Bogotá, Colombia

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Time4 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
TicketMobile ticket
Offered in: English and 4 more

Overview

Savor the gastronomic delights of Bogotá on this 4.5-hour, small-group, food tour of Colombia’s culinary capital, led by a guide. Discover the country’s artisanal food traditions at Pastelería Florida, a famous bakery, then get lost in a labyrinth of delicious street food on the famous Septimazo avenue. You’ll also have a chance to sample regional culinary delights at Palo Quemado, one of Colombia’s largest markets. This intimate food tour is limited to just 15 total participants and also includes soft drinks and round-trip transportation from hotels in Bogotá.
  • 4.5-hour food-and-market tour of Bogotá with an expert guide
  • Visit a local favorite bakery, Septimazo and Palo Quemado market
  • Awaken your palate with exotic tropical fruits, cheese bread, empanadas, hot chocolate and other culinary offerings
  • Gain an insider’s perspective of local food and market favorites
  • Choose between a morning or afternoon tour
  • Food tastings at three stops and round-trip transport from most hotels included
Come hungry and curious for this culinary adventure through the diverse food traditions of Bogotá. Over the course of this 4.5-hour epicurean exploration you’ll discover some of Colombia’s most typical foods, along with Bogotá’s most iconic food destinations.

Begin your tour with your choice of a 9am or 2pm pickup from your Bogotá hotel, continuing to Pastelería Florida, a traditional Colombian bakery with an old-world European sensibility. Since its founding in 1936, this snack-shop-cum-restaurant has catered to Colombians from all walks of life, serving everyone from the intelligentsia to elderly grandmothers. During your visit, sample typical breakfast fare like pan de bono (cheese bread), almojabanas (cheese rolls), tamales and a cup of aguapanela, a tea alternative made with sugarcane pulp.

Next head on to Septimazo, a warren of street stalls selling delicious food along with just about every type of product under the sun. As you soak in the chaotic fun atmosphere of the market, surrounded by the sounds of Afro-Colombian music and vendors hawking self-portraits, follow your guide to the area’s top food carts. Try out the obleas, wafer cookies that are filled with dulce de leche or jam, and then wash them down with a decadent cup of chocolate santafereño, a uniquely Colombian style of hot chocolate that includes melted cheese.

Finish your tour at the sprawling Palo Quemado market, the largest in the city. Take a look at the eye-popping range of Colombian produce for sale, spanning everything from exotic jungle fruits to traditional vegetables and meat and fish. Make sure to investigate the perfumed air of the herb section and check out the colorful bouquets of the flower vendors. Your guide will navigate you to the best food booths to sample various fruits, empanadas and corn arepas along the way.

After leaving the market, your transportation brings you back to your Bogotá hotel.

Reviews

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W
, Mar 2018

Had a great experience visiting one of Bogota's main markets. We tasted and sampled foods, fresh fruits and juices that are totally foreign our Canadian palate. Met interesting and knowledgeable vendors who were only too willing to spend time with us despite also having to accommodate real customers. Our private tour also included a fantastic lunch tamale and hot chocolate and cheese a Bogota treat. Best to choose the morning tour in order to visit the market when it is in full swing and all stalls are open.

G
, Mar 2018

Very Informative and the market was great!

T
, Jan 2018

Unfortunately this tour fell extremely short on anything of a food tour. Our tour guide was very nice and had a great personality but didn't take us to all the things on the description. We were picked up promptly at our hotel and went to the Market. He encouraged us to pick out fruit to try. He did not make any recommendations nor did we try anything else than about 3-4 fruits split between 5 people. There was nothing else at the market like described in the info. We then headed down to the Bakery where again recommendations were not made. He just let us order whatever. Which honestly I could do this on my own without a tour guide then. I was expecting some input and history to be explained on items. We decided to get the queso and chocolate not because of the suggestion but actually from a previous tour guide telling us its a must try in Colombia. After that we literately had NO MORE FOOD. We just walked around the city. So to our disappointment we barely tried anything! We left feeling like we didn't even have a tour at all. I did not learn anything about true Colombian food or even tasted it. There was no street food, no empanadas, no arpeas. It was lacking pretty much everything a food tour should be focused on, that is its food. However we thought our guide was nice and maybe misinformed on what was expected. and even after reaching out personally before this review the companies customer service is poor and had little acknowledgement that our tour was so poor. I would not recommend this tour. Try a different company because there is plenty of good food in Bogota.

J
, Dec 2017

Got to try so many good things! Unfortunately many of the vendors were closed by the time we got there, but the market is huge and it was still really worth it! If I went again I would do the morning time.

D
, Sep 2017

We kind of wandered around the market that we could have done on our own. I've been on other similar tours and they were fantastic. This one was so-so. The guide was friendly, though somewhat quiet and reserved. He did speak english, which was important. We tasted some fruits and juices in the market. We then went to a coffee shop/bakery where we had coffee, hot chocolate and some food products. Following that, we went to Candelario and had some great Chicha from fresh corn. Thanks for finding this gem. The rest of the candelario tour was ok. This wasn't a bad tour, but it definitely could have been better.

U
, Feb 2017

Delightful exposure to new, tasteful fruits, meats and drinks! Friendly vendors who go the extra mile to please the customer. The rice and pork dish served from the cavity of a hog was incredibly good.

R
, Sep 2016

300 characters is not enough to give a detailed review, so here goes. Fantastic tour, Luis Saurez (tour guide) was multilingual and simply amazing. The tour guide exceeded our expectations. We left with a lifelong friend in Luis.

V
, Apr 2016

Loved it!

J
, Feb 2016

This was a wonderful tour and I had a grand time!! With my guide Juan Frederick and driver Jonathan, I went to the Plaza de Paloquemao to visit the market. I saw so many new and interesting fruits, vegetables, and other food. I also saw many different kinds of potatoes in all shapes and colors, each with its own I sampled many different new fruits, coffee and breads, and a special pork and rice dish at Lechoneria. We also stopped to visit a few churches on the way to the restaurant where we had a traditional chicken soup for lunch. Everything was delicious! Juan was very knowledgeable about Bogota and the foods he is a chef and a tour guide in his spare time. I highly recommend this tour.

B
, Jun 2015

This tour was amazing!


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