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Colombia’s tourism trade suffered as the country developed a reputation for violence and the drug trade that plagued the country more than 20 years ago. Heavy government, military and civilian action have made Colombia much safer, and Colombia’s tourism industry is bouncing back. Bogotá is an incredible city with diverse cultures, food and landscapes. Here are the 10 best places to eat in Chapinero, Bogotá.
The urban version to the insanely popular Andres Carne de Res, Andres D.C. is the perfect way to experience the same atmosphere and food without having to travel to the northern outskirts of the city. Though this version is much smaller than the original, you’ll have the same 40-plus-page menu to chose from, the same impeccable service, and an outrageous, eclectic atmosphere. We’ll be honest with you, nothing quite compares to the energy of the 2000 diners found at Andres Carne de Res on any given weekend, but Andres D.C. is a great choice for those in Chapinero.
Andres D.C., Calle 82 # 12-21, Bogotá, Colombia, +57 1 8637880
This restaurant is a celebration of the creativity and diversity in cuisine that can be found all over Bogotá. Their menu has great options, taking the best and freshest ingredients to create light, affordable and delicious food. The atmosphere is eclectic, with modern and urban furnishings that seem more typical of Brooklyn than Bogotá. The staff are friendly and the restaurant takes a lot of pride in the level of service they deliver with every meal. If you’re looking for a great place to enjoy some craft beers, Salvo Patria has one of the better selections in the city.
Salvo Patria, Calle 54a #4-13, Bogotá, Colombia, + 57 1 7026367
Club Colombia is the one of the country’s premium lager beers. The beer ranks second in the world’s best lagers by the Monde Selection, right after well-known Heineken. The popularity of the beer and its celebration of Colombia’s people and culture led to the creation of one of Bogotá’s best restaurants. Restaurante Club Colombia serves exceptionally Colombian and Latin American food, and of course, great beer. The layout of the restaurant is unique in that both casual and elegant dining can be accommodated. The restaurant is also wonderful for families or larger groups of people. Call in advance and the manager will make sure everything you need is ready before your arrival.
Astrid & Gastón is not just a restaurant, but an edible art museum. With restaurants in cities all over South America and even in Spain, this culinary powerhouse has been recognized as one of the best restaurants in the world by some of the biggest critics. The restaurant’s approach to food is to have guests experience each and every flavor presented with impeccable style. A meal here will not be cheap, but it will be one of the best in your life. The restaurant’s focus is Peruvian food, but we can guarantee you’ve never had it served or cooked quite like this.
Astrid & Gastón, Carrera 7 N° 67-64,Bogotá, Colombia, +57 1 2111400
Bogotá’s growth and development in recent years has made it an international metropolis. Peruvian food has become one of the most popular international cuisines due to the abundance of different flavors and ingredients. One of the best places for authentic Peruvian is Nazca. Expect the freshest, most delicious seafood, all from the Pacific Ocean, of course. With over 3,000 species of potato growing in Peru and the rest of the Andes, you must try any of the dishes that feature a variety of this universal food. The restaurant also has an impressive wine list for perfect pairings with whatever you choose.
Nazca, Calle 74, Carrera 5, Bogotá, Colombia, + 57 1 3213459
One of Bogotá’s best is a hole-in-the-wall restaurant and café serving classic Latin American favorites with unique, creative twists. Everything is stuffed with an unexpected ingredient, creating intense and carefully constructed flavor pairings. You’ll wonder how they manage to come up with so many unexpected combinations. If you aren’t looking out for it, the restaurant is easy to miss, but should be at the top of your list for places to eat in Chapinero and Bogotá.
Mini-Mal, Carrera 4A, Calle 57 #52, Bogotá, Colombia, +57 1 3475464
If you’re looking for spectacular seafood without breaking your budget, Central Cevicheria is the best place to go. It’s the closest you’ll get to the sea which is 10,000 feet away. They have 12 types of ceviche on their menu and an array of other seafood options done in every style imaginable. Their outdoor terrace will have you thinking you’re in the Caribbean, with the various palm trees lining the patio. Make sure to leave room for one of their amazing desserts, the perfect end to a light and healthy meal.
Central Cevicheria, Carrera 13, #85-14,Bogotá, Colombia, +57 1 6447766
One of Colombia’s most recognized and respected chefs, Harry Sasson, has created a restaurant experience that’s truly unmatched in Bogotá. The sophisticated design of both the restaurant and its menu will have you thinking you’re dining in Manhattan’s Upper West Side or London’s Covent Garden. The restaurant serves an array of Mediterranean and Colombian dishes, but are known for their meats cooked perfectly on imported Japanese volcanic stone.
Harry Sasson, Carrera 9, #75-70, Bogotá, Colombia, +57 1 3477155
Bogotá can get quite cold at certain times of the year, and the cozy, rustic ambiance at Armadillo provides the perfect escape from the chill. The attentive staff only add to the inviting atmosphere. The restaurant is known for their steak and beef, always cooked perfectly and paired with flavors inspired by the lush green countryside that surrounds the northern part of the city. The extensive menu and size of the restaurant makes it perfect for big groups or families.
Armadillo, Carrera 5, # No.71A-05, Bogotá, Colombia, +57 1 3459992
Criterion is not a restaurant you want to miss while in Bogotá. Every plate that comes out of their kitchen is crafted with so much care and delicacy, you’ll feel guilty eating the beautiful works of art presented at your table. Their dishes are a celebration of Colombia’s rich abundance of ingredients and cultures, while still keeping with the style of what could be called ‘haute cuisine.’ Your meal won’t be cheap, but it will be unforgettable.
Criterion, Calle 69, A#5 – 75, Bogotá, Colombia, + 57 1 3101377