In Belén de Umbría, it’s impossible to get hungry. All of the restaurants are located on the main plaza or within walking distance. It’s not exactly world-class cuisine, but there are some very good places to eat.
Salsa y Sazón has excellent Asian dishes. Portions are huge. The owner spent several years living in Australia and Asia and does a wonderful job. He also speaks fluent English.
La Fonda serves traditional Colombian dishes as well as fast food. I always have a good meal there no matter what I eat. I usually eat the Colombian dishes but they also make a good burger. Across the street is El Mesón del Pollo, which has some of the best fried chicken I’ve ever eaten. Nearby is Gourmix, a sandwich shop, and El Gato Negro, which has incredible breakfasts and affordable lunches.
Parrilla y Carbón is a meat lover’s restaurant, serving grilled meats including beef, chicken, and even buffalo! They will cook the meat to your specification, which is a breath of fresh air. It’s tough to get a rare steak in Colombia!
Mama Mía Pizzeria has some of the best pizza I’ve eaten in Colombia (which isn’t saying much). They also serve huge hot dogs and giant burgers. It’s part of Parrilla y Carbón.
On the main plaza starting at 7pm and open well into the night are several fast food stands. Ask for a “perro caliente” and you will get the Colombian version – a hot dog with crushed potato chips, ketchup, mustard, mayo, pineapple sauce, salsa rosada (ketchup mixed with mayo), and two quail eggs. It might not sound all that great, but it’s delicious! You can also get patacón, Cuban sandwiches, pizza by the slice (not good at all), burgers, and chorizo.
Belén has plenty of places to sit and have coffee. My favorite is Genio’s. The interior is very modern and comfortable, there is good wifi, service is great, music is good, and most importantly, so is the coffee. They even make a very good coffee milkshake. There are even balcony seats overlooking the main plaza. I also enjoy having a coffee at El Tonel.