Azahar Café

Cafe in Bogotá

Image by Jacqui de Klerk Lonely Planet

Possibly the finest shrine to coffee in Colombia, the recently amplified Azahar exudes taste, expertise and an undying passion for the country’s second-most-famous homegrown product (after cocaine). Busy baristas work behind a huge counter like alchemists in a chemistry lab, experimenting with French press, Chemex, pour-over and espresso. The attention to detail jumps out of the cup.

Sit at one of the lovely wooden tables and watch as staff custom-brew your request and bring it to you in a fancy pot, cup or flask. The breakfasts – Spanish-style migas (bread salad), açai bowls and the requisite avocado on toast – are available all day and hard to pass up. Lunches mainly involve sandwiches and chicken.