Bogota is full of treasures to discover, this city has riches everywhere, gastronomy is one of them. During your trip we recommend you to visit the farmers markets, you’ll be surprised by the variety of herbs and tropical fruits. One dish that you should definitely try is the ajiaco. One of the best places to try this dish are the marketplaces such as Perseverancia, Fontibon, 12 de Octubre and Concordia, which have become tourist attractions in the city.
In this article you’ll find the best places to enjoy the gastronomy of the city.
La Zona G
Zone G is called the gastronomic area between the fourth and seventh races and streets 69-72. It’s the chicest area of the Chapinero district, where design, excellent service and haute cuisine dominate in houses converted into gourmet rooms. Some of Colombia’s most famous chefs have their restaurants in this neighborhood: Juan Manuel Barrientos and the Rausch brothers, Jorge and Mark, for example.
The Macarena neighborhood, located on the slopes of the eastern hills, is a gastronomic and artistic epicenter of the city. Since its foundation in the middle of the 20th century, it’s been a place of residence for artists, actors, writers and students. In the neighborhood is the so-called International Center, a hotel, residential and commercial complex located next to historic buildings such as the National Museum, the Museum of Modern Art (Mambo) and the Jorge Eliecer Gaitan Theater.
The origin of the city dates back to the 16th century and the history of Colombia was built in its main square – today’s Plaza de Bolivar. Among eaves, colors and colonial balconies you’ll find museums, theaters, cafes, restaurants and cultural centers. La Candelaria is a lively tourist scene that hosts restaurants offering a variety of typical cuisines from Bogota and other regions or countries.
El parque de la 93
This is a park that’s an incredible gastronomic and leisure offer, such as its nightclubs that are usually open from Thursday to Saturday. Here you can enjoy Colombian dishes like a crab cocktail with patacon or Mediterranean, Asian or street food offerings like hamburgers, Peruvian sandwiches or ice cream parlors.
It’s said that Usaquen, a word of Muiscan origin, referred to an honorary title given by the Zipa or Lord of Bacata to the chiefs or caciques of higher rank. Hence the name of this town, which was a neighboring town until 1954, the year it was incorporated into the Capital District. The cobblestone streets and the main square, crowned by the church of Santa Barbara and the hacienda of the same name, are an attraction in themselves.
Mr. Anton Hero was a shoemaker who made slippers for ladies to walk through swamps with no path or name. This is probably where the name of this neighborhood in the northeast of the capital comes from. The new gastronomic jewel of the city is located in the middle of the streams Las Delicias and La Vieja and in the Plaza de Lourdes, the mythical basilica built in 1875.
Walking through the streets of Quinta Camacho is like taking a short stroll through a London neighborhood. Houses with front gardens, English-style pitched roofs and tree-lined sidewalks are home to restaurants serving casual or upscale cuisine, cafes, unique lounges and signature cocktail bars or live music.
The neighborhood of El Retiro, fashionable, alternative and full of life. Here’s Bogota’s golden mile, also known as “Calle del Sol”. Located on Carrera 14 between Calles 82 and 84, it houses the most exclusive national and international designer boutiques and luxury brands. The streets are home to two reference shopping centers, El Andino and El Retiro, as well as numerous bars, restaurants, bistros, pubs and chocolate stores, making Calle del Sol a well-known tourist district in the city.