Where to eat in Medellín: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

There are so many options for food in Medellín. Where to eat in Medellín: breakfast, lunch, and dinner will give you the highlights to ensure you eat well while in this great Colombian city.

But before we dig into all the great restaurants in the city, there are a few things you should know.

Bandeja Paisa

Paisa is a term used for the people from the Antioquia region of Colombia. Bandeja Paisa is a traditional meal served in this region and it is quite the meal. In fact, it is an entire platter of food! It includes beans, rice, shredded ground beef, chicharron, chorizo, fried egg, plantain, avocado, and an arepa.

Bandeja Paise is a must try when in the region.

Menú del Día

Lunch is the time to look for this special set menu – it is often both very budget friendly and delicious. You’ll typically get a fresh juice, appetizer (often soup), main dish, and sometimes a small desert for anywhere from 7,000 COP – 15,000 COP (7-15 mil pesos). I’ll usually add a coffee on at the end of my meal and it ends up being around $5 USD.

Exotic Fruits

Colombia has an amazing variety of fruits that you must try while visiting.  If you are ready to start exploring the exotic fruits of Colombia we have all the details about all the fruits you must try in our blog, Exploring the Exotic Fruits of Colombia.

Where to eat in Medellín: Breakfast and Brunch

Where to eat in Medellín: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Al Alma

When I go to Medellín, Al Alma is my first stop for brunch. There are multiple locations and it always seems like they are expanding to new parts of the city, so it’s easy to find a location nearby. There are so many options here, but one of my favorites is the Croissant with egg and avocado. It has a spicy mayonnaise and its absolutely delicious!

A delicious brunch at Al Alma – a cappuccino and the croissant sandwich with eggs, avocado, and chipotle mayo is amazing (huevos y aguacate)!

Betty’s Bowls

Betty’s Bowls is a popular spot located in El Poblado. They offer smoothies, bowls, and toasts along with juices and coffee. It’s a great spot to start your day.

Enjoying breakfast at Betty’s Bowls.

Where to eat in Medellín: Lunch

Where to eat in Medellín: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Achiote Bistro

Achiote Bistro is my favorite place in Medellín for getting the Menú del Día. The food is so good. I can’t recommend Achiote Bistro enough! They always have something new and are happy to accommodate vegetarians and vegans. They make amazing bread, seriously, get a loaf to go! And while the people in Medellín are all pretty nice, the people at Achiote are definitely some of the nicest. I just love everything about this place and when I’m in Medellín, I go multiple times a week it’s that good.

The Menú del Día at Achiote Bistro

Mundo Verde

Mundo Verde offers juices, salads, bowls, wraps and many other items. The menu online is so beautiful it makes it both easy and difficult to decide what you want. It also makes for a great option for Rappi!

Rappi – No introduction to where to eat in Medellín would be complete without an introduction to Rappi. Rappi is an amazing delivery service for food, groceries, and errands. If you use Rappi in Colombia, be prepared to miss it when you get back home. Basically, Rappi will pick up and deliver almost anything for you for what I consider a small fee and tip. They will even run errands for you. Once we bought coffee from one of our favorite local coffee shops but forgot to get it ground. The next morning when we realized our mistake, Rappi came to our rescue – picking up our coffee, taking it to get ground, and bringing it back.

Mercado del Rio

Mercado del Rio is one of those popular giant food-court type places with tons of restaurant options. I went with a small group after hiking Cerro de las Tres Cruces, which you can learn more about in my post introducing Medellín, and it was a great way for everything to get something they wanted.

Restaurante IN SITU

Restaurante IN SITU is located in the Botanical Gardens, Jardín Botánico de Medellín. If you are visiting the Gardens, this is a great place to enjoy lunch. You might even get lucky like we did and see some wildlife while you are eating!

Lunch at Restaurante IN SITU

Where to eat in Medellín: Afternoon Snack

Where to eat in Medellín: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

BBM – Boutique Buena Mesa

If you’ve had a busy day and are looking for an afternoon of cheese, crackers, and wine, BBM – Boutique Buena Mesa is the place. They have so many great options, you can always find something great!

An afternoon at BBM – Boutique Buena Mesa

Ceres Organic Market and

Ceres Organic Market is one my favorite finds and I visit it frequently when in Medellín. Here you’ll find both the Market and a little restaurant. The atmosphere here is wonderful. It’s a big open space with plants growing everywhere. I like to buy a kombucha from the market and just sit at the counter and relax.

One of my favorite places to stop to take a break and grab a snack – Ceres Organic Market

Where to eat in Medellín: Dinner

Where to eat in Medellín: breakfast, lunch, and dinner


Alambique is another one of those places I always look forward to vising while in Medellín. They have a really creative and delicious drink menu. Two of my favorite drinks are the Aurora Boreal with kiwi and the Fresh Cucumber which is cool and refreshing (both pictured below). The food can almost be described as fancy-ish comfort food. It’s really good and filling with things like plantains cooked in Jack Daniels, gooey cheese, and butter. Alambique is located in El Poblado, but it’s a little tricky to find. All you need to do to enjoy an evening here is look for the little blue door and climb the fun staircase.

Drinks at Alambique – Aurora Boreal (green) and the Fresh Cucumber (pink)! Aren’t they beautiful? And they are just as delicious!

Calle Jardín

Calle Jardín is a fun area located in Envigado with multiple food and drink options. One spot I’ve never actually gone, but I find so interesting being from the United States, is the 1950s style diner!

La Causa

You can find a lot of Peruvian style food with a Japanese, influence, or Nikkei, in Medellín. It is a fantastic combination and La Causa is the spot for it. Here, you will find sushi, sashimi, ceviche, and of course, Pisco Sours! It is a great spot for a few people or an entire group. And while you are there, check out the super cool menus! They’re so fun, I even take them as souvenirs!

Pisco Sours before dinner at La Causa


Oci. Mde is a busy dinner spot located in El Poblado. I really enjoyed my entire meal and thought it was worth paying above the average prices you’ll find for dinner out in Medellín. Be sure to make a reservation, it is a popular place!

Dinner at Oci. Mde

El Cielo & Carmen

I haven’t actually eaten at El Cielo or Carmen but they are on my list when I return. If you are looking for great places to eat in Medellín these two places will come up again and again. I think the prices are what have kept me away. Something strange happens when you’ve been in Colombia for a bit, prices I would be willing to pay at home in the United States, suddenly seem crazy compared to everything else in the country! However, I know so many people who say both of these places are worth it!

Where to eat in Medellín: Dessert

Where to eat in Medellín: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Crepes and Waffles

Crepes and Waffles – as a popular Colombian chain restaurant, I was set on avoiding this restaurant. Luckily, a friend insisted I go, and I’ve never looked back! I can’t recommend the food, but the desert is fantastic – make sure you ask for the dessert menu – it is a book! My favorite thing is the Alicante, a delicious mixture of almond ice cream with spongecake, amaretto, and Chantilly cream.

Where to eat in Medellín: Coffee

Colombia is known for its coffee, but that doesn’t mean you’ll always be able to find a great cup of the stuff. In fact, a majority of the really good beans are exported. You’ll probably be surprised to see how many people use instant coffee at home. But don’t worry, whether you are looking for a cappuccino, macchiato, flat white, or just a tinto (black coffee), there’s a strong and flourishing coffee culture in Medellín. There are so many great place to get coffee, I thought it deserved its own post. If you want to find that great cup of coffee, check out these 7 must try coffee shops in Medellín.

Are you planning yet?

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