When it comes to Medellin food, the city of Eternal spring has a lot to offer. The food in Medellin is diverse as the city offers aside from their own Antioquian gastronomy, plenty of traditional Colombian food. You can even find restaurants that serve typical food from other regions and in this article, we cover impressive dishes you can find at these Colombian restaurants. To be clear, we don’t recommend international restaurants in this article. If you’re interested in both Colombian and international restaurants, head over to our article about the best restaurants in Medellin. But if you want to try typical Colombian food in Medellin, keep reading. 

 

The best Medellin food: 

 

1. Picada de Morcilla (20,000 COP) - Mamasita Medallo


Mamasita Medallo is one of our favourite restaurants in Medellin as it serves typical Colombian food in a trendy and original way. The menu is exciting, the dishes look stunning and everything is well-priced. The Picada de Morcilla is one of our favorite Medellin food. It’s a plate with grilled morcilla, a typical Colombian blood sausage. The sausage is first cut in slices and then grilled, meaning that every part of the sliced sausage is nicely crispy on the outside. The Morcilla is served with roasted potatoes and one of the best guacamole we’ve tried in a long time. The result is a fantastic savoury and slightly fresh plate of Colombian flavours. More information about this restaurant and more typical Medellin food can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Mamasita Medallo.
 
Medellin Food - Morcilla

Picada de Morcilla (20,000 COP) - Mamasita Medallo



 

2. Calentado Paisa (25,900 COP) - Lenos y Carbon


Leños y Carbon is the ideal place for first-time visitors who want to explore the Colombian gastronomy. It has branches in Medellin and Bogota and the restaurants are clean, the service is great and the food is perfect for the Western taste palette. Whenever I crave a Calentado (Paisa), Leños y Carbon is the place to go for me. Calentado Paisa is a typical “left-over” dish. You use the ingredients that you had leftover, mix it all together with rice and you end up with a tasty meal. A Calentado Paisa is made with beans and chicharron and at Leños y Carbon, they even add banana to it. The plate is served with a fried egg and avocado. It’s a savoury meal with a tiny bit of sweetness from the banana that you usually eat for breakfast. More information about this restaurant and more typical Medellin food can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Leños y Carbon.
 
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Calentado Paisa (25,900 COP) - Lenos y Carbon

 

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3. Mondongo Junior (26,500 COP) - Mondongo’s


When visiting Medellin, there are a handful of typical Medellin food options that you simply must try. The most famous Colombian restaurant is Mondongo’s, which is often visited by Colombian and international celebrities. As the name of the restaurant already suggests, it’s specialized in Mondongo, a herby soup made with beef tripe. It is by far the most famous Medellin food in the city of Eternal Spring. There are two branches in Medellin and although the restaurant is always busy and you have to wait in line, the service is phenomenal and you sit at a table within ten minutes. The plates are enormous, which is common in Colombia, so a Mondongo Junior is probably the best way to go. That way, you can save a little bit of room to combine it with either the Ajiaco or the Bandeja Paisa, which both are best-sellers as well. More information about this restaurant and more typical Medellin food can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Mondongo's.

 
Medellin Food - Mondongo

Mondongo Junior (26,500 COP) - Mondongo’s



 

4. Típico Frijoles (35,000 COP) - Maru Rico


When visiting Medellin, the food that you must not miss is the Bandeja Paisa, which literally means Plate from Paisa. For those who did not know, Paisa refers to the Antioquia region, in which Medellin is located. Bandeja Paisa is arguably the best-known Colombian dish among tourists and one of many’s food bucket lists. In our article about the best Bandeja Pasia in Medellin, we listed the Típico Frijoles from Maru Rico. There are different versions of Bandeja Paisa to be found, some have extra ingredients to it. The Típico Frijoles at Maru Rico has an extra piece of beef on it and doesn’t include the dried minced meat, which I personally am not that fond of.

