Saturday, October 14, 2017


By Eva Fydrych

Best kept secrets of Bogotá & Cartagena

Stylish accessories - Rimowa suitcase (Photos by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)

Welcome to Colombia! Today, Fashion Studio Magazine takes you on a vibrant journey to one of the most interesting countries in South America. After spending more than one month in Bogotá and Cartagena, it is time to reveal our favourite places and top experiences you simply can't miss.

The following article is just the first part of our #ColombianDiary, a long-term project focusing on promoting Colombian fashion and tourism industry, discovering emerging trends, and featuring the most trendy side of the country.


La Candelaria

Colourful La Candelaria is a historic neighborhood in downtown Bogotá and one of the most visited districts in the city. The architecture of the old houses, churches and buildings has Spanish Colonial, Baroque, and Art Deco styles. It is home to several universities, libraries and museums as well as a variety of bars and restaurants where you can try traditional Colombian food.

La Candelaria is also known for its creative street art which attracts a lot of tourists willing to get familiar with the work of both local and international graffiti artists.

Recommended places to stay: Apartaestudios La Candelaria (Cl. 10 #2-40) and Arche Noah Guesthouse (Cl. 12F #2-09).

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Plaza de Bolívar

Plaza de Bolívar, located in the heart of the historical area, is the main square of the city and a place that simply shouldn't be missed. 

During the Spanish colonial period, Plaza de Bolívar was the stage for circus performances, bullfights, and public markets. The square is surrounded by four historical buildings: the Palace of Justice, the National Capitol, the Archbishopric Cathedral of Bogotá, and the Liévano Palace.

In the middle of the square, you can find a bronze statue of Simón Bolívar, the work of an Italian artist, Pietro Tenerani. This was the first public monument erected in the city (1846).

Located just one block away, lies one of the oldest and most important gastronomic establishments of Bogotá, La Puerta Falsa (Cl. 11 #6-50). Famous local dishes to try include Tamales, Ajiaco, and Chocolate Completo.

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Avenida Jimenéz

Avenida Jimenéz features an interesting mix of architectural styles. It was named after the founder of the city and marks the northern boundary of the historic centre.

This bustling street is a great place to experience real Colombian life, have an inexpensive meal, and visit local stores and businesses. Don't miss Crepes & Waffles (Avenida Jiménez #4-55), a popular Colombian food chain founded in 1980, which serves delicious desserts and a variety of Latin and international dishes.


Located nearby, Museo del Oro (Cra. 6 #15-88) is one of the most visited touristic highlights in the country. The museum receives around 500,000 visitors per year. Its permanent exhibition, displayed in four spacious galleries, invites you to discover the history of how gold and other metals were used by the pre-Hispanic societies who lived in the land today known as Colombia. Highly recommended!

TRYP Bogotá Usaquén

A destination in itself, TRYP Bogotá Usaquén (Cl. 120a #733) combines style, design and service to provide a truly unique experience of the city. Featuring a beautiful rooftop restaurant, Viu Gastrobar, this stylish hotel is a perfect starting point for exploring the northern part of Bogotá.

The property is only a 10-minute walk from Hacienda Santa Bárbara, one of the most traditional and elegant shopping malls in the city.

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Usaquén, "a little town in the city", is a trendy neighbourhood in northeastern Bogotá. Famous for its Sunday flea market, where you can soak up the friendly local atmosphere and stock up on lots of souvenirs to take back home, Usaquén is also a foodie paradise.

Don't miss Santa Ana Centro Comercial Boutique (Avenida Carrera 9 #110-50) where you can find Colombian fashion stores, such as Punto Blanco, and dine in style with fabulous views of the nearby mountains.

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Tcherassi Hotel & Spa

Only a short flight from Bogotá, charming Cartagena offers high tropical temperatures, elegant colonial mansions, and delightful Caribbean cuisine.

Tcherassi Hotel & Spa, located in the heart of the historic district (Calle del Curato #38-99), is the quintessence of the city. The property was restored by a Colombian architect, Álvaro Barrera, and by New York-based interior designer Richard Mishaan who was named by Architectural Digest as one of the Top 100 world designers.

Featuring a unique blend of fashion, hospitality, and nature, this stylish hotel offers not only an unforgettable experience, but also a glimpse into the world of Silvia Tcherassi’s creations.

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Tuc Tuc Cartagena

Tuc Tuc, the creatively decorated restaurant at Tcherassi Hotel & Spa, is a must-visit place in Cartagena. Offering a tasty mix of flavours from around the world, Tuc Tuc restaurant is a refreshing option for everyone looking for casual dining with a twist.

The delicious breakfast, open to non-guests as well, has a small buffet and a’la carte menu options available. Freshly squeezed juices and a variety of tropical fruits are the perfect way to kick-start your day.

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"Tuc Tuc proposes street food of many latitudes, in a casual yet elevated environment where the menu has a large pan-Asian influence. Exquisite preparations are served with love by a service team that will elevate this sophisticated "street experience" to world-class. Adorned with colorful decor, the design juxtaposes this traditional Cartagena house with modern and fun furniture in an ambiance that celebrates world folklore. Breakfast, lunch and dinner do not disappoint." - says

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Travelling In Style

Have you ever wondered what makes a perfect trip? Interesting destination, great company, new experiences, good weather, comfortable clothes, and...being able to pack everything you need.

For my trip to Colombia, I decided to take my new Salsa Air suitcase in a fashionable Ice Blue colour. As a leader in luxury travel goods, German-based Rimowa is renowned for its signature, lightweight luggage that pays attention to both functionality and style. 

What's great about this polycarbonate suitcase is not only its unique, distinctive look that adds a touch of luxury to every trip, but also comfort and practicality. Salsa Air suitcase is super light (8.6 LB) and spacious (105.0 L), so I didn't have to worry about not being able to take everything I wanted or having to pay extra fees for an overweight baggage.

Happy travelling!💃

Salsa Air suitcase by Rimowa (Photos by Eva Fydrych) Click to enlarge

Stylish Ice Blue colour

Wardrobe at TRYP Bogotá Usaquén (Photos by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)

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