Photo: Bandeja Paisa from Antioquia, Colombia
Credits: Bluedoors Hotels
Bogotá has become one of the most attractive culinary destinations in America following countries such as Peru and Mexico. The scene is so hot that worldwide-recognized restaurateurs are establishing in the country.
Food lovers can enjoy a great meal in all of the following trendy areas:
Zona C – La Candelaria (right at our doors!)
Zona T – between 82nd and 85th streets with carrera 13
Zona G – between 65th and 70th streeets with carreras 6th and 5th
Zona M – La Macarena (5 minute ride from our hotel)
Quinta Camacho – between 69th and 70th streets with carreras 9th and 11th
Usaquén and Parque de la 93(north of our hotel)
Colombian food is a mixture of different heritages. Just like it´s people the country has no single defined cuisine but rather its cooking traditions vary regionally from the Caribbean shoreline and Pacific coast to the Andean mountains, the Amazonas and the far eastern plains. It is influenced by cultures like the Indigenous people (first inhabitants), the Spaniards (conquerors), Arabs (immigrants) and Africans (slave descendants).
Some of the most common ingredients are tubers like potato and yucca along with meat and fish; cereals such as rice and maize; while other legumes like peas, beans and lentils are part of the basic diet of every Colombian.
Due to its privileged geographical position Colombia is home to a variety of tropical and exotic fruits like uchuva (known as cape gooseberry in other countries); arazá; pitaya or dragon fruit; borojó; chontaduro; corozo; lulo; guanabana our soursop and passion fruit among many others.
Photo: Cazuela de Mariscos from the Caribbean and Atlantic Coast of Colombia
Credits: Bluedoors Hotels
Aside from our very own Placita Verde where you may find excellent typical dishes, an international menu, vegetarian meals, as well as our home baked pastries and breads, we recommend the following restaurants in the area:
La Puerta Falsa: It is said this place offers the best cup of typical hot chocolate, tamales and Colombian desserts. It opened 200 years ago and since then 7 generations of the same family have kept secret all of the recipes. It is located right next to Casa del Florero de Llorente where the country´s Cry of Independence took place. Where? Cl. 11 # 6-50
Leo Cocina y Cava: Named among the top 82 best restaurants according to Condé Nast. Its owner is the famous chef from Cartagena, Leonor Espinoza. Here you will find creative alternatives to traditional dishes. Where? Cl. 27 # 6-75
Madre: This cozy restaurant is located next to jewelry shops in an old warehouse. It’s decoration is vintage and the industrial arquitecture is intact. Madre is famous for it’s wood fired pizzas. Where? Cl. 12 # 5-83
Agave Azul: This 5 – table restaurant is not “a la carte”. The chef prepares a daily open-ended tasting menu in the little kitchen just next to the diners. One day you might try a salmon ceviche in a habanero and passion fruit sauce or some adobo prawn tacos. Where? Cra 3A # 26B-52
Patria: Inside the Gold Museum you may find a great option to eat. Its menu
fusions Peruvian and Colombian cuisine. Where? Cl. 16 # 5-41
Quinua y Amaranto: Though it began as an organic store in La Candelaria this comfy place now offers a daily - healthy and homemade menu. You may also find products made out of quinua, chia seeds as well as great quality coffee ready to go. Where? Cl. 11 # 2-953
San Isidro: Will you like to enjoy the best view of Bogotá? If you plan on visiting Monserrate a stop at San Isidro for lunch or dinner is worth the experience.
María Candelaria: Don José will be your best host. María Candelaria is a family –run restaurant where diners will feel just like at home. Here you may sample homemade food for an excellent price. Where? Cra 4 # 8 - 58
Andante Ma Non Troppo: Italian, Mediterranean and Colombian cuisine combined with a specialty daily menu. It is located nearby Botero´s Museum and the Luis Angel Arango library. Where? Cra 3 # 10-92