A Guide to Latam’s Capital: Bogota

Bogota is not only our hometown but one of the coolest city in South America. Colombia’s capital city will delight you with great museums and historic sites, delicious restaurants, amazing shopping and a truly unique nightlife.

 

Getting there

If you are travelling from the States, you can fly directly from all mayor cities: Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Atlanta, New York, New Jersey and Los Angeles. There are also direct flights from Europe’s mayor hubs: Barcelona, Madrid, London, Paris and Frankfurt. And if you are travelling from other countries in South America, there are direct flights available from almost all capital cities.

 

Where to stay

Some of our favorite picks are: The Four Seasons Bogota, W Hotel Bogota, The Click Clack Hotel, JW Marriott Hotel, Sofitel Bogota and the Casa Medina Four Seasons Bogota.

 

Where to go

The following are our top-ranked museums: The Gold Museum, The Colombian National Museum, The Botero Museum, Museo Quinta de Bolivar and the Contemporary Art Museum. Other must see sites are: La Candelaria, The Bolivar Square and Bogota’s Botanical Garden.

 

Where to eat

Bogota is well known for being a culinary experience! You will delight yourself with traditional Colombian cuisine, as well as international tastes from all over the world. We highly recommend: Andres Carne de Res (a definite must go), Casa Restaurant, La Brasserie, Primi, Juana la Loca, Lorenzo el Griego, Il Tinello, Vitto, Madre, Rafael, Masa, (specially good for brunch and breakfast) and last but not least: Osaka.

 

Where to shop

The city’s most popular shopping malls are probably el Andino, Atlantis and el Retiro. But we personally like other hidden gems like La Calle de los anticuarios, where you will find one-of-a-kind antiques as well as other cool boutiques like St Dom, which carries the best Colombian designers (many of the ones we also have at By Malka). Other cute shops are: Casa Precis, Casa Santamaria and one our personal favorites: Silvia Tcherassi’s store at the la zona T. Also, if you happen to be in the city during the weeks when the Feria Buro takes place, make sure to not miss this one!

 

Where to fiesta

If you want a unique party experience like no other (we truly mean it, nowhere in the world), you NEED to go to Andres Carne de Res Chia on a Saturday night, we assure you the drive will be worth it. Other hot places are: Floyd, Armando Records and Video Club.

 

We hope you enjoy our magical city: BOGOTA!

Expoartesanias 2016

Expoartesanias is Colombia’s largest craft fair, this one takes place at the end of each year in Corferias.  A few days ago we visited the exhibition, not once but twice, there is just so much to see, discover and admire that a single day just wasn’t enough.

From clothes and jewelry, to house articles and toys, you would just be amazed of how much talent and creativity there exists among Colombian artisans, designers and entrepreneurs.  Mochila heaven is a big part of expoartesanias, you will find the most delicate knits in gorgeous vivid colors and combinations which are the perfect accessory for a glamazonic look.

Apparel also drove our attention, we discovered beautiful one-of-a-kind swimsuit labels and designers.  The traditional “ruanas” where everywhere, these are hand-sewn poncho-style garments typical from the Andres region and are as emblematic as the sombrero vueltiao.  Speaking of, hats is another product which was very popular among the fair, in different shapes, colors and other variations (and in this case pom poms where EVERYWHERE), a Colombian hat will scream “latin luxury”.

The jewelry section is one of the largest amongst the exposition, and filigree seems to be ruling the industry among the country.  You will find hundreds of accessories and designs in gold, silver and rose gold. It is as simple as wearable art.

We hope this small glimpse on Expoartesanias will encourage you to visit Colombia and our fair!