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Kokoa: a definite must for all chocolate lovers in Bogotá

Kokoa menu
Paula Aponte

Paula Aponte

Hi, I’m Paula! A Colombian born and Australian raised foodie by heart and an architect and a Civil Engineer by profession. My other passions are traveling, exploring new cultures and trying new foods. I currently living in Bogotá and love to share my gastronomical discoveries, hope you find them as exciting as I have. You can also follow me on instagram as @espaciosysabores.

Chocolate pasta and chocolate salad might sound a little outrageous but trust me, it’s possible and at Kokoa they will make you fall in love with the idea. Next to Bogota’s hectic Zona T lies this small, peaceful restaurant that takes chocolate to the next level.

As the name hints, everything at Kokoa is cocoa-based. This means you will find basically anything you have ever imagined and more made with chocolate. But this doesn’t mean everything is sweet! Careful! Bear in mind that there is both dark and milk chocolate, allowing for both sweet and savory culinary creations.

The Food

Kokoa bowl
Berry Bowl © Photograph Paula Aponte

This chocolate lover’s heaven divides its menu into three parts: breakfast food, savory, and sweet. So, regardless of what you are in the mood for, they probably have something that will fit it. 

Opening at 8 am on weekdays and 8:30 am on weekends, Kokoa is an amazing option for breakfast. They mainly offer bowls, but they also have eggs with pandebono waffles or pumpkin waffles – all nice and healthy options to start the day off. 

The savory options are the real eye-catchers. Chocolate pasta in cheese sauce, corn waffles with bacon and chocolate sauce, or chickpea salad with chocolate drops. Each option sounds even more exotic than the last, and I assure you they are all amazing choices! Don’t worry, you will not feel like you are having dessert as a main; in fact, all of the options are actually very balanced and even healthy.

For those of you searching for sweeter options, Kokoa also has a wide range of exotic waffles and traditional bakery favorites like muffins and croissants. My favorite to go with some coffee is the banana bread with chocolate chips.

The Place

Koka's facade
The place © Photograph Paula Aponte

In the Cabrera neighborhood, close to Zona T and a few steps away from Cachivaches, Pan Pa Ya, and Restaurante Club Colombia, is Kokoa (Calle 82 # 8 – 75). The small yet peaceful restaurant manages to camouflage with the surrounding residential buildings and offers an escape from all the hecticness of a vibrant city like Bogota.

If you are in Zona T or Parque Virrey, you are just a 10-minute walk away from the restaurant. If not, it’s easily accessible via the public transport lines running on Carrera 7 or Carrera 11. You can also get there using an Uber or private transport (although parking can be a little complicated). For those into alternative transportation methods, you can ride a scooter in the bike lane of Carrera 11 and then take Calle 82 towards the east.

Behind a modern metallic façade lies Kokoa. It has only a handful of tables for small groups set up on a roofed terrace, meaning you will never find yourself in a crowded place. This is an ideal location for a chilled coffee or meal. If you need a place to work for a bit and aren’t really in the mood for Starbucks, this is also a good option!

Recommendations

Foodwise, the berry bowl for breakfast and the chickpea salad for lunch or dinner are my top picks! If you have a sweet tooth, I would totally go for the red velvet or banana-peanut butter waffle.

Last but not least, if you are up for other groovy ideas, take a look at Chicheria Demente or Indio pizza. Also, for other restaurant reviews, you can follow me on Instagram, Facebook or Degusta as Espacios y Sabores.

Go and indulge in chocolate lover’s heaven! 

Bonus: this restaurant opens on Sundays and bank holidays (which happen very frequently in Colombia).

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