In this article, we cover what we believe are the best arepas in Medellin. Now, before we start diving into the list of best arepas in Medellin, we must dive a bit deeper into what an arepa is for many Colombians. An arepa is part of the Colombian cuisine often as a side dish. For example, a typical breakfast option in the Colombian cuisine is scrambled eggs, cheese and plain arepa. You can even order a plain arepa with your steak. It’s best to compare it to what Europeans have with boiled or fried potatoes (although Colombians love potatoes too), but can be made (even) more delicious in certain ways, like deep-frying or simply adding more ingredients to it. The point is that arepas come in many forms, with each Colombian region its own type of arepa. 

To make an article about the best arepas in Medellin, we as TopTravelFoods have to recommend arepas that are different from regular arepas. So this article has its purpose to recommend unique and exciting arepas in Medellin that obviously taste delicious. This is not an article about which restaurants serve the best arepas with some of their dishes. With that cleared out, let’s jump to what we believe are the most unique and best arepas in Medellin.
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The best arepas in Medellin are: 

 

1. Arepa Ranchera (16,500 COP) - Mi Arepa


Mi Arepa is a popular restaurant in town that offers some of the best arepas in Medellin. What makes Mi Arepa so special is that they bring regular arepas to the next level by adding all sorts of Colombian specialities inside the arepa, such as chicharron, chorizo, Colombian beans and many more. The menu consists of fourteen different arepas with the Arepa Ranchera and the Arepa A La Casa as highlights. The Arepa Ranchera (14,500 COP) is a meat feast with shredded meat, chorizo, bacon and cheese as richly filling. The Arepa A La Casa (16,500 COP) includes a variety of meats, beans, cheese, avocado and homemade sauce. Make sure you visit Mi Arepa with an empty stomach as these arepas are huge. Mi Arepa also offers a wide variety of patacones, which also are richly topped. Mi Arepa has three different branches in Medellin. More information about these restaurants such as the opening times, location and recommended dishes can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Mi Arepa in Medellin

Tip: Mi Arepa is also listed in our article about the best Colombian restaurants in Medellin. You can check out that article if you want to see more recommended restaurants in Medellin that serve amazing Colombian food. 
 
Best Arepa In Medellin - Mi Arepa
Arepa Ranchera (14,500 COP) at Mi Arepa Medellin
 
Best Arepas In Medellin - Mi Arepa
Huge arepas at Mi Arepa in Medellin.
 
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2. Arepa Desmechada (13,900 COP) - MAO 33 Arepas Rellenas


MAO 33 Arepas Rellenas is yet another arepa restaurant that is located in Belén, a neighbourhood in Medellin. This restaurant is decorated in an American 60’s style, which we love, and the restaurant mainly focuses on serving tasty arepas, although there are a handful of other options available on the menu as well. We highly recommend you try one of their fifteen arepas, ranging from simple chicken and mozzarella fillings, which is called the Amanda (9,900 COP) to crazy creations such as the Paisita (13,900 COP), which is filled with all sorts of Medellin specialities. Our personal favourite is the Desmechada (13,900 COP), which is filled with pork, chicken and hogao, which is a Colombian creole sauce. Like most restaurants listed in this article about the best arepas in Medellin, MAO 33 Arepas Rellenas serves typical Medellin arepas, which are made with white corn flour. More information about this restaurant such as the opening times, location and recommended dishes can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of MAO 33 Arepas Rellenas.
 
