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Bogota is a big city, with a population of more than 7 million people, and is the third highest capital in South America, at 2,600 meters above sea level. This makes the weather extremely variable and, at times, unpredictable. On the same day, you can experience rain, sunshine, cloudy skies, then sunshine again. The Colombian capital has an interesting mix of modern and colonial architecture, so while you cross the city you are sure to experience history down every street. If it is your first time in Bogota then don't miss out on this guide, which invites you to explore the most important aspects of this Andean city. For Colombians, gastronomy is really important and is the way we welcome people into our country - so be sure to enjoy the food, as well as all the other things Bogota has to offer.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Luxury Traveler
  • Thrifty Traveler
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

12 Places

5 City Tips

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12 Places

La Romana

Restaurants

Mount Monserrate

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Mountains

Barrio La Candelaria

Art Galleries, Neighborhoods

Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)

Specialty Museums

Plaza de Bolivar

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Historic Sites

Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica

Art Museums

La Puerta Real

Restaurants

Plaza Del Chorro Del Quevedo

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Parque de Usaquen

Parks

Centro Comercial Andino

Shopping Malls, Movie Theaters

Mini Mal

Restaurants

Andres Carne de Res

Restaurants

solodiana's City Tips

  • It's good to download a taxi app to organize rides safely and conveniently.
  • Street vendors only accept Colombian pesos, so it's best to carry enough local currency with you.
  • To follow and enjoy this guide, be sure to wear comfortable shoes.
  • Bogota is one of the coldest cities in Colombia, so it's essential to bring warm clothing.
  • Always bring an umbrella with you, as Bogota can turn rainy at any moment.
  • La Romana
    Restaurants (Italian)
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    solodiana Says:

    If you want an authentic breakfast, this is a great place to come. The recommended dish here is 'envuelto' (Colombian-style wrapped corn cakes) with Colombian coffee or traditional hot chocolate. This place has a special magic; it has Italian inspiration yet still delivers great local food.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • There are few branches but "Plazoleta del Rosario" is the best.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #302 of 2,723 restaurants in Bogota
    • Melts in your mouth 12/27/2018
    • Good place to take a break and lunch 07/17/2018
    • La Romana
    Address:
    Cra 7 19-48 Av Jimenez 6 13 54-27
    Bogota 110321
    Colombia
    Phone:
    2120283
    Other:
  • Mount Monserrate
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Mountains
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    solodiana Says:

    Monserrate is the principal attraction in Bogota — a must if it is your first time in the city. It's situated at nearly 3,200 meters (10,000 feet) above sea level, so the view of the city is awesome on clear days. There is also a handicraft market here where you can try Canelazo, a hot beverage based on aguardiente, the Colombian alcohol spirit made from sugarcane.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Because of the height, it is normal to have difficulty breathing.
    • Be careful with your belongings in this popular destination.
    • Take the funicular (rail) or cable car up and back, or you can choose to walk one or both legs if you are feeling fit!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 408 things to do in Bogota
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Holiday lights make it extra special (and you can make a special wish at the top)! 01/17/2019
    • Well worth it! 01/17/2019
    • Mount Monserrate
    Address:
    Carrera 2 E No. 21-48
    Paseo Bolívar
    Bogota
    Colombia
    Phone:
    +57 1 2845700
    Other:
  • Barrio La Candelaria
    Art Galleries, Neighborhoods
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    solodiana Says:

    Walking by La Candelaria is an experience you can't miss if you are coming to Bogota. In this historic district, you can explore interesting architecture, great cafes, heritage houses and churches, and a lot of museums.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Be careful with your belongings.
    • Walk around during the day if possible.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #21 of 408 things to do in Bogota
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Interesting place to walk around 01/16/2019
    • The place to be in Bogota if you like art and architecture. 12/23/2018
    • Barrio La Candelaria
    Address:
    Calle 10 # 0 15 Bogota, Colombia
    Llegando por avenida circunvalar preferiblemente.
    Bogota 111711
    Colombia
    Phone:
    +57 320 4658005
    Price range:
    $5 - $5
    Other:
  • Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
    Specialty Museums
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    solodiana Says:

