The capital city of Colombia is surrounded by picturesque mountains, and a combination of modern high-rises and old architecture. We visited Bogota as a 36 hour layover on our way to Cartagena, but we fell in love with their trendy cafes and the charming Parque De La 93 neighbourhood. Keep reading to discover my Quick Guide to Bogota!
Where To Stay
- We stayed at Hotel GHL Collection 93 because of the location, rooftop bar and modern rooms. It’s fantastic value for the price, and we really enjoyed being walking distance to so many great restaurants.
- At a slightly higher price point, The Click Clack Hotel is a trendy spot. They also have a rooftop bar, and their restaurant is popular with locals for brunch.
- There are two Four Seasons in Bogota, both of them are gorgeous! The location near Zona T would be the most convenient option. Although their rooms are the most expensive on this list, it’s actually the cheapest Four Seasons Hotel I’ve ever seen. If you’ve ever wanted to stay at a Four Seasons – this would be a great place to do it!
What To See & Do
- Unfortunately, Bogota was pretty rainy during our visit – so we kept the sightseeing to a minimum.
- A visit to Plaza Bolivar is a must – this is the city’s most famous square, and a great area to explore. We found some great street food around here too.
- Since we stayed near Parque De La 93, we visited this park a few times. I loved strolling through the gardens, and seeing the mountains in the background.
- A visit up Monserrate is another must-see in Bogota. We skipped it on our visit due to the weather, but Paul insists we return one day to go up the mountain!
- Zona T is a great neighbourhood to explore, with plenty of shopping.
Where To Eat
- Andres Carne de Res – This is a popular place, for tourists and locals, in Zona T. This 5 story restaurant is part restaurant – part nightclub. You have to pay a cover fee to enter, but once you’re inside you’ll probably stay for 4-5 hours. Start with appetizers (the “Yucas” were my fav), then move on to gourmet meats for dinner. We ordered a meat platter so that we could sample multiple things. The food was great, and the atmosphere was fun – but be prepared to go with the flow and expect slow service.
- Al Agua Patos – We went here on recommendation from a Colombian friend for brunch. They serve up dozens of different toasts – with poached eggs, avocado and different meats. This was one of the best meals we had in Bogota, because every ingredient they used was so fresh!
- Alelu – Perfect for a quick breakfast before our flight, I ordered an acai bowl from here that was amazing. This was a great little brunch spot, and I wish I had discovered it sooner!
- La Lucha Sangucheria Criolla – Perfect spot for lunch with a great variety of sandwiches. Paul had a chicken and pineapple sandwich that was to die for!
- Azahar Cafe – For a coffee break or brunch, I also recommend Azahar Cafe. This place is gorgeous, and they served up the best Colombian coffee I’ve ever had.
Where To Drink
- Bogota has gorgeous mountain views, so rooftop bars at hotels are a very popular place to go for drinks. Four of the best ones are at B.O.G. Hotel, The Click Clack Hotel, Hotel Bioxury and Queen Victoria (at Hotel GHL Collection 93).
- Bogota Beer Company has tons of locations around the city, and many of them have beer gardens where you can sample flight of local beer while sitting on a patio. We tucked into a covered patio one afternoon while we waited for the rain to pass, and during this impromptu visit I found my new favourite beer!
Ps: If you liked this article, be sure to check out my Quick Guide to Cartagena