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A chefs’ guide to where to eat and drink in Bogotá

Laura Price

08/09/2017

Header images: Masa pastries (Ian Allen) and interior (Benjamin Cadena)

There are just over six weeks to go until Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017, which is being held this year for the first time in Bogotá, Colombia. So it seems like the perfect time to find out from the local chefs and restaurateurs where to eat and drink in the Colombian capital

We asked Leonor Espinosa, Harry Sasson, Juan Manuel Barrientos, Nicolás López and Sergio Meza for their insider tips.

 

Best for breakfast:

La Puerta Falsa
Cl. 11 #6-50, Bogotá
– recommended by Leonor Espinosa, chef-owner of Leo and Misia.

Masa

Calle 70 #4-83 and Calle 81 #9-12, Bogotá
somosmasa.com

“It has some delicious, healthy options and the bread is all sourdough,” says Juan Manuel Barrientos, chef-owner of El Cielo in Bogotá, Medellin and Miami.

“It’s totally unpretentious and the bread is delicious,” says Nicolás López, one half of the team behind Villanos en Bermudas in Bogotá.

 

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Best for coffee:

Catación Pública 
Cl. 120a #3A-47, Bogotá
“They have probably the best Colombian coffee beans and they do a great job with them,” says Nicolás López.

Il Pomeriggio
Cra. 11 # 82-01, Local 158, Bogotá
ilpomeriggio.com.co
– recommended by Harry Sasson of Harry Sasson restaurant.

Café Devotion 
Cra. 7 #72 - 41, Bogotá
cafedevotion.com
– recommended by Leonor Espinosa.


 

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Best for traditional Colombian food:

Restaurante Club Colombia
Calle 82 # 9-11, Bogotá
restauranteclubcolombia.com.co
“It’s the best reference for traditional Colombian cuisine and the quality is incomparable. Don’t miss the starter selection of empanadas, chorizo, morcilla, yucca and arepas,” says Juan Manuel Barrientos.

Donde Yiya
Diag 53 con 16, Bogotá
 – recommended by Leonor Espinosa.

Andrés Carne de Res 
Calle 11ª-56, Chia
andrescarnederes.com
– recommended by Harry Sasson.

Misia 
Zona G: Carrera 7 # 67-39 Ed. Oxo
restaurantemisia.com
“Leonor Espinosa does some great work here with popular costeña cooking,” say Nicolás López and Sergio Meza from Villanos en Bermudas.

 

Best for dinner:

Ramen Bar Tomodachi
Dg. 70a #466, Bogotá
“Good ramen is hard to find on this side of the world, but these guys have got it,” say Nicolás López and Sergio Meza.

Local by Rausch
Cl. 90 #11-13, Bogotá
criterion.com.co/#restaurantes
“It’s a cool place with three floors where you can go with friends. It’s in a very trendy part of the city and has the level of quality you would expect from the Rausch brothers, Jorge and Mark. Great desserts and typical Colombian dishes," says Juan Manuel Barrientos.

El Chato 
Cl. 65 #3b-76, Bogotá
– recommended by Leonor Espinosa and Harry Sasson.



 

For drinks:

Blossom Rock Bar
Cl. 53 #6-04, Bogotá
“It’s a dive bar that only plays rock and sells cheap beer. It’s ideal for chefs finishing their shift,” say Nicolás López and Sergio Meza.

El Enano 
Cl. 79b #712, Bogotá
facebook.com/BAR-ENANO
– recommended by Leo Espinosa.

La Huerta

Cl. 69a #10-15, Bogotá
huertabar.com
“La Huerta in Quinta Camacho neighbourhood has some really interesting signature cocktails like a corozo fruit juice from the Colombian Caribbean and sake. The drinks are designed or curated not by a mixologist but by the Colombian-American chef Brian Aaron," says Juan Manuel Barrientos.

 

Curcuma y lulo - Sábado de pruebas en Huerta 🤘🏼🍹😉🚀 - ¡Salud! #ViveLaHuerta #QuintaCamacho

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For street food:

Frank 
Calle 81 # 12-70, Bogotá
instagram.com/franktruck
“It's the best food truck in terms of fast food and execution,” says Juan Manuel Barrientos.

Stop & Dog Food Truck

facebook.com/stopanddog/
“The best artisanal hotdogs with global flavours,” says Barrientos.

Guerrero and Compañía de Sándwiches
Carrera 9 # 69-10, Bogotá
facebook.com/guerrero.cia
– recommended by Leo Espinosa.

 

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