This high-end artisan bakery sells undoubtedly the city’s best chocolate cake. If you are looking for a real meal, try the almond croissants for breakfast or any of a number of healthy options for lunch: Masa has salads, sandwiches, freshly squeezed juices and homemade soups.
BTW: Masa has two other locations to the north, on calles (streets) 81 and 105.
Calle 70 # 4-83, Bogota, Cundinamarca, Colombia
Located in the city center, this classic pastry shop has been serving traditional Colombian breakfast since 1936. The favorites include agua de panela (a hot drink made from unrefined sugar cane) or hot chocolate with yucca bread, cassava rolls and almojábanas, made of cassava and corn. Here you can also find quality tamales, a popular Sunday breakfast, with chicken and vegetables wrapped in banana leaves and boiled.
BTW: Build in plenty of time here. You’ll want to savor it.
Carrera 7 # 21-36, Bogota, Cundinamarca, Colombia
Specializing in popular Colombian fare, this bar and grill off the tourist path is a good place to sample neighborhood cuisine and traditional dishes to “picar,” or pick at with toothpicks. One favorite is the morcilla, a blood sausage stuffed with rice and cooked with peas, banana, avocado and potatoes. They also specialize in cocktails; I would recommend a Lupita, based on Ancho Reyes, the spicy Mexican liqueur.
BTW: This is another area that is safe enough in daylight, but after dark, arrive and leave by car share or taxi.
Calle 69 # 15-10, Bogota, Colombia
Trattoria de la Plaza
Owner and head chef André Tarditti decided to steer clear of the main restaurant strips and put this Italian eatery in a semi-industrial area surrounded by auto-repair shops. But the fantastic pizza, pasta, risotto and more mean that customers keep coming back anyway — and spreading the word. If you like chocolate, do not miss the ganache dessert.
BTW: Two blocks west is the market square of Siete de Agosto, where you can find locally grown fruits, vegetables and more. Make sure you arrive by taxi or car share.
Calle 66 # 22-45, Bogota, Colombia
Villanos en Bermudas
In the heart of Chapinero Alto, you will find a favorite local spot that was ranked in 2018 as one of Latin America’s 50 best restaurants. There is only one option for dinner, an ever-rotating tasting menu of 10 dishes per person, but each is inventive and made with ingredients brought in from every corner of Colombia. Cocktails are another strong selling point. Try the refreshing Number 11, with aged Zacapa rum, Bulleit Bourbon, falernum and smoked cinnamon syrup.
BTW: Reservations can be made online only (which, for tourists, might be easiest anyhow).
Calle 56 # 5-21, Bogotá, Cundinamarca, Colombia
An old three-story house has been turned into this restaurant with classic European decor, live bands playing classic rock, and dim lighting, making it a good spot for couples. Located in the Quinta Camacho neighborhood, Llorente was named Best New Restaurant La Barra 2019, a Colombian food-and-drink award. Consider the mercado pesca: the catch of the day with sweetcorn sauce, grilled asparagus and Asian mixed greens.
BTW: Try a Patria Boba cocktail, made with vodka, passion fruit and ginger extract, jalapeño tincture, lemon juice, and soda.
Carrera 9 # 69-7, Bogotá, Cundinamarca, Colombia
Andrés Carne de Res
Nobel laureate Gabriel García Márquez once said that in Colombia, “any gathering of more than six people, regardless of class or the hour, is doomed to turn into a dance.” That certainly holds true at uniquely Colombian Andrés Carne de Res. It’s famous for its lomo al trapo — a steak filet baked in a cloth crusted in salt, then sliced open — but each evening, the vast restaurant transforms into something resembling a disco. Brass bands go from table to table, and the staff fling yellow paper butterflies in the air, a reference to Marquez’s iconic novel “One Hundred Years of Solitude.”
BTW: Tell the restaurant it´s your birthday, and they will send a live band to your table and give you a sash.
Calle 81 # 11-94, Bogotá, Cundinamarca, Colombia
You don’t need to be a guest of the Click Clack Hotel to enjoy its 10th-floor bar. Apache boasts one of the best views of Bogota, perfect for sunsets with a glass of wine in hand. There is a good selection of rock music from the ’50s to the ’80s, and DJs spin at night from Wednesday to Saturday, with the atmosphere heating up at 9 p.m. The menu has 10 types of hamburgers, classic cocktails and house specialties such as the Margarita Apache, a concoction made with tequila, jalapeños, lemon, syrup, bitters and smoked salt.
BTW: The decorations are inspired by U.S. Native American culture.
Carrera 11 #93-77 piso 10, Bogota, Colombia