Bogotá
Overview

For the fashionable traveler, it can be a challenge to find somewhere as fresh and adventurous as it is chic and trendsetting. To those perpetually on the cusp of the latest hot spot, eager to expand your cultural perspective as well as your closet, we present Bogotá, Colombia. Until recently, tourism in the Colombian capital was largely untapped, attributable in part to the country’s violent history. We implore you not to eschew this destination based on a Narcos Netflix binge, but instead to open your mind to a land resplendent with rich culture, colorful scenery, and of course unprecedented style. And to be honest, if we were all forever plagued by our pasts, then its safe to say that there would be some questionable college nights holding us all back from shining as our true, modern selves.

In fact, Bogotá has been welcoming trendsetters to its hills for some time now, greeting the likes of Sofia Vergara, as well as Jade and Georgia May Jagger. Selena Gomez was spotted in Bogotá last March sporting black patent boots and a matching set while visiting her then-bf the Weeknd.  With a burgeoning fashion scene, it’s no wonder that the ever-stylish J-Lo selected Bogotá to introduce her clothing and shoe collections to the South America market (now available in all Xuss stores in Bogotá). Bogotá brims with culture, from its intense history, to its flavorful food, and every compelling individual you’ll meet along this way. So tap into your daring side, brush up on your middle school Spanish, and get packing for a plunge into fashion’s hottest new territory. 

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DINING

We’ll start your Colombian culinary quest in Usaquén at Abasto, the ideal breakfast spot to sample a variety of Arepas (a circular corn cake and diet staple of Colombia) sourced from local farmers markets. We recommend pairing the cake with their granadilla juice to kick a morning sweet tooth and jumpstart the day. After perusing the National Museum, pop into Donostia to sample the daily-changing tapas menu curated by Chef Tomás Rueda and sourced from local Colombian produce (a perfect spot for lunch or dinner). Another delightful option for day or night, where a flirty sundress will suffice, is the outdoor terrace at Matiz where you can dine beside a waterfall and vertical gardens. Here, Chilean chef Nicolás Quintano employs his background in visual design to create a sophisticated culinary atmosphere with pristine presentation and intriguing flavor (if here for dinner, we recommend indulging in the 7-course tasting menu, curated to your personal taste). As the sun dips and you swap your walking shoes for a strappy sandal, it’s time for Colombia’s gastronomic excellence to truly shine. Among the most famous is Harry Sasson, a restaurant titled for the chef himself, well-deserved, given his 30 years of experience. This longstanding restaurant is touted for its service, ambiance, and consistently excellent menu of classic entrees, cooked to perfection within a wood-burning stove or atop a charcoal grill. Sport a sultry, flowy midi skirt to Rafael, the sibling restaurant to chef Rafael Osterling’s acclaimed establishment in Lima, Peru. Rafael brings Peruvian fine dining to Bogotá, fusing his own heritage with Asian and Mediterranean flavors from his travels (fresh ceviche is a specialty). 

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Try tapas at the Four Seasons Hotel Bogotá Casa Medina’s Castanyoles, where warm colors, Spanish tiles and modern furnishings combine to create a chic and lively atmosphere. When the weather is in your favor, opt to sit on the outdoor terrace situated under a stunning glass atrium. Seeking delicious eats to jumpstart a night on the town? Take your clubbing finest for a spin at El Bandido Bistro (a favorite of Paula Mendoza), known for fantastic live music from jazz to local covers, creating a unique vibe of spontaneity paired with French bistro fare. For an evening among the elite, book a table at Osaka (a.ka. Osk), currently the hottest ticket in Bogotá, made famous by its cousins in Chile, Peru and Argentina. Should you successfully snag a table at Osk, you’ll sample an irresistible fusion of Peruvian and Japanese cooking. Adventurous eaters will savor the culinary creations at the upscale Leo, run by the acclaimed Leonor Espinosa with a knack for “rescuing forgotten ingredients” from remote parts of the country. Pair a wide leg trouser with a fitted or cropped top to settle into an ambiance of elegance with subdued creative edge. If you prefer a more relaxed atmosphere, you can still sample Espinosa’s delicacies at Misia, where she specializes in Caribbean cuisine derived from Colombia’s northern coast (be sure to try the posta cartagenera, her grandmother’s recipe of slow-cooked beef in rich dark sauce). For a bigger group looking seeking a fun venue for craft cocktails, starters, and an excuse to sport a flirty new jumpsuit, Black Bear delivers. The menu is an eccentric combination of Mediterranean and Asian fare, serving tuna tataki alongside croquettes. You’ll find a similar vibe with sexier undertones at NN, a speakeasy-style restaurant with an entrance in the back of a funky design store. A dinner at El Cielo is always an experience, where the ever-inventive chef Juan Manuel Barrientos regularly changes the tasting menu to challenge all preconceptions. Much like fashion, Barrientos treats his food like art, seeking to elicit reaction and emotion from every dish he puts forth (hint: here’s your chance to don that risky trend you’ve been debating). Further fine dining can be found within Zona G’s Criterion, run by the beloved brother duo Jorge and Mark Rausch. The menu is primarily of French influence with some Latin highlights, which explains foie gras sharing the menu with posta negtra cartagenera (a famous Colombian braised short rib). Also in Zona G is the slightly more casual Bruto, set in a traditional home in the Quinta Camacho neighborhood and serving up specialties like crispy grilled octopus, among other classic Spanish tapas. We’ll conclude the culinary tour with the perfect transition from dinner to dancing, found at none other than the famous Andrés Carne de Res… think live music, lavish décor, and spontaneous improv actors all under one roof. Saturday nights make for the biggest party and the toughest reservations, so book ahead as the experience is well worth it. Although you’ll come mostly for the spectacle, the food is delicious as well—grilled meats are a specialty, best ordered to share family style. 

