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A guide to local favorites in Usaquen

Boho Food and Market.
  • By Alexandra Correa
  • Photos by Juan Cristóbal Cobo
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Once a small town just outside Bogota, Usaquen was gradually swallowed up by the city. It has kept some of its vibe as a small Andean village, however, as evidenced by its stone main square, its church and the office of its own mayor. A bohemian and avant-garde area, rich in gastronomy, boutiques, bakeries, pubs and even a cinema, it’s worth a visit at any time of the day.

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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Usaquen

Hit up a flea market
A must for your Sunday afternoon: Find new and secondhand clothes, jewelry, literature, food, toys, crafts and antiques at the Usaquen flea market, which also has some permanent stores. Try locally made honey, coffee and more at this spot that local families love to come to.
Carrera 5 #120 A 07, Bogota, Colombia
Boho food market and expo
You could spend hours at just these two sections within the Usaquen Plaza Mall. At the three-floor, Nordic-style market, you will find 20 international restaurants, along with stalls selling produce and more. The expo, meanwhile, is a shopping mall dedicated to beauty products, avant-garde young fashion designers, crafts, shoes, decoration and wine. Check the page before your stay to find out about the special events happening during your visit.
Carrera 7 #120-20, Bogota, Colombia 110111
Amarti
A classic place for a romantic Italian dinner, with dim, sensual lighting and top-notch service. Try the pistachio sea bass, which pairs great with white wine. It also has a proper Italian-style pizza oven, and a wide range of meats and pastas. For dessert, try the semi-bitter chocolate volcano with vanilla ice cream.
Calle 119 #6-24, Bogota, Colombia
Cinema Paraíso
Hands down, the best independent cinema in Bogota, Paraíso shows arthouse and lesser-known films, along with Hollywood blockbusters and musicals. If you order a drink before your movie starts — and there are plenty at the cafe to choose from — they’ll bring it to your plush red velvet seat.
Calle 120 A #5-69, Bogota, Colombia
Fundación Santa Fe de Bogota
On the other side of Carrera 7 from Usaquen, you can see the Santa Fe Clinic, one of the most remarkable (and architectural-award-winning) structures in Latin America. At first glance, it looks like any other brick office building. But look closely, and you will see that the outside walls are not completely filled in. Rather, they have a lattice that lets natural light through and gives patients a view of the mountains and sky.
Calle 117 con Carrera 7, 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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