Santa Fe de Antioquia is the perfect tourist destination to spend your weekend at, learning about the charming town’s colonial history, and their long-lasting religious traditions.
You’ll also have an amazing time exploring the local food scene: visiting new restaurants, sampling exotic fruits with hard to pronounce names, and digging into a wide variety of typical Antioquian dishes that stand out for their colors, flavors and textures.
If you’re mouth is already watering, then you’re going to love this place. Read on to find out where to try the best dishes!
Best Places to Eat in Santa Fe de Antioquia
One of the great things Santa Fe de Antioquia is known for is being a place of rest and relaxation, where tourists can take a break from technology and the hustle and bustle of the city.
Spend a few days here, or even just one. The town is only about an hour and a half away from Medellin, so it’s close enough for a day trip.
My first impression of Santa Fe de Antioquia was that it was a small place without much to see, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. Here you have the chance to truly explore Colombia, and get to know its culture, meals, and the kindness of its people.
You’ll see this reflected in their dishes, full of love and made from ingredients taken directly from the earth.
Best Breakfast Place in Santa Fe de Antioquia
For Colombian people, eating breakfast is as important as putting on your pants before leaving home! And as producers of some of the best coffees in the world, it comes as no surprise they take it so seriously.
In Santa Fe de Antioquia, you’ll find everything from gut-busters like the “Champion’s Breakfast” that’ll leave you with a full stomach for an entire day, to smaller meals with “Tinto” and bread. There’s truly something for everyone!
The Café Canelo is located within the hotel Mariscal Robledo, a historical heritage of Colombia. The café serves delicious coffees decorated with latte art, affogato, waffles, and other delightful meals.
Although its a popular location, the Café Canelo is very spacious, so you won’t have to wait too long for a seat.
Then comes the hard part: choosing something from the menu! If you find yourself stuck between a typical Colombian breakfast or one of the café’s famous waffles with fruit and chocolate, make it easy on yourself and order both!
What to Order at Café Canelo
I highly recommend the Colombian breakfast. This is a toast topped with fried or scrambled eggs, garnished with cilantro, and accompanied by a slice of mozzarella cheese. Though this may seem like a simple combination, believe me, it’s worth it.
A fruit salad of strawberry, banana, papaya, and mango also comes with the breakfast, along with a latte decorated with a cute drawing of a little heart.
If you’re in a hurry, try one of the sandwiches on the menu. I tried the smoked pork and it was really tasty.
Don’t forget to try a cup of their own coffee, sourced from Caicedo, a small coffee village in Antioquia.
You can enjoy these kinds of coffee:
Roasted coffee beans (Blend, regional, and special)
Roasted grounded coffee (Blend, regional, and special)
You’ll probably work up an appetite after a morning of walking around Santa Fe de Antioquia. Luckily, there are so many options in town. I recommend you step outside your comfort zone and try some dishes you never thought you would taste.
La Casa Solariega
La Casa Solariega is traditonal and romantic, with a large collection of international beer. I recommend asking for a Poker!
The restaurant is a pleasant place that always has a warm welcome for tourists, but remember to make a reservation beforehand as its very well known.
The menu is fantastic, with vegan and vegetarian options as well. Here are my recommendations:
What to Order at La Casa Solariega
For meat lovers I recommend the 100% Black Angus New York steak, served in a cast-iron tray complete with meat sauce and butter slices on top. The meal comes with a serving of french glass, a class of wine, and a small carrot salad. Great for those looking to fill up!
For vegetarian, I recommend the tagliatelle with fresh carrots, cucumbers, apples, and onions. It had an incredible flavor, and pairs wonderfully with a cold lemonade to cool you off after a sunny day.
Tired after a long tour of the city? Try La Plazuela Pizzeria, where you’ll find some unexpected pizza flavors. Who knew something so strange would taste so good!
La Plazuela Pizzería Colombia
La Plazuela Pizzeria Colombia is a small restaurant with outdoor seating perfect for drinking a cocktail while you wait for your pizza.
The place is a local hidden gem, known by locals for their creative pizza recipes.
What to Order at La Plazuela Pizzeria
I recommend trying the half cherry tomato and pesto, half pear with blue cheese pizza. You may think I’ve lost my mind, but I promise you this combination of flavors is delicious, no matter how crazy it sounds!
Maybe someone from Italy wouldn’t call this a pizza, but even though it was something totally different than what I’m used to, I saved a few slices for later.