As you climb up one of the streets in the funky Macarena district, you’ll find a building on the corner that seems just like every other. Just like every other building, except that on the wall facing a carpark is nailed a grotesque collection of creepy old plastic dolls. Why?
If you go through the door of this building and descend into the bizzare world of La Jugueteria, you’ll discover the answer. Step into this restaurant, and you’ll find yourself confused as to whether you’ve lost yourself in a child’s dream – or a child’s nightmare. A jaw-dropping collection of vintage toys – dolls, tin cars, even a foosball table – hits you in an all-out assault on your senses. Although it’s designed with immaculate attention to detail – the waitstaff all wear read and white shoes to match their jauntily themed uniforms – it’s hard to know whether it was Krusty the Klown in charge, or Chucky from Child’s Play.
We’ve just realised that we haven’t said anything about the actual food yet. Forgive us: it’s not really the main attraction here. While the menu is peppered with titles from your childhood – the mixed grill’s called Huey, Dewey, and Louie – the price-range not too expensive, and the food itself well cooked and tasty enough; it’s not really that much to write home about.
You won’t complain though, especially if you’re in a big, celebratory group; something which seems to be the norm here. The staff is briskly attentive, and there’s often quality live music. And the cute? creepy? decor helps your release your inner child. Watch out that it doesn’t run rampant.
Calle 27 #4 A- 03, La Macarena
Prices: From $COP 15,000 to 30,000
Gilesy says: I really dig this place; the food’s fine, but it’s really the whole slightly evil-clown feel of the place that’s the fun part. The interior designer must have had a fiendishly good old time putting it all together. The big work-groups that often make a night of it here seem to get their good old fiend on as well.