Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Bogota

La Piscina
La Piscina is Bogotá's most famous strip club, and stands head and shoulders above the others in terms of quality, atmosphere and safety.
Andrew Ties
Smarten up with a sharp tie from Andrew Ties, whether it be for the boardroom or for an evening out.
Charme
Chic clothes for women who want to age gracefully.
Pachanga
Perfect for young revellers, Pachanga has a pumping party atmosphere thanks to a regular roster of top-notch DJs.
Tol
Mix-and-match girly, gritty and grunge at Tol, an eclectic clothes emporium.
Kathmandu
Bursting with eastern promise, Kathmandu was the first place to sell hookah in Bogotá.
Hush Puppies
An extensive range of shoes for style-savvy shoppers.
Obra Maestra
Obra Masetra has a stunning collection of shoes.
La Brasserie
The red leather booths of Brasserie are always filled with impeccably-dressed diners keen to sample some of Bogotá's best French cuisine, and glimpse their own reflection in the mirror-lined walls.
Tabula
Tabula has a very natural feel, with plants scattered along the floor and bamboo walls, and the casual philosophy is matched by exceptional cuisine.
Bendito
High-end turns into high-jinx at Bendito, a sleek club in the heart of Zona T.
Criterion
Fantastic French fare abounds at Criterion, the reigning queen of Bogota's gourmet district.
Jean Pascal
Beautiful clothes for beautiful people; Jean Pascal delivers with razor-sharp cuts and sumptuous materials.
Dupuis
Like an Aladdin's cave of wonders, you're sure to find something exotic to take back home at Dupuis.
NY Deli
NY Deli is an authentic slice of New York overlooking Bogota's Parque 93.
Pasteleria Jacques
Pasteleria Jacques is not just the best bakery in Bogotá, but arguably possibly the best bakery in the whole of South America.
Chairama Spa
Luxurious and beautiful inside and out, this is one spa not to be missed.
Astrid y Gaston
A stately manor is the appropriate home for Astrid y Gaston: the king of Peruvian cuisine.
El Local
Contemporary Colombian fare is very much the order of the day at El Local, where fashionable types flock in their designer-clad droves.
L’Occtaine
Needing little introduction, L'Occtaine pampers and preens with its range of high-end beauty products.
Artesano Gourmet
Artesano Gourmet is a tiny café that specialises in cakes and richly sweet desserts.
The Tea House
The Tea House is about all things tea.
Habana
As the name suggests, La Habana is a Cuban restaurant. But this doesn't just apply to the food-the main draw is a live band that plays Cuban every night.
Chevignon
Cool, casual clothes for cool, casual men and women.
Velez
Shoes and bags; what else does a girl need?
Cinemateca Distrital
Cinemateca Distrital is a very cool alternative cinema and a popular destination for artsy students.
A Soloreano
A treasure trove of bejewelled trinkets for your wrists, neck, ears and fingers.
Museo Botero
If you go to just one museum in Bogota, go to Museo Botero.
El Libertador
El Libertador is very much styled in the manner of a smoking club, and its sophisticated clientele reflect this dynamic.
Serafina
Serafina is a sophisticated sports bar known primarily for its steaks and martinis - a heady combination, if ever there was one.
The Irish Pub
Even amongst the lively crowds of Zona T, The Irish Pub stands out for its high level of buzz and energy.
Julio
Stock up on cool daywear from Julio.
104 Art Suites
With just a little more attention to customer service, 104 Art Suites would be a first class hotel.
Museo Nacionale
Museo Nacionale is an exceptionally well-structured and innovative museum that depicts Colombian history through over 2,500 objects of art, history and archaeology.
Centro Cultural
Centro Cultural Gabriel Garcia Marquez is a sleek space dedicated to Colombia's most treasured novelist, Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
Disco Jaguar
Disco Jaguar is kitch, sexy and occasionally psychedelic, and incorporates a café, bar, club, gallery and sex shop all under one roof.
Converse
Stock up on Converse's signature sneakers, or explore its other collections at this dedicated Bogota outpost.
BH El Retiro
Slightly less expensive than some of the more established hotels in the area, Hotel BH el Retiro is a lesser-known option for those who want a central location but still want to hunker down in style.
Bershka
Cheap, cheerful clothes at Bershka.
Hotel de la Opera
Hotel de la Opera is wonderfully luxurious without any faux-European pretensions, and the spectacular view of Cathedral Prima ensures this hotel always rates highly.

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