Colombia’s culinary scene is rapidly growing and maturing. While basic restaurants still have to raise their game, the mid-to-top end of the scale is emerging onto the international scene with ambition and pride.
With growing food scenes, of course, comes restaurants that are just as much about the experience as the food, and there’s nothing quite like the combination of eating and entertainment. Here’s our top 5 picks for unusual restaurants in Colombia:
El Cielo, Medellín
Shrouded in secrecy, El Cielo is a molecular dining experience with a difference. We won’t say too much since that’d ruin the surprise, but basically the evening consists of different ‘food moments’, which keep you entertained throughout. A little on the pricey side and the food is experimental, therefore sometimes doesn’t quite hit the spot, but overall the experience is one worth having.
Andres Carne de Res, Chía
Quite unlike anywhere you’ve eaten before, Andres Carne de Res is a huge, sprawling restaurant covered in kitsch design and featuring costumed performers. The food is exceptional, if expensive by Colombian standards, and the atmosphere of the place makes it unforgettable. If you’re in Bogotá for just one night, there’s only one place you should go.
Portal de Cocora, Salento
Looking over the spectacular surrounding valleys of Salento is Portal de Cocora. The restaurant may not be anything fancy in itself (although the trout is great), but the views if offers are remarkable and make the delicious, locally sourced trout meal all the more special. The only place to eat when visiting Salento.
La Jugueteria, Bogotá
Blending a child’s bedroom and the Chucky movie series might not seem like a great idea to some, but in La Jugueteria they wear their kookiness on their sleeves. Child’s toys adorn the walls and floors, giving the restaurant a playful atmosphere. The menu is reasonably-priced and delicious.
Tramonti Restaurant, La Calera, Bogotá
Just outside the city, on the La Calera hills, is Tramonti restaurant. Although this Swiss-style chalet offers great food at reasonable prices, Tramonti restaurant makes its way onto this list by virtue of its fantastic views. Since it’s high up in the hills, you’ll be eating with views comparable to Monserrate (or perhaps even better). Check out more information on Tramonti over at Off2Colombia’s list of Bogota restaurants.
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