Located in the heart of Loma de la Cruz, at the end of San Antonio neighborhood, this small family restaurant is where you can have a very good fresh lunch in the dining room, or on a makeshift terrace in the shadow of the tall trees that surround the small place. However, the specialty is the grill. I recommend it for a tasty lunch, and a good nap afterwards.
It can be difficult to find good restaurants in the residential neighborhood of La Independencia in northern Cali, but Paradero El Calidoso on Calle 27 served good roast or fried chicken with rice, beans, plantains, and small side salads. Everything is served with a side of soup. The price for a full meal is around €4.00.
The Old House Restaurant Carthage is a skilled in Colombian cuisine, its thematic focus on providing a family friendly atmosphere that is reflected in its main building, a typical construction of traditional architecture enriched with rustic decorative elements that evoke the strength and resilient characteristics of cultures that merge in this region. The restaurant has over 30 years exprience in the industry, which provides a high capacity and authority on the subject. The kitchen is an interesting result of the fusion of gastronomy typical paisa and valluna cultures, characterised by its richness in meat, seafood, legumes, vegetables and fruits. The specialty is traditional Colombian cuisine, which gives a special touch of sophistication, from the decoration and presentation of their dishes.
Leños del Cauca (named of the region where Cali is located) is a nice neighborhood restaurant that serves a tasty and generous (really, it's enough to share) lunch menu for 5,000 pesos. The menu consists of the obligatory soup, a main course (I recommend the marinated and grilled meat), and a bowl of fresh fruit for dessert.
The Riccu restaurant is on the main avenue that links the Plaza de San Francisco and the San Antonio neighbourhood. It offers a very nice lunch for less than €4, or you can just cool off with a huge glass of juice made of mixed fresh fruits such as mango, blackberry, passion fruit, pineapple, etc.
If you're a fan of the most famous plumber in the video game world, he opened a restaurant near the El Gato statue in Cali and lives happily between burgers, and other fried food, much to the delight of the Colombians. Mr. Bross, as it is called now, has changed professions, and we must thank him.
It is difficult to find something open in Cali on Sunday, but if we take a look and venture onto the wide avenue that is to the left of the Caicedo courthouse, we will find this small snack shop known for ice creams, and a few tables they have outside (on the sidewalk) are often full.
This pastry shop is located just opposite the church of St. Nicholas of Bancolombia. It is one of the few places open on Sunday afternoons where you can eat an ice cream, a slice of pizza, a good cake, cookies, or any type of dessert. The offerings are served on the shaded terrace, and I fully recommended it for a dessert in the evening.
If you want a nice sunset dinner in Cali, head to Jireh. It's on the road leading up to the Christ statue. It's a place where families go to enjoy a 2L soda and an absolutely massive pizza. With the casual atmosphere and the salsa coming in over the speakers, it's a great place to soak up the true essence of Cali.
The cultural center is this bar-restaurant, completely hidden in the shadows of an alley almost going unnoticed, with some salsa music loud enough to draw us in. At the bottom of a dark, cool room, there are some people always sitting at the wooden tables in front of a beer. And in the small dining room, tablecloths with red dots on white, under the watchful eye of former Colombian singers who had their heyday in Cali, you can eat some traditional and cheap dishes. A place of choice and could not be more picturesque, fully recommended to enjoy the Colombian food, and spend an enjoyable evening in a surprising place.
There is plenty to choose from for breakfast at Cali airport. If you're not a fan of Dunkin' Donuts or are not willing to spend much, Panpa'ya cafe doesn't apply the "airport prices", but offers fruit juices, croissants, and hot chocolate at an affordable price.