Top Choice Cafe in Popayán

Mora Castilla

This upstairs cafe is always busy with chatting locals and prepares excellent traditional snacks and drinks including salpicón payanese, champus, tamales and carantantas. If you're still hungry, pop next door to sam…
Top Choice International in Popayán


A cute little Catalan-run cafe in a less busy part of the historic center, serving a fantastic set lunch with six delicious side dishes. It also prepares good breakfasts and, in the evenings, Spanish omelettes, past…
Top Choice Colombian in San Agustín

Donde Richard

This grill restaurant on the road to the Parque Arqueológico serves the best food in town, with generous portions of quality roast meats, steaks and a variety of fish dishes prepared in the open kitchen. A great spo…
French in Popayán

La Semilla Escondida

This bright bistro just north of the bus terminal prepares great savory and sweet crepes as well as delicious pasta dishes. The gourmet set lunch (COP$10,000) is fantastic value while on Sundays they prepare a speci…
Italian in Popayán

Restaurante Italiano

Swing open the saloon doors of this Swiss-owned Italian joint and you'll find great pizza and pasta as well as authentic fondue for those cool mountain nights. The steak is the best in town and the set meal (COP$11,…
Colombian in San Agustín

Altos de Yerba Buena

On a hillside on the way to the Parque Arqueológico, this cute little restaurant uses produce from its own organic garden to cook well-prepared Colombian and international dishes with delicious sides. The diminutive…
French in Popayán

Hotel Camino Real

The owners of this hotel are key players in the Congreso Nacional Gastronómico and their passion for food is evident in the interesting menu, which combines both French and Colombian elements. Go for one of the set …
Lebanese in Popayán


A vibrant restaurant run by a friendly young team that prepares homemade pita breads topped with a variety of delicious options. You'll be given a paper slip on which to choose from tasty local cheeses, gourmet meat…
Colombian in San Agustín

El Fogón

A local institution, El Fogón offers big portions of Colombian favorites and an excellent-value set lunch (COP$8000) all prepared over a wood-fired grill in the open kitchen. There is another branch close to the Par…
Cafe in Popayán

La Fresa

A grimy corner store with a few plastic tables, La Fresa is famed throughout Popayán for its delicious empanadas de pipián. Most locals wash them down with a malta (malt-based soda).