The Best Foodie Experiences in Medellin

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Meet, greet and eat. Get to know the city with the tastiest culinary experiences in Medellin.

Notice to all foodies. Don’t forget to pack your bamboo fork. Without question the best way to get to know a city is by exploring its culinary treats. There’s a host of fantastic restaurant guides to eat your way through on our blog, with the tasting menus at Carmen and El Cielo figuring right up there with the best you will experience on your travels. The culinary experiences included here will take you on a trip into Medellin’s scintillating street food, its organic coffee and cacao farms and into the loft-style kitchens of celebrity chefs. There is something in here for every budget and palette and although it can make exploring the city more expensive than just jumping on the metro and diving into the street food scene,  we do recommend that you book tours and excursions with a qualified guide. Not only will they enrich your understanding of the city, help translate so you get an all round better experience meeting the people that make the city what it is, they also help put money into the local economy. Beyond the activities listed here, the team at Palenque Tours Colombia have a comprehensive list of the most engaging tours in Medellin. They belong to the Colombian Association of Sustainable Tour Operators (Acotur) and are fully certified as a sustainable operator so you know you’re contributing to the healthy growth of the city when you work with them. All of these tours can be organised with a pick up from your Casacol  luxury vacation rental and are designed for real travelers that want to eat their way into foodie heaven.

A Sweet Trip Out of Town
This unique day-trip takes you to San Francisco village, a tranquil oasis of pristine rivers, rolling hills, and the cherry on the chocolate cake—a sub-tropical climate perfect for growing cacao. The region’s troubled past (it was hit hard in the most difficult moments in Colombia’s armed conflict) sits in stark contrast to the breathtakingly peaceful surroundings. Fortunately, thanks to a United Nations initiative to promote fair trade cacao production for the local farming community, things are on the up. Experience their peace and prosperity progress firsthand, with a visit to a sustainable chocolate plantation. Learn everything about artisanal chocolate production, sustainable agriculture, rainforest conservation, whilst helping a community thrive. Life literally couldn’t get any sweeter!

Includes:
Private Transport
Bilingual guide
Cacao Tour
Traditional lunch
Coffee break
Activity Insurance

Duration: App. 10 hours

A Very Social Bean to Brew Coffee Tour
Learn exactly why Colombia is famous for producing the world’s best cup of coffee on a special visit to a smallholding high up in the hills of Medellin.

On less than three hectares a local farmer and his family produce their own specialty brand of coffee serving up the unique opportunity to observe the whole coffee processing from the plant to the cup.  The tour also helps explain Colombia’s complicated conflict and how the strain years of violence have put residents of the countryside in the crossfire. Meet the families that rely on coffee to build a better life for future generations. In Medellin you’ll visit where the coffee is roasted and learn from a professional barista how to prepare a perfect cup of coffee.

Includes:
Private Transport
Bilingual guide
Coffee-Tour
Juices, water, coffee
Activity insurance

Duration: App. 6 hours

Medellin Market Tour
Explore foodie’s ground zero Medellín and visit one of its typical local markets that supply the raw material for the city’s top chefs. Stroll through stalls brimming with fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers at Medellín’s local market “La Minorista”. Try exotic fruits and interact with the local vendors haggling for the best price. Soak up the local market atmosphere and discover the tiny corridors full of flavours and exotic products and typical Colombian food. You will taste a variety of delicious tropical fruits and finish your trip with the most refreshing fruit juice you will have ever tasted.

Includes
Bilingual attendance
Private Transport
Coffee break
Tasting of some exotic tropical fruits + Free fruit juice at the “Minorista” market
Travel insurance

Duration: 4 hours

A Social Tour that Tastes Good Too
Enjoy an immersive cooking class and comforting lunch whilst helping those in need. This unique community-based social project educates low-income Colombians on how to cook and utilize regional foods as a financial resource.

A Canadian chef set up this inspiring food project several years ago, and all funds generated through your visit are reinvested in the community. This means you’ll be actively contributing to the training program, course materials, and equipment as well as the premises. Give yourself a pat on the back!

Includes:
Bilingual concierge
Private cooking class & lunch
Filtered water
Private transport & pick up service at your hotel
Taxes and fees
Travel insurance

Duration: 4 hours

A Gala Dinner with a Celebrity Chef
Enjoy a stunning five-course meal prepared by celebrity chef, Pedro Fernandez, in the spectacular setting of his breathtaking Medellin penthouse. Pedro’s open-air kitchen is the centerpiece of one of the city’s architectural gems, the El Matoral apartment building by award-winning architectural firm, ALH Taller. This exclusive culinary experience is a private event for groups of between 8 and 30 lucky diners. The lush green backdrop coupled with the elegant charm of your very special host and the sensational surprise treats on the menu make this a very tasty evening indeed.

Includes:
Bilingual concierge
Private cooking class & dinner
Drinks
Private transport & pick up service at your hotel
Taxes and fees
Travel insurance

Duration: 4 hours

CTA: If you need help booking one of these activities you can speak with one of our reservations managers or contact Palenque Tours directly. All of these tours involve a pick-up from your Casacol hotel, vacation rental or long-stay apartment. 

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