PHOTO CREDIT: LEO COCINA Y CAVA / HARRY SASSON

By: Victoria Certain 

Recently you might have noticed that we wandered off to explore a bit of Bogota.  We had the pleasure to be invited by ProColombia to travel to Bogota on a press trip and attend LATAM 50 Best Restaurants (by The World’s 50 Best), in this gala they announced the top 50 restaurants in Latin America, picked by over 200 judges. The big surprise came when Maido (Lima, Peru) which specializes in Nikkei cuisine, debunked Central (Lima, Peru) from first place. Central, owned by famed Virgilio Martinez (if you’ve watched Netflix: Chef’s Table, you know about this restaurant) had been in the first position for 3 consecutive years. Congrats to the Maido team!

To view a list of the top 50 restaurants in LATAM click here.

During our trip we compiled a list of hot spots in Bogota, so when you plan your next venture abroad, you might want to consider the beautiful capital of Colombia and all it has to offer gastronomically.

For The Elevated Palate

Harry Sasson 
Voted the #1 restaurant in Bogota, Harry Sasson is one that you shouldn’t miss. Be sure to try the huesos de marrano (pigs bones, think ribs with porkbelly and spices).


Leo Cocina y Cava 
If you want to try refined Colombian flavors, check this place out. Owned by Leonor (voted top woman chef in LATAM). Live a little and go for the tasting menu.


Pajares Salinas
Extraordinary food and service. Known for their Spanish offerings, we recommend the huevos estrellados with chistorra, calamares (squid) en su tinta, and riñones al jerez aka kidneys.

Que felicidad hacer las cosas bien!gracias a todo el equipo del restaurante son los mejores🙏🏼

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For Colombian Specialities 

Andres Carne de Res
If you have ANY Colombian friends, you know they’ll eat your ears off talking about the one of a kind, Andres Carne De Res. This eccentric restaurant boasts delicious typical flavors and great Latin music. If you can, be sure to visit the location in Chia( in the outskirts of Bogota), if you’re on a short trip, Andres DC will do the trick, be sure to try the mandarino (their top selling cocktail), arepa de choclo and the lomo al trapo.

¿Por qué no se consiente este sábado y se deleita con este plato? #AndrésChía #AndrésDC

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La Herencia
Here you will find your typical Colombian dishes, anything from an arepa de choclo to a carne en posta (meat with sweet sauce) and arroz de coco (coconut rice).


Estudio Taller 
Voted #1 ajiaco in Bogota, you must feast on this Colombian soup with a side of avo and some rice. Located in La Candelaria, be sure to visit la plaza Bolivar a few steps away.

Ajiaco @escuelatallerbogota winner of the best ajiaco in Bogota 🤤 #LATAM50best

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Misia
Owned by Leonor (voted top woman chef in LATAM) this restaurant offers a large variety of Colombian dishes from the coast. Try their natural juices and frituras (fried food) arepas, empanadas, and chicharron (pork belly).


For Brunch

Club Colombia
Have a Colombian brunch with empanadas, arepas, chocolate caliente (bitter Colombian hot chocolate) and much much more.


Bagatelle
Known for their delicious brunch options, including: fried eggs with chicharron (porkbelly) arepas, and their French pastry options. We recommend the eggs bendict, and their best kept secret, arepa with fried egg cooked in olive oil.

Bagel de salmón, una opción deliciosa para tu almuerzo de hoy. #bagatellecolombia #bagatelle

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Masa
Try their delicious pastries and traditional breakfast options, granola, french toast, pancakes and more.

probando — probando 👾

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Patos al Agua
Takes french toast to whole new level.

¡Listo el desayuno de mañana 🙌! . . . Granola de Avena: Blueberries, Kiwi, Manzana y Avena

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For Desserts

Cookie Jaar
You might have spotted Cookie Jaar on one of our posts while in Colombia. Cookies galore at this hot spot that was created by Ricky Jaar (hence the name) they already boast locations all throughout the country. You must try the freshly baked cookies, milkshakes and the new edible cookie dough.

¡Nuestra galleta chocolate supreme tiene sobredosis de chocolate! 🍫🍪 #delhornoatucorazon

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Shake Yard 
Stop and try one of their instaworthy milkshakes.


Harry’s Bar 
Try the milhoja aka millefeuille with Nutella. You’re welcome!