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If you’re visiting Medellin, you’re sure to spend a lot of time in the hip neighborhood of Poblado. But Envigado, the neighborhood just south of Poblado, shouldn’t be missed either.
It’s been my home for five months now and the lively streets, beautiful churches, green parks and delicious restaurants are perfect for a day of eating and exploring.
It’s not just a residential neighborhood either… it has a lot of history.
Did you know that Envigado was Pablo Escobar’s hometown?
He grew up playing in the streets and attending the schools just down the street from my apartment. He invested a lot of money into the barrio too, and I often find myself walking on a track or through a park that he financed himself.
Although his name is all but banned from being mentioned in Medellin anymore, Envigado is still a pivotal piece in Pablo’s, and therefore Colombia’s, history. You should check it out, and while you’re there, make sure you hit my list of the best restaurants in Envigado.
(And, keep scrolling to find my handy map of all eight spots at the bottom as well!)
Address: Tv. 33 Sur #3939, Envigado, Antioquia, Colombia
The spring rolls here are one of the most refreshing appetizers I’ve ever had, and the sauce is amazing too. For a main dish, the Pho (a noodle soup) is served as a huge portion and will only set set you back around $17,000 COP / $6 USD.
The Tom Kha Gai, a coconut curry with veggies, chicken, and rice, is also phenomenal.
It comes as a main course or a small side, so you can try more than one dish per visit. Lemoncillo is one of the best restaurants in Envigado and perfect when you’re craving something new, or just need a light, healthy, refreshing meal choice.
2. Cocolatte Cafe
Address: Cl. 17 ##43f -287, Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
Visit Cocolatte when you have an afternoon to kill.
It’s in the cute little area on Sur 30 in Envigado with quiet streets, shop fronts, greenery, and an almost European vibe to it. It’s the perfect place to chill on a lazy Saturday afternoon, and Cocolatte is a must visit when there.
The frappes are piled high with whipped cream, and the frozen chai tea with espresso is unreal. They also serve a rotation of cakes and desserts to tempt your sweet tooth if the sweet coffee drinks aren’t enough.
Cocolatte is one of the best restaurants in Envigado.
I usually take visitors here not only for the delicious drinks, but also because they have very nice quality “Medellin” shirts for $48,000 COP / $16 USD and packages of coffee beans that make for great souvenirs or gifts to take home.
3. Empanadas la Catedral
Address: #43- a, Bulevar Libertadores De América #4385, Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
If you’re anything like my friends and family, the first Colombian food you want to try on your visit will be delicious, savory, meaty EMPANADAS!
I firmly believe they’re one of Colombia’s best gifts to the world.
You will see them in the fronts of almost every store or shop you pass, but you have to be picky because quality and flavor can vary wildly.
My absolute favorite place to get Empanadas is right on the corner of Parque Envigado (which isn’t actually a park at all, but the main square featuring a beautiful Cathedral, hence the name Catedral Empanada).
There are only two choices, which is how you know it’s good.
Desmechadas is pulled beef and potatoes, and Tradicional is ground beef and potatoes. While both are delicious, I prefer the Tradicional myself. They’re always hot, crispy, and super filling. Oh, and they’re only 50 cents each.
Enjoy them standing at the counter like a local with a shared bottle of sauce, or grab a seat in the square to people watch while you scarf it down. Trust me, you cant go wrong with these!
4. Contenadores Food Place
Address: Cra. 48 ## 26 sur 87, Envigado, Antioquia, Colombia
Where to begin?
This place is unlike anywhere you’ve ever been, I promise you that.
Contenadores Food Place is one of the best restaurants in Envigado because it’s so unique.
It was built by stacking shipping containers on top of each other and draping the place in fairy lights, making a strange grown up version of a secret garden or maze… but with food.
Each container holds a different restaurant, so you can take your pick from burgers, pizza, Mediterranean, sushi, Asian, and more. It’s all here. I’ve only been once and got the salmon salad at Mezza Luna, but the choices really are endless.
5. Sushi Service Barra
Address: A 19, Cl. 40DD Sur #41, Envigado, Antioquia, Colombia
I never thought when I moved to Colombia that I’d be in walking distance to an amazing sushi restaurant. Sushi Service Barra is a little hole in the wall with an attentive staff and great ambiance.
Visit on a Tuesday for the two for one roll special.
The rolls are huge, and one each is more than enough for a full meal. I always get the shrimp ceviche to start as well. It’s super fresh and served with avocado and crispy patacones.
Wash it all down with their can’t-miss limonada de coco, and you’ll be leaving satisfied with a meal for two that will only set you back $50,000 COP / $17 USD. Not bad for a sushi and seafood feast!
6. Mahalo Action Sports Cafe
Address: Loma Del Escobero, Envigado, Antioquia, Colombia
Cuisine: Bar Food
Hit this place up for an afternoon of day drinking in the sun, or visit to grab dinner at sunset.
Because it’s up on the mountainside with a phenomenal panoramic view of Medellin.
Mahalo was built into an old home, so it has tons of outdoor space, porches, tables under the trees, a fire pit, and even a half pipe and paintball field!
Mahalo makes the list of best restaurants in Envigado because of the view but the food isn’t too bad either.
I had a serrano ham sandwich and fries that were delicious for $22,000 COP / $7USD. They also have a happy hour for half price cocktails from 5 to 6. Mahalo is definitely a perfect place to relax with a drink and a view.
Address: Cl. 46 Sur ## 42-75, Envigado, Antioquia, Colombia
Ok, so I actually ate here twice and while it was fine, it never crossed my mind to include it on the list.
Imagine my surprise when I found out Anthony Bourdain featured this little hole in the wall restaurant, five minutes from my apartment, on No Reservations!
Anthony Bourdain thinks Brasarepa is one of the best restaurants in Envigado, and who am I to argue with him?
Of course, while there he ordered the classic, and most famous, dish of Medellin: the Bandeja Paisa. This thing is HUGE and will probably knock at least a year off of your life (doesn’t stop me from eating it about once a month though!).
If the three giant portions of meat aren’t enough (chorizo, beef, and fried pork), it also comes with plantains, rice, a fried egg, avocado, beans, a bowl of soup and juice.
If there ever was a perfect hangover cure, this is it. I haven’t gotten this dish at Brasarepa yet, but now it’s on my must try list.
Address: Cl. 40H Sur ## 42a 32, Envigado, Antioquia, Colombia
Cuisine: Pizza and Pasta
Not only is Ragazzi run by an adorable husband and wife duo, they are also (finally!) bringing the craft beer scene into Envigado!
Their choices vary depending on a cycle with the local breweries and what’s available, but trust me, you’ll find something you like.
Last time Daniel and I ate there, he had an IPA and a chocolate porter, and I had a Marijuana brew from Hakuna Brewery… with 9% ABV. After drinking Club Colombia and Aquila for months (Colombia’s version of Budweiser), trying some new brews was a welcome change.
On top of all of this, the pizza and pasta are both amazing, and the desserts (especially the lemon cheesecake) are to die for.
Daniel and I even stop by on our walk home sometimes to chat with the owner and grab a few beers to take home and try for the night.
Ragazzi is definitely one of the best restaurants in Envigado, and if you’ve been dying for a craft beer in Medellin or a delicious Italian meal, this is the place for you.
Map of the best restaurants in Envigado
Use This Guide to Visit the Best Restaurants in Envigado
I spent five weeks living and working in Envigado, so I got to know the neighborhood pretty well.
When I wanted to go out for a bite to eat, these eight restaurants rose above the rest and became my favorites in the neighborhood.
Check them out, eat a lot, and then comment below to let me know which one is your favorite!
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