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La Candelaria
0.3 miles from Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
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Reviewed June 17, 2022

I know a lot of people call this a tourist trap, but it was damn good. We arrived around 12pm on a Monday and there was a bit of a wait. No wait list, so you just have to stand in line. Because we were...a party of two, we got to skip the line and were seated pretty quickly. We both ordered traditional hot chocolate with cheese and bread. We also ordered an ajiaco soup and a tamale to split. The tamale was HUGE and very good. But the star of the show really was the ajiaco. It was the best one we had during our trip and super hearty and delicious. I can see why it's such a popular dish in the country. Service was quick and efficient - they want you in and out quickly. Cash only, so make sure you have COP.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed June 16, 2022 via mobile

Great lodge cafe-bar right by the main square. If you’re into very old buildings and local traditional food, this is your jam! If not, you might be better off skipping.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 23, 2022 via mobile

Great little restaurant serving tasty transitional dishes. There are no menus, just a couple of excellent items on offer. It’s tiny, so you might need to queue for a few minutes but turnover is quick.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed March 15, 2022

I find it ridiculous that a place so traditional, touristic, crowded, renowned, only takes cash. I understand that it was founded over 200 years ago but that stupid policy makes me feel like the people who run it are still 200 years old. I'm gonna...withdraw and still eat but here is my reviewMore

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed January 29, 2022

If you are worried about covid, this place might be the place for you. As one commenter mentioned, there's no protocols at all. Space is very limit and not existent. I stopped by during lunch time and there was a line outside. I decided to...comeback after an hour or so and was able to sit on the 2nd floor. I got the famous soup and let me tell you, if you are hungry, this will hit all the right spot. Very right, very hearty, and very local. I would recommend to vist just for the food.....More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed January 24, 2022

Menu is very limited and the food is not as good and overprice , the space is very small and they do not follow any Covi-19 protocols.

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed December 8, 2021

The best traditional food I found in Bogotá. It’s small and seats around 20 people. It’s a social atmosphere also I met some great people. Chocolate completo y tamales is what I had but I’m sure everything is great.

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed July 21, 2021 via mobile

We were happy to find that this place had plenty of seating when we arrived. The let us know right when we entered that they were out of Ajiaco (which was actually why we went). We decided to sit down and order other things from...their menu. We ordered their Longaniza (embutido), Chocolate Completo, Peto and Tamal. Everything was absolutely delicious. We all tried each others dishes and the least popular was the Peto (although I loved it).More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed May 12, 2021

We stumbled upon this cute tiny place with authentic atmosphere and we were very pleasantly taken back. Very sweet and attentive staff (gracias, Sergio!), delicious tamales and fantastic ajiaco, which satisfies even those very hungry travellers. The waiting time is really short and if you're...lucky to find a place to sit, you can enjoy your delicious meal within minutes :) Highly recommend! The hot chocolate comes very sweet, just beware.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed January 21, 2021 via mobile

My tour guide brought me here and we decided to have lunch. They have pretty much 2 main items...tamales and ajiaco. We got both and shared them. Amazing! I expected them to be spicy but they weren’t (I like spice!). Service was quick and enjoyable!...Will go back! We got lucky there wasn’t a line as there usually is since this the oldest restaurant in Columbia seats only 20More

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed July 30, 2020 via mobile

What an ambience! Great tamales! Loved the place and went twice before we left Bogota. Sometimes there is a line to get in to but the days we were the line moved fast.

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed May 28, 2020

If you want ambiance, this place has it. You will always wait in line - no problem. You tell the guy at the window what you want and pay in cash. Then you find a table - I recommend upstairs on the railing. Then the...food comes and it is delicious,. The tamale is big and so flavorful. The Hot chocolate and cheese is a surprise and very tasty. Everyone should go here to eat.More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed February 27, 2020

We had lunch here the other day on the recommendation of a friend of ours...we are glad we did....excellent...shared the ajiaco soup (potato and shredded chicken served with avocado, rice, capers, cream and corn on the side) - excellent - and a chicken tamale -...again excellent....the place was very busy....wonderful hostess and wonderful service....and cash is the order of the day. We had no room for dessert but must say there was a very nice variety of sweets available.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 25, 2020

Oldest snack corner of the city ; best solution for a fast food stop . Menu didn't offer big chances but if You like the famous rolls "tamales" herewith you can satisfy all your needs! Excellent chocolate!!

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed February 17, 2020

After seeing this place on a couple of lists of places to go in Bogota, I figured I had to go. The menu is limited. I got the complete chocolate. It was good, but I feel like I could get the same somewhere else for...a better price. The service was quick, and with a smile. If you need to check things off your list, go in the late afternoon, there was a very short wait...otherwise, be ready to stand on line for a while.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Response from Arxitexter | Reviewed this property |
No creo. Solo tamales santafereños.
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It is really small, more a cafe than restaurant. You walk in, look at the menu on the wall, and order from the server. Not fancy.
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