This is a beautiful café with wonderful food, but there is also something extra: an attractive joie de vive, a sophisticated bustle that lifts Il Pomeriggio high above any of the other cafés in Bogotá. Indeed, on any given day it’s filled with beautiful women and dapper men who come to mingle and enjoy the classic charm of the flattering lighting and crisp white tablecloths. Outside, there is a sheltered terrace warmed by heaters where many sit to gossip and watch the Andino Mall shoppers traipse through with their wares. Il Pomeriggio has a wonderful selection of coffees (over a dozen types of espresso) and just as vast a selection of martinis (we know what we prefer). The food, meanwhile, is faultless; the flourless chocolate pudding is a firm favourite and the cheese tartines are good for those seeking savoury sustenance.