Looking for breakfast in Medellin? In this article, we’ve come up with some of our favourite breakfast spots in the city. The article is divided into two sections, namely Colombian breakfast in Medellin and international breakfast in Medellin. You can navigate straight to each section by clicking on one of the following orange links. With that being said, let’s jump to the results.
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The best Colombian breakfast in Medellin are:

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1. Calentado Matriarca (24,000 COP) - La Matriarca


When you’re in Medellin, one of the typical breakfast options you can get in the city is a so-called Calentado Paisa. Calentado is a Colombian breakfast dish that you can find everywhere in the country, however, each region has its own speciality. It’s a type of breakfast that you see everywhere in the world: left-offers are stir-fried along with fresh herbs and rice. The Calentado Paisa is served with stir-fried rice and beans, together with Chicharron (Colombian crispy pork belly). La Matriarca is a hugely popular Colombian restaurant that’s specialized in Chicharron. During the weekends, when the doors open at eight o’clock in the morning, many hungry Colombians enjoy their signature Calentado Matriarca. The rice is served with their famous Chicharron, which is crispy on the outside and super succulent on the inside, along with chorizo, fried egg and an arepa with typical Colombian cheese. It’s mouth-watering good! 

La Matriarca is also listed in our article about the best Chicharron in Medellin. For more general information about this restaurant such as the opening times, the complete menu, other recommended dishes and the location, check out the TopTravelFoods review page of La Matriarca - Poblado or the TopTravelFoods review page of La Matriarca - Envigado
 
Breakfast in Medellin - Matriarca
Calentado Matriarca (24,000 COP) - La Matriarca
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2. Calentado Paisa (25,900 COP) - Leños y Carbon


This successful restaurant has several branches in Medellin and Bogota and serves proper, typical food from Medellin as well as a variety of grilled meats. Similar to the previous recommended breakfast option, Leños y Carbon has Calentado on their menu. Unfortunately, there is only one branch that is open early, namely the one at Arkadia. On Sundays, that branch even opens up one hour earlier, at nine o’clock in the morning. Many breakfast restaurants in Medellin do open early on Sunday, as it’s the ideal day to eat something special for breakfast. The Calentado Paisa (25,900 COP) at Leños y Carbon is tasteful as it also has bits of banana in it, which gives this savoury meal a touch of sweetness. 

Leños y Carbon is also listed in our article about the best Colombian restaurants in Medellin. For more general information about this restaurant such as the opening times, the complete menu, other recommended dishes and the location, check out the TopTravelFoods review page of Leños y Carbon - Arkadia.
 
Breakfast in Medellin - Lenos y Carbon
Calentado Paisa (25,900 COP) - Leños y Carbon

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3. Sanduche de Morilla (29,900 COP) - Hacienda


Hacienda is one of my personal favourite Colombian restaurants. They offer a huge variety of traditional Colombian dishes for a fair price and of excellent quality. The menu also includes five different, traditional Colombian breakfast options, including the popular Sanduche de Morilla. Two waffles are covered in cream cheese, topped with avocado and a beef stew. The beef stew, which is called Morrillo, is a typical dish from the coastal regions, which makes it a good alternative to the previously recommended breakfast options. Other tasty options are the Calentado Hacienda (21,900 COP), Migas de Arepa (16,900 COP), Tostado de Chicharrón y Pandeyuca (23,900 COP) and Huevitos Campesinos (16,900 COP). 

La Matriarca is also listed in our article about the best restaurants in Medellin. For more general information about this restaurant such as the opening times, the complete menu, other recommended dishes and the location, check out:

TopTravelFoods review page of Hacienda - Junin branch

TopTravelFoods review page of Hacienda - Ciudad del Rio branch

TopTravelFoods review page of Hacienda - La Central branch

TopTravelFoods review page of Hacienda - De Moda branch

TopTravelFoods review page of Hacienda - Manila branch

TopTravelFoods review page of Hacienda - La Strada branch
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Breakfast in Medellin - Hacienda
Sanduche de Morilla (29,900 COP) - Hacienda
 
Breakfast in Medellin - Hacienda
Tostado de Chicharrón y Pandeyuca (23,900 COP)
 
Breakfast in Medellin - Hacienda
Huevitos Campesinos (16,900 COP)

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4. Desayuno Criollo (15,000 COP) - Los Chamos Arepas Venezolanas


Although this local eatery serves mostly Venezuelan food, the breakfast is almost identical to Colombian breakfast. Their Desayuno Criollo (15,000 COP) is among the most popular breakfast options available on their menu, but most visitors actually come here to taste their delicious arepas too. The breakfast platter is a plate full of shredded beef, beans, rice, bananas and cheese and topped with a fried egg. It is as local as you can possibly dream of. 

Los Chamos Arepas Venezolanas is also listed in our article about the best arepas in Medellin. For more general information about this restaurant such as the opening times, the complete menu, other recommended dishes and the location, check out the TopTravelFoods review page of the TopTravelFoods review page of Los Chamos Arepas Venezolanas.
 
Breakfast in Medellin - Venezuela
Desayuno Criollo (15,000 COP) - Los Chamos Arepas Venezolanas
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The best International breakfast in Medellin are:

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​5. Heuvos con Guiso Criollo (17,900 COP) - Santa Leña


Santa Leña is among the most popular breakfast spots in Medellin. At a rapid pace, pop-up restaurants show up at the major shopping malls and you can even buy their frozen croissants at supermarkets like Euro which you can finish in your own oven. Santa Leña is an institution when it comes to breakfast in Medellin, that's for sure. Their large menu consists of all sorts of pastries and sandwiches. Many customers only visit this place to buy bread, but during the weekends, the restaurants are often completely packed with those who crave Western breakfast. The Heuvos con Guiso Criollo (17,900 COP) is highly recommended, which is french toast with egg. Popular sandwiches include Sandwich de Jamón Serrano (30,900 COP) and Sandwich Pollo Mediterran (26,9000 COP). But with an extensive menu like Santa Leña's, there is a tasty option for every type of eater. 

For more general information about this restaurant such as the opening times, the complete menu, other recommended dishes and the location, check out the TopTravelFoods review page of the TopTravelFoods review page of Santa Leña.
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Breakfast in Medellin - Lena
Heuvos con Guiso Criollo (17,900 COP)
 
Breakfast in Medellin - Lena
Jamón Serrano (30,900 COP)
 
Breakfast in Medellin - Lena
Sandwich Pollo Mediterran (26,9000 COP)


This article will be updated in the upcoming weeks and many more of the best breakfast in Medellin will be added. 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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