Colombia is plagued with street food vendors and Bogota is no exception. In Bogota you can find food everywhere and the favorite food of the Rolos (as the people of Bogota are called) is the food that is found on the go. This food is usually very delicious and also very cheap. To give you an idea, you can buy something to eat on the street for less than 0.50 cents. Another city from Colombia where street food is king is Cartagena. If you visit Cartagena we recommend you to book a tour with Food Tour Cartagena.
Here are the most popular street foods in Bogota:
Arepas are a kind of pita bread made from corn flour. This main ingredient gives it the characteristic flavor of the arepa. The arepa can be eaten as a bread but it is more common to make a sandwich with it. Inside the arepa people put what they have at hand, such as cheese, scrambled eggs, sausages, avocado or a combination of everything. In the streets of Bogota you can easily find grilled arepas with cheese, they are delicious.
Unlike the empanadas of other nationalities, the arepas of Bogota are made of corn flour and fried in a lot of oil. This technique makes the empanada crispy. The filling of the empanadas is usually cheese, meat, chicken, among other ingredients that undoubtedly combine perfectly within an empanada. This food is one of the cheapest you can get on the streets of Bogota.
Fritanga are foods cooked on the grill. This variety of food is usually made up of black pudding, chorizo, pork rinds, etc. All of this is grilled and served on a small plate with para and a spicy or non-spicy cream. This dish is delicious, but you have to be careful where you buy it to avoid stomach pains due to precarious hygiene measures.
Roasted corn is a classic street food in Bogota. As you have already realized through this article, Colombians love corn and use it in all possible ways, for example in flour as in the case of arepas and empanadas or simply roasted with some sauce.
It is very common in Bogota to see small walking shops that sell mango pieces in a small transparent plastic bag. For many people it is a delicacy and they eat it with lemon juice and salt. The texture of the green mango is hard but it combines perfectly with the aforementioned ingredients. This food sounds very strange but you have to give it a try.