous “Menu del día”, “Caserito”, “Corrientazo” or more glamourously “Ejecutivo” deserves a place in our list too! These type of restaurants are the most popular among locals and are known for serving food with the best calories-to-pesos ratio, a whole meal starting at around 14,000 COP (less than 4USD) usually including: the soup of the day (it’s common to have two options), one main dish with protein of your choice (beef, pork, chicken) and a home made drink (it’s common to have two options). We want to highlight our top choices for budget-friendly restaurants where you can enjoy delicious meals without breaking the bank. 

 

  • El Sol Naciente: The favorite choice of our tour guides in city centre. It’s right next to our meeting point for the free walking tour
  • El Juego Social in Manila – El Poblado. Right next to Blink Spanish School. They are one of those few places in El Poblado keeping the prices down-to-earth and affordable for Colombians, plus their soup are superb!
  • Govindas: Vegetarian, delicious and cheap. By far, the first vegeterian restuarant in Medellin, they’ve been around for around 3 decades and it’s part of the Harekrishna community in Medellin.

 

Restaurants in Medellin: Italian Restaurants

We’ve found our favorite Italian restaurants in the city, where you can savor authentic pasta, pizza, and other Italian classics. These restaurants bring a taste of Italy right to your plate.

 

  • Il Castello – Super conviniently located in the heart of El Poblado, yet quiet enough to set the right atmosphere for a great dinner and excellent wine.
  • Podestá – Owned by an Italian musician who was on a tour through Colombia about 40 years ago, fell in love with a Colombian and has been living here ever since. Sometimes he still plays the piano for his guests. It is slightly far from the busy Poblado (around 20mins away from El Poblado) but it is totally worth it and it’s great if you want to take your partner on a date.
  • La Putanesca – Located in the exclusive Amsterdam Mall in El Poblado, they have an excellent selection of spirits, and other liquors. Their rissottos are among the best you can find in the city.

 

Restaurants in Medellin: Burger Restaurants 

Restaurants in Medellin - Burgers
Restaurants in Medellin – Burgers

For those days when nothing but a juicy burger will do, we’ve rounded up our favorite burger restaurants in Medellin.

  • Chef Burger – Chef Burger is a local chain and you’ll see that locals queue to enter. It is famous for its Sailor Jerry burger, which features a BBQ sauce made with Sailor Jerry rum and is topped with a few drops of the same rum. This unique combination creates a flavorful and memorable burger experience.
  • Barrio Burger – Barrio Burger combines the essence of each neighborhood in Medellin with delicious gourmet burgers. Each burger is crafted to reflect the unique character and flavors of different areas, making it a culinary journey through the city.
  • Office Burger – This is a popular choice among locals, famous for participating in the yearly burger festival “Master Burger” and known for its casual vibe and delicious burgers. They offer a variety of burger options ranging from classic beef patties to creative vegetarian and vegan alternatives. They are located both in Laureles and El Poblado. This is one of those places loved by locals.

 

Restaurants in Medellin: Fast Food & Street Food

Restaurants in Medellin - Fast Food
Restaurants in Medellin – Fast Food

Enjoy delicious and convenient eats that capture the vibrant street food culture of the city.

  • Los Perritos – Los Perritos is a street food gem known for its cheesy Colombian hotdogs and burgers. When you buy a hotdog you get a green tocken, and a red one when you order a burger. You have to stay tunned with the display and you’ll get you order within minutes.  These hotdogs/burgers are loaded with generous amounts of cheese and there is a free bar with other tasty toppings, making them a favorite among locals and visitors alike. My favourite is the “Hamburgesa Especialisima” with lots of fresh onion and jalapeños! 
  • Las Perras de San Marcos – Las Perras de San Marcos offers the best and biggest hotdog spinoff, instead of a sausage it is packed with bacon and cheese. This indulgent street food option is perfect for those looking to satisfy their cravings with something hearty and delicious. It is very close to my favourite bar “Barrio Sur Cafe”
  • Arepepa – At Arepepa, you can taste the best arepas with a variety of toppings. These traditional Colombian corn cakes are transformed into delightful meals, offering both savory and sweet options to please any palate.

 

Restaurants in Medellin: Vegetarian/Vegan Restaurants

Restaurans in Medellin - Vegetarian Vegan
Restaurans in Medellin – Vegetarian Vegan

Medellin’s vegetarian and vegan scene is thriving, and we’ve picked our favorite spots that cater to plant-based diets.

 

  • Kaime – It offers a comprehensive menu suitable for breakfast, brunch, and dinner, all with vegan-friendly options. You’ll find a variety of dishes ranging from soups and veggie burgers to cauliflower wings and hummus. To end your meal on a sweet note, they offer baked goods like cakes, cookies, and doughnuts. Additionally, Kaime provides an extensive selection of beverages and liquors to complement your meal.
  • Salud Pan – Saludpan is both a restaurant and a store, offering a variety of healthy, fresh plant-based options made from locally sourced ingredients. Their menu features vegan and vegetarian choices, raw food, and gluten-free options. You can enjoy main dishes like soups, burgers, pizzas, and salads, along with desserts such as crepes, cakes, and bowls..
  • La Vida en Matt – This is a trendy restaurant in within Matelsa headquarters (a popular local clothing brand), celebrated for its eclectic ambiance and creative fusion of international and Colombian flavors. Offering a diverse menu that includes fresh salads, artisanal pizzas, succulent steaks, and innovative vegetarian and vegan options, there’s something for everyone. The restaurant also features an impressive selection of craft cocktails, fine wines, and refreshing beverages. .

For more on Restaurants in Medellin focused on Vegetarian and Vegan, please read this blog.

 

Restaurants in Medellin: Bakeries

There’s nothing like the aroma of freshly baked goods. Our favorite bakeries in Medellin offer a wide range of breads, pastries, and sweets that are perfect for any time of day. Indulge in some of the best baked delights the city has to offer.

 

  • La Miguería – La Migueria is celebrated for its bread au chocolat, which strikes the perfect balance between salty and sweet. With huge chunks of chocolate embedded in the bread, it’s a treat that bread and chocolate lovers can’t miss.
  • El Astor – El Astor is a traditional bakery known for its mandarin juice and moros. These pastries and fresh juice offer a delightful break in your day, showcasing the bakery’s dedication to quality and tradition.
  • Las Tres – 

 

Restaurants in Medellin: Ice Cream

Cool down with our top picks for ice cream in Medellin. These shops serve up creamy, delicious ice cream in a variety of flavors, from classic to exotic.

 

  • Amor Acuyá – Amor Acuyá is considered one of the best gelaterias in the world. Their standout flavor, Amor Acuyá, combines maracuya (passion fruit) and chocolate for a unique and delicious taste experience that ice cream aficionados will love.
  • Percimon – Percimón is the best frozen yogurt spot in Medellin, offering a wide range of fruit toppings. Their high-quality yogurt and extensive topping options make it a refreshing and healthy treat for any time of day.
  • Antonio’s Gelato & Cafe: In the residential neighborhood of San Marcos in Envigado you get this gem. Their icecream is one to remember, but they have a “wierd” system. You first have to pay inside and then you go out to the window to choose what you want. Still, totally worth it.