A table adorned with flowers and candles, an irresistible meal, a box of chocolates and a bottle of champagne. Everyone loves a little romance. It can spark a friendship into something more, celebrate a significant moment such as an engagement or anniversary, or add some interest to a long standing marriage.
Romance in Bogotá is alive and well, and there are plenty of extraordinary places to wow that special someone over a drink, a meal, or for some dancing.
Everything about Bistro Bourbon leads to romance; five different levels give a sense of intimacy while the live jazz sets the tone. In addition to the oys- ters, an excellent special occasion dish is the octopus, cooked for six hours to achieve the perfect texture and delicate flavor. Follow it with a smooth and rich bomba de chocolate.
Matiz has an intimate garden dining area complete with a waterfall. Candles and rose petals or a special bouquet on the table set the mood for a personalized diner. After talking with the couple to determine their preferences, the chef crafts a tasting menu especially for them, and wine pairing for each dish is suggested by the sommelier.
Ok, it’s pure insanity. But Andres D.C., with the abundance of red hearts and the feeling that anything goes, can be a good place to take a date who wants an energized meal. Some of the upper floors have just a few tables, giving a sense of seclusion within the vastness of the restaurant, and the rowdy surroundings can give a sense of intimacy within the craziness.
Italia Rustica in Usaquen has 160 wine references to get you in the mood, plus a setting romantic enough to stir up the Italian passion in anyone.
In Usaquén a special romantic garden spot is at the downstairs dining area of Il Filetto. Flowers and lights adorn the walls, and at night tiny lights sparkle in the vine-covered ceiling. The steak dinners are worthy of a special occasion and the wine list has an excellent selection to choose from.
The upstairs lounge at Harry’s is not only glamorous, it’s downright sexy. The glitter of the chandeliers, the leather couches placed to create intimate spaces and the gorgeous bouquets of flowers all set the mood. Start out a special evening with drinks while enjoying intimate conversation. If staying for dinner, avoid the crowds and order the meal up there.
If your special night out takes you to La Candelaria, stop by Gato Gris in Chorro de Quevedo. This restaurant set in a multi-floor colonial house has plenty of intimate spaces for private conversation, live music at night, and a wide selection of wines and cocktails.
On the top floor of the Hotel de la Opera, El Mirador Restaurant has live Latin ballads and jazz on Friday and Saturday nights, making it a romantic choice from which to admire the view of the rooftops and streets of the Old City. It’s near several theaters for a complete night out.
If you want to add dancing to the evening, visit El Marques. The terrific view of the Zona Rosa from this sophisticated restaurant and dance club is only matched by the superb Asian food and cocktails that are downright amazing.
Want to extend that special night? For a place to visit after midnight, go to Upper Side 81st Street. With the oversized bar and talented bartenders, a long line of comfortable couches to sink into, and a romantic balcony with inviting armchairs, this is a place to have a drink late into the night.
Hotels around the city offer romantic stays with irresistible plans, including dinner for two, chocolate covered strawberries, bottles of sparkling wine, rooms decorated with rose petals, private breakfast in the room, and spa services for couples. Hill House, Hotel Dann, Continental, Hotel Estelar and 104 Art Suites are some of the ones to check out for those special weekend plans.
So when romance calls, live the moment to the full by planning that special day, night or weekend to thrill your partner.