Popayán restaurants

Top Choice Mediterranean in Popayán


A cute little Catalan-run cafe in a less busy part of the historic center, serving a fantastic spread of mostly Mediterranean dishes. Expect Spanish omelettes, pasta, lasagna, crepes filled with Nutella and other ta…
Top Choice Cafe in Popayán

Mora Castilla

This upstairs cafe is always busy with chatting locals and prepares excellent fresh juices and traditional snacks, including salpicón payanese, champus, tamales and carantantas. If you're still hungry, pop next door…
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 …
Mexican in Popayán


Run by a Mexican expat and his local wife, this small restaurant in the center prepares good-value home-style Mexican dishes. While some authentic ingredients are hard to find in small-town Colombia, their salsas pa…
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 among the best in town and the lunch set m…
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 (potato empanadas with a spicy peanut sauce). Most locals wash them down with a malta (malt-…
French in Popayán

La Semilla Escondida

This bright bistro prepares great savory and sweet crepes, but beyond that, their ambition outstrips their culinary prowess and their pasta dishes and mains can occasionally be hit and miss. It's located a little no…
Colombian in Popayán

Tienda Regional del Macizo

This small cafe is part of an organization that works to develop markets for farmers in the Macizo Colombiano. Needless to say the absurdly cheap lunches are made with the freshest ingredients. Buy your bags of coff…
Seafood in Popayán

Sabores del Mar

Run by a charismatic family from Tumaco, this tiny nautical-themed place serves a great-value seafood lunch. Try the toyo (a kind of shark).
Lebanese in Popayán


A friendly restaurant that stretches the definition of Lebanese cuisine almost to the point of no return. The pita bread and the variety of pre-fab toppings tend to be cold, and the straight-out-of-the-fridge falafe…