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Destination Guide: Bogotá

Shaded plazas, colonial architecture and lush mountains
From the Plaza de Bolívar at the Colombian capital’s heart, stroll to the red-tiled roofs of Bogotá’s La Candelaria colonial district. Seek out the best stones at the city-centre Emerald Centre then follow the aroma of fresh Colombian coffee to street-side vendors.

Food and Drink

Dine at chic contemporary brasseries or traditional colonial quarter restaurants. The finest ingredients are used in meticulously prepared Asian fusion and Peruvian ceviche dishes at smart Zona T restaurants. Enjoy classic fish and seafood at Bogotá’s modern eateries overlooking Parque 93 or try hearty local specialities in colonial quarter establishments.

Sightseeing and relaxation

Discover colonial architecture, contemporary art and pre-Columbian jewellery. Explore the narrow streets and hidden squares of Bogotá’s La Candelaria colonial quarter then head over to the galleries of the Botero Museum, hung with the famous “fat people” paintings by the Colombian maestro. The climax of a visit to the Gold Museum is the vault displaying thousands of shimmering pre-Hispanic gold artefacts.

Shopping

Splash out on jewellery and designer fashions. Bogotá’s upmarket shopping malls cluster in the north of the city. Browse for jewellery, leather handbags and shoes at the Andino or Unicentro. Designer boutiques sit amongst the bars and restaurants in the Zona Rosa and the Sunday flea market in Usaquén has top quality artisanal homeware.

Nightlife and Entertainment

Cocktails and salsa in the Zona Rosa. Enjoy the best of Bogotá’s nightlife at the bars and clubs in the Zona Rosa. Sip cocktails at an outdoor table and watch the dressed-up crowd before moving your hips to salsa, house or reggaeton. North of the city, the expansive Andrés Carne De Res serves great steaks, before the clientele party and dance on the tables until the early hours.