Top things to do

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…
Church in Popayán

Iglesia de San Francisco

The city's largest colonial church is also its most beautiful. Inside are a fine high altar and a collection of seven unique side altars. The 1983 earthquake cracked open the ossuary, revealing six unidentified mumm…
Salsa Club in Popayán

New York

On the outskirts of town, this vibrant neighborhood salsa place is as authentic as it gets. Take a seat in one of the vintage booths beneath the hundreds of old LPs, plastic toys and portaits of salsa heroes that ar…
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…
Museum in Popayán

Museo Arquidiocesano de Arte Religioso

You don't have to be an expert on religious art to be impressed by this collection of paintings, statues, altar pieces, silverware and liturgical vessels, most of which date from the 17th to 19th centuries. There's …
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,…
Hill in Popayán

El Morro de Tulcán

Behind the university, this hill is topped with an equestrian statue of the city's founder and is said to be the site of a pre-Columbian pyramid. It offers panoramic views over the city center's tiled rooftops and i…
Cafe in Popayán

Oromo Café Ritual

One of the best cafes in town, Oromo prepares a wide variety of hot and cold beverages using high-quality beans from around the country. There are so many combinations you'll never have to try the same drink twice.
Bar in Popayán

Bar La Iguana

The place to go in the center to show off your salsa moves. It sometimes has live bands.