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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Explore an Urban Renaissance in Medellín

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2. Where to Eat


Ajiacos y Mondongos (left) is known for its traditional stews and eclectic atmosphere, while brunch favorite Bonuar (right) hosts live blues bands in the evening.  

Taste dishes that have been passed down through generations at Ajiacos y Mondongos, a modest lunch counter with a handful of tables. Locals line up for their choice of traditional stews like ajiaco (chicken and potato), mondongo (tripe), or cazuela con frijoles (beef with beans) ($10 each), made from scratch daily.

Dine on the city’s best brunch dishes at Creole fusion restaurant Bonaur, where smoked salmon with passion fruit béarnaise ($8), ham and corn omelettes ($6), and papaya with green chicken curry ($8) are standouts. Located inside the Museo de Arte Moderno, it’s also a destination on weekend evenings for sipping old-fashioneds ($7) and listening to live blues bands.

Sample locavore cuisine at the modish, three-level Bijao, where ingredients are sourced directly from area farmers. Chef Andrei Mikail López’s menu draws on all of Latin America for inspiration, resulting in delicious takes on octopus ceviche ($8) and moqueca ($18), a traditionally Brazilian fish stew.


Published on Jan 6, 2011 as a web exclusive.

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