La Puerta Falsa, a few doors down from Plaza Bolivar in La Candelaria, Bogota’s historic centre, is one of the city’s oldest and most traditional cafes. Dating back to 1816 and designed in typical colonial style, a visit here will genuinely feel like a trip back in time to Old Bogota, with simple wooden cladding and slightly cramped seating that will mean you literally have to rub shoulders with the locals.
The reason for La Puerta Falsa’s longevity can be put down to the fiercely loyal clientele who come time and time again for delicious, simple and homely food. In fact, few places in the tourist hub that is La Candelaria can claim to have a truly local following, but it is easy to see why this place stands out.
La Puerta Falsa can legitimately claim to serve up some of the best tamales in Bogota as well as a mean hot chocolate. The stunning array of mouth-watering sweets would be enough to satisfy any craving and leave you wanting to come back for more.
So step through the same doors that generations of Bogotanos have passed through and you will see what all the fuss is about.
Calle 11 No 6-50
Gilesy says: Due to the fact that this poky little institution was the site at which I was introduced into the mysterious world of hot chocolate and cheese, it holds a warm, cheesy place in my heart. This restaurant positively ekes olde worldee charmeee, and the staff are loveleeee. I think you should go there.
Main image taken by William Neuheisel