La Puerta Falsa

Fast Food in Bogotá

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If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Maybe that’s why, after two centuries, the 'False Door' is still successfully knocking out the same one-page menu, dominated by two epoch-spanning snacks: tamales, and the practically sacred chucula y almojábanas, a simple plate of sweet bread and soft cheese accompanied by a cup of steaming hot chocolate.

The punters obviously like it. On an average morning you’ll have to wait patiently for a table outside this diminutive two-story cafe–pastry shop just off the Plaza de Bolívar. Inside, pull up a small stool at an even smaller table and partake in a tasty piece of Bogotá history.