La Guajira Department, Colombia Food Guide: 6 Latin food Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Riohacha

October 2, 2019 Renato Branum

Discover Restaurants offering the best Latin food in Riohacha, La Guajira Department, Colombia. Riohacha (Spanish pronunciation: [rjoˈa.tʃa]), Rio Hacha or Rio de la Hacha (English: River of the Axe or Axeshore - Wayuu: Süchiimma, "Süchii" means river, and "mma" means land, Riverland), is a city in the Riohacha Municipality in the northern Caribbean Region of Colombia by the mouth of the Ranchería River and the Caribbean sea, capital city of the La Guajira Department. Founded by conquistador Nikolaus Federmann in 1535, Riohacha was named after a local legend "The legend of the Axe". Owing to the powerful rain shadow of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, the area is mostly desertic and inhabited by Amerindians, predominantly by members of the Wayuu ethnic group. During colonial times Riohacha was a very important port due to the discovery of vast numbers of pearls. In the second half of the 20th Century, the city became one of Colombia's medium important, maritime commercial ports as well as a multicultural center for La Guajira Department. The city is mentioned several times in One Hundred Years of Solitude, Love in the Time of Cholera, and Chronicle of a Death Foretold, novels written by Gabriel García Márquez.
Things to do in Riohacha

6. Iguaraya Express

Avenida La Marina 1 3-42, Riohacha 440001 Colombia Caribbean, Latin, Seafood, Spanish, South American, Colombian +(57)7287140

Reviewed By Miguel_F_Roa

Amplio menú ejecutivo, muy económico, por lo que se constituye en una excelente opción en medio de la zona turística, aunque también tiene opciones a la carta, Ambiente agradable y buen servicio.

5. Palomino food park

Calle 3 no. 6, Palomino Colombia Colombian, Latin, Spanish, South American +57 322 7555740
Palomino food park

Reviewed By hawkeye1944

We went two straight nights (December 27th and 28th) for the waffles with various toppings including Nutella and strawberries for me. We wanted Colombian Palomino atomsphere which is exactly what we got. Open air, not fancy but clean. The owners were super friendly and the waffles were outstanding both nights. I noticed they serve other meals and if we would have stayed in Palomino longer we would have visited for regular meals. Highly recommended.

4. Pichiguel Cafe

Calle 2, #5-71 A 5-88, Riohacha Colombia Latin, Bar, Pub, Colombian, South American Brunch, Breakfast Table Service +57 300 4059365
Overall Ratings

4 based on 11 reviews

Pichiguel Cafe

Reviewed By Lippicus K

The place is friendship with an atmosphere of home. You can eat the most delicious dishes of the colombian traditon, cooked with the international experience of Jova, the owner and chef. Every days fresh products from the market give you genuine foods and refreshing and juice juices. It's really the place to be to recharge your energy and keep going your journey.El lugar es amistoso con un sentido de hogar. Usted puede comer los platos más deliciosos de la tradición colombiana, cocinados con la experiencia internacional de Jova, la duena y la chef. Todos los días, los productos frescos del mercado le dan comidas genuinas y jugos refrescantes. Realmente es el lugar dond recargar tu energía y continuar tu viaje.

3. La Trece Bistro

Calle 13 11 19, Riohacha 440001 Colombia Gastropub, American, Caribbean, Latin, Bar, Spanish, Pub Dinner Reservations, Seating, Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, F [email protected] +57 301 5703029
Overall Ratings

5 based on 79 reviews

La Trece Bistro

We are the masters of hamburgers in town and the house of the best Margaritas. Our menu in addition to hamburgers includes other dishes of American food such as wings and hot dogs, some mexican fodd with a Caribbean touch, pasta and seafood; in order to m

Reviewed By gieriegonzalez

It is a good place for drinks and the food looks good, although we were here just for drinks.We had a mango margarita and a gin tonic with lime and pepper.Nice ambiance for an outside drinkThank you Angela for you visiting and review!

2. La Jaus by LaTrece

Calle 4 # 9 - 78, Riohacha 440001 Colombia Caribbean, Colombian, Latin, Pizza, Mediterranean, Fusion, South American Lunch, Dinner Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Outdoor Seating, Street Parking, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi [email protected] +57 311 3273213
Overall Ratings

5 based on 33 reviews

La Jaus by LaTrece

La Jaus is a colourful and upbeat restaurant located in the heart of Riohacha´s historic centre. Our menu is a honest mix of the best both Mediterranean and guajira cuisine has to offer where our local products are the stars. From tasty entries which are

Reviewed By tgatz1

My friend and I went to La Jaus on our one night in Riohacha, and we had a great time. The restaurant has an atmosphere of its own, with outdoors and indoors sitting options. The food was very good - while original at the same time - reasonably priced, and the staff very attentive. Definitely a must for high quality cuisine (mix of local specialties and Italian cuisine) in Riohacha! (Do give pizzas a try, they are original and excellent)Thank you so much for your visit and for taking a bit f your time to share your experience. It is awesome to know you opinion.

Where to Eat in Riohacha: The Best Restaurants and Bars

1. Lima

Calle 13 11 33, Riohacha 440001 Colombia Latin, Mediterranean, Colombian, Fusion, South American Lunch, Dinner, Drinks Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Table Service, Outdoor Seating, Street Parking, Accepts Credit Cards +57 300 8155357
Overall Ratings

4 based on 101 reviews


Reviewed By Derry M

I spent two nights in Riohacha last April-2019-and had dinner here each night.This is a lovely place to dine at.The food is excellent and so reasonably priced.The staff are friendly and professional.In this regard I want to pay tribute to Fernelis and Cesar-two very nice people....My guide book was right : this place DOES serve the best food in town...The restaurant itself is clean and attractive and it all makes for an unforgettable dining experience...Definitely worth 10 out of 10.

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