Cafe Con Leche
Cafe Con Leche (“cafe with milk”) feels like an extension of the Herrera family’s home. It’s decked out in bright colours, with sprigs of freshly cut flowers on the tables. Colombian jazz is usually playing in the background. Most importantly, everyone here is greeted like an old friend (mostly in Spanish).
It’s popular among locals seeking out single-origin Colombian coffee, as well as homesick Colombians in search of classic dishes from the homeland. Menu items are listed on a giant blackboard, as well as on laminated papers pinned haphazardly around the space. The cafe operates a busy takeaway trade in addition to its laid-back in-house service.
Recommendations are plentiful, and the team is more than happy to change up dishes to suit specific dietary requirements. Choose from an ever-changing list of home-style specials, such as freshly baked arepas (corn cakes) served with little pots of hogao (tomato salsa), sour cream, aji (chilli sauce), ropa vieja (pulled beef) and guacamole. Or step out of your comfort zone with Colombian-style sweets, served with cheese.
Coffee, meals and snacks are whipped up in the open-plan kitchenette, only adding to the feeling that you’re a welcome guest at the home of perfect hosts.