Known as La Zona G (short for “gourmet”) or the Gourmet Zone, this eastern neighborhood of Bogota borders Centro Financiero and is a trending area whose gentrification began over ten years ago when some of the neighborhood’s best restaurants opened. Recently the neighborhood has seen a sharp rise in the number of five-star international eateries, making Zona G one of Bogota’s up-and-coming fine dining destinations.
The nightlife in this area of Bogota includes restaurants that serve both traditional Bogota dishes and international cuisine. Here are just a few of the best eateries in Zona G:
- Astrid y Gaston: Featuring a nice array of Peruvian dishes.
- Criterion: This is the only Five Star Diamond Award-winning restaurant (2008) in Colombia, serving the very best in French-fusion cuisine.
- Harry Sasson Restaurante: Serving up dishes with Asian influences and also boasts a large wine list from areas like California and France.
- MASA Restaurant: An American bakery and brunch eatery featuring a lunch and dinner menu created by its New York City-trained chef.
- La Table de Michel: This French restaurant offers guests traditional cuisine, a nice wine list and a menu that is translated to many different languages.
- Gostinos 69: An affordable, yet delicious seafood restaurant located at Carrera 5, No. 69A-30.
- Bagatelle: Offering a wide array of sandwiches, salads, crepes, plus breakfast and brunch, Bagatelle was formerly a bakery and still keeps its Parisian style and cuisine.
- La Biferia: This upscale steakhouse prides itself on focusing on the quality, cuts and preparation of their beef.
- Attica: A restaurant and lounge combo, this Asian eatery features signature cocktails, fresh sushi, and even live DJ music (Wednesday through Friday only).
- Los Cabos Parrilla de Mar: Showcasing over 70 dishes that feature Pacific and Colombia/Carribean cuisine, Los Cabos is a definitely must on any foodie’s culinary stop tour.
- Tony Roma’s: Locals and tourists can sample American barbeque dishes at this American-chain eatery.
- Kong: This classic Chinese restaurant features mainly Szechuan dishes and offers a bar on its first floor for cocktails.
- Julia Pizzeria: An Italian pizza restaurant that features delicious pizzas, antipasti, salads and sweets.
- Soco: An Arabic-Mediterranean fusion eatery open Monday through Sunday.
- La Cigale: This upscale French Bistro restaurant features a five-star menu in a fun, casual setting.
- Suna: Offering local, organic and sustainable food, this health food restaurant also has a deli shop that sells high-quality meats.
Zona G also has five large hotel chains all located within a few blocks of each other: Hilton Bogota, the Holiday Inn Express & Suites, the Four Season Casa Medina, Marriot, and Embassy Suites.
The area is a popular neighborhood where locals and tourists can stroll and take in the many high-end, up-and-coming restaurants, with a quieter atmosphere than that of adjacent communities like Zona T. Zona G does boast a chic nightlife however, with upscale bars like Bistronomy, Gigi’s Wine Market, and the V.O. Tapas Bar being great choices if one is seeking a few drinks with friends but don’t want to venture into neighboring La Candelaria.
Getting around Zona G is fairly easy, as it’s a great neighborhood for walking, and most of the businesses are located close together; however, bicycles are a popular way to get in and around this neighborhood as well as its nearby communities. There are also buses, the SITP system, and cabs and taxis available as well.