This huge plate full of meats, beans and rice is among the best I’ve tried in the city and it’s not only me who finds Maru Rico worth visiting. Every day at noon, the restaurant gets completely packed with hungry locals and the well-organized staff starts running and serving this huge platter like a perfectly oiled machine. My advice is to visit Maru Rico right before noon so you are guaranteed a seat and can witness the chaos. The food is served quickly though! More information about this restaurant and more typical Medellin food can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Maru Rico.

 
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Típico Frijoles (35,000 COP) - Maru Rico

 

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5. Pikete Para 2 (64,900 COP) - Piketeadoro


Picada is usually eaten during a special occasion or when you’re out with friends. It’s a plate full of grilled meats accompanied by arepas, corn and potatoes, but picadas can vary. The deep-fried version of Picada is called Fritanga, but I think a Picada is much tastier. At Piketeadoro, which is a spacious venue with plenty of outdoor seatings right in the middle of the city, you can devour this plate full of deliciousness accompanied by an ice-cold beer. Families and groups come here during the weekend to spend some quality time and there are activities for kids as well. But most importantly, the Picada is absolutely delicious and the ideal sharing platter for small to large groups. More information about this restaurant and more typical Medellin food can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Piketeadoro.
 
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Pikete Para 2 (64,900 COP) - Piketeadoro



 

6. Arepa Ranchera (14,500 COP) - Mi Arepa


It’s no secret that arepas play a vital role in the Colombian gastronomy. A plain arepa can be boring sometimes so for next-level arepas, head over to Mi Arepa. Here, you can find arepas that are stuffed with all sorts of meats. My favourite is the Arepa Ranchera, which is stuffed with a variety of sausages along with bacon, shredded meat and cheese. Mi Arepa is listed in our article about the best arepas in Medellin, where you can find more of these crazy creations. For more information about the restaurant itself and more typical Medellin food, check out the TopTravelFoods review page of Mi Arepa.
 
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Arepa Ranchera (14,500 COP) - Mi Arepa

 

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7. Ceviche de Chicharron (68,000 COP) - Alambique


Although Chicharron can be found everywhere throughout the country, there is no other place where it is eaten that much than in Medellin. Chicharron is added to almost every Colombian dish in the city. Finding a good chicharron is not difficult, but finding a chicharron that stands out from the rest is a challenge. At Alambique, they figured out how to do it with their Ceviche de Chicharron. The chicharron here is crispy on the outside, but tender on the inside and the dressing in which the pork belly is covered is nicely sour. During one of our visits, the Chicharron was sold out. That’s how popular and famous it is. Alambique is the ideal place to visit as a group as it offers a good variety of sharing dishes. More information about this restaurant and more typical Medellin food can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Alambique.
 
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Ceviche de Chicharron (68,000 COP) - Alambique



 

8. Ajiaco (22,500 COP) - Ajiacos y Mondongos


Ajiaco is yet another popular Colombian soup that you must try during your visit to Colombia. Although it is a typical soup from Bogota, you can find many restaurants serving this savoury soup in Medellin. Ajiaco is a potato-based soup with shredded chicken. It is served with cream, capers and cilantro which you can add according to your preferences. Once everything is stirred, the rich soup is almost a complete meal, especially as it’s served with rice as well. One of the most popular places in Medellin to eat Ajiaco is Ajiacos y Mondongo.

While Mondongo’s, the previously recommended restaurant, is widely known among tourists, this local eatery has got quite the fame among Colombians. Similar to Mondongo’s, this place also has a wall of fame full of celebrities. However, none of them is internationally known. The atmosphere is more authentic than the well-organized Mondongo’s, which makes the experience far more interesting. But most importantly, the Ajiaco (and the Mondongo) taste phenomenal as well! More information about this restaurant and more typical Medellin food can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Ajiacos y Mondongos.
 