    This is the most famous museum in Bogota, and a must even for people who don't usually like museums. There's really nothing else like it. Here you will find a great collection of golden pieces, some of which represent pre-Columbian culture. The big Boveda is particularly amazing.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Open 9am to 6pm Tuesday to Saturday; 10am to 4pm on Sunday. Closed on Monday.
    • Free to enter on Sundays, and only a minimal charge during the rest of the week.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 408 things to do in Bogota
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Why not, but if you have little time and something else interests you, go do that instead! 01/17/2019
    • Pure gold 01/16/2019
    • Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
    Address:
    Carrera 6 No.15-88
    Bogota 110321
    Colombia
    Phone:
    +57 1 3432222
    Price range:
    $3 - $3
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Tue - Sat
    9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
  • Plaza de Bolivar
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Historic Sites
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    solodiana Says:

    Bolivar Square is the epicenter of government offices, and is the principal historical point of the city. Here you will find the Bogota City Hall, Casa de Nariño (Presidential House,) First Cathedral, Nacional Capitol, Nacional Courthouse, and one of the first schools of the city. Architecture lovers will enjoy discovering the various styles of buildings located here.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Be carful with your belongings.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #41 of 408 things to do in Bogota
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Huge open space 01/16/2019
    • Next to La Candelaria area. Big square 01/13/2019
    • Plaza de Bolivar
    Address:
    Between Carreras 7 and 8 at Calle 10
    Bogota
    Colombia
    Phone:
    +57 300 2675545
    Other:
  • Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica
    Art Museums
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    solodiana Says:

    Fernando Botero is one of the most famous painters from Colombia, so visiting his museum is a great idea for those who love art. His paintings are pretty well known around the world, and his work is really interesting even for people who are not real art enthusiasts. The house is also an architectural point of interest. — why not take a walk around as it's free to enter.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Open 9am to 7pm Monday to Saturday; 10am to 5pm on Sunday; closed on Tuesday.
    • Ask for a guided tour.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 408 things to do in Bogota
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Well worth a visit 01/17/2019
    • A dream for Botero fans 01/17/2019
    • Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica
    Address:
    Calle 11 No. 4-41
    Bogota 250051
    Colombia
    Phone:
    +57 1 3431316
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Mon
    9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Wed - Sat
    9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Other:
  • La Puerta Real
    Restaurants (Colombian)
    solodiana Says:

    If you are in the mood for a Bogotanian lunch, this is the place; the recommended dish is the famous 'Ajiaco' (Colombian soup based on potatoes and chicken), but you also can try tamal and puchero bogotano, among other delicious dishes here. The place is decorated in an old Bogotanian style, providing pleasant surroundings as you tuck into a delicious lunch.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Try to talk with the owner; he is a great guy and an expert in Candelaria history.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1,813 of 2,723 restaurants in Bogota
    • Don't waste your time or money 03/25/2018
    • Come in, wait, NO RICE?! Leave 08/12/2017
    • La Puerta Real
    Address:
    Calle 10 No. 2-82
    Bogota 250055
    Colombia
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Other:
  • Plaza Del Chorro Del Quevedo
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    solodiana Says:

    This place is a historical must; it has existed since Bogota's foundation in 1538. There is a little old church, some restaurants, and it is nowadays also a special place for urban artists to get creative. Take a walk down La Calle del Embudo, a narrow cobbled street full of handicraft markets, heritage houses, and places offering traditional 'Chicha' — an indigenous drink made from fermented corn. Next, you will encounter 'La Plaza De la Concordia,' one of the first local markets in the city, where you can enjoy the heritage buildings, local food, fruits, and handicrafts, along with a theater.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Take care with your belongings.
    • Explore the urban art of the area.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #45 of 408 things to do in Bogota
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Cool hippy vibe 12/22/2018
    • Historic, busy place 10/12/2018
    • Plaza Del Chorro Del Quevedo
    Address:
    Carrera 2 at Calle 13
    Bogota
    Colombia
    Other:
  • Parque de Usaquen
    Parks
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    solodiana Says:

