When traveling to Bogota, trying out local foods is something you should not miss. Their cuisine is inspired by the way of living in the fast-paced city and its chilly weather. When you go into restaurants, you will be able to find a huge selection of hot drinks and soups that is unique in the area. While strolling around the streets of Bogota, you will also see a lot of street vendors a tasty food experience.
Here are 6 foods you must try in Bogota.
1. Bandeja Paisa
Bandeja Paisa is Colombia’s national dish and you will find it almost anywhere throughout the country. It consists of rice, beans, steak, ground beef, chorizo, avocado, chicharron, arepa, and a fried egg. It’s a tasty meal that will definitely bring about a burst of flavor in your mouth. It’s a great food to have for any occasion, especially on family and friend gatherings. You can easily rent an apartment by checking out VisitingBogota.com. And when you find one, you can organize a dinner party to cook this food.
If you fancy yourself a hot and tasty plate, try out Ajiaco which is a potato, chicken, and corn soup that is served with an avocado and rice. It’s a unique Bogota recipe that one should definitely try. You will find it in a lot of restaurants around the city and it is very affordable to get this meal in any decent place.
3. Hot chocolate a la Colombiana with cheese
A hot chocolate with cheese might sound so weird but it is something you would normally see in Bogota. They have a unique way of preparing their hot chocolate. They break a big chocolate bar into chunks and then they add it on a large jug with some milk. It is then heated in low heat to melt the chocolate. Once the hot chocolate is done, it is then added with a chunk of soft cheese. It’s definitely a must-try.
Another must-try you should have in Bogota is a traditional indigenous drink which is called Chicha. It is also known as the indigenous beer. This beer is made from fermented corn and honey. It is quite strong but tastes just like a very sweet beer. Make sure to have at least a bottle of this beer to enjoy this drink.
Another known food prepared everywhere you go in Bogota is the arepa. It is Colombian version of a tortilla. It is made of corn, wheat flour, cheese, butter, and sugar. Most of the time, it is stuffed with cheese and is prepared along with barbecued beef.
6. Oblea with arequipe
For those with a sweet tooth, a taste of Bogota’s popular street food is something you should try. Oblea with arequipe is a favorite street food in Bogota where a large wafer is covered with toppings such as jelly, chocolate drops, sugar sprinkles, or caramel spread. This is then covered with another wafer to make a wafer-sandwich. It is a must-try street food when you visit Bogota.