What to eat in Bogotá?

What to eat in Bogotá?

The capital stands out for being a gastronomic epicenter in which countless alternatives are offered for citizens and visitors.

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The capital stands out for being a gastronomic epicenter in which countless alternatives are offered for citizens and visitors. It is possible to find dishes from different parts of the world, as well as the best chefs and restaurants in Colombia. 

However, it is important to remember that there is also the typical food of the city that has become a part of Bogotá culture. Mentioned below are the unmissable dishes to eat in Bogotá D.C. 

  • Ajiaco: Without a doubt, the most distinctive dish in Bogotá. Ajiaco is a soup made from three types of potatoes grown in the Cundiboyacense region: sabanera, pastusa and criolla, ingredients that allow it to obtain a thick consistency. Additionally, it includes shredded chicken breast, corn on the cob, guasca (South American herb) and accompanied by rice and avocado. If you wish, you can add milk cream or capers. 
  • Tamal with chocolate: The tamal is made with cornmeal dough and steamed in a plantain leaf. This dish is shared with different regions of the country, but in Bogotá it is generally served with a cup of hot chocolate. A breakfast or mid-morning snack not to be missed. 
  • Sancocho santafereño: The sancocho, derived from the Spanish stew, is a soup with a particular flavor because it integrates different types of tubers such as cassava, sabanera potato, arracacha along with chicken, meat, pork and tender corn on the cob. If it is to your liking, cilantro can be added. A cachaco gastronomic emblem that you must try. 
  • Aguapanela with cheese and almojábana: To create aguapanela, it is a matter of boiling panela in water. It is a sweet drink that can be consumed hot or cold. It is considered a natural energy drink since it contains high calories and lemon, ginger or chamomile can be added, ideal for a cold. Usually, the aguapanela is accompanied by different types of bread such as the almojábana or a slice of cheese double cream or campesino. (Locals often put the cheese inside the hot drink so that it melts). 
  • Fruit salad: In addition to trying exotic Colombian fruits such as lulo, granadilla or pitaya (among many others), each salad has multiple types of chopped fruit that you can combine with ice cream and cheese. You can get it in greengrocers or some cafes in the city, however, the best and cheapest ones will be found in informal marketplaces. 
  • Obleas: If you are a lover of desserts, you must try the obleas; sweet,cheap thin and round shape. It is filled with arequipe, but you can also choose grated white cheese, blackberry sauce, passion fruit sauce, peanuts or cream.  

GHL Hoteles. (2021, Apr 23). Platos típicos que debes probar de Bogotá. [Typical dishes that you must try in Bogotá].

Villota, M. (2018, dic 11). Más allá del ajiaco: ¿Qué se come en Bogotá? [Beyond the ajiaco: what is eaten in Bogotá?].

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