What are the best restaurants in Colombia

The best restaurants in Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena, Colombia has impressive boasting rights that include its designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the former home of writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Romance, food, and dancing are probably the top three attractions in the city, and not necessarily in that order. Cartagena plays host to an abundance of talented chefs who flocked to the city for its thriving tourism and wonderful location. Known for its ceviche, a raw fish dish with chilli and lemon, Cartagena offers exquisite dishes. Here are the top restaurants to try. La Cevicheria Restaurant, South American, €€€

Ceviche | © cyclonebill / Flickr
Ceviche can be found everywhere in Cartagena; Street vendors sell them in plastic cups, sidewalk cafes try to show them through your car window, and high-end restaurants serve them on oversized plates. But come to this place for the creme de la creme ceviche, the best you can find in all of Cartagena. La Cevicheria is small and well hidden, but can be found by the noise of customers at its outdoor tables. You can also sit inside on tall bar-like chairs and if you're still hungry after the ceviche try the pesto and sesame octopus salad.

Further information Mon - Sun: 12.30 p.m. - 10.30 a.m. 7 14 Calle 39, San Diego Cartagena, 130001, Colombia Visit website

Meals:

Lunch, dinner

The atmosphere:

Cozy, traditional Malagana café and bar bar, cocktail bar, South American, $ $$

Seafood pasta | © Pixabay
This place is in Getsemani, an unkempt area outside the city walls that pulsates to the rhythm of reggae and salsa music. It's a backpackers paradise due to the cheap hostels, bustling bars and loud dancing. Travelers and locals flock to the streets from cafes where street musicians entertain them. When you feel like retreating from the action, head to Malagana's rooftop bar, where you can watch the streets go by on a cool margarita. Chef Danielle offers a varied and delicious menu ranging from steaks to seafood pasta to tropical fruit juices.

Further information Mon - Sat: 4:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. 31 Carrera 10, Cartagena, 130001, Colombia +5756601360 Visit website

Enjoy the meal:

Dinner, late at night

The atmosphere:

Casual, Outdoor, Relaxed Paco's Restaurant, Spanish, South American, $$$
Visit the impressive Plaza Santo Domingo Horses and carriages trot past a gleaming botero sculpture and tourists mingle in front of a faded orange monastery. Sit at one of Paco's outdoor tables and breathe in the life of Cartegna's old town while you devour a generous helping of chorizo-heavy paella. This is also one of the best places to have a coconut lemonade, Cartagena's most refreshing specialty.

Further information Mon - Fri: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. El Centro, Cartagena, 130001, Colombia

Dining service:

Breakfast, brunch, lunch

Ambience:

Outside, Relaxed DonJuan Restaurant, Modern, South American, European, Seafood, $$$

Bruschetta | © cyclone bill / Flickr
DonJuan is popular with Colombian politicians, including the president himself. The trained chef of the restaurant has eaten fried steak and grilled sea bass at Juan Manuel Santos several times. It is worth making a reservation as the shop fills with hungry customers once the doors are opened. The starters, puff pastry, bruschetta, squid and ceviche are enough to whet your appetite, but don't forget to allow a delicious pudding made from chocolate fudge or red fruit.

Further information Mon - Fri: 12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Mon - Fri: 7:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Sa: 7:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. # 34-60 Carrera 6, El Centro, Centro Cartagena, 130001, Colombia +5756643678 Visit website

Meals:

Lunch, dinner

The atmosphere:

Fine dining, gourmet, stylish La Langosta restaurant, seafood, $$$
What better way to enjoy Cartagena than chewing on juicy lobster in the La Langosta garden? Famous for its delicious crustaceans, this place has great calamari, shrimp, and ceviche.

