El Chapinero-Zona G is just north of the traditional downtown of Bogotá.
North of Santa Fé, this district (essentially the southern half of El Chapinero) is a vibrant set of neighborhoods filled with university students, bohemian cafes, bars, and restaurants. Speaking of restaurants, Zona G has arguably the city's best gourmet dining scene.
Between the Calle 65 and Calle 45 you can find Chapinero Alto, one of the most "alternative" neighborhoods in the city. Named as well as "Chapigay" or "Gay Hills", this part of the city is inhabited by the larger part of the LGBT population of Bogotá, and it's considered one of the most gay/lesbian tolerant zones of the metropolis.
Between Calle 65 and Calle 71 and Carrera 7 and Carrera 3 you can find the Zona G (G for Gourmet) where you can find the most prestigious restaurants of the city covering a large range of cuisines.
Carrera 7 is the main road going through the district, and there are endless busetas running along it, north towards the Zona Rosa and Parque 93, and south towards the old downtown. Busetas are, of course, confusing animals, so the trial and error approach will be more successful when Cra 7 is written prominently on the sign. This isn't a huge part of the city, so walking is fine for getting around.
- Our Lady of Lourdes Church (Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de Lourdes), Cra 13 #63-27. A beautiful Gothic church—built in 1875, making it the first example of Gothic architecture in the country. Despite being the symbol of El Chapinero, has as of late 2012 been badly defaced by spray can-wielding vandals.
- Parque de los Hippies (Cra 7 at Calle 60). Very close to the university, this park usually smells a bit like weed on weekends, and has some fun bars, live music, and cheap eats around the square.
This zone has some of the finest eateries in Bogota. Within a few small blocks you will find plenty of options. The restaurants are more oriented toward fine dining more so than night club type activity. If you want elegant or romantic, this is a good choice. These are five star restaurants. By looking at the addresses below, you can tell that these restaurants are all neighbors.
- Astrid y Gaston, Carrera 7 No 67-64, ☎ +57 1 211-1400. The restaurant offers the flavors of Peruvian cuisine in Bogota. Reservations are required, so do call ahead!
- Bagatelle, Calle 70 A No. 4-99, ☎ +57 1 321-3475. Once a bakery, this restaurant has the feel of a Parisian cafe. It serves crepes, sandwiches, and salads, as well as breakfast and brunch. The Bagatelle is famous for its pan de chocolate.
- Clowns Deli, Calle 70 A No. 4-45, ☎ +57 1 248-0254. Clowns Deli offers sandwiches and salads for a reasonable price.
- Criterion, Calle 69A No. 5-75, ☎ +57 1 310-1377. This contemporary restaurants offers its patrons French-influenced, gourmet dishes. The menu consists of a variety of starters and meats, and also offers its guests a tasting menu that changes weekly. Criterion was awarded the Five Star Diamond Award in 2008; the only restaurant in Colombia to receive the recognition.
- Gostinos 69, Carrera 5 No. 69A-30, ☎ +57 1 313-0612. Gostinos 69 offers its patrons seafood at reasonable prices.
- Harry Sasson Restaurante, Calle 83 No. 12-49, ☎ +57 1 616-4520. Chef Harry Sasson creates delectable, international dishes with Asian influences. This restaurant also has a wide variety of wines from all over the world, including Argentina, France, and California.
- La Hamburgueseria, Calle 70 No. 4-69, ☎ +57 1 321-3350. La Hamburgueseria is not fast food restaurant, but does offers a great variety of hamburgers and sandwiches, made from the best ingredients. This restaurant has many other locations, so be sure to check out the website to find the one closest to you!
- La Table de Michel, Calle 69A No. 4-15, ☎ +57 1 347-7939, +57 1 347-7939. La Table de Miguel offers excellent French dishes. They also have a wine list made up of mainly French wines, but also a few Chilean. The great thing about this restaurant is that the menu is translated into various languages for the convenience of the diner.
- Nazca, Calle 74 No 5-28, ☎ +57 1 321-3459. This Peruvian restaurant serves up to 96 people, and has a 'launch area,' where those waiting for tables can snack. The principle dish of Nazca is ceviche.
- SUNA, Camino Natural, Calle 71 No. 4-47, ☎ +57 1 212-3721. Organic Restaurant and Market. Suna serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This environmentally-friendly restaurant offers a menu consisting of organic, vegetarian, raw, and vegan dishes.
- Tony Roma's, Carrera 6 No. 69 A-20, ☎ +57 1 249-5271. This American chain-restaurant serves traditional American bbq, including short ribs and seafood.
- 12:12 Hostels, Calle 67 No. 4-16, ☎ +57 313 387 4231, e-mail: email@example.com. Backpacker hostel with good facilities. Dorms from 29,000 COP; private room 90,000 COP.
- Hotel Casona del Patio, Carrera 8 No. 69 - 24, ☎ +57 2128805, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Located at the G Zone (or Gourmet Zone) in the north of Bogota, the neighborhood is known for its restaurants and the financial sector of the 72 street. COP$120,000.
- Hotel Emaus Bogota, Carrera 4 No. 69a - 46, ☎ +5715442005. Boutique rooms, all equipped with 29-inch LCD TV with cable channels, Wi-Fi Internet access and Mini-bar. Facilities and services are Jardin de Emaus restaurant, 24-hour front desk, Laundry service and Ironing service. From USD 160.00.
- Lugano Imperial Suites, Calle 70A 7-62, ☎ +557 1313 1113. It offers 36 suites apartment, fully furnished short and long term special stays for families and executives. It offers rooms equipped with home theater, kitchen and broadband Internet access. Some of its facilities and services are restaurant, bar, sauna, massage service, concierge and rooms service. Rates start at 462,000.00 COP.