Ganso & Castor: Inspired by the Streets of Paris

Ganso y Castor

Ganso y Castor

Ganso & Castor is a Parisian-inspired café and bistro located in the Provenza neighborhood of Poblado, a few blocks from Parque Lleras.

I’d walked past it numerous times, wishing such an attractive café existed in 2009 when I spent a month at neighboring Casa Kiwi Hostel.

This past May, I finally found the occasion to eat there when I set up a weekend brunch with Nick, who was interviewing to write for Medellín Living at the time.

The café is small, featuring no more than three tables on the sidewalk and a handful inside.

If you’re set on eating breakfast or brunch there on the weekend, arrive early to ensure you can get a table without a wait.

Eggs Benedict
Eggs Benedict with asparagus

Ganso & Castor bucks the trend in restaurant website design with a simple, easy to use site that features their full menu in PDF format, including prices.

Breakfast options include fruit, Greek yogurt, French toast, pancakes and omelettes.

Heavier dishes like Eggs Benedict with asparagus and Eggs Florentine are slightly more expensive, but at just 14,500 pesos ($7), they’re still a serious bargain for the quality of food being prepared and presented.

On Saturdays and Sundays, they also offer fresh-baked goods including croissants, pan de chocolate, Nutella and cinnamon bread.


If you’re there for lunch or dinner, appetizers include empanadas with goat cheese and green tomato marmalade, escargot (snails) and ginger chicken. Prices range from 12,000 to 18,000 pesos ($6 to $9).

Traditional French onion soup is available, plus four other options and three types of salads, including shrimp with mango and a peanut vinaigrette.

Entrees range from 13,000 pesos for simple spaghetti to 28,000 pesos for fresh tuna with wasabi puree and asparagus.

Ganso & Castor
Ganso & Castor

And of course there are the desserts.

White chocolate mousse with fresh red fruit, creme brulée, profiteroles with ice cream and chocolate sauce, and caramel flan are a few of the many sweets they offer.

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  1. Hey ! This is great ! We love Ganso y Castor ! But hold on ! —— no mention of the best “empanitas” in town next door at my dear friend Maria Victoria’s ? These are the crispiest vegan (you would never know it) pequenia empanadas you will find in Colombia !

    • Yes, those are the best “empanaditas in Colombia…..”. The owner has been there for 20 years, and those are the real bargain U$0.35 cents for vegetarian Colombian Empanadita.