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Eating in Colombia

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I am going on a trip to Colombia in about a week - will be in Bogota, Villa de Leyva, Cartagena, Santa Marta, Parque Tayrona, Medellin and Manizales. Would definitely appreciate suggestions on places to eat. Maybe one or two fancy places, but mostly local, authentic eating experiences. I speak Spanish fluently so out of the ordinary places are more than welcome. Thank you!

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I asked a Colombian friend of mine for advice. Here is her reply:


Colombian ppl rarely eat in typical Colombian places, so most of my suggestions are more fusion Colombian or Latino. Also, many of them are kind of pricey hence the $ next to the ones.


Dial 113 in Bogota to get addresses for all of these:

Andres Carne de Res Chia: make sure to get arepa de choclo, chicharrones and Lomo al trapo

($$)Leo Cocina y Cava - Colombian/Caribbean Food (really good)

($)La Brasserie - French food

($)DiLucca - Italian

($$)Balsac - French food

($$)Rafael - Peruvian (good)

Central - Ceviches

($$$)Salinas - Spanish

($$$)Criterion - Good breakfast

El Club Colombia

Diana Garcia - Only lunch, really good Northern Colombia Food


La Vittrola

816 - Colombian fusion

El Mar de Juan - Colombian seafood

Havana Cafe - good drinks


El Herbario

El Cielo


Villa de Leyva:

La Casa Quintero - Several food places

I'll find more for Villa de Leyva later


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