My personal favorite French restaurant in Medellin is Ganso & Castor. Although this spot is famous for brunch, an American tradition, the meals here are actually French!
Ganso & Castor features mostly brunch items, although they’re actually open for all-day dining.
I love ordering the eggs benedict, which is a classic brunch meal. Pair that with a Kir Royale and you’ve got a brunch made in heaven!
Although, if I’m in the mood for something heavier, I can recommend the Meuniere Salmon. It feels oh-so-fancy and is low enough in calories that I don’t feel bloated when I get up from the table.
Ganso & Castor actually has four locations around Medellin. Regardless of whether you’re staying in one of Casacol’s Poblado properties or you’re in another part of town, you’re bound to find a Ganso & Castor nearby.
El Rincón Frances has such a Spanish-sounding name for a restaurant that’s so authentically French. The Chef has years of experience working in France, which is what’s allowed him to cook up such authentic meals.
The menu features a few classic French favorites including:
Everything on the menu is pretty health-conscious, so if you’re trying to stay fit on your visit to Medellin, I doubt you’ll have any trouble here.
La Cafetiere is based on a mixture of classic French cooking techniques and Colombian twists.
Take their prawns in tamarind sauce, for example. The flavors of the dish are distinctly Latino, but the preparation and presentation both scream France.
In terms of what to order, you’ll think me a bit strange here, but I recommend going for their charcuterie board. The cheeses are delicious, featuring brie and camembert which are hard to come by in Colombian supermarkets.
As for the main course, I’d say to go for the Boeuf Bourguignon, a traditional French stew, or opt for the Entrêcote Café de París, which is a hefty meat dish.
Make sure to order a glass of champagne. They’ve got a long wine menu, but the champagne’s are what really sparkle.
Bagatelle is technically a bakery, rather than a restaurant. But, if you love the idea of sitting by the Seine and sipping on sweet coffee with a pastry in hand, this is the place to go.
Bagatelle has a very long dessert menu, although I recommend the Bizcocho Opera Tartlet. This delicate little cake is the perfect blend of Colombian fruits and flavors paired with traditional French pastries.
They’ve also got sweet little pastries and cookies that work well as gifts. Wrap up a box and take it to your new neighbor at your Casacol Airbnb!