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Food Lover's Guide to Colombia

By Viator, April 2018

4.5 60 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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 15 Reviews

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

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

From USD $63.00
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 $44.00
Cartagena Horse and Carriage Night Ride Including Dinner, Cartagena, Food Tours
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Cartagena Horse and Carriage Night Ride Including Dinner

2.5 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 2 Reviews

Spanish colonial buildings and strumming street guitarists set the mood for a romantic horse-drawn carriage of Cartagena at night. Admire the beauty of ...  Read more

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

From USD $60.00
Bites of Cartagena, Cartagena, Nightlife
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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
Street Food Tour of Cartagena, Cartagena, Food Tours
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Street Food Tour of Cartagena

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

ENJOY A DIFFERENT TOUR IN THE CITY OF CARTAGENA DE INDIAS WHERE YOU WILL HEAR FROM ITS INCREDIBLE HISTORY WHILE YOU TASTE THE TYPICAL FOOD OF THE CITY.

Location: Cartagena, Colombia
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $40.00
Horse-Drawn Carriage and Romantic Dinner Cruise, Cartagena, Food Tours
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Horse-Drawn Carriage and Romantic Dinner Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

Enjoy a romantic time in Cartagena by taking 30-minutes stroll around the beautiful streets of its walled city in a typical horse-drawn carriage, and ...  Read more

Location: Cartagena, Colombia
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $66.00
Cartagena Cooking Class with your Local Chef Jose, Cartagena, Food 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
Private Tour: Las Palmas Culinary Adventure from Medellin, Medellín, Cooking Classes
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Private Tour: Las Palmas Culinary Adventure from Medellin

Nestled atop the Andes mountains above Medellin, you'll find breathtaking vistas and a unique local culinary experience. Taste authentic dishes while learning ...  Read more

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

From USD $59.00
ATV Adventure Including Medellín City and Food Tour, Medellín, Private Sightseeing Tours
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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

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