Where to Find Authentic Cholado in Bogota and Colombia

Where to Find Authentic Cholado in Bogota and Colombia

Where to Find Authentic Cholado in Bogota and Colombia

This year we finally embarked on an in-depth trip to explore some of the best locations and taste some of the most delicious traditional food in Colombia.

When exploring the diverse culinary landscape of Colombia, one delectable treat stands out – cholado. It was my sister who was at the time living in Colombia, who made sure we tried this delicious delight!

This cherished Colombian delicacy, also known as Raspao, has its roots in Jamundí, Valle del Cauca, and is available year-round, making it an irresistible delight for visitors. Whether you’re experiencing the festive spirit during the Petronio Álvarez or the Cali Fair or simply enjoying a regular day in Bogota, cholado is a must-try.

But cholado is more than just a delicious frozen dessert; it’s a means of livelihood for many Colombian families. In this blog post, we will delve into the history, preparation, and where to find authentic cholado in Bogota and Colombia.

Where to Find Authentic Cholado in Bogota and Colombia

Origins and History

The name “cholado” itself is a beautiful fusion of two words – ‘cholos’ and ‘helado.’ ‘Cholos’ pays homage to Colombia’s indigenous and mestizo population, while ‘helado’ refers to ice cream, which perfectly encapsulates the frosty allure of this treat. Legend has it that cholado was originally concocted as a remedy for hangovers, which speaks to its rejuvenating and refreshing qualities.


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Cholado: A Culinary Delight

Cholado is a delightful blend of crushed or shaved ice, an array of chopped fruits, sweetened condensed milk, and fruit syrup. Traditionally, it’s served with a crispy wafer cookie, but variations can include whipped cream and even shredded cheese for an extra layer of flavor.

The fruits used in cholado are as diverse as Colombia itself. Expect to savor a delightful combination of banana, apple, kiwi, strawberry, papaya, pineapple, mango, and soursop. While fresh fruit is the classic choice, canned fruits can also be used to create this exquisite dessert with remarkable success.

Where to Find Authentic Cholado in Bogota and Colombia


Want to try to prepare cholado at home? Try out this recipe


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Now, let’s turn our attention to the main focus of this blog post –

Where to Find Authentic Cholado in Bogota and Colombia:

Cholado Hotspots in Bogota

Bogota, Colombia’s capital, is a haven for cholado enthusiasts. Here are some noteworthy places where you can indulge in authentic cholado:

  1. La Candelaria: This historic district in Bogota is a cholado haven. Stroll through its charming streets to discover numerous street vendors and quaint shops offering cholado in all its glory.
  2. El Chapinero: If you’re seeking a modern twist on cholado, this trendy neighborhood is the place to be. Here, you’ll find inventive variations and quirky toppings to satisfy your cravings.

Where to Find Authentic Cholado in Bogota and Colombia

Exploring Cholado Across Colombia

Beyond Bogota, cholado is widely available throughout Colombia. Whether you’re sipping the refreshing treat in the salsa-filled streets of Cali, the sun-soaked beaches of Cartagena, or the picturesque landscapes of Medellin, you’ll encounter cholado vendors eager to cool you down with their delightful creations.

Where to Find Authentic Cholado in Bogota and Colombia




Whether you’re exploring the charming avenues of Bogotá, or any other place in Colombia, this treat is for you.

In conclusion, authentic cholado in Bogota and Colombia is more than a frozen dessert; it’s a cultural icon, a family business, and a flavorful journey through Colombia’s diverse fruits and traditions. If you’re looking to find and savor this delightful delight, you now have the inside scoop on the best places to experience authentic cholado in Bogota and throughout Colombia.

¡Buen provecho!

Colombian food offers a splendid array of flavors, make sure to also include changua, buñuelos, ajiaco, arepas, bandeja paisa and arroz atollado to your list of food to taste.

In Ecuador, you have a wide array of delicious food, so just to name a few, make sure to taste quimbolitos, dulce de higos, quesadillas, locro, ceviche, cazuela and llapingachos.

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Where to Find Authentic Cholado in Bogota and Colombia

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Where to Find Authentic Cholado in Bogota and Colombia

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