The largest vegetable, fruit, cereals and grain supply market in Colombia, and the largest we have visited in the world. 420,000 square meters with 57 warehouses and 6,500 vendors. Adaily movement of 12.400 tonnes of produce. Visiting Corabastos makes you ask how there could possibly be a hungry person in this world. There is SO MUCH FOOD!
If you can, the best time to go is about 7:00am. Corabastos is not tourist friendly, so never go alone. Also keep in mind to dress down so as not to attract attention from the occasional pick pocketer; keep your wallet in safe place and hide your camera when not shooting.
If you actually intend on buying food, remember this is a whole sale market. The smallest amounts sold are individual crates or boxes. You can hire a porter for a few thousand pesos to walk with you and bring your boxes along for the journey.
If you are a serious market-eer, then it is well worth the trip. The sheer scale and smell is something we have see nowhere else. Try imagining 30m x 50m of nothing but carrots 3m high! Corebastos is on the edges of Bogota, about a one hour plus drive from central areas.
OPEN HOURS: 7:00am -7:00pm Tuesday – Saturday 9:00am -5:00pm Sunday
As of 2013, Maison Grazia is the best pastry shop in all Colombia. French pastry chef Raphael Haasz, formerly of Daniel in NYC ,and his lovely Colombian wife Claudia Oyuelo (head chef – trained at the French Culinary Institute also in NY and also worked at Daniel) bring to Colombia a taste of elegant food. In a City where most restaurants are just a mediocre discolored copy of European and American favorites, this is sorely needed!
Beyond the beautiful fact that they bring excellent quality, attention to detail, top ingredients, they bring knowledge and education to the local palates via their short classes. For example, Grazia is probably the only place in Colombia that you can find real ice-cream. Prepared in the classic way, with actual diary, eggs, cream, flavor and NO corn syrup! absolute joy for every foodie and expat in the country 🙂
There are also madeleines served out of the oven (the traditional french way). Serving Breakfast, Brunch, lunch, coffee, tea time and early drinks – anytime is the perfect time to go.
The viennoiseries and breads, always better just out of the Oven, were a part of our daily schedule during our last months in Bogota. We used to buy them a day ahead and know the baking schedule, arriving just as they were ready to pull apart in a crusty joy. Maison Grazia is right on the courner of carrera quinta and calle 69. A lovely space that combines inside and outside with a slick black facade. A five meter tall vertical garden that serves as a backdrop to the glass island pastry counter tricks out the design and furniture concept by Oda Asociados Ltda.
Thank you Chefs – you have finally brought true culinary artistry to Colombia!