Bogota: What’s New in the Colombian Capital?

Gaira Cafe Cumbia House in Bogota, Colombia.
Gaira Cafe Cumbia House in Bogota, Colombia.

Have you ever been to Colombia? Most people will probably say no. And that’s unfortunate because, between a great party scene, great shopping, and fantastic cuisine, Bogota has a lot to offer.

Salto del Angel is a five-level restaurant in Bogota where the young and beautiful come to party (however, it’s not a requirement). Dance around to Latin music, party, have a cocktail or a shot of aguardiente, and enjoy yourself at this hip establishment!

The famous Colombian singer, Carlos Vives, along with his family, owns the Gaira Cafe Cumbia House in Bogota. Filled to the brim with memorabilia and instruments of great Latin musicians, the Gaira Cafe Cumbia House practically doubles as a Colombian music history museum!  The venue has a lovely house band, creative Colombian cuisine, inventive cocktails, and even caters to children with a Sunday lunchtime musical theater.

If you’re in the market for jewelry or high-end textiles and other crafts, shop at Hacienda de Santa Barbara. This mall was converted from a 19th-century farmhouse, so it’s easy to get a glimpse of history while shopping. Multiple cafes surrounded by cobblestone, stone walkways, and wood balconies serve authentic Colombian coffee.

Bogota is no stranger to good food. Harry Sasson is a renovated National Heritage Site mansion that offers dishes combining international and Colombian ingredients. This place is so good that Barack Obama and Bill Clinton had to stop in for a bite!

Interior of Harry Sasson, Bogota, Colombia.
Interior of Harry Sasson, Bogota, Colombia.

Matiz is run by Le Cordon Bleu Peru graduate, Chef Nicolas Quintano. Nicolas’s combination of new cooking techniques and impeccable presentation makes for flavorful and sophisticated dining. You can even enjoy your meal on the outdoor terrace!

If you plan on visiting Bogota, consider staying at one of these hotels:
The Sonesta Hotel Bogota is a great value as each room comes with air-conditioning, wi-fi, a mini-bar, cable TV, and more. The hotel also offers 24-hour concierge service and 24-hour room service.

The Hotel B3 Virrey has 128 rooms that include, but are not limited to, LCD TVs, MP3 docking stations, extremely comfortable beds, and complimentary wireless and wired internet access.The Hotel B3 Virrey is also very close to El Retiro Shopping Centre, Virrey Park, Rockefeller Casino, and Clinica del Country.   Find more Bogota Hotels using Bonwi and your points will give you an extra bonus!