The newest restaurant from Colombia's food-TV star Leonor Espinosa, Mercado serves grilled meats, rice- and-cheese casseroles, and salads and sandwiches that riff on typical Colombian cooking. House-made sodas take full advantage of the country's abundant fruits.
Container City - Near Parque 93 in Bogotá, there’s a Container City, a food court ingeniously constructed with 100% recyclable materials. In fact, the builders brag that the whole place could be packed up and shipped off to a recycling center as is. Occupied by some of the top gourmet restaurants in the city, it’s a space that’s hip, casual and fun.
Silvana Villegas, twenty-eight, opened Masa in 2011 after returning home from New York, where she worked for Jean-Georges Vongerichten. In the morning, people flock to Masa for her croissants. At lunchtime, they come for sandwiches made with her breads.
Move over, Buenos Aires: South America's newest culinary darling is Colombia's comeback capital. Crime is down, business is booming, and the restaurant scene is so hot that the food world's biggest names are flying in for a taste. Frank Bruni follows the buzz.