TLDR? There are a few great places to grab kosher food in Medellin, including local restaurants and shops!
Traveling as a Jewish person can be tough, especially during Jewish holidays.
Luckily, Medellin is a city that receives many Jewish tourists each year. Still, local kosher restaurants are scarce.
The good news is that there are still a few places to go, if you know where to look. Here are a couple of kosher restaurants to check out around town.
Chabad House is a Jewish organization in Medellín. Not only do they provide spaces for bar and bat mitzvahs, but they also host religious services. You can check their page for the schedules of the synagogue.
In addition, the center has a kosher restaurant. All the food is made in traditional Colombian style but is completely safe for Jews to eat.
What’s on the Menu
There are a number of different dishes on the menu. A couple to check out include:
For breakfast: Shakshuka with house bread or some eggs with salad.
Salads: Chicken breast salads or schnitzel salad
Main course: Spicy chicken, beef burger, Moroccan salmon filet, or baked salmon filet, Sabih, and Challah
Extras: White rice, avocado, chips, extra bread, or Israeli salad.
Schlepnot was launched when its founder realized the small variety of products that were nationally available for Jewish travelers. She decided to create her own brand to help enable Jewish travelers visiting the area.
There are currently locations in both Medellin and Cartagena.
What’s on the Menu
Schlepnot works with the Jewish community of Antioch, where its rabbis supervise to ensure all food really is kosher. A few items on the menu include:
Chicken breast in mushroom sauce.
Salmon bathed in fine herbs
Paisa dish Kosher style.
Desserts like Pineapple, plantain, or carrot cake.
If you don’t mind shopping at chain supermarkets, you can pick up some kosher products there too.
For one thing, there’s Exito. This is probably the closest thing to a Walmart that you’ll find in Medellin. In Exito you can find the following kosher products:
Romaine lettuce, purple and green.
and wine among others.
Another place to check out is Carulla. Carulla is the Colombian equivalent of Whole Foods. Within their Kosher products are available are:
Lettuce, cherry tomato and rúgula, or green salad.
Cilantro and among others.
Finally, you can swing by Jumbo. Jumbo is another chain of stores in the city with a wide variety of products. In addition to the special ingredients for your Kosher meals that you can find in Carulla and El Éxito, in this supermarket, you can get:
Normal and 3-color paprika
Normal tomato and cherry tomato.
Grab Some Grub at a Kosher Restaurant in Medellin
Maintaing a kosher diet on vacation can be tough.
And, there’s definitely no exception when it comes to eating kosher in Medellin. Luckily, with this guide, you should have a better idea on how to do so.
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