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NEIGHBORHOOD GUIDE

A guide to local favorites in Chapinero

Partying at the Ghetto Project.
  • By Alexandra Correa
  • Photos by Juan Cristóbal Cobo
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A hip, student-driven area known as Bogota’s gay neighborhood, Chapinero is in constant motion — by the end of 2019, anti-government protesters were holding regular concerts and other events in its plaza, known as “Parque de los Hippies.” The people are diverse and the nightlife lively; the neighborhood’s flagship club, Theatron, hosts a great LGBT party. The Our Lady of Lourdes church here, built in neo-Gothic style, is a famous Bogota landmark.

Meet Alexandra Correa

Alexandra Correa is a journalist from Bogota. After university, she lived for a time in the United States, Spain and Germany before returning home to continue her career writing. In her spare time, she likes to explore all the regions of Colombia, especially the Caribbean coast, and try new restaurants. She loves cats, empanadas and coffee.

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Chapinero

Take a walking tour
Explore antique shops, design boutiques, art galleries, bars, cafes and architectural points of interest in Chapinero, one of Bogota’s trendiest neighborhoods, which by the end of 2019 became one of the main centers of anti-government demonstrations. Led by a resident, the tours (start point mapped below) are held every Thursday and Saturday at 3 p.m.; make a reservation online. The guide must have at least five people to go ahead.
Calle 70 # 7-30, Bogota, Colombia
Insurgentes
Tucked away among old houses in a residential area, this Mexican food bar is a vibrant, music-filled experience. Ask for a guacamole with tortilla-like totopos, or a ceviche with the fish of the day and green sauce. Sudaca, a craft beer, is what you want to wash it down.
Calle 56 # 5-21, Bogota, Colombia
The Ghetto Project
The perfect place to go partying in Bogota, the Ghetto Project is a four-story building with five trendy nightclubs, including one called Kaputt, each with a distinct atmosphere and music, ranging from Caribbean to ’80s jams to electronic. Partying here in the capital starts relatively early, so arrive any time after 10 p.m.
Calle 72 A # 20-12, Bogota, Colombia
La Percha boutique
Here, 64 new Colombian designers and artists bring together their designs of clothing, accessories, shoes and leather goods. The style is alternative, avant-garde and exclusive — no two garments are the same.
Calle 70 #10 A 25, Bogota, Colombia
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Alexandra Correa
Alexandra Correa is a journalist from Bogota. After university, she lived for a time in the United States, Spain and Germany before returning home to continue her career writing. In her spare time, she likes to explore all the regions of Colombia, especially the Caribbean coast, and try new restaurants. She loves cats, empanadas and coffee.
Juan Cristóbal Cobo
Juan is a contributing photographer to The Washington Post based in Bogota. His favorite place there is the historic center of the city in general, where he feels most alive. Holding at once the scars from the past and present, it is, to him, an unending parade of interesting people to watch.

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