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TLDR? One of the best restaurants in Laureles is Fidelina Casa Restaurante.
Medellin’s culinary scene is beginning to pop off in a major way. It’s ascending hand in hand with other aspects of the city as international interest descends onto the tropical mecca.
Out of Medellin’s neighborhoods, Poblado usually gets most of the attention when it comes to food. It makes sense since it has several quite lovely dining options in the densely packed party area it encompasses.
However, the neighborhood of Laureles is not to be overlooked when it comes to dining options either. There’s a plethora of locales here just waiting to be looked into and explored. Here are a few of my picks for the best restaurants in the Laureles neighborhood!
Fidelina Casa Restaurante is a unique joint that lies in one of the more central parts of the Laureles neighborhood. It’s right by the very pretty Primer Parque de Laureles. That park is notable enough to be included in a couple of posts, so feel free to read more about it over here.
Fidelina Casa Restaurante is, true to its name, a restaurant that’s built into a beautiful three-story house in Laureles.
The environment is a very enjoyable and unique place to dine in. The house is filled with all sorts of knickknacks and furnishings. I felt like they enhanced the dining experience by making it more entertaining.
In terms of the food, Fidelina serves up refined interpretations of classic Colombian dishes. For my part, I picked up some of the empanadas to start with and then moved on to the heaping plate of the Bandeja Paisa. This is one of the signature dishes of the region.
Fidelina Casa Restaurante is a great choice for either formal or casual nights out and in my opinion, wouldn’t make a bad date spot as well!
I previously wrote about this restaurant on the blog with my post about places where you can buy organic groceries in Medellin.
Indeed, Saludpan has a small but wonderful organic market within its walls where you can buy all kinds of healthy staples and treats. But, it’s also a place where you can go for some delicious vegan and vegetarian food, all sold for very reasonable prices.
The menu at Saludpan is fairly extensive and features all kinds of vegan spins on classic Latin American cuisines. They also have a full coffee bar and a very robust juice selection that features some customization options.
The menu also features daily specials, which change quite frequently, so return visits to the restaurant are often rewarded.
Saludpan also seems to attract a very interesting and liberal crowd in Medellin. I’ve found that the times that I went there featured some good people watching.
And if you’re still hungry after your meal, the market at Saludpan does indeed offer some very tasty snacks to go—some of which I picked up on my way out.
Every once in a while, you get a certain craving that can only be satisfied by one thing: pizza. With that in recognition, keeping tabs on the best options available for picking up a slice or a pie in your general vicinity is always good.
In the case of Laureles, the best place for pizza that I’ve discovered yet is called Olivia Pizzeria Laureles. Olivia Pizzeria Laureles is located conveniently close to another one of the beautiful parks in the neighborhood. This is the circular Segundo Parque de Laureles.
They’ve also got a location in the Manila neighborhood of El Poblado.
Olivia serves up Pizza in the authentic Neopolitan style of Italy, which means that you end up getting your pie when you go for that.
If you’re not the biggest fan of the Neopolitan style, you’re actually in luck. This is because the pizzeria offers a very inventive and fun method of choosing which style of pizza you would like to eat. They do this based on the thickness of the crust.
These styles are all based around regions of Italy. They include some varieties that were even from regions that I didn’t know had a specific style, such as Rome. The toppings and ingredients are very high quality and fresh, and the food in general is very well put together and presented in a classy way.
Aside from the pizza, Olivia Pizzeria Laureles also offers many Italian classics. These range from antipasti appetizers to more sizeable entrees such as burrata, pasta, and ragu.
The atmosphere at Olivia Pizzeria Laureles is lively but chill. It would be a great place to round up a collection of pals and hit for a birthday party or social gathering.
Laureles Address: Av. 74B #39-46, Medellín, Laureles, Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
La Pampa Parilla gets an honorary mention on this list due to its enduring popularity with the people of Medellin. This popularity has registered the franchise something of a somewhat iconic status in the city.
La Pampa Parilla is an Argentinian steak house that serves up heaping plates of meat that are grilled in-house. The cuisine overall isn’t too far off from the kind of food that you would find in a similar kind of grill restaurant in the US.
The meaty entrees are adorned with sides that are almost reminiscent of the American west. Mashed potatoes, whole potatoes, iceberg lettuce salads, and so on are offered to complement your main course.
This shouldn’t come as too big of a surprise, since there are many shared sensibilities between the Gauchos of the Argentinian plain and the Cowboy of the American frontier.
La Pampa Parilla is popular enough that it has multiple locations scattered throughout the city. There are even two within walking distance of each other in Laureles! So if you find yourself in a wait, then it might be worth turning the corner and seeing if the other location has availability.
Laureles Address: Cq. 73 #4-13, Medellín, Laureles, Medellín, Colombia
This is a collection of places that I found to be among the best restaurants in the Laureles neighborhood.
That being said, I’ve barely scratched the surface of the options available. This is since the Laureles area is one of the most hustling and bustling areas of the city. There are dozens and dozens of restaurants just waiting to be discovered!
There’s enough to cover in this region that I ultimately wouldn’t be surprised if there ends up being a sequel to this post. Just so that the topic gets more fully explored.
Until then, hopefully, this selection finds you in a place where you can have some great food and great memories!
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