One of my favorite things about Bogotá is THE FOOD. This is a city that revolves around food. I’m talking row after row of restaurants, neighborhoods that are solely hip eateries, from hidden local secrets to world-class restaurants with exotic tasting menus. If you’re visiting Bogotá and want to experience what’s currently trendy in this booming
Llorente is set within a luxurious brick home in the Quinta Camacho neighborhood. The concept is similar to a speakeasy with no signage and dimly lit windows so you have to be in the know about this place to realize it’s existence. Once you enter, the atmosphere utilizes dark, masculine wood & leather tones and instantly feels like you’ve entered into a secret clubhouse from another era. The employees are dressed in perfectly fitted plaid suits and are ready to serve up a craft cocktail or you can order off the tapas menu. The second-floor features a full-service restaurant with an open-air kitchen where you can watch the chefs meticulously prepare each dish.
Address: Quinta Camacho, Carrera 9 #69-7
I’ve done a few tasting menus in various cities and El Cielo is one of the best culinary experiences I’ve tried. I don’t want to ruin what they have in store for you but expect each plate that comes out to keep you engaged, full of surprises, and utilize all of your senses. At the time of this writing, the cost of the 13-course experience is 198K Pesos and the cost of the full 15-course experience is 254K Pesos (go with the full experience if you’re going to do it). The experience can be vegetarian-friendly as well if you let them know ahead of time. I also recommend skipping the pricey drink pairing and ordering a bottle of wine off the menu instead to keep your bill from becoming outrageous.
Address: Zona G, Calle 70 #4-47
7 Cabras is one of my go-to spots for a great atmosphere and delicious Mediterranean food. The restaurant is dark & cozy with chic, rustic decor and walls of plants. They typically have live music and a DJ in the evening, which gives it a lively atmosphere. It’s a fun place to go with a group that enjoys trying everything as you can order lots of plates to make it tapas style. Be sure to include the Burrata with Truffle Honey and Mushroom Ravioli in your order and you won’t be disappointed.
Address: Quinta Camacho, Calle 70 #9-92
Salvaje is a super trendy spot to eat in Bogotá right now. The establishment cooks up Japanese cuisine with flavor fusions from around the world and each plate is a piece of art. The decor is tropical and flashy – large gold rhino heads overlook the kitchen with palm tree wallpaper. This is a spot to get dressed up, take lots of pics, and enjoy the amazing food & hip atmosphere.
Address: Zona Rosa, Calle 83 #9-48
El Chato makes the list of Latin America’s Top 50 Restaurants and is an excellent representation of creative Colombian cuisine that takes advantage of local flavors and traditional cooking methods to create unique dishes. The restaurant is set in a renovated building in Chapinero and has a cozy, high-end feel without being pretentious. A few of their most popular plates include squid-ink-stained rice crisps with crab, mushroom tartare, and chicken hearts.
Address: Chapinero Alto, Calle 65 #3b-76
Café Bar Universal
The outside of Café Bar Universal is easy to pass but once you open the nondescript white doors you’re led into an open & airy space filled with people and a great atmosphere. They are most famous for their seafood dishes and constantly introduce new plates based on what’s fresh and in-season. This is also an excellent spot for Sunday brunch, as they have an offer for 95K Pesos and includes an appetizer, main dish, bread, and unlimited mimosas.
Address: Chapinero Alto, Calle 65 #4a-76
Black Bear is one of those restaurants where you can count on every plate that comes out to be delicious and look beautiful at the same time. The last time I was here our group of four ordered at least 8 dishes to share (some small and some large) and we left the place full and satisfied. The decor is also super classy while still feeling casual.
Address: Parque 93, Calle 89 #11a-10
Mesa Franca is set in the middle of a renovated house in Chapinero Alto and adds to the booming food scene this neighborhood is experiencing. They combine fresh local products with Colombian flavors to create unique dishes like their famous pork belly with plantain pureé and the
Address: Chapinero Alto, Carrera 6 #55-09
Cantina y Punto
Cantina y Punto delivers creative Mexican cuisine in a hip setting. The tortillas are hand-pressed right before serving, the guacamole is outstanding, and they have a large selection of tacos and classic Mexican dishes. They even have an extensive vegan menu that includes mushroom tacos al pastor, aguachile verde, and roasted cauliflower with mole.
Address: Zona G, Calle 66 #4A-33
BOHO Food Market
BOHO Food Market is a foodie’s dream where you have over 20 different gourmet restaurants and vendors under one rooftop. The first floor is more of a market where they have specialty food items and produce. The second floor is a casual food hall and the third floor is a little more upscale and a nice outdoor lounge area. They also just opened their rooftop beer garden on Fridays & Saturdays.
Address: Usaquén, Carrera 7 #120-20