In the main Colombian cities you can find specialty food restaurants that offer vegetarian, vegan, macrobiotic, organic, international and, naturally, local cuisine.

Colombian cuisine mixes indigenous, Spanish and African ingredients. A good example of this is the tamale, which started as cooked corn dough served with chili pepper to which meat was then added and later wrapped in plantain leaves.

Although there are some national eating habits, each region has its own typical dishes and foods. As a result, you can find a wide range of dishes made of beans, rice, fish, corn flour and many other ingredients. Besides tamales, you will find arepas, prepared with corn flour. These and other dishes are usually served with a variety of typical beverages.

The most valued liquors are, among others, aguardiente and rum, but beer is the most consumed one. Recently, some Colombian handcrafted beers have earned place in international markets.