Top things to do

Top Choice Plaza in Villa de Leyva

Plaza Mayor

At 120m by 120m, Plaza Mayor is one of the largest town squares in the Americas. It's paved with massive cobblestones and surrounded by magnificent colonial structures and a charmingly simple parish church. Only a s…
Top Choice Colombian in Villa de Leyva

Mercado Municipal

This chef-driven outdoor restaurant around the gardens of a 1740 colonial house has resurrected ancient techniques of cooking meats in a 1m-deep underground wood-burning barbacoa (barbecue) on its way to becoming Bo…
Top Choice Museum in Villa de Leyva

Museo del Carmen

One of the best museums of religious art in the country, Museo del Carmen is housed in the convent of the same name. It contains valuable paintings, carvings, altarpieces and other religious objects dating from the …
Vegetarian in Villa de Leyva

Restaurante Savia

The delightful Savia specializes in inventive vegetarian, vegan and organic fare and local eco-artisanal products of the same ilk. Carnivores aren't left behind, though – there's fresh seafood and poultry dishes (bu…
Desserts in Villa de Leyva

Tartas y Tortas de la Villa

Take your pick from a wide range of indulgent desserts and good coffees at this cute little cafe right on the main plaza. There's half a dozen cheesecake types alongside puddings, pies and brownies. There are vegan …
Bakery in Villa de Leyva

Pastelería Francesa

You can smell the sweet scent of baked goodness a block away from this authentic French bakery with croissants (oh, those almond ones!), baguettes, tarts, quiches, mini-pizzas, coffees and hot chocolate. It's great …
Sandwiches in Villa de Leyva

Entre Panes

A couple of blocks from the plaza you'll find this appealing outdoor cafe serving up some of the best sandwiches in Colombia. Take your pick from French classics or more gourmet options all served on homemade bread …
Fireworks in Villa de Leyva

Festival de Luces

This fireworks festival is usually held on the first or second weekend of December.
Cultural in Villa de Leyva

Festival de las Cometas

Locals and foreign kite fans compete in this colorful kite festival.
Colombian in Villa de Leyva


This colorful restaurant/culinary school prides itself on being 100% Colombian and is indeed the best place to sample Colombian gastronomy at levels beyond sancocho (soup) and patacones (fried plantains). Being dedi…