12 street products you must eat in Colombia

Colombia is a country full of cultural differences. Its varied geography, climate and living conditions allow it to be full of aspects that make it very interesting and attractive for tourists. In this country, each region can be attributed a typical food that characterizes it and, being such important dishes for the community, they can usually be found for sale on the street, which makes them much easier to obtain. When visiting Colombia you will be able to have a much more complete experience if you decide to dare to try some of the foods and drinks that we will present to you below, enjoy them.

If you visit Bogotá, you will find a wide variety of food and drinks that can even be representative of other regions, since people from all over the country come to Bogotá. In the streets of the capital it is very common to find:

Wafers: these are basically two large and very thin cookies that have arequipe (dulce de leche) in the middle, you can add more ingredients such as grated cheese, blackberry jam, coconut, cream, en Wafers: these are basically two large and very thin cookies that have arequipe (dulce de leche) in the middle, you can add more ingredients such as grated cheese, blackberry jam, coconut, cream, among others.

Buñuelos: They are especially consumed at Christmas time for family celebrations, however, they can be found throughout the year in the streets of the capital. They are a mixture of flour with cheese that is fried until golden brown and slightly toasted on the outside. The buñuelos are delicious and quite cheap, approximately 500 COP.

Canelazo: In Bogotá, due to the cold climate, it is very common to find it. The ingredients of this drink are cinnamon water, sugar, panela and aguardiente (alcoholic beverage). Especially at night, people are seen walking the streets of the city and offering this drink that is perfect for a very cold Bogota night.

Santafereño chocolate with almojábana: in Bogotá, due to its cold climate, it is possible to find multiple hot drinks. One of them is the typical santafereño chocolate, it is prepared in milk or water and is eaten hot. For Bogotans, it is typical to drink it for the “onces” (meal served in the afternoon) and it is accompanied with cheese and amojábana, the latter is made with corn flour and cheese, sometimes it is filled with sweet guava. You must try this typical combination in Bogotá.

Envuelto de mazorca:They are found in many regions of the country, but those in Bogotá are quite popular. The wrap is prepared with corn, generally they put sweet guava, cheese and even raisins, they are wrapped in corn husks and that’s it… they are delicious and easy to find.

Chicha:this is an ancestral drink produced by the indigenous peoples that inhabited the region. Although chicha was in danger of disappearing from Bogota culture, it was preserved and now there are many places where it can be found. The chicherias are the places where chicha is produced and sold, in El Chorro de Quevedo, one of the most important attractions of the capital, you can find roads. This drink is basically corn that is fermented with panela, it is worth trying it, it is an important part of Bogota culture.

As we have already mentioned, since Colombia is a country with so many cultural riches, it is important to mention those typical dishes from other regions that you can also easily find and that you must try to complete your experience.

Empanadas: Empanadas: these are nationally recognized, there are many and each region has its own version. In Bogotá you can find a wide variety of them. The most common are prepared with corn flour, stuffed with shredded meat or potatoes and fried in oil. They can be found in many places in the city and the country. Be sure to try them!

Arepas: In Colombia there are many versions of arepas, all of them are very different but equally delicious. Egg arepas, peeled corn, sweet corn, large, small, stuffed, plain, etc. Arepas are representative of the country and are essential in the Colombian diet. The corn arepa with butter, salt and cheese is perhaps the most common, it can be found in the central region of Colombia, that is, in Antioquia and the Coffee Region, however, in Bogotá you can also try them.

Café:You will surely know that Colombia is well known for its coffee, here, as in many parts of the world, it is part of the daily life of citizens. Throughout the country you can find from specialized stores to street carts that sell coffee, the latter are part of the national culture, it is something curious and different. If you are walking and you find a small coffee stand, do not hesitate to take one.

Aguapanela: This is a panela-based drink, it is sweet and can be taken hot or cold. Panela is a fundamental ingredient for Colombian families, with this they make food and prepare typical drinks that represent Colombian culture. This drink in its hot version is generally consumed with cheese, which is broken into small pieces, put inside the drink and waited for it to melt. Also, there is the cold version, lemon is added to it and it is very refreshing.

Fruits: Colombia is a privileged country due to its location, which allows it to have a wide variety of fruits available to its inhabitants. Throughout the country it is common to find stalls on the street selling fruit, these vary depending on the region and the fruits to which it has access. It is a mandatory stop for those who visit Colombia, you will be surprised with the amount of colors and flavors that you can find here.

Lechona:Although it is representative of the department of Tolima, suckling pig has come to play a fundamental role in Colombian gastronomy. It can be found throughout the country and it is common to see a stall selling it on the street. It is prepared with pork meat and vegetables and baked, accompanied with arepa and previously baked animal skin. It is popularly eaten at New Year’s Eve and Christmas parties, although it is possible to find it throughout the year.

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