Travel to Cartagena and you’ll find it’s one of the best places to eat in Colombia. It goes without saying that the seafood is particularly delicious, but many people also come back raving about the variety of dishes, and unique and creative way that Costeños cook.
Of course, it’s not all just local food in Cartagena. As the country’s tourism capital you can also expect an array of international cuisine. It’s a gastronimical scene that’s influenced by the city’s fascinating history as much as it is by its fast-moving present.
Here are 5 of our favourite restaurants in the city:
1. El Bistro (Calle Ayos # 4 – 46)
A trendy, warm restaurant, El Bistro serves reasonably priced food with an international flavour. There’s a great selection of international beers which you can enjoy with some delicious fish, a vegetarian meal or an inventive meat dish. One of the few places in Colombia where you’ll find a good curry, it’s become a firm favourite of the Colombia Travel Blog when we visit Cartagena.
Tabetai (Calle 2 de Badillo # 36 – 63)
Small, intimate and stylish, Tabetai is one of the best places to enjoy sushi when you travel to Colombia. Serving a traditional selection of sushi with some creative local touches, it’s a must visit if you’re a lover of Japanese food… Or just good food in general.
La Perla (Calle de Ayos # 4 – 42)
Near El Bistro is La Perla – a Cartagena institution. Popular with locals and foreigners, the main cuisine on offer is Peruvian, although the fusion with Mediterranean influence makes for a unique menu. Chic, original and delectable, it’s not hard to see why La Perla has become so popular.
La Mulata (Calle Quero # 9 – 58)
Local cuisine done well. La Mulata is popular with all types and especially travellers as it offers a slice of the local culture at affordable prices. A great place to settle down for lunch, you’ll find something new each day and have the chance to wash it all down with a delicious fruit juice.
Krioyo (Calle de la Mantilla # 3 – 49)
One of Colombia’s many reputable Cuban restaurants, Krioyo offers excellent food in a great setting. With live music on the rooftop at weekends it’s a great place to relax with friends and begin the night before heading out into Cartagena’s infamous nightlife.
Of course the selection doesn’t stop there – Cartagena is full of great culinary options, so if you want some more tips don’t hesitate to get in touch.