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TLDR? Azul Selva is one of the best places to get brunch in Medellin.
Most of Medellin’s fine-dining restaurants shut up shop on Sundays so their chefs can take a break (and brunch).
That leaves 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.
If you don’t want to spend a ton of money on breakfast and are looking for a more low-key a la carte option any day of the week, we’ve got your back. These places will definitely tick your brunch box.
The brilliant brunch at the “Blue Jungle” pulls in a health-conscious crowd.
This restaurant is all about manifesting a mountain of superfood, self-love and a stellar start to their Sunday.
This spot occupies a privileged position on the ground floor of the Hotel Boutique Celestino, in fashionable Via Primavera.
In other words, 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.
Also, the mezclum and kale chips that will get your weekend well on track.
Better yet, the restaurant’s open for breakfast through the week in case you can’t wait for Sunday to repeat.
In terms of what to order, it’s all good but the stack of pancakes probably just edge it.
You need to climb high up into the hills on the old road to the airport to find this magical pastry place.
This is 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.
In terms of what to order, we’d have to recommend the vegan avocado toasts with hummus, or the eggs benedict.
The Repeat team does dazzling, al fresco, all-day drinking and dining with an enticing terrace.
And, there are 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 or a cappuccino.
Moreover, they offer tropical fruit salad, eggs your way served on an avocado salad and a basket of assorted breads included.
Still, we’d say to 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.
They’re the perfect way to tease you back into the world of the living.
Our top recommendation includes the eggs over easy or eggs Benedict. Either one is divine!
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.
What’s more, this Belis brunch epic all-dayer starts with Mimosas and Costeñitas beers from 09.09. Then, it slides dangerously into cocktails after midday and disaster on Belisario’s dance floor after night falls.
However, 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.
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.
This places is a serious sourdough bakery during the week. Still, the pandemic has converted this place into the undisputed heavyweight of Medellin’s sandwich circuit.
In other words, they’re experts at putting together picnic boxes that will save the day if you’re heading out of town. Or, these work if you 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. Alternatively, go 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.
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.
Sitting up there with Colombia’s gold, emeralds, and coffee reserves, this affordable restaurant chain is as close as it comes to a national treasure.
In other words, this place is Henry Ford of the Colombian foodie scene.
This popular brand introduced tasty salads, crepes, and ice cream to Colombia’s middle class while employing an army of single mothers.
Additionally, it 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. On top of that, the Australian (poached with ham and avocado) and Mexican (Australian plus picante) variants are our favorites.
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. Additionally, art lovers might want to try the version in the Museum of Modern Art in Ciudad del Rio.
If you can’t pick what to order, we’d recommend the Australian eggs with the pot of coffee, alegria juice and fruits of the forest waffle.
Museo de Arte Moderno Location: Cra. 44 #19a-100
El Poblado Location: Carrera. 36 #10-54, Medellín, Colombia
Laureles Address: Transversal 39B #73b-60
Striking a pose as a traditional purveyor of French pastries, Bagatelle, offers breakfast all day.
They’re located on the ground floor of the Diez Hotel in El Poblado. 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.
If you’re looking to down to some tasty brunch, any of these restaurants will do. And, who knows? You might find some even better brunch while exploring the city!
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