Even though we are eternally optimistic about vegan travel, Bogota tested our mettle. We always travel with protein bars, nuts, dried fruit and other non-perishable items to fill in the gaps between meals...and man.. so many gaps. In our few days in Bogota we ate all the snacks we had brought for our 2 week trip in South America. Insert stressed emoji...
Here are the few places that we had some form of sustenance
Juan Valdez Cafe : We had some dope coffee. The locations that we went were in Zona Rosa as well as one in La Candaleria (right before going on a bike tour). The locations did not have non-dairy milk options so we drank it black. Note - for those of you who are not used to coffee DO NOT TO THIS. It is guaranteed to give you run belly #trust
Andres DC: This lively resto was right beside our hotel, so we ate dinner their twice. There is an extremely extensive menu but very limited food options for vegans. Even less so for Joy - who is vegan and also allergic to raw tomatoes The atmosphere makes up for the lack of eats, with wandering musicians and lively waiters...but one can only eat so many yucca fries. The good news is that the drinks were hitting!
VG TAL Cocina Vegetariana: We were so excited to go to this small Columbian family-owned restaurant for our first real meal in Bogota. It is tucked away on a business area in the northern part of Zona Rosa, with a special fixed menu everyday. Alas it was not to be. We went to the Salt Mine of Zipaquira an hour outside of the city that day and got back to the city much later than expected (traffice!!!). After speed-walking there from our hotel, we discovered that lunch was no longer being served. We had a couple vegan empanadas (which were amazing) and a dry vegan cookie. That was it! Unfortunately it is now closed.
We only had 3 days in Bogota, so perhaps we would have had more time we would have found better options. We still have hope for it yet!