Further information Mon - Sun: 10:00 a.m. - 11:20 p.m. 4143 Carrera 2, Cartagena, 130002, Colombia +5756644713 To the website

Dining options:

Brunch, lunch, dinner, late evening

The atmosphere:

Fine dining, Gourmet La Perla Restaurant, Peruvian, Caribbean, South American, Seafood, Spanish, $$$
No hard to find Peruvian food in Colombia, but if you want it best then La Perla is the place. The menu offers a choice of crispy suckling pig, sirloin steak on creamy rice and tuna tiraditos. Peruvian chef Carlos Acinelli works closely with his owner Roberto Carrascal to keep the menu fresh. Let your eyes slide over to the cocktail menu designed by Carrascal to see green mango mojitos, pisco sour maracuyas and martinis made from Tanqueray gin, vodka, lemon and blue curacao.

Further information Mon - Sun: 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Mon - Sun: 6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. 4 - 42 Calle 35, El Centro, Cartagena, 130001, Colombia +5756642157

Meals:

Lunch, dinner, late evening

The atmosphere:

Modern, Stylish Vera Restaurant, Hotel Restaurant, Italian, $$$
If you want to be upscale, head to the Tcherassi Hotel's elegant Vera Restaurant. The Tcherassi was built as the first fashion hotel in South America and has an Italian restaurant with 40 seats, which is frequented by stylish locals in their ironed bed linen. Chef Daniel Castano serves the taste of Italian coastal cuisine with his tuna carpaccios and seafood risotto, and the fact that Vera has received an excellent certificate testifies to his culinary skills.

Further information Mon - Sat: 11:00 am - 11:00 am Sun: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm 6-21 Calle 38, El Centro, Cartagena, 130001, Colombia +5756644445 To the website

Meals:

Lunch, dinner

The atmosphere:

Elegant, Gourmet, Gourmet, Modern Carmen Restaurant Restaurant, Fusion, Seafood, South American, Caribbean, $$$

Sunset Cartagena | © Carlos Adampol Galindo / Flickr
You may think you're in New York while enjoying a lychee rose cocktail in this posh three-room eatery. The "Mirador" roof terrace with hypnotic views and a sea breeze is the ideal place for romance. Enjoy a light starter of salmon and avocado, followed by sirloin steak or spicy red snapper, accompanied by a cool white Chocalan Chardonnay.

Further information Mon - Sun: 7:00 am - 10:30 am Mon - Sun: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm Mon - Sun: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm # 8-19 Calle 38, El Centro , Cartagena, 130001, Colombia +5756645116 To the website

Dining service:

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

The atmosphere:

Modern, Gourmet El Baron Cocktail Bar, Mediterranean, $$$

Cocktails | © Patrick Tafani / Flickr
The German bartender Noah Matthies has traveled the world in search of the best cocktail. He knows what it takes to create a cool glass full of sweet bliss and intelligently fuses fresh spirits with fresh local fruits. The highlights include his fiery paprika-soaked margarita and the "Gin Basil Smash", a whiskey-sour formula with a hint of rosemary. The kitchen offers a small selection of culinary creations such as fresh tomato soup, focaccia bread and seafood bisque.

Further information Mon: 5:00 pm - 1:00 am Tue: 12:00 pm - 1:00 am Wed - Sat: 12:00 pm - 2:00 am Sun: 5:00 pm - 1:00 am 317 Carrera 4, El Centro, Cartagena, 130001, Colombia +5756643105 Visit website

Meals:

Lunch, dinner, late night

The atmosphere:

Stylish, Modern Saint Roque Restaurant Restaurant, Indonesian, Soul Food, $$$
The spicy Indonesian food offers a welcome change from all the Colombian fish, bananas and rice. The charming owner Gerard lets you know that all profits go to a local children's charity he runs, the prices are modest so sit back, loosen your belt and order a feast.

Further information Mon - Sat: 5:00 p.m. - 12:00 p.m. 29-214 Carrera 10c, Getsemani Cartagena, 130001, Colombia +5756431003

Meals:

Dinner, late night

The atmosphere:

Cozy, casual

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