Exploring Colombia's Capital
Chapinero is the best neighborhood to stay in Bogotá. Look for Airbnbs along Carrera Septima, between 40th and 70th. It's a great, central neighborhood where you can easily walk, or take a car, to nearby shopping and restaurants. Check out Misia for authentic, everyday Colombian food with a focus on local ingredients. It's great for breakfast, they serve Devoción coffee and their Arepa y Huevo is the perfect hangover cure.
Salvo Patria is great for lunch or dinner, it's Colombian cuisine with a focus on simple, delicious ingredients. Principal is also a great spot for lunch or dinner. They really value design and the diversity of Colombian cuisine, it shows in their beautifully prepared dishes and thoughtfully designed menu.
Mini Mal's menu is also reflective of Colombia's diverse cuisine, however their creations change daily based on availability, including some incredible ingredients from the amazon. They also have a cute shop near the front of the restaurant with goods from local designers.
Rafael is an amazing Peruvian fine-dining restaurant, it's great spot for a romantic dinner or drinks in their lounge area.
Rin Rin is a laid back tapas bar with great wine and cocktails. For really interesting cocktails and dinner or late night bites, check out El Kilo.
Centro is downtown Bogotá, it's where all the government buildings and Plaza Bolívar are. Check out La Candelaria, a historic neighborhood in Centro. Museo Botero houses some of Latin America's more important art collection and nearby La Puerta Falsa is one of the countries oldest restaurants in Colombia, great for a post museum hot chocolate. For lunch or dinner nearby, check out Madre, known for delicious pizzas and sandwiches.
Museo de Oro is another museum downtown. The gold museum is fittingly in an old bank, and has an impressive collection of indigenous metal work and ceramics.
Pasteleria Florida is a traditional breakfast and lunch place along the section of Carerra Séptima that's a pedestrian walk way. Between Calle 16 and 24, Carrera Séptima is closed to cars and instead full of street performers and vendors.
Just north of Centro is Tábula, a rustic Colombian restaurant. Most of their dishes are made in a brick oven and served family style.
Usaquen is a neighborhood north of Chapinero. It used to be its own town, but the city grew around it and now it's part of Bogotá.
On Sundays there's street market where you can find artisans and vendors selling things like ponchos, mochilas, jewlery and more. Abasto is cute breakfast spot with delicious eggs, breads and arepas. Osaki is one of the few good sushi places in Bogotá.
80 Sillas is a wonderful place for dinner in the neighborhood. It's based on the well thought out concept of British chef, Andrew Blackbourn. He believes that 80 seats is the ideal number of seats to provide the best ambiance but also be super efficient in the kitchen. He's been in Colombia for over 20 years and puts his own gastronomic touch on Colombian comfort food, focusing on basics and quality ingredients.
Paloquemao is the real deal when it comes to Colombian markets. It's loud and messy, but amazing. Go early in the morning to get the best picks of produce and catch a glimpse of the flower vendors unloading their goods before they're gone.
Monserrate is one of the highest points in Bogotá, rising 10,407 feet above sea level. Most people take the gondola up, but you can also take the hiking trail up, to check out the amazing 360 views of the city.