San Gil Restaurants

The traditional cuisine of Santander is one the most popular of the country with different types of meat as its main ingredient (as you would expect in Colombia).

It's very common to find meals with goat meat or dry beef, and also a delicious soup called Mute Santandereano made of pork, beef, a special type of corn, chickpea and other usual ingredients like potatoes and yucca.

Hormigas Culonas San Gil

But there is one particular dish that will surely surprise, but not necessarily tempt you: 'hormigas culonas' (or big ass ants!). You will find them almost everywhere, including the crafts shops or souvenir shops. They are basically queen ants captured during a special time of the year which are then toasted with some spices. They are known to have some aphrodisiac effects...

As regards to restaurants or places to eat, for a healthy and fresh start of the day, visit the Market Squa (Plaza de Mercado) just a couple of blocks from the main square. For a proper meal, enjoy some of the best sandwiches in Colombia at Gringo Mike's, a pizza at Pizzería Pierrot, or something more creative and traditional at Santa CulonaBon Appetit!

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