WHEN I FIRST GOT TO BOGOTA, my Colombian friends took me out to the popular neighborhoods of Zona H on 72nd Street and the posh Andino area on 82nd. Over the course of a year, I learned that my own quiet neighborhood of Chapinero Alto actually held my favorite spots, with food and drink options devoid of the drunken tourist crowd.
Located between the popular nightlife of the north and the old town of La Candelaria in the south, Chapinero Alto is where the flat city streets meet the mountains. The city is seeing a change with new tourism and US chains like Forever 21 and PF Chang’s arriving this past year, but Chapinero Alto remains untouched. Families still run the small supermarkets and tiendas on the corner, while young locals are opening up new hotspots.