    Usaquen is located in the north of the city; once a small town, as the city grew, it gradually became a Bogota neighborhood. It retains the original structure of its town square, church, park, and cemetery however, and every Sunday it hosts a famous handicraft market. This is definitely the best time to visit, where you have the opportunity to buy local food, and explore the permanent gastronomic district, which includes some of the best restaurants in the city.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • The best day to go is on Sunday.
    • Ask the locals where the cemetery is; it is not really well known.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 408 things to do in Bogota
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • usaquen is nice 12/12/2018
    • A little magic square in the middle of the city 12/06/2018
    • Parque de Usaquen
    Address:
    Carrera 6A
    Calle 118
    Bogota
    Colombia
    Other:
  • Centro Comercial Andino
    Shopping Malls, Movie Theaters
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    solodiana Says:

    This shopping center is one of the most visited places in Bogota. More than just shopping however, the surrounding area - Zona Rosa or Zona T - is also pretty well known for its nightlife. Full of bars and restaurants, if you want to explore the after dark scene in Bogota, this is a must.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Be careful with your belongings.
    • Take a walk at night over the cobbled streets; you will have lots of bars and restaurants to choose from.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 55 Fun & Games in Bogota
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • More brand, expensive shops. 12/24/2018
    • Super pretty mall in upscale part of town! 12/11/2018
    • Centro Comercial Andino
    Address:
    Carrera 11 No. 82-71
    Bogota
    Colombia
    Phone:
    +57 1 6213111
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Other:
  • Mini Mal
    Restaurants (Latin, Seafood, South American, Colombian)
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    solodiana Says:

    If you want to try exotic fruits and fusion dishes, this is the place. It's located in a new gastronomic district in a central part of the city. This restaurant is also quite interesting as they works with social-cultural projects in different communities around the country, such as in the Amazonas. They also source their ingredients and make innovative dishes from food that was on its way to the landfill! This is not your typical tourist restaurant — you will feel like a local here.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Try juices made from Amazonian fruits.
    • There are some good bars around, so explore the Chapinero area before or after you dine.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #33 of 2,723 restaurants in Bogota
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Bad service, worse food. 12/17/2018
    • A Minimal Experience 12/17/2018
    • Mini Mal
    Address:
    Transversal 4bis # 57-52
    Carretera 4A
    Bogota 110231
    Colombia
    Phone:
    +57 1 3475464
    Hours:
    Mon - Wed
    7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Mon - Thu
    12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Thu
    7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    Fri - Sat
    12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
  • Andres Carne de Res
    Restaurants (Caribbean, Latin, Bar, South American, Colombian, Gastropub)
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    solodiana Says:

    If you want to explore Colombian nightlife, this is a good place to do it; it's one of the most famous places to visit in 'La rumba Colombiana.' They offer an authentic party, with the principal headquarters located in a little town close to Bogota, and now another in Zona Rosa. Here, you can to dance to Colombian and Caribbean rhythms in between sampling Colombian food and drinks.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • It's good to make a reservation.
    • Food and drinks are on the pricier side.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #57 of 2,723 restaurants in Bogota
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • It is worth to try! 01/13/2019
    • Andres Carne de Res 01/07/2019
    • Andres Carne de Res
    Address:
    Calle 82 No 12-21
    Zona Rosa
    Bogota 110851
    Colombia
    Phone:
    +57 1 8637880
    Price range:
    $25 - $50
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 PM - 3:00 AM
    Other:
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