Wajaca is a popular chain of nine Mexican restaurants in Medellín with a festive eating environment and a nice presentation and good Mexican food.
I have been to this restaurant several time but never wrote about it until now. Wajaca tries to provide an authentic Mexican experience and succeeds in the presentation and it has some good food. Also, their sauces from this restaurant can be found being sold in many stores in Medellín.
I am originally from Texas, so good Mexican food was a part of my life there and I like authentic Mexican food. But much of the Mexican food in Medellín isn’t very authentic. For example, I am sorry but BBQ sauce doesn’t belong on a burrito. But I have seen this at some of the Mexican restaurants in Medellín.
Note three of the above photos are courtesy of Wajaca.
The Food Menu
Wajaca has several traditional Mexican food options on the menu including:
- Tacos – eight types with three tacos for 17,900 to 18,100 pesos each
- Fajitas – multiple options for 22,900 to 29,900 pesos each
- Quesadillas – five types for 23,900 pesos
- Burritos – 10 types for 23,900 pesos each
- Chimichangas – two types for 21,900 pesos each
There are many other options on the menu including soups and bowls and make your own burrito.
Also, there are three salads for 19,300 to 23,700 pesos. And there are three desserts for 10,900 pesos each.
The Drink Menu
Wajaca has a relatively small-sized drink menu. There are several beers on the menu.
For non-alcoholic drinks. There are juices, sodas, lemonades, teas and waters for 5,000 to 6,600 pesos.
How to Get to Wajaca
Wajaca has eight restaurants in the Medellín area with the addresses listed below:
- Laureles – Viva Laureles mall, Carrera 81 #37-100
- Envigado – Viva Envigado mall, Carrera 48 Calle 32b Sur
- Sabaneta – Mayorca mall, Calle 51 Sur # 48 – 57, Sabaneta (in new phase of mall)
- Belén – Los Molinos Mall, Calle 30A #82a-26
- Belén – Arkadia Mall, Carrera 70 # 1-141
- San Diego Mall, Calle 33 #43-66
- San Lucus – Carrara 25B # 18ASur-137
- Mall Villa Grande – Carrera 43A # 25Sur-05
- Belén – Los Molinos Mall, Calle 30A #82a-26
Hours: Noon to 10:00 pm
Several of the Wajaca restaurants are located in malls in neighborhoods popular with expats. Also, as way to get to one of the Wajaca restaurants is via taxi. Just provide the driver one of the addresses above.
The Best Mexican Restaurants in Medellín and the Aburrá Valley
On the Medellin Guru website, we have looked at 13 of the best Mexican restaurants in Medellín and the Aburrá Valley:
- Delirio Exquisito– a popular Mexican-Asian fusion restaurant in Medellín with some very good and creative food.
- El Sombrero– a Mexican-owned restaurant located in Sabaneta that has good and authentic Mexican food.
- Guadalupe– a hidden gem Mexican restaurant chain with two locations in Bello and one in Medellín with good Mexican food.
- Agua Fresca– a new Mexican restaurant in El Poblado, with a Mexican chef.
- Wajaca – a popular chain of eight Mexican restaurants in Medellín
- Zacatecas– a chain of three Mexican restaurants in Medellín with good Mexican food.
- El Guero– a chain of three Mexican restaurants in Medellín with good food.
- Poblanos– a new Mexican restaurant in El Poblado with good Tex-Mex food.
- Mi Pico E Gallo– a Mexican restaurant in Medellín that has been open for about 25 years.
- Chilaquiles– a a small Mexican restaurant located in Laureles-Estadio with good Mexican food
- La Bronca– a popular restaurant/bar in El Poblado with good Mexican food.
- Milagros– a popular chain of six Mexican restaurants in Medellín with good food.
- Orale!– a Mexican-owned restaurant in Medellín with authentic Mexican food.
Also, we included Wajaca our list of the best Mexican restaurants in Medellín.
The Bottom Line: Wajaca – A Popular Chain of Mexican Restaurants in Medellín
Wajaca is popular and has some good Mexican food in my experience and is recommended if you like Mexican food.
I am originally from Texas and when I first moved to Medellín, one thing I missed was good Mexican food. Medellín has many Mexican restaurants but most of these are not very good in my opinion, as they don’t have authentic Mexican food.
But I later discovered that there are some good Mexican restaurants in Medellín and the Aburrá Valley. And we have covered several of the best Mexican restaurants in Medellín on this website.
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Editors note: updated on July 11, 2021 to add new Wajaca location in Mayorca mall in Sabaneta.
I’ve never tried it but I’m up at Viva Laureles Mall a lot so I’ll stop in and give it a whirl. The name Wajaca is an understandable Colombian rendering of the Mexican Nahuatl indigenous word Huaxyacac which was a bit much even for the Spanish who shortened it to Oaxaca which in its turn would still be a tongue twister; hence the Colombians opted for Wajaca, which for gringos who don’t know that in Spanish a J is pronounced like an H… except in parts of London where an H often isn’t pronounced at all… well, it’s complicated. At least Colombians won’t have any trouble with the proper pronounciation of the J and if the food there is good then everybody wins including us gringos.