Bogota Vegetarian Picks of the Week

One of my favorite things about Bogota is the abundance of vegetarian options and restaurants spread throughout the city. I think Bogota alone has more vegetarian places than all of Colombia combined.

For my fellow veg travelers, I thought I’d do a weekly vegetarian roundup of a few places that either have a good vegetarian menu or are completely vegetarian. My picks for the week:

La Esquina: Calle 61 #9-03, Chapinero

La Esquina vegetarian restaurant Bogota Colombia

set menu at La Esquina in Chapinero

La Esquina is a fantastic vegetarian restaurant located upstairs on the corner of Carrera 9 and Calle 61 in Chapinero. For 7,500 pesos, or about $4 USD, I got a vegetable soup, spinach salad, rice, a potato topped with some yummy sauce, and a tofu mixture. Rrrico!

Tea Shop: Calle 10 #3-86, La Candelaria

Tea Shop restaurant La Candelaria Bogota Colombia

pancakes at the Tea Shop in La Candelaria

Though not completely vegetarian, this charming 4-table cafe and tea shop has lots of options for us non-meat eaters. A big pancake breakfast, fruit salad, 3 kinds of vegetarian sandwiches, and granola are all on offer. I highly recommend the vanilla coffee, pictured above.

Dados Place: Cra 4 #14-97, La Candelaria

Dados Place restaurant La Candelaria Bogota Colombia

"arepas" at Dados Place

Dados Place has a rather interesting yet random menu. Here you can find what he calls “arepas,” pictured above, that are not actually arepas but Middle Eastern bread. He also has falafels and vegetarian hot dogs. It’s an intimate place set on a busy corner in La Candelaria, making it great for people watching. See that glass of juice? It’s limonada – pure heaven.

Do you have any vegetarian recommendations for me in Bogota? What are your favs?

  • The Father
    October 6, 2010

    Jasmine, this is a great idea! What would be really helpful is to give us some tips on FINDING vegetarian restaurants there as well as how to tell them vegetarian only in Spanish.

  • Catia - Vagabond Roots
    October 6, 2010

    That all looks so delicious! I’ve been having a huge craving for pancakes the last few weeks, this didn’t help. :p

    I’ve been happily surprised to find easy veggie options almost everywhere I’ve gone to, but Bogota sounds amazing for it!

  • jasminewanders
    October 6, 2010

    Hey Dad, That would be look for the sign that says vegetariano or say that you’re vegetariano. :D

  • Globetrottergirls
    October 7, 2010

    This is awesome! We had no idea that there are so many delicious vegetarian options in Bogota! Gets us really excited for when we get there. Bookmarked :-)

  • Alexandra
    October 8, 2010

    Jasmina, I am from Bogota and became vegetarian about 6 months ago. Almost everywhere in Bogota you can find options with no meat, there are some options in my blog – spanish only, sorry :(
    Drop me a mail if you need anything while being here :)

  • Anonymous
    October 8, 2010

    Hola Alexandra! Primero, bienvenida a la vida vegetariana :) Voy a leer tu blog pronto, gracias por venir y compartir esta informacion. Que estes bien!

  • Anonymous
    October 8, 2010

    Def send me a note when you get here and I’ll send you my best of the best :)

  • Anonymous
    October 8, 2010

    You’re right, something veg is pretty much always possible to find, but Bogota is great because I don’t have to scrounge around eating stuff I’m not crazy about.

  • Cath
    October 9, 2010

    I’m not a vegetarian but those snacks look good!

  • Peter
    February 3, 2012

    Alexandra, me gustaria saber donde estan los restaurantes vegetarianos cera del hotel Radisson Royal Bogota, Calle 113. Gracias, peter

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