The “bacano” bites and best restaurants of Bogota

Cheers, from one of my favorite restaurants in Bogota.

Bogota is an amazing foodie destination, and it’s really underrated. It’s feels like New York with a South American flair. We were visiting friends who live in Colombia, and they took us to some of the best restaurants in Bogota.

Where to stay if you want to walk to restaurants…

We stayed at the Embassy Suites in Bogota. It’s a fairly nondescript business hotel, unremarkable, except for its fantastic location — Zona G. The G in “Zona G” is for “gastronomy,” and with good reason — it’s basically three square blocks of great restaurants!

Here are the best restaurants in Bogota…

Astrid y Gaston

Camarones at Astrid y Gaston. The sauce was poured over a hot volcanic rock!

Not quite as good as the one in Lima, but we love Gaston Acurio. We just asked the wait staff to bring us “whatever they wanted” and ended up with an incredible meal with unbelievable wine.

Capital Cocina y Café in the Candelaria

It’s in the old colonial area that’s fun to walk around, and this restaurant is as adorable as it is delicious.

Perfect steak at Capitol Cocina y Cafe.
Perfect steak at Capitol Cocina y Cafe.

Central Cevicheria

Version Original, aka. VO

This is me not knowing what “Brioche Shanghai” means/was and not caring.

Ask to be seated upstairs and try the tasting menu, it was my favorite meal of the trip! Because even though you don’t know what you’re eating (even after your server explains it) you won’t even care. Because todo es delicioso!

Andres Chia

After 11 on a crazy Friday night. Time for soup. #ajiaco #bogota @jimenagamarra #eathablarnolove

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The other “Andres'” are okay (ie. Andres Carne de Res), but we’re still dying to go to the great real one outside the city!

Crèpes and Waffles

Here’s the thing, we were super-duper stoked about this chain. Crepes and waffles and wifi are my favorite things. But no other place had weirder hours (how is this place not open for breakfast?), spottier wifi, and even spottier service. But the waffles and ice cream are awesome.

Masa for breakfast

Super-charming, and a great unexpected wifi spot.

Make sure you try:

Jugo de Lulo

Cafe y Jugo de Lulo!
Cafe y Jugo de Lulo!

Juice made from lulo, an exotic fruit with a citrus flavor.

Coffee ice cream

Mike with our Colombian friend Oscar.

Columbia and coffee and ice cream, need I say more?

Arepa con Queso from a Cartagena street vendor


Delicious, because it’s all butter, mozzarella, and fried dough!

To see more of our trip to Colombia, check out the #eathablarlove hashtag on Instagram!


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