Café Cliché is a popular French Café in Laureles in Medellín that is French-owned and is a popular place to hang out with a varied menu with good food.
This restaurant has a French chef and has a variety of spaces to hang out including cozy corners for couples and an eclectic décor.
Café Cliché opened in August 2016 but I had never been to this café/restaurant. However, I recently went with a friend living in Laureles who highly recommended it. And I really enjoyed the food at this restaurant. Also, we added Café Cliché to our list of the best restaurants in Laureles. Note three of the above photos are courtesy of Café Cliché.
Note that Café Cliché moved to a new location in mid-2020, two block from its old location.
More About Café Cliché and Why the Name?
Café Cliché is the fruit of a long and fraternal friendship between Adrien and Sylvain that was born 25 years ago in the heart of Quercy, France, a land of centuries-old oaks and white stones.
In this restaurant you will find a relaxed atmosphere and ample space that will make you feel at home. You will be able to taste simple, fresh French and traditional dishes made of homemade and traditional cuisine.
In addition, this café is a cultural space with different programs every month, workshops, exhibitions and a film screening every Wednesday.
Why is it named Café Cliché? Cliché in French refers to a photograph on paper and one of the owners of the café, Adrien, is a photographer.
In addition, a cliché is a phrase or expression that because it has been widely used or repeated, has lost its strength or novelty and has become a topic or common place. The café wants to face clichés and is intended to be a place for everyone with an open mind.
Quarantine Charity Project
Café Cliché started a social project with Associacion Ami during the quarantine. Associacion Ami is a women’s organization in Communa 13 that aims to create community and support for independent women and children.
With the help of donations from friends and family, Café Cliche has donated over 2,500 meals since the start of quarantine.
The Food Menu
When it was open with table service, Café Cliché had a popular menu del dia lunch special every Tuesday to Saturday until 3 pm, which includes a soup or salad, a meal and a drink for only 15,000 pesos. The menu del dia option changes each day and was in January 2020:
- Tuesday: meat goulash with mashed potatoes and fried leeks
- Wednesday: rabbit in mustard sauce with lentils and vegetables
- Thursday: Filet Mignon of pork with wine sauce and potatoes
- Friday: Fish in creamy sauces of capers with coconut rice and candied tomatoes
- Saturday: curry chicken on pasta
Here are the main menu options that can be found online with delivery service or pickup:
- Classic Cliche Burger – with homemade bread, 150 grams of select beef, mozzarella cheese, caramelized onions, lettuce tomato and comes with potatoes or salad for 22,000 pesos.
- Chicken Burger – with homemade bread, chicken steak breaded in cereals, mozzarella cheese, caramelized onions, lettuce and tomato. Old Mustard Sauce, Tartare or Blue Cheese. It comes with potatoes or salad for 22,000 peso.
- Vegan Burger – with homemade bread, lentil and beet steak, avocado, caramelized onions, lettuce, and tomato. Tapenade sauce (olives), comes with potatoes or salad for 20,000 pesos.
- French Hotdog – with artisan baguette bread, homemade chorizo, caramelized onions, comes with potatoes or salad for 19,900 pesos.
Also, there are four appetizer options for 1,000 to 17,000 pesos. In addition, there are four desserts on the menu for 5,000 to 8,000 pesos. All the menu options can be ordered for home delivery or pickup.
The Drink Menu
This restaurant has a small sized drink menu available for delivery services that can be seen online.
When the restaurant was open for dine-in services, the drink menu included over 20 beers for 5,000 to 10,000 pesos. Also, there were 12 cocktails on the menu priced from 13,000 to 14,000 pesos. And there was sangria available for 13,000 pesos per glass or 32,000 for 1 liter or 68,000 for 2.5 liters.
In addition, there were some wines on the menu for 7,500 to 13,000 pesos per cup. Also, there are 15 liquors on the menu priced from 5,000 to 11,000 per shot. Furthermore, there are over 10 coffees on the menu priced from 3,000 to 12,000 pesos.
Finally, for non-alcoholic drinks there were sodas, water, tea, natural juices and lemonades with prices ranging from 4,000 to 7,000 pesos.
How to Get to Café Cliché
Café Cliché moved to a new location in mid-2020 that is located two blocks from its old location.
Café Cliché is located in Laureles about five blocks from the first park of Laureles (Primer Parque de Laureles). And the nearest Medellín Metro station is the Estadio station on the B Line. Also, this restaurant is located about 1.3 km from the Estadio metro station (about a 17-minute walk).
In addition, taxis are another option to get to this restaurant, just provide the address below.
Address: Carrera 77 #39b-45, Laureles
Phone:+57 310 368 4867
Hours: Monday to Sunday: noon to 8:30 pm, kitchen closes at 8 pm.
The Bottom Line: Café Cliche – A Popular French Café in Laureles
Café Cliché is a popular café in Laureles with good food. It has a tasty French-oriented menu with a casual and relaxed atmosphere inside or on the patio and also available for delivery.
This small, eclectic French café/restaurant has a decidedly international vibe and is located in a hip area of Laureles.
Also, they have a free French film night on Wednesdays and sometime have live music on the weekends when open for table service. In addition, they have a small shop where you can even buy handmade French sausage.
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Editors note: updated on July 3, 2020 with new location of Café Cliche and updated menu and added information about the charity effort of Café Cliche.