There are several reasons you would want to spend time in Jardin, Colombia. From the outdoor activities, colorful buildings, and welcoming locals, Jardin has a lot to offer visitors.
However, one thing that may come as a surprise is the abundance of delicious food options available in this small town. That’s why in this article, I’m going to tell you about the best restaurants in Jardin offering everything from breakfast to dinner.
Is your stomach grumbling? Then let’s get started!
Best Places to Eat in Jardin, Colombia
Before I start torturing you with all of the deliciousness this town has to offer, I wanted to share a few tips with you.
Jardin is often overlooked by tourists visiting Medellin. Instead, tourists take a trip to Guatape or head out to nearby Santa Fe de Antioquia. However, in my opinion, Jardin is worth the visit, and not just for the food.
The 4-hour bus ride may be daunting to some, but you’ll be welcomed with views of the Colombian countryside.
Once you arrive in Jardin, you’ll instantly notice that the pace of life is slower here. And, you’ll get to experience Colombian culture in a more authentic way. The people of this pueblo are hard-working and take pride in the things they do, which is instantly apparent in the way they treat their guests.
Alright, enough with the introductions. Let’s take a look at the best restaurants in Jardin!
Best Breakfast Place in Jardin
Coffee and breakfast are an unbeatable combination in Colombia. You can find some of the best coffee in the world here, so it’s no surprise that breakfast is a big deal.
There are many great breakfast options in Jardin, but there’s one place in particular where you can get it all.
Cafe Macanas Parque Principal
There’s no doubt that Cafe Macanas has the best breakfast in town. This local favorite is always busy, but with a ton of seating, you’ll never have to wait long for a table.
The breakfast options vary from signature dishes to more traditional Colombian fare. Rest assured that no matter what you get to eat will be great. And, be sure to get a cup of coffee!
You can also get freshly squeezed juice, smoothies, and other drinks to wash down your breakfast. However, there are some dishes that you should try when you visit Cafe Macanas.
What to Order at Cafe Macanas
There are three dishes that I recommend you order when you visit Cafe Macanas for breakfast.
The first recommendation is the Don Dario. The Don Dario is served in a small cast-iron skillet with a base mixture of rice and beans. Then the dish is topped with a fried egg, chorizo sausages, and avocado served with cheese and arepa. Just be warned—this dish is filling!
The second dish we recommend is the Cazuela de Pandequeso. This cheesy egg casserole is served with bacon and cherry tomatoes. This baked casserole has an amazing crisp and savory flavor, making it one of our favorite breakfast dishes in town.
The last dish we recommend is the tostadas francesas or french toast. The french toast is a thick but soft piece of bread then topped with fresh fruit and a side of bacon. If you’re a fan of french toast, then you’ll definitely want to try this dish.
Regardless of what you order, you’ll be satisfied with the breakfast options at Cafe Macanas. If you aren’t stuffed from breakfast, then be sure to grab a passionfruit milkshake or one of their delicious desserts to go. I’m confident in saying that Macanas is one of, if not the best, breakfast restaurants in Jardin.
If you had an early breakfast (or just worked up an appetite from exploring Jardin) then it’s time to find a place for lunch. There are several good lunch options in Jardin, but we have two places for both vegan visitors and non-vegans.
Vegetarian Option | El Jardin de Jardin
El Jardin de Jardin is a perfect spot for vegetarians and vegans. However, even if you aren’t vegetarian, you’ll still enjoy the fresh and tasty dishes served here.
The restaurant is set in a beautiful garden with seating both inside and outside. The outdoor seating is perfect for a sunny day, but the indoor seating is just as cozy.
The burger is one of the best things to order at El Jardin de Jardin. The burger is a vegan patty served on a toasted bun with avocado and lettuce.
In addition, the burger is served with a side of plantain chips which are thin slices of fried plantain. The chips are crispy and a perfect accompaniment to the burger.
If you want an appetizer, then get the pesto-filled flautas. The breading is soft but crisp, and the inside is filled with a flavorful pesto. The flautas are served with a side of vegan sour cream. El Jardin de Jardin may be the vegan-only restaurants in Jardin, so be sure to check it out!
If you’re looking for a meatier option for lunch, then Restaurante Doña Hilda is the place to go. I liked this place because it’s a local restaurant with great food at a reasonable price.
You can get typical Colombian food here, such as a Bandeja Paisa, but I recommend trying something different. So let’s take a look at some of my favorite dishes.
What to Order at Restaurante Doña Hilda
The trout is one thing you will find at Restaurante Doña Hilda that your taste buds will love. You can get the trout either fried or grilled, and it comes with a side of rice, beans, arepa, and salad. Plus, the dish comes with a drink of the day and a choice of soup.
Not only is the food delicious but it’s great value for your money. If you’re on a budget, you really can’t go wrong here.
Last but not least, it’s time to find a place for dinner. There are a couple of places you can check out, but my personal favorite was Artesana Cocina Gourmet.
Artesana Cocina Gourmet
During the pandemic, there were many that were uncertain about the future of restaurants. However, one brave couple opened up Artesana Cocina Gourmet despite concerns about when things would go back to normal.
Jorge and Naira are a chef duo that has several years of experience in the culinary world. However, while their food is exceptional, who they are as people is even more remarkable.
Artesana Cocina Gourmet isn’t a big restaurant with only three tables, but what it lacks in size, it makes up for in flavor. Future plans will hopefully see the restaurant expand to accommodate more people with upstairs seating and a balcony.
If you’re sold on this place, then keep reading because we’ve saved the best for last. The food here is outstanding, with each dish being better than the last.
What To Order at Artesana Cocina Gourmet
If you want a change from typical Colombian food, then you are in luck because Artesana Cocina Gourmet offers a variety of international dishes.
From masala to incredible shrimp pad Thai, there is something for everyone at this restaurant.
In addition, you can get your fill of pasta, burritos, and rice dishes as well. Honestly, it’s hard to pinpoint one dish to try because everything is so good.
Plus, the serving sizes are large, so you won’t leave this restaurant feeling hungry.
If you want to support a local couple with a passion for food, then pay Jorge and Naira a visit at Artesana Cocina Gourmet. They’re open for lunch and dinner and are one of the best restaurants in Jardin. Bon Appetit!
Are you hungry yet? We hope so because your taste buds are in for a treat when you visit Jardin. Jardin is a food lover’s paradise, and you won’t be disappointed with any of these restaurants. So, what are you waiting for? Start planning your trip to Jardin now!
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