If you love arepas and beans, you're in luck. Food in Medellín is carb-based and filling, and you're never far from the famous bandeja paisa, a typical Antioquian plate featuring soup, rice, beans, avocado, salad, sausage, plantain, shredded beef, eggs, arepa, and chicharrón (pork rinds), which you can get for as little as COL$5,000. You can find plenty of small restaurants offering almuerzos corrientes, or set-price lunches, usually between COL$3,000 and COL$8,000. If you're looking for something a little more refined, head to La Calle de La Buena Mesa, Parque Lleras, or Vía de Las Palmas, where you'll find international and gourmet fare, a more exclusive atmosphere, and sometimes overpriced dishes.

For inexpensive eateries in El Poblado (where most Medellín tourists stay), check out Carrera 43B at Calle 8, right off Parque del Poblado. Try Flor de Candela, Yulio's Restaurante, Menú Casero (for typical fare), or Picolo (for Italian and pizza).

Inexpensive -- If the Marantial del Mar fills up, try Los Monitos, just across the street, which offers typical and international fare.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.