The Best Foodie Experiences in Medellin

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No time to read? The best foodie experience in Medellin is a Cacao tour!

Without question, the best way to get to know a city is by exploring its culinary treats. And, if you’re a foodie visiting Medellin, you’re about to step into veritable heaven.

The culinary experiences 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.

So, are you ready to take a bite out of Medellin’s best foodie experiences? Let’s check them out!

What to Know Before Trying a Foodie Experience in Medellin

There is something in here for every budget and palette in Medellin. Although, it can make exploring the city more expensive than just jumping on the metro and diving into the street food scene. Still, we do recommend that you book tours and excursions with a qualified guide.

Not only will they enrich your understanding of the city, but they’ll help translate so you get an all-around better experience meeting the people that make the city what it is.

Plus, they’ll also help put money into the local economy.

Beyond the activities listed here, the team at Palenque Tours Colombia has 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 organized 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, and rainforest conservation, whilst helping a community thrive. Life literally couldn’t get any sweeter!

What’s Included:

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

Duration: App. 10 hours

A 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 special brand of coffee. Then, they serve 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 strained years of violence have put residents of the countryside in the crossfire.

Moreover, you get to 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.

What’s Included:

  • 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. This is where you’ll get to taste some of the incredible tropical fruits that make up Colombia’s cuisine.

Here, you can stroll through stalls brimming with fresh fruits, vegetables, and flowers at Medellín’s local market “La Minorista”.

On this exotic fruits tour, you’ll get to taste unique foods and interact with the local vendors haggling for the best price. It’s an experience that’s truly like no other!

What’s more, you get to soak up the local market atmosphere and discover the tiny corridors full of flavors 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.

What’s Included:

  • 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 Cooking Tour

Enjoy an immersive cooking class and comforting lunch whilst helping those in need. This unique cooking class is a great way to learn how to make traditional Colombian meals.

Before the pandemic, there were tons of different cooking courses you could participate in. Today, the options are a bit more limited, but you can still have fun learning to make Colombian meals!

And, if you’d rather just sit down to some great restaurants? That’s okay too. There are some spectacular fine dining spots around Medellin.

What’s Included:

  • 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.

Better yet, 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.

What’s Included:

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

Duration: 4 hours

Check Out Some of the Top Foodie Experiences Around Medellin

There are some fantastic foodie experiences around the city of Medellin. Regardless of which you pick, we’re confident you’ll have a great time.

And, we’re confident you’ll leave with a full and happy stomach!

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