We always try to wake up early on Sundays in time for ciclovía, Bogotá’s bike path on one of the main streets that is closed to cars from 7 am to 2 pm. Usually we walk, instead of riding bikes, about 45 blocks to a little borough of Bogotá called Usaquén.
On Sundays and on holiday Mondays, Usaquén is home to an art/flea market with vendors set up throughout the streets. They sell everything from jewelry to clothes to household items to food all day long. I rarely buy anything, although the jewelry is often quite tempting.
We tend to eat our way through Usaquén, sampling the different foods, antipastos and arequipe and bread. Then perhaps we’ll stop to buy some delicious baked empanadas, then churros, then freshly squeezed juice, and to finish, a crepe with Nutella.
In addition to the outdoor market, Usaquén also has many restaurants and stores that are there permanently. 80 Sillas is my favorite place to eat there; they have the most amazing fish dishes, although they are a bit expensive. Other popular places to eat include Wok, an Asian-fusion restaurant, and La Rosconeria, which makes roscones, a traditional Colombian pastry, with a twist.
Sundays are lovely in Bogotá because there are hardly any cars out on the streets and the city feels very peaceful, as opposed to its usual traffic and frenzy. It’s a day for exercise, family, and food, and for me, a trip to Usaquén.