NIGHTLIFE

Given that it’s the country that gave us Shakira, it should come as no surprise that Colombian nightlife is nothing short of flourishing. Start with drinks at Click Clack’s rooftop Apache Bar, where stunning panoramic views meet the quirky décor inspired by 1950s American comic book heroes and villains. Explore an edgier feel at Ocus Pocus, the Zona G gin bar where drinks are served in skulls and live DJ’s spin dramatic sets (known to max out the volume). For a night of flavorful variety, Armando Records is a must, as each floor of this multi-level club boasts a different tone and tunes; from the suave beats of the back garden to the retro hits of the rooftop, you’re sure to satisfy the varying tastes of your whole gang. Finally, close out the night at El Coq, a late-night favorite for travelers who enjoy a range of electronic to indie music. 

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Explore

The people watching alone could keep you busy for a day as you stroll the streets, shopping bags in hand, but for when you’d prefer a destination in mind we have some suggested spots. La Candelaria is a picturesque cluster of lovely 19th century buildings situated around la Plaza de Bolivar. For an unbeatable panoramic insta shot, take the funicular up to the 10,341ft summit of Monserrate Mountain for a striking view of the Andean peaks surrounding Bogotá. Sport an outfit of colorful hues (and comfortable footwear) for the Bogotá graffiti tour, a 2 ½ walking tour of the city’s most vibrant street art. Spend a day immersing yourself in the old-world charm of Usaquen, a trendy Bogotá neighborhood of Spanish colonial homes and cobblestone streets that has recently become a foodie hotspot, chic bar scene, and cultural fest of street bands, puppet shows, and shopping stalls. Seeing Colombia is one of the world’s largest flower exporters, it's worth a visit to the city's main fruit and flower market Paloquemao even if you’re not buying—where you'll get lost in the seemingly endless varieties of roses, lilies and flowers you've never even heard of. Caught on a rainy day? Peruse the artwork at Museo Botero or the pre-Colombian gold artifacts and other ancient metals at the aptly named “Museo del Oro” (Gold Museum). And if you have a love for emeralds, you're in serious luck. No country in the world produces more high-quality emeralds than Colombia, and the small private International Emerald Museum gives a glimpse into their production and beauty. An added perk: bird's-eye views of Bogotá from the 23rd floor of the tower.

SHOP

Where to Shop

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Any true jetsetter knows to never stuff a suitcase, permitting ample space for the inevitable shopping binge. Begin your Bogotá boutique browsing at Pepa Pombo, a Colombian classic launched in 1978 that specializes in knitwear and other designs emulating unique Colombian heritage. Next, pay homage to Silvia Tcherassi, the world-renowned designer of Colombian descent. Tcherassi has made a global name for herself for consistently designing innovative ensembles with specific acclaim for highlighting femininity and natural beauty. Pencil in an appointment at Sarah Cohen’s studio (she designs under the moniker Suki) just to try on the Colombian designer’s archistecturally cool swimwear with the assistance of Cohen herself.

Johanna Rubiano knows good marketing with a moto that reads “mujeres reales, mujeres de lujo,” translating to “real women of luxury,” and her sophisticated, high-end picks certainly deliver on that pledge. In an era where socially-responsible fashion is on the rise, Amelia Toro is a pioneer, employing and training single mothers as seamstresses, each of whom hand-make each stunning garment start to finish and share the label with Toro herself.  For an afternoon full of variety, march your heels over to El Retiro, an exclusive shopping center that is leagues better than your typical mall. You’ll find similar variety in the upscale atmospheres of two additional Bogotá malls, Andino and Hacienda de Santa Barbara. Explore your retro side with the eclectic colors and patterns lining the racks at Bendita Seas that are sure to win you a “where did you find that!” from your peers back home. Adventurous shoppers will enjoy the signature avant-garde pieces at Olga Piedrahita, a Colombia native known to play with texture and structure as she curates each piece for her signature brand.   

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