All-day mimosas and eggs benedicts anyone?
Most of Medellin’s fine-dining restaurants shut up shop on Sundays so their chefs can take a break (and brunch), leaving the field wide open for the city’s breakfast specialists to muscle in on Medellin’s growing brunchaholic movement. Some of the city’s top hotels cater to their guests with stack-it-high, all-you-can-eat-and-drink options designed to lure in moneyed locals and out-of-towners for a breakfast blowout on Sundays. The Charlee Hotel throws a riotous, boozy buffet on the last Sunday of every month at its rooftop bar, The Envy (Calle 9a #37-16) looking down on Parque Lleras and the rest of the city from the 17th floor. The Click-Clack Kitchen (Calle 10b #37-29) serves up a hearty spread for guests and locals at the weekend and the Marriott’s family-friendly restaurant, the Market also goes down the bigger is better route. If you don’t want to spend US$35 for breakfast and are looking for a more low-key a la carte option any day of the week then these places will definitely tick your brunch box.
The brilliant brunch at the “Blue Jungle” pulls in a health-conscious crowd manifesting a mountain of superfood, self-love and a stellar start to their Sunday. Occupying a privileged position on the ground floor of the Hotel Boutique Celestino, in fashionable Via Primavera, this popular mid-morning hangout specializes in tantalising organic treats for brunchaholics. Highlights include a tricolor stack of almond butter, cocoa, banana and pumpkin pancakes, gourmet cassava arepas stuffed with mozzarella, or some vegan avocado toasts with homemade hummus, mezclum and kale chips that will get your weekend well on track. The restaurant’s open for breakfast through the week in case you can’t wait for Sunday to repeat.
What to order: It’s all good but the stack of pancakes probably just edge it.
Contact & Address:
Carrera 37 No. 8A-60 El Poblado, Medellín, Colombia
Tel: +57 301 4529320
You need to climb high up into the hills on the old road to the airport to find this magical pastry place where cake connoisseurs meet hardcore cyclists rewarding themselves for making the Sunday morning pilgrimage up the mountain. The gourmet bread makers and puff pastry magicians marshalled by Argentine pastry practitioner, Elvira Restrepo, aren’t shy about sharing their tricks with the well-to-do clientele. Working from an open-plan kitchen that makes La Maga, the best-smelling venue in the La Reserva shopping center, Restrepo’s talented team weave wonders with sourdough serving up a difficult dilemma for customers – healthy treats or more sinful Sunday indulgences? We’re big fans of the knotted loaf with chocolate and nutella or the BLT that’s built to satisfy bike enthusiasts. It’s a perfect staging post on the way to explore the mountains around Medellin.
What to order: Vegan avocado toasts with hummus, or the eggs benedict.
Contact & Address:
Alto de Las Palmas, Km. 17 vía Las Palmas, Mall La Reserva, Envigado, Colombia
Maps: https://g.page/cocinalamaga?share (Las Palmas)
The Repeat team does dazzling, al fresco, all-day drinking and dining with an enticing terrace and DJs taking you on a vinyl voyage that weaves effortlessly from salsa classics by La Fania to 80s gothic giants, the Cure. Sounds good? It tastes good too. The city’s best boogaloo brunch pulls a hip crowd with a signature cocktail or mocktail, a cappuccino, tropical fruit salad, eggs your way served on an avocado salad and a basket of assorted breads included. Go large with bottomless Mimosas plus a side of comforting arepas stuffed with chicken, refried beans and smoky bacon. If you’re abstaining after a heavy night, there are life-saving natural sodas and smoothies with tangy tamarind or other tropical fruits to tease you back into the world of the living.
What to order: Eggs over easy or eggs Benedict.
Contact & Address:
Carrera 36, #8a-05 Provenza, Medellín, Colombia
T. +57 304 626 7871
This Provenza landmark is built for proponents of the party-hard brunch philosophy. The bar’s boozy brunch squared (x2) provides hard-drinkers with the option of an early kick off on Saturday and/or Sunday. The Belis brunch epic all-dayer starts with Mimosas and Costeñitas beers from 09.09 before sliding dangerously into cocktails after midday and disaster on Belisario’s dance floor after night falls. Vegans be warned, almost everything they serve comes with pork provisions pretty much as standard. These days you’re as likely to find Belisario’s followers huddled around the firepit in their new open-air venue, Alberta Tastehouse in Rionegro.
Contact & Addresss:
Carrera 35 #7-114, Provenza, El Poblado, Medellín, Colombia
Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/N3dXPa7JJpbS7UfM8 (El Poblado)
Apilados de Autor
This innocuous sandwich joint, tucked away on one of Medellin’s culinary deadends, has a peanut-jelly sandwich and other morning treats to die for. A serious sourdough bakery during the week, the pandemic has converted this place into the undisputed heavyweight of Medellin’s sandwich circuit, putting together picnic boxes that will save the day if you’re heading out of town, or simply want to social distance yourself from the kitchen. For brunchers born in the USA, the P&J sandwich with bananas and pumpkin seeds is 100% nailed on with a bowl of fruit with kefir and a turmeric and ginger kick to level out again. The poached eggs with pesto on sourdough or the New York bagels with serrano ham will set you up for the fight over the french toasts with tiramisu.
What to order: Eating in? Order the peasants “campesino” breakfast.
For takeout try the breakfast box with french toast bites, honey, parfait, a selection of fruit and a chicken with pesto sandwich.
Contact & Address:
Carrera 40 #10A-37, El Poblado, Medellín, Colombia
Crepes & Waffles
Sitting up there with Colombia’s gold, emeralds and coffee reserves, this affordable restaurant chain is as close it comes to a national treasure. The Henry Ford of the Colombian foodie scene, this popular brand not only introduced tasty salads, crepes and ice cream to Colombia’s middle class while employing an army of single mothers, it also democratized brunch with what is pound-for-pound probably the most reasonably priced mid-morning meal you’ll find anywhere on your travels. For as little as $15 you’ll get juice, coffee, a tropical fruit buffet and eggs how you like them. The Australian (poached with ham and avocado) and Mexican (Australian plus picante) variants are our favourites. Sweet toothed diners will love the tasty, tropical ice cream flavors, or a couple of waffles with a scoop of vanilla and fruits of the forest coulis. The chain has outlets throughout the city including venues in Poblado and Laureles. Art lovers might want to try the version in the Museum of Modern Art in Ciudad del Rio.
What to Order: Australian eggs with the pot of coffee, alegria juice and fruits of the forest waffle.
Museo de Arte Moderno
Cra. 44 #19a-100
Carrera. 36 #10-54, Medellín, Colombia
Transversal 39B #73b-60
Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/FaDAmQFR4izttUK68 (El Poblado)
Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/5CQrdK7o2vrWKb8d6 (Laureles)
Striking a pose as a traditional purveyor of French pastries, Bagatelle, offers breakfast all day from the ground floor of the Diez Hotel in El Poblado and high up in the hills in Llanogrande. Power up pastries and pancakes, popular with locals and gringos alike.
What to Order: Here you can have your cake(s) and eat it so fill your boots with delicious fresh pastries.
Contact & Address:
Calle 10A #34-11 Local 1007, Medellín, Colombia
Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/wzwcY9xFqhr4nfSF6 (El poblado)
Llanogrande-Rionegro ##7, Rionegro, Colombia