What do People Eat in Medellin?
Lately we’ve received quite a number of clients that already having booked their trip, ask us about the food down here and what they may expect. They ask us about the water, the hygiene at many of the establishments and the most common question they ask is, “What’s the food like down there?”
What’s the Food like in Medellín?
Colombian food may not be known all over the world but that’s not to say it’s not exotic and delicious. Many of our clients before coming to visit Medellín have previously been to Costa Rica and quickly got used to the wide variety of fruits and tropical dishes associated with Costa Rican culture. The food in Medellín (and in Colombia for that matter) is not too different from the food found in Costa Rica.
Food in latin American countries has always been characterized for being very starchy due to the always prevalent rice and bean combo found in many traditional dishes of the region. Colombian food is no exception, the traditional dish of Medellín for example is “Bandeja Paisa” which is made up of Rice, beans, an egg sunny side up, fried pork fat (chicharron), steak, fried plantain, chorizo, blood sausage and a Colombian corn cake. It sounds heavy but it will quite possibly be one of the highlights of your trip.
At most traditional Colombian restaurants found here in Medellín you’ll be sure to find Sancocho (a stew made up of potatoes, yuca, plantain, avocado, oxtail or chicken, cilantro and don’t be surprised if you also find slow cooked ribs in there too), Mondongo (beef tripe soup with pork, potatoes and vegetables) and the aforementioned Bandeja Paisa is sure to be on every menu as well. However, if none of those sound tasty enough, many of the traditional restaurants also have other more international options such as grilled chicken breasts with french fries, rice, avocado and a side salad.
Breakfast in Medellin
Breakfast is said to be the most important meal of the day and most Colombians do not leave home without a big hearty (again starchy) breakfast. In a typical Colombian home, breakfast starts out with scrambled eggs, an arepa (basically a bland Colombian pancake) with fresh Colombian cheese, refried beans and rice and sometimes a small steak for good measure. Not exactly the preferred breakfast of crossfitters but it seems to satisfy most Colombians.
Thanks to globalization though, if you’re picky with food, there are other options you may be more accustomed to. There’s a great little spot called D’Andre right off 10th street in el Poblado that is considered as the city’s best breakfast spot in no small part thanks to the variety of traditional and international breakfast options. They serve homestyle flapjacks, fresh fruit, freshly squeezed OJ, not to mention hashbrowns. A must if you find yourself hungry in the AM.
To summarize, the food here is actually quite good and one thing we forgot to mention is, there is a barrage of restaurants from all over the world that have opened in the past 5 years. These restaurants cater to the large number of tourists as well as ‘paisas’ (locals) looking to try a little bit of the world without leaving home.
You might not come for the food but we’re quite sure you won’t be disappointed either.