Bogotá is known as the gastronomic capital and, one of the reasons why, is the multiple culinary festivals it hosts such as “Bogota Wine and Food Festival” and “Alimentarte Food Festival”. Both of them offer the opportunity to enjoy and taste the best of both local and international food in a non-traditional space such as public parks and cultural venues.
If you want to enjoy great restaurants in Bogota, you can’t go wrong if you dine in any of the following areas of the city:
The Zona T:
This area is closed for pedestrians and it is close to the prime nightclub district of Bogota. The neighborhood has plenty of upscale restaurants, nice hotels and three shopping malls. One of the most popular restaurants in this part of the city is Andrés D.C. known for its traditional cuisine, eclectic decoration, circus-like ambiance and for the non-stop music, dancing and fun it offers its visitors!
There are plenty of restaurants in this area and a wide range of cuisines. Here are a few recommendations, and each one of them are famous for the type of food they serve such as 14 Inkas (Peruvian Food), Agadon (Gourmet Burgers), La Brasserie(French Food), Di Luca (Italian Food) and La Cevichería (Seafood).
The Zona G:
This zone is known for its location in the financial district, near one of the most upscale residential neighborhoods in Bogota. With elegant but modern hotels, new restaurants, pubs, coffee shops, fashion and home décor stores, this area is one of the hippest to dine in and one of the most sought out areas to live in.
When visiting Bogota, here are a few of the most popular restaurants for locals and travelers alike:
Café Bar Universal: This restaurant is casual and lively, and serves dishes bordering the haute cuisine in a space decorated with exquisite taste and charming collection of art works. The restaurant offers to its clients Sunday brunches from 10:30 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. and a wonderful experience to share with friends and family.
Villanos en Bermudas: Offers a gastronomic paradise with a daily daring-changing menu inspired by surprising combinations of Colombian ingredients. Here are the most popular dishes: combinations like langoustines, spicy banana broth and goat’s cheese; or stuffed zucchini with Jerusalem artichoke ice cream, burnt white chocolate and green apple.
Lorenzo El Griego: This amazing little spot is home to a Greek and Mediterranean-inspired menu where you can try the most popular Greek dishes such as the gyros and baklavas, as well as kale salad with grilled vegetables, tomato, chickpeas and Greek Yogurt. Pita bread and Greek Yogurt are freshly made by the main chefs of the restaurant on a daily basis.
Nazca: Is a pioneer in traditional Peruvian Cuisine in the heart of the Zona G, in Bogota. The modern interior décor and the lovely patio are the perfect place to enjoy a pisco sour.
Grazia: Is one of the best patisseries in Bogota, and it has won numerous awards for its delicious food. Grazia opens every morning to offer breakfast, lunch, pastries and fresh baked goods.
Parque de la 93
This zone is a beautiful park surrounded by cafes, restaurants and shops. Is, perhaps, one of the most iconic places of Bogota’s shopping, night clubs and restaurants areas. It is perfect for a quick mid-day stroll with a Juan Valdez coffee or an evening out with a group of friends to enjoy renowned restaurants like Café Renault, Osaki, and Cuzco, and more low key but equally popular restaurants like Wok and Crepes and Waffles. Relatively close by, the restaurants Gaspar, Pajares and Gaira will for sure delight your palate!
Usaquén has become a foodie hotspot, where upscale French bistros, Asian fusion eateries and garden cafes cluster around the Usaquén Plaza, the district’s focal point. Usaquén not only attracts people for its diversity in food within all price ranges, but also because of its colonial architecture amid the bustling modern city. Don’t miss Abasto, 80 sillas, La Mar, Café Amarti and Bistronomy.