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Cuisine is an integral part of any local culture, and no trip to Bogota is complete without tasting the traditional Bogota food. This directory offers information about the traditional dishes and drinks available in Bogota to help visitors better understand the local food culture and make an informed decision when trying them.


  • Aborrajado: deep fried plantains stuffed with cheese.
  • Pan de Yuca: yuca flour, grated queso fresco cheese, butter, eggs, and baking powder.


  • Ajiaco: chicken, corn, potatoes, avocado, guascas.
  • Changua: water, milk, scallion, egg, cilantro.
  • Cuchuco: wheat, fava beans, potatoes, ribs, peas, from Boyacá.
  • Mondongo: slow-cooked diced tripe and vegetables (bell peppers, onions, carrots, cabbage, celery, tomatoes, cilantro, garlic).
  • Sancocho: meat, corn, potato, yuca, plantain and local spices.


  • Chili Bean Salad: green beans, red kidney beans, onion, chili powder, salt, black olives, green pepper, shredded cheddar cheese , iceberg lettuce.
  • Chilled Antipasto Salad: provolone cheese, salami, pepperoni, green peppers, green olives, celery, red onion, macaroni shells, salad dressing.
  • Cold Lentil Salad: lentils, salt, black pepper, olive oil, vinegar, Dijon mustard, tomatoes, green onions, parsley.
  • Magic Pan Salad: almond, sugar, lettuce, celery, onions, mandarin orange, salad dressing.
  • Mango Ceviche: tomato sauce or ketchup, sunflower oil, vinegar, mangoes, red onions, lemons, cilantro, salt, pepper, sugar, chili powder.
  • Mango Jícama Slaw; mango, carrots, jícama, red bell pepper, cilantro, lime juice, salt, black pepper.
  • Onion Salad: onions, red kidney beans, green bell pepper, jalapeño, white wine vinegar, vegetable oil, coriander, chili powder.

Main courses

  • Chunchullo: stuffed and fried poultry or cow intestines.
  • Lechona: roast pig stuffed with rice, vegetables, and pork.
  • Quesillos: double cream cheese wrapped in banana leaves.


  • Arequipe: milk, sugar, salt, baking soda, cinnamon stick.
  • Crepes: flour, eggs, milk, water, salt, butter.
  • Leche asada: milk, eggs, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla.
  • Natilla: custard-like pudding of sweet maizena.
  • Oblea: flour, water, salt, milk, sugar.

Fast food

  • Arepa: precooked corn meal, hot water, salt, butter, slices of mozzarella cheese.
  • Empanada: stuffed bread or pastry, salt, rice, beef, shredded chicken, boiled potatoes, cheese, hard-boiled eggs, and peas.

Street food

  • Bunuelo: like a round cheese bread.

Drinks (Non-alcoholic)

  • Champús: maize, panela, lulo, pineapple, cinnamon, cloves and leaves of the orange tree.
  • Colombiana: soda with particular and different taste.
  • Malta: carbonated malt non-alcoholic beverage.
  • Masato: rice, maize or another ingredients, with smooth ferment.

Drinks (Alcoholic)

  • Biche: alcoholic drink made with unripe sugarcane.
  • Canelazo: an alcoholic version of aguapanela mixed with cinnamon and aguardiente.
  • Guarapo: an alcoholic drink made from fruits.
  • Refajo: a mix of Colombiana with beer or rum.

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