Food in Salento

Salento has a good variety of restaurants to choose from. Because it pulls in a lot of international travelers, there is plenty of international cuisine to be found as well as traditional Colombian food.

 

Sueño de Fresas

There are a couple places that are a must try in Salento. First is Sueño de Fresas. They are located to the left of the church and sell delicious strawberries in whipped cream, among other fruits and ice creams. It was a great treat. However, their hours are limited. They opened fairly late in the afternoon and were closed by 8pm.

Sueño de Fresas in Salento, Quindío, Colombia

Sueño de Fresas

Sueño de Fresas in Salento, Quindío, Colombia

Sueño de Fresas

 

Café Jesús Martín

Next is Café Jesús Martín. It is an upscale café selling locally grown coffee on the non-touristy end of Carrera 6, just off the plaza. They have the best coffee I’ve tried in Colombia and excellent cakes. We had the Cappuccino con arequipe (caramel) and an arequipe cake on our first visit. The next day, we had the Café Angela, which is a sweet espresso layered on top of condensed milk. On other visits, we were able to try more coffees and teas, and have taken a liking to the Maria Aleja (a cold coffee). The coffees with liquor are also worth a try.

Café Jesús Martín in Salento, Quindío, Colombia

Café Jesús Martín

Cappuccino con arequipe at Café Jesús Martín in Salento, Quindío, Colombia

Cappuccino con arequipe

Café Angela at Café Jesús Martín in Salento, Quindío, Colombia

Café Angela

 

Eating on the Plaza

On weekends, the plaza comes alive. The right end of the plaza facing the church has several craft booths. On the end directly in front of the church you will find fast food stands. Finally, on the opposite end stand many restaurants serving Salento’s signature dishes, including trout and patacones. Prices are pretty similar at all of the restaurants, topping out at around COP$20,000 for the trout and COP$12,000 for a patacón.

Restaurants along the plaza in Salento, Quindío, Colombia

Restaurants along the plaza

We ate at Aliria on a few of our visits. On our first visit, I had a patacón and Marisol had trucha con leche de coco (trout with coconut milk). Both were excellent and highly recommended. With fresh mango juice, our bill was a very reasonable COP$34,000.

Patacón at Aliria in Salento, Quindío, Colombia

Patacón at Aliria

Trucha at Aliria in Salento, Quindío, Colombia

Trucha at Aliria

 

Café Bernabé

Café Bernabé is a fusion restaurant that should be high on your list. Our group had eggplant parmigiana along with some pasta dishes and a stir fry. We all went back to our hotel happy.

Café Bernabé in Salento, Quindío, Colombia

Café Bernabé

 

Luciérnaga

Luciérnaga, near the cemetery, serves some good (and a few creative) international dishes. It doubles as a hostel and has a good backpacker crowd along with live music. Added bonus: they give you popcorn to munch on!

Luciérnaga in Salento, Quindío, Colombia

Luciérnaga

Luciérnaga in Salento, Quindío, Colombia

Luciérnaga

Philly Cheesesteak at Luciérnaga in Salento, Quindío, Colombia

Philly Cheesesteak at Luciérnaga

Other Restaurants

Other restaurant recommendations include Los Amigos and Donde Laurita for traditional Colombian food, Camino Real for a great atmosphere, and Piccola Italia for decent pasta dishes. Café Kaldi has hearty breakfasts.

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