Perched on a plateau in the Andes at close to 9,000 feet, Bogotá is at a high point in more ways than one. Culturally, artistically, and gastronomically, the Colombian capital has never felt more energetic, especially as the country fashions a culinary identity on par with Peru or Mexico. A new generation of chefs are creating a cuisine by turning their gaze inward toward native ingredients and ancient recipes, with an eye on sustainability as well. At the same time, the streets are brimming with traditional restaurants and tiendas selling cheesy empanadas, soul-warming soups, and platters of grilled meats with potatoes and plantains.
From casual spots for arepas to experimental takes on local classics, these are the essential dining experiences of Bogotá.
Liliana López Sorzano is a food and travel writer based between Mexico City and Bogotá, Colombia, where she contributes to local and international media. She is a former editor-in-chief at Food & Wine in Spanish.Read More