Top things to do in Popayán

Top Choice Church in Popayán

Iglesia de San Francisco

Dating back to the late 18th century, Popayán'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 oss…
Top Choice Museum in Popayán

Casa Museo Negret & MIAMP

This 18th-century house is the home of world-renowned Colombian artist Edgar Negret, whose vast abstract iron sculptures dot plazas around the country. The Museo Iberoamericano de Arte Moderno de Popayán (MIAMP) sec…
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 Coffee in Popayán

Togoima Café Ancestral

One of the best cafes in town, preparing 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.
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…
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…
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 …
Hill in Popayán

Cerro El Morro de Tulcán

Behind the Universitario de Tulcán, this hill is topped with an equestrian statue of the city's founder, Sebastián de Belalcázar, and is said to be the site of a pre-Columbian pyramid. It offers panoramic views over…
Museum in Popayán

Casa Museo Mosquera

This interesting museum is housed in an 18th-century mansion that was once home to General Tomás Cipriano de Mosquera, who was Colombia's president on four occasions between 1845 and 1867. The original French crysta…
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 …