My intention was to buy an ice cream and sit down in Parque Caldas to watch people, but it started to rain so I went to Juan Valdes Café, which is situated on the west side of the park. The café is nice and the tables (with parasols) are in a courtyard. There are many different sorts of coffee to choose from (the coffee is Colombian of course) and cakes. I tried something called Granizado Payanés for 5500 pesos (July 2008). It was cold, with coffee taste and some chocolate and cream. I didn’t like it very much because it was full of small ice pieces.
The Juan Valdez Cafés can be found in most major cities in Colombia (and also in some other countries).
The café in Popayán is open on Monday to Saturday between 9 - 21 and on Sundays between 14 - 19.
At Juan Valdez you can also by T-shirts and Colombian coffee to bring home.
This restaurant is quite big and seems to be very popular. I visited on a Saturday when there was no set menu, but I guess there is one other days of the week. Now there were a lot of meals to chose from in the menu and I took grilled beef with French fries. The salad was fresh and served in a bowl before the meet arrived. To drink I had mango juice. The price was 13 500 pesos (July 2008).
At the counter bread for take away is sold.
La Cave is a nice French restaurant with a lunch menu of the day (not on Saturdays). The lunch is 6500 pesos (July 2008) and it is different from what is served in many other places and it is highly recommended. I visited on a Sunday and got a tasty vegetable soup (with broccoli) and a mango juice. On the main plate there were brown rice, quiche with onions and mushrooms and a spit with chicken, onions and pepper. On the salad, with cauliflower, there was mustard dressing.
There is also a menu with other dishes, sandwiches, natural juices and different bread.
The restaurant is open:
Monday - Friday between 7 - 22
Saturday between 7 - 16
Sunday between 8 - 18
La Vina Parillada is a very eclectic steak house with a very elegant ambient. Everything is properly cooked. The service is excellent. Main dishes are large and filling and cost about 6$
Fish, steaks, baby beef ,fillet mignon roast beef churrasco Argentino and more
On the second floor is Complot Cafe, a pleasant place to have a rest. It has a happy hour between 3pm and 6pm and a huge screen for football matches. It offers safe parking. It is on the corner of Carrera 7 and Calle 3.
Pasteleria Las Abuelas 'Abuelas' means 'grandmothers' but I met one of them ( I think they are two) and she is a very elegant, elderly lady running the place very efficiently. They make cakes, 'empanadas de Pipian', ice cream and a lot of hand made delicious sweets! Of course they serve coffee for you to accompany the tasty delicacies. Try the 'Torta Negra' if you like chocolate! You can visit them after you have seen the bridges as they are very near.