Hiding in the midst of the busy city is this charming neighborhood bursting with life (yet so chilled out at the same time). Teusaquillo is an area that holds the little Bohemia that is La Soledad, a meeting point for the younger crowd looking for cultural and intellectual spaces. Go with the flow and check out its special ambience, artistic hotspots, green areas and great places for a good meal.
Part of the Teusaquillo district, the bohemian and culturally-rich neighborhood of La Soledad boasts a convenient location with plenty of main access routes. The Victorian, English-style brick houses were once home to the city’s most famed and prestigious families, with these architecturally patrimonial buildings now converted into charming restaurants, theaters, offices, bookstores and bars. At the heart of La Soledad’s vibrant and welcoming cultural identity is Park Way. Located on Avenida 22 between Calles 39 and 45, this space – which includes a small square, monuments, promenades and a green central reservation – was designed by Austrian urban planner Karl Brunner. Teusaquillo, considered Bogotá’s cultural district, offers visitors and residents a healthy dose of culture, art and gastronomy.
Seamlessly combining the languages of the arts, Casa E is a dynamic theatre that offers a unique experience to visitors, with a bar on the first floor offering up delicious drinks. Another option is the Casa del Teatro Nacional, home to a variety of seasonal works and interesting stage settings.
Casatinta, an independent cultural center, bookshop and workshop, is dedicated to promoting illustration and graphic arts. The space also hosts conferences and exhibitions.
Stop in at Babel, Bogotá’s only library specializing in children’s literature. As well as a section dedicated to books for children and young adults, you’ll also find manuscripts from across the Spanish-speaking world. Borrow books for free or visit the book exchange.
For restaurants with a hipster vibe, be sure to head to La Condesa and Andante, which both serve homemade Italian fare in a homely environment. Another good option is El Barrio, which specializes in Colombian fusion cuisine, while Zur offers diners a menu inspired by the south of the continent. For good artisanal beers check out Statua Rota, or pick up some organic, natural produce at La Despensa.
CAFÉS AND BAKERIES
Tea lovers can’t miss El Templo del Té. FW offers French-inspired pastries, as well as a daily menu and à la carte dishes. Don’t leave without visiting Del Horno and sampling the exquisite baguettes, crunchy on the outside and deliciously soft on the inside.