Currency: Colombian peso
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Dialing Code: +57Time Zone: GMT -05:00
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If it’s a hearty meal you are looking for in Bogota, look no further than a Bandeja Paisa. A platter of food featuring the likes of red beans, rice, chorizo, egg, plantain, and avocado, this dish will keep you satisfied for hours.
Best eaten at - Comedorcito Paisa, Carrera 13 #94A-26, Local 5, Edifico Unión 94
Colombians tend to do breakfast like a king, evidence perfectly by the typical morning dish of tamales. The dish varies considerably across the country, but usually consists of a rice or corn dough with various meats, vegetables, eggs and chickpeas, all wrapped up in plantain leaf and steamed until well-cooked.
Best eaten at - Auténticos Tamales Tolimenses Donde Carlos, l. 28 Sur #13 42
Colombian breaded pork cutlets, known locally as ‘chuleta valluna’, are a popular feature on many restaurants across the country. Commonly served with a side of salad, plantains, yuca, beans or rice, the simple dish is best tried at Restaurante Fulanitos when in Bogota.
Best eaten at - Restaurante Fulanitos, 61, Cra. 3 #8
A trip to Colombia is scarcely complete without a cup of freshly brewed coffee beans. Sample your morning pick me up at Cafe Cultor in the neighbourhood of Chapinero. Found in a recycled shipping container, this cafe supports farmers who work in conflicted areas of the country, and also support and educate on fair trade sustainable and organic coffee farming.
Best eaten at - Cafe Cultor, Calle 69 #6-20
The diverse climate of Colombia makes it home to numerous exotic fruits, many of which are native and rarely found anywhere else. Try the prickly green soursop of guanábana, the sweet and sour tomato looking fruit of lulo, and the obscure looking yellow and green papayuela.
Best eaten at - Paloquemao, Plaza de Mercado Paloquemao