From an overview, Colombian cuisine mimics that of much of South American or “Indigenous” cuisine–high starch through rice and potatoes (or plantains) along with beans and protein. But visiting, there were still some specialities to eat in Colombia–for instance the Caribbean influenced Colombia cuisine of Cartagena, as well as, some of the best collections of fruits in Medellin. Along with, there were the traditional meals and street foods, all outlined below! (Also, the coffee!)


Local Specialities


  • Bandeja Paisa @ El Canosto
  • Ajiaco @ Mondongo’s
  • Mondongo @ Mondongo’s

The Fruits @ Plaza Minorista


  • Cherimoya
  • Guanabana
  • Lulo
  • Pitahaya
  • Tomate de Arbol
  • Carambola
  • Curuba
  • Feijoa



Caribbean Colombian Cuisine @ Cocina de Pepe – I only ate at one restaurant in Cartagena, and I ate there twice because it was so good.


  • Mote e Queso
  • Sopa de Mariscos / Sopa Caribe
  • Coconut Rice

Street Food


  • Carimanola
  • Arepas
  • Fritanga
  • Cocktail de Camarones
  • Patecones/Tortones (above)