Best Arepas In Medellin - MAO
Arepa Paisita (13,900 COP)
 
Best Arepas In Medellin - MAO
Arepa Desmechada (13,900 COP)
 
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3. Arepa de Chocolo (4,000 COP) - Las Chachas


For a more classic approach, one must definitely try the arepas at Las Chachas, which is specifically specialized in the so-called Arepa de Chocolo. These typical darker yellow arepas are called chocolo and originate from the Antioquia region, meaning that they are a typical food from Medellin. In contrary to the typical white cornflour arepa from Medellin, these so-called Arepa de Chocolate have more flavour. After being shortly fried, the arepas are only topped with two slices of Queso Blanco, a typical Colombian cheese, that cover the whole arepa. These Arepas de Chocolo are much more simple compared to other recommended arepas in this article, but nonetheless really tasty and worth trying. Yes, you can find these classic arepas everywhere throughout the city, but Las Chachas serves one of the best Arepas de Chocolo in the city. Aside from the Arepa de Chocolo, Las Chachas also serves Arepa de Queso, which is a white arepa stuffed with cheese in it. Both arepas cost 4,000 COP per piece. Las Chachas has several branches in the city. More information about this place such as the opening times, location and recommended dishes can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Las Chachas.
 
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Arepa de Chocolo (4,000 COP)
 
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Arepa de Queso (4,000 COP)
 
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Arepas at Las Chachas!
 
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4. Arepa Reina Pepiada (20,000 COP) - Los Chamos Arepas Venezolanas


Los Chamos Arepas is a restaurant located near La 70, which is an area where you won’t find many tourists, and is hugely popular among its local citizens. While there is a never-ending debate of where arepas originally come from - either Colombia or Venezuela - this place simply offers both: arepas in both Colombian and Venezuelan style, as well as typical Venezuelan specialities. That’s what makes Los Chamos Arepas so special. The menu is limited to twelve different arepas, six specialities and four typical Venezuelan specialities, but this is enough to keep the customers coming back on a weekly basis. We recommend you try their Reina Pepiada Arepa (16,000 COP), which is an arepa with a creamy, chicken filling. Arepas are served with three different sauces which you can add to make the arepa even more delicious. Although this restaurant is often recommended for serving the best arepas in Medellin, we do believe there are better options to be found. But the arepas we tried were definitely tasty and when you notice how busy this place is during lunchtime, they obviously do their things right. For more information about this restaurant such as the opening times, location and recommended dishes check the TopTravelFoods review page of Los Chamos Arepas Venezolanas.

Tip: for those with a large appetite, check out their Patacón with Chicken (20,000 COP). Not only is this patacone huge, but the shredded chicken is also nicely spiced!
 
Best Arepa In Medellin - Los Chamos
Arepa Reina Pepiada (20,000 COP)
 
Best Arepa In Medellin - Los Chamos
Patacón with Chicken (20,000 COP)
 
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5. Arepa Con Camerón (19,500 COP) - Magica Cocina de Tradición


The following restaurant is not a restaurant that is specialized in arepas but serves a small variety of typical Medellin dishes, including Cazuela de Ajiaco (19,500 COP) and Cazuela de Frijoles (19,500 COP). But Magica Cocina de Tradición also serves a few arepas including our the Arepa con Camarón (19,500 COP), a Medellin Arepa with garlic prawns, cheese and avocado. With a bit of searching, you can find Arepa con Camarón at some other arepa restaurants in Medellin, but we were overwhelmed by its flavour that we have to recommend Magica Cocina de Tradición to our list of best arepas in Medellin. More information about this restaurant such as the opening times, location and recommended dishes can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Magica Cocina de Tradición.
 
Best Arepas In Medellin - Magica Cocina
Arepa con Camarón (19,500 COP)

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​Do you want to know more about the Colombian gastronomy? Check out our article about what to eat in Colombia, which is an extensive article that covers the basics of the Colombian cuisine as well as many dishes you should try in each culinary region of Colombia. Ideal for those who are planning to travel around in this beautiful country as well as update your basic knowledge about this diverse gastronomy.
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This article will be updated in the upcoming weeks and many more of the best arepas in Medellin will be added soon. In the meantime, check out our free food recommendation app that helps you find the best restaurants in Medellin as well as in Bogota. The app is completely free and helps you decide what to eat by recommending the best dishes and other specialities of (local) restaurants. Especially when you have no (or not enough) knowledge of the local cuisine, the app is a handy tool. 
 

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