I heard there was another good coffee place in Bogota, called Bourbon Coffee Roasters. Luckily it was only 10-15 minutes walk north from where I was staying in Chapinero.
On the way, I spotted the Nuestra Senora de Lourdes Church.
And outside was a stunning photography exhibition.
Directly opposite was the church.
The interior was simple and elegant.
Heading further north up the road was more wonderful street art.
I felt lucky being able to see Bogota on such a sunny, clear day.
And suddenly, I saw it…
Bourbon Coffee Roasters
It was such a change in scene. It felt like a hipster coffee place in Sydney. Bourbon Coffee Roasters was even better than Amor Perfecto… just melting in your mouth.
After the coffee, I explored this new part of Chapinero a little further. The buildings looked so old-worldly.
Haha. I wonder if this is really the distance to Sydney…
Suddenly I was hungry especially when I found a great vegetarian set menu at La Esquina Vegetariana for COP$12,000 (AUD$6.00).
La Esquina Vegetariana Restaurant
Such tasty food. Afterwards I was determined to visit Simon Bolivar Park, so I called an Uber. It wasn’t too far, about 10-15 minutes, so it was only COP$6,900 to the park (AUD$3.45).
Simon Bolivar Central Park
It’s a huge greenspace in Bogota, it has an area of about 279 acres (1.13 km2). A lake with an area of over 27 acres (110,000 m2). It features over 11 miles (18 km) of pedestrian pathways and an acoustic shell-shaped area for concerts. Major concerts and festivals take place here.
It has many entrances.
I found a enormous bust of Sean Penn…
Which is a short walk to the lake area.
Plenty of families visit here for picnics.
There is a great view to the centre of Bogota from here.
The grass is so soft, it’s like lying on a mattress.
The lake seems to be a busy place, under the water too.
So many birds here as well.
You can queue up for a boat.
Even the picnic tables are art.
At the end of the lake are some stairs with a viewing platform.
With great views of the clouds rolling down off the mountains over the city.
Next it was time for a coffee, so I called an Uber to the nearest shopping centre.
Centro Comercial Gran Estacion
Only about 5 minutes drive away was a pretty big shopping centre.
Only Juan Valdez was available in terms of coffee, which is like the local Starbucks, but slightly better.
At least they had outdoor seats that afforded a great post-Christmas view of dusk over Bogota.
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