Medellin Food - Ajiaco

Ajiaco (22,500 COP) - Ajiacos y Mondongos

 

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9. Pollo, Arepas y Papas (18,400 COP) - Pollo a la Brasa Mario la America


Simply put it this way: the best grilled chicken in Medellin can be found at Pollo a la Brasa Mario la America. This local eatery does one thing and one thing perfectly, serving grilled chicken. It’s located a bit outside the city centre, but definitely worth the visit. In front of the restaurant is a large rotisserie where a hard-working team is constantly chopping and preparing fresh grilled chicken for its loyal customers. The majority of the customers wait in line for a take-away meal, so inside the restaurant, it’s not extremely busy. The chicken is served with arepa and potatoes and most importantly: with plastic gloves. That’s right, you eat the freshly grilled chicken with your hands. Optional is the spicy dipping sauce, which you cool with an ice-cold beer. More information about this restaurant and more typical Medellin food can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Pollo a la Brasa Mario la America.
 
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Pollo, Arepas y Papas (18,400 COP) - Pollo a la Brasa Mario la America



 

10. Lentejas (22,900 COP) - Hacienda


Hacienda is highly listed in our article about the best Colombian restaurants in Medellin for a very good reason. It serves super tasty authentic Colombian dishes. Every typical Colombian dish can be found here and aside from the usual suspects, I highly recommend you to try their Lentejas. Lentejas is a savoury lentil soup which has bits of sausage in it. This comforting soup reminds me of Dutch pea soup but is much lighter. Soups play a major role in the Colombian gastronomy and if you want to eat like the people from Medellin eat, you simply must try a few of their soups. Lentejas is an excellent soup which fits the Western taste palette perfectly and one of the best versions can be found at Hacienda. More information about this restaurant and more typical Medellin food can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Hacienda.
 
Medellin Food - Lentejas

Lentejas (22,900 COP) - Hacienda

 

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11. Arepa de Chocolo (4,000 COP) - Arepas Las Chachas


Arepa de Chocolo is as classic as a Colombian “snack” can be. Arepas Las Chachas has many branches spread all over the city so it is not difficult to find one near your location and devour this soft, slightly sweet arepa with cheese. It’s ideal as a quick snack or for breakfast accompanied with hot chocolate or coffee. Arepa de Chocolo is also listed in our article about the best Arepas in Medellin. More information about this restaurant and more typical Medellin food can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Arepas Las Chachas.
 
Medellin Food - Chocolo

Arepa de Chocolo (4,000 COP) - Arepas Las Chachas



 

12. Arroz con Leche (7,000 COP) - La Rivera Manjares


Arroz con Leche is a Colombian dessert and a version of rice pudding. But as it’s Colombian rice pudding, they obviously added cheese to it, which Colombians do with almost every dish. The result is surprisingly tasty and the best Arroz con Leche we could find in the city is at La Rivera Manjares, which sells the rice pudding from their house. It’s located right outside Envigado, but definitely worth the ride. Make sure to buy a few extra as these cups of rice pudding are addictively delicious. More information about this restaurant and more typical Medellin food can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of La Rivera Manjares.
 
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Arroz con Leche (7,000 COP) - La Rivera Manjares
 

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13. Pescado Frito (50,000 COP) - Restaurante El Mejor Sabor del Caribe


As you might have noticed, the Colombian cuisine can be heavy. Luckily, the Medellin food scene is diverse and there are coastal Caribbean restaurants in Medellin to be found. The coastal gastronomy is lighter thanks to the use of seafood, as well as the typical coconut rice. Restaurante El Mejor Sabor del Caribe is a local eatery in Laureles that doesn’t attract many tourists, but serves fantastic Caribbean food. One of the highlights is the Pescado Frito, a deep-fried fish that is carved in such as way that you can easily eat it with your hand, which is something you must do according to Colombian customs. The fish is nicely crispy and in combination with the coconut rice and patacones, super satisfying to eat. More information about this restaurant and more typical Medellin food can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Restaurante El Mejor Sabor del Caribe.
 
