24 hours of art and food in Bogotá


Colombia’s sophisticated capital is in the midst of a food boom that will fuel your exploration of the city’s art including pre-Hispanic golden wonders, iconic works from modern Colombian masters and world-renowned graffiti. Here’s how to make the most of 24 hours in Bogotá.

Old white historic church in La Candelaria neighborhood of Bogota, Colombia

9:00 a.m.—Fuel up with breakfast at newly opened Hippie Restaurant where Chef Paula Silva uses pure ingredients to craft satisfying favorites like baked eggs with chickpeas and beef, or organic chicken consome. No processed sugar or salt is ever used, and you’ll never miss it.

10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.—Join the Bogotá Graffiti Tour, the first street art tour offered in the city (free but donations are encouraged). Led by English-speaking guides (usually graffiti artists), this walking tour is a great way to experience some of the city’s amazing street art.

1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.—Relax over a leisurely lunch at Tábula where Colombian chef Tomas Rueda, a pioneer of polished Colombian cuisine, is preserving the very best Colombian ingredients and techniques in a stylish environment that honors home cooking.

4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.—Arrive in time for the English language guided tour at the Museo de Oro to appreciate the world-class collection of pre-Hispanic gold artifacts crafted by Colombian indigenous groups. The immersive video installation called “The Offering” is a stunner.

6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.—Tour the Botero Museum, located in a renovated Colonial building, to see paintings and sculptures by Colombian artist Fernando Botero as well as dozens of works by other world famous artists donated to the museum from Botero’s private collection.

9:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.—The capital has a wealth of dinner options, though reservations are strongly encouraged. Cantina y Punto was opened by Mexican chef Roberto Ruiz (who runs the only Mexican restaurant in Europe with a Michelin star) in 2015 and offers inventive Mexican food like duck confit with almond-ancho mole and house-made corn tortillas. Gordo Brooklyn Bar & Restaurant is the place to head for a more casual dining and drinking experience, with a comfort-food menu including a hand ground burger on a homemade bun. The welcoming bar, pressed tin ceiling and friendly neighborhood vibe come straight from Brooklyn. Salvo Patria gets its beloved reputation for offering creative and reasonably priced takes on modern Colombian food served in a renovated house where communal tables create a dinner-party-like atmosphere. The kitchen turns out polished dishes using Colombian ingredients including a succulent pork belly sandwich, rich rabbit ragu, tender grilled octopus and more.

12:00 a.m. onward—Grab drinks at Bar Enano. Opened in 2015, this tiny bar (enano means midget) is filled with playful and sexy hand-picked decor and innovative cocktails. The bar is tucked into a room behind Bistro el Bandido which is also worth a visit for its classic French bistro vibe.