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Food Lover's Guide to Colombia

By Viator, April 2018

4.5 58 Reviews | Add your review

Colombians love to eat and Colombian cuisine is among the best in South America, drawing inspiration from its Spanish, Indian, African, and Caribbean roots. From tasty street food and flavorsome stews to tropical fruit juices and freshly brewed coffee—here’s what you need to know about eating out in Colombia.

Must-Try Dishes 
Staples of Colombian cuisine include arroz con pollo (chicken and rice), sancochos (stews), and ajiaco (a traditional potato and chicken soup), often accompanied by arepas (a flatbread made from ground corn). Other popular dishes include mondongo (tripe soup), cazuela de mariscos (seafood stew), and bandeja paisa (a lunchtime feast of rice, plantain, arepa, fried egg, avocado, ground beef, sausage, and beans). 

Street foods favorites include tamales, (ground corn and meat stew, wrapped in plantain leaves), empanadas (meat or cheese-stuffed pastries), pan de yuca (cassava bread), and bunuelos (fried cassava dough). Those with a sweet tooth should look for bocadillo (firm guava fruit paste, often served with soft cheese), obleas (thin wafers) filled with arequipe (caramel), or chocolate con queso (melted cheese and chocolate). 

Look out for an array of tropical fruits and freshly squeezed juices to try too, including unusual ones like the tangy lulo and feijoa, or the sweet pitaya (dragon fruit) and granadilla (passion fruit). Finish it all off with a cup of Colombian coffee. Colombians usually drink tinto (black coffee), but café con leche (white coffee) is also widely available.

Must-Do Experiences 
  • Shop for ingredients on a Cartagena market tour and then learn to make delicious local dishes during a cooking class. 
  • Discover the best places to drink and dine in Bogotá's La Macarena neighborhood on an evening tasting tour.
  • Enjoy a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride around Cartagena, followed by a 3-course dinner at a local restaurant.
  • Tuck into a traditional paisa dinner prepared by a local chef in their Medellin home.
  • Sample typical Colombian food and craft beers on a pub-crawl around Medellin’s El Poblado and Barrio Colombia neighborhoods. 
  • Tour Colombia’s coffee plantations and sip freshly brewed coffee straight from the bean.

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Cartagena Market Tour and Cooking Class, Cartagena, null
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Cartagena Market Tour and Cooking Class

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 Reviews

The cooking class Cartagena tour is a unique experience. See and taste exotic ingredients and fruits with great flavors, colors and all sort of shapes and get ...  Read more

Location: Cartagena, Colombia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $115.00
La Macarena Gourmet Tour in Bogotá, Bogotá, Cooking Classes
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La Macarena Gourmet Tour in Bogotá

4.5 star rating: Recommended 14 Reviews

Enjoy a delicious gastronomic tour in La Macarena, Bogotá's bohemian and artistic neighborhood, visiting little charming restaurants.

Location: Bogotá, Colombia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $64.00
Bogotá Food and Local Markets Tour, Bogotá, Food Tours
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Bogotá Food and Local Markets Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 12 Reviews

Dive into Bogotá’s culinary wonders on this half-day food tour led by an expert guide. Soak up rich history and traditions as you visit Pastelería ...  Read more

Location: Bogotá, Colombia
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $69.50
Bites of Cartagena, Cartagena, Food Tours
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Bites of Cartagena

4.5 star rating: Recommended 9 Reviews

Get literally a taste to the legacy left form the Spanish, African and indigenous cultures that together in this stone wall town combined the most exquisite ...  Read more

Location: Cartagena, Colombia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $135.00
Private Tropical Cooking Class in Bogotá, Bogotá, Food Tours
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Private Tropical Cooking Class in Bogotá

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Learn to cook the Colombian way in this 4-hour private cooking class led by Diana Pizano, a   biologist and farm-to-table chef. Join Diana at the Plaza Market ...  Read more

Location: Bogota, Colombia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $65.34
ATV Adventure Including Medellín City and Food Tour, Medellín, Cooking Classes
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ATV Adventure Including Medellín City and Food Tour

Check out Medellin from urban to rural while enjoying local dishes. Tour hours are flexible so you may choose to start in the morning and enjoy a delicious ...  Read more

Location: Medellín, Colombia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $125.00
Cartagena Cooking Class with your Local Chef Jose, Cartagena, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours
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Cartagena Cooking Class with your Local Chef Jose

Ever wish you could recreate all the wonderful dishes you try abroad, at home in your own kitchen? Well, now you can. We have put together this great ...  Read more

Location: Cartagena, Colombia
Duration: 3 to 4 hrs

From USD $100.00
Medellín City Tour Including Slum Neighborhoods and Food Tasting, Medellín, Cooking ... 
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Medellín City Tour Including Slum Neighborhoods and Food Tasting

This special opportunity allows you to comprehend the whole city and get tips from a local. Check out Medellín from every angle: touristy places, average ...  Read more

Location: Medellín, Colombia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $95.00
Private Gastronomy Tour of Bogotá, Bogotá, City Tours
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Private Gastronomy Tour of Bogotá

If there is something characteristic of Colombia, it’s the local gastronomy. Embark on this tour to discover a wide variety of fruits, recipes and dishes. ...  Read more

Location: Bogotá, Colombia
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $139.00
Private Tour: Medellin Local Market Experience, Medellín, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private Tour: Medellin Local Market Experience

Stroll through stalls brimming with fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers at Medellin's local market “La Minorista”. Try exotic fruits and interact with the ...  Read more

Location: Medellin, Colombia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $29.00

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