Medellin Food - Pescado frito

Pescado Frito (50,000 COP) - Restaurante El Mejor Sabor del Caribe



 

14. Empanadas (2,100 COP) - Empanadas Boomerang


In our article about the best Empanadas in Medellin, we tested several of the city’s finest empanadas shops. Empanadas Boomerang is an institution when it comes to empanadas and we believe that it serves the tastiest empanadas in the city, although the competition was fierce. Empanadas play a major role in the Colombian gastronomy and you can find these tasty, crispy, creasy snacks at almost every corner of the street, whether from a street food vendor or a shop like Boomerang. Do yourself a favour and try what we believe is the tastiest in the city. More information about this restaurant and more typical Medellin food can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Restaurante Empanadas Boomerang.
 
Medellin Food - Empanadas

Empanadas (2,100 COP) - Empanadas Boomerang

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15. Almuerzo Completo (48,000 COP) - La Gloria de Gloria


La Gloria de Gloria is a famous local eatery that is widely known for its Chicharron. Chicharron is a deep-fried pork belly that is used for stand-alone dishes or as an ingredient in many (Paisa) dishes. What makes the Chicharron so special at La Gloria de Gloria is that the pork belly comes in huge portions and that it’s super crispy. The best way to devour the Chicharron at this place is to order their best-seller: Almuerzo Completo. This is basically a Bandeja Paisa and is among the largest platters we’ve encountered. Therefore it’s recommended to order their Almuerzo Completo as a couple, as it’s simply too much food for one normal person. You can order the Chicharron as a stand-alone dish, but the majority of the customers order the full platter. Maybe it’s because this place is not something you visit often as it’s always crowded and queues can take up an hour. 

Tip: if you are visiting as a couple, you have a big chance that you can skip the line and sit at the smaller tables. Most Colombians visit La Gloria de Gloria with a larger group and have to wait much longer until a table is free. 

More information about this restaurant and more typical Medellin food can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of La Gloria De Gloria. For obvious reasons, we listed La Gloria De Gloria in our article about the best Chicharron in Medellin as well.
 
Medellin Food - Chicharron Gloria

Almuerzo Completo (48,000 COP) - La Gloria de Gloria



 

16. Cazuela de Sobrebarriga (46,000 COP) - Alambique


Alambique is listed twice in this article about the best Medellin food simply because it has two really famous dishes. The first one was the Ceviche de Chicharron, the second one is the Cazuele de Sobrebarriga. A plate with slow-cooked beef is seasoned to perfection and is served with tortillas and topped with different sauces, including guacamole. Like many other options on the menu, it is an ideal plate to share with a group. Alambique is among the most popular Colombian restaurants in Medellin and is a perfect dining experience for a special occasion. It’s not fancy dining, but definitely not a place you visit on a regular basis. More information about this restaurant and more typical Medellin food can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Alambique.
 
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Cazuela de Sobrebarriga (46,000 COP) - Alambique



 

17. Crispetas de Chicharrón (16,900 COP) - Hacienda


Hacienda is also a restaurant that we listed earlier in this article. Although the majority of the options on the menu are typical and authentic Colombian dishes, there was one dish that caught our attention during our last visit. Hacienda has a part of the menu dedicated to Chicharron dishes, which is pork belly. Crispetas de Chicharrón is deep-fried battered Chicharron bits served with roasted potatoes and covered in a delicious creamy sauce. What’s so unique is that the Chicharron have that extra crispy layer, something we have never seen before. More information about this restaurant and more typical Medellin food can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Hacienda.
 
Medellin Food - Chicharron

Crispetas de Chicharrón (16,900 COP) - Hacienda

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18. Colombiano (15,900 COP) - Chipstation


Our last Medellin food recommendation is the salchipapa from Chipstation. Salchipapa is the ideal comfort food, especially after a night of partying in Medellin. It’s simply fries with various toppings. At Chipstation, which has several branches in the city, they offer tasty creations including the Colombiano. The fries are topped with Chicharron, frijoles (sauce), guacamole and pico de Gallo. More information about this restaurant and more typical Medellin food can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Chipstation.
 
Medellin Food - Salchipapa

Colombiano (15,900 COP) - Chipstation



There you have it, the best Medellin food the city has to offer, according to us. Looking for more delicious food in Medellin and other Colombian cities? Check out our free food recommendation app that let you find the best food during your travel in Colombia. 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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