Everyone loves eating out. Most people can agree that sometimes cooking at home can get tiring. Luckily both Parque Poblado and Parque Lleras are filled with loads of great, small local restaurants. I’ve walked up and down these streets to come up with five cheap places to eat in Poblado. Every one of them comes in at 10,000 COP ($3.37) or less, so you can still eat out in Poblado and not break the bank!
What kind of restaurants? Most people would probably be happy with loads of Colombian rice, frijoles, a cut of meat, salad, and a slice of fried plantain, all topped off with a fried egg. This fabulous full course meal will usually be complemented with a natural fruit drink. Sorry guys, soft drinks are additional. Find this below for 10K, and a few other great dishes are listed as well.
Located near the corner liquor store on one corner of Parque Poblado. The “taxi driver” has a great selection at a great price. These guys have the advantage that they offer carne desmechada (shredded beef) as one of their cuts of meat. The dish here will run you 8,500 COP ($2.87), and 500 pesos more for carne desmechada. A great quick meal, consisting of the usual liver, chicken, beef, pork, or even fish.
Tazmania is a quick stop on the 10 (Calle 10), just before the corner liquor store at Parque Poblado. Every day they have a special dish, and today happened to be barbecue chicken day. The food is great, offering a variety of soups, such as costillas (ribs) and menudencia (offal). The rice and beans here is recommended as it’s cooked to perfection, with the right amount of spices in the soup. They also have fish, such as robalo (bass) for 10,000 COP ($3.37) and even tilapia for 11,000 COP ($3.71). The normal dish, consisting of the main meat and soup, is all for under 9,000 COP ($3.04). There is also a small salad bar where you can fix your salad separately, but it’s still included in the meal, which consists of rice, beans, a cut of meat, natural juice and salad bar.
La Sazon de Maria
The first floor of a modest apartment building, this small restaurant has a very “grandma is cooking” feel to it. Mrs. Maria told me herself she has had the restaurant open for 12 years now. This is one of my personal favorites. The full course meal usually consists of a bean or yuca soup, a very well-seasoned chicken breast, a nice cut of beef or even pork rinds. Alongside this you will usually find a nice helping of fries, carrot salad, rice, a boiled egg and usually something sweet like auyama (pumpkin). This includes a refillable juice, usually something like strawberry, guarapo or maracuya. All this for just 8500 COP ($2.87). The location is a bit hidden. Coming down Calle 10, after Parque Poblado turn left at the corner tech shop. The address is Carretera 43dd 940, next to Sastreria Horacio.
The Lady in White
I don’t know how she does it, but this lady manages to cook up pork rinds, rice, bean soup, salad and buñuelo all night–keep the guarapo coming! This particular madam has a very well-placed hotdog stand, and amazingly she can cook this whole meal there. It’s a special treat, since she is only open from Thursday to Sunday from 7pm to about 3 am. You can find her located right alongside the taxi drivers who are taking fares at the bottom part of Parque Poblado. Her meal will run you about 8000 COP ($2.70).
Super Pizza is a great choice any day. This pizza joint has a pretty wide selection, including pizzas, sandwiches, wings and even natural juices to drink. The personal pizza is only 5000 COP ($1.69), and the sandwiches vary from 5000 to 8000 COP ($1.69 to 2.70). Wings are 9000 COP ($3.04), and the natural juices are 3000 COP ($1.01). Located on Calle 10, just below Parque Poblado. Here you can sit outside and enjoy your pizza while watching the crowds walking up and down the streets. Natural fruit juices are also sold here.
Don’t be shy! Walk around the corner and look around the neighborhood. The Parque Poblado area is a a great choice for anyone looking for a bite that will fill you up right. Not to mention for 10k or less–what a steal! I hope you look out for these places in the future. They’re eager to have your business!
Have you found any other cheap places to eat in Poblado? Tell us about them in the comments below!
Pavel is a world traveler from Puerto Rico living in Medellin. You can read his nature blog at soychaman.com.