Star cooks are combining native flavors for a Colombian tackle world class delicacies, served alongside completely crafted cocktails.
Add that to the combination of gorgeous colonial structure, vibrant colours and rocking nightlife and Cartagena is turning into a go-to vacation spot to eat, love and dance into the early hours.
Hidden behind a easy exterior, Carmen wraps round a tree-filled patio with fairy lights that transports diners to the center of a magical jungle.
Husband and spouse house owners Rob Pevitts and Carmen Angel use conventional Colombian components like yucca, plantain and seafood, however their cooking is influenced by Asian, French and Caribbean cuisines.
Each graduates of Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Academy in San Francisco, the group’s ability reveals in dishes resembling yucca croquettes with a liquid foie gras, black truffle middle, poached prawns with black bisque and creamy cilantro rice and crab muffins with plantain and wasabi mayo.
The drinks are additionally fantastically crafted creations, together with among the finest rum punch within the metropolis. The presentation of the punch in ceramic glasses with consideration to element within the garnish provides the of completion.
Solely received one night time in Cartagena? Eat right here.
Carmen, Calle 38 # Eight-19, Calle del Santísimo, +57 5 664 5116
Set in an outdated colonial mansion that is now the Casa San Augustin Resort, Alma has a sublime bar and poolside eating in candlelight.
Chef Heberto Eljach’s wide-ranging menu consists of typical Colombian ceviche to extra frequent worldwide dishes resembling a New York strip steak and spaghetti with seafood.
Favorites embody the grilled lobster tail with lobster puree as nicely the fisherman’s rice, a Colombian tackle a Spanish paella that is wealthy, intense and creamy. Whereas Alma’s menu has a seafood focus, there are additionally meat and hen choices for landlubbers.
Alma, Calle de la Universidad, No. 36-44., +57 5 6810050
This place shot to fame after Elements Unknown host Anthony Bourdain made a go to years in the past however hasn’t misplaced any of its high quality since turning into well-known.
Though ceviche is simple to seek out in Cartagena, La Cevicheria stands out by providing quite a lot of choices and beneficiant parts.
The no-frills restaurant, lined with blue and white tiles, is small however all the time full and buzzing. Wash the ceviche down with a conventional Membership Colombia beer or a glass of regional wine.
La Cevicheria would not take reservations so it is best to come back early to attempt to beat the crowds. might be able to rating two seats at a shared tables inside however the venue is used to catering to teams.
Even when you find yourself ready in line, it is value it.
La Cevicheria, Calle Stuart, 714, +57 5 660 1492
Di Silvio Trattoria
Want a break from all of the seafood? Head out of the walled metropolis and into Getsemani, the neighborhood the place locals go to social gathering.
Simply off the Plaza de Trinidad, this Italian gem is positioned in an outdated cleaning soap manufacturing unit. There’s solely half a roof, which simply provides to the ambiance, with fairy lights illuminating a dwell band.
The restaurant serves up conventional Italian pasta dishes and has the thinnest, crispiest pizzas within the metropolis.
Di Silvio trattoria, Calle de la Sierpe con San Juan esquina, 9A-08, Getsemani, +57 5 660 2205
Maria Bonita Taqueria Cantina
Simply across the nook from Di Silvio is Maria Bonita, a small slice of Mexico within the metropolis.
This bar/restaurant has an extended record of scrumptious bite-size tacos to select from together with octopus, prawn, chorizo and pulled pork. Vegetarians may even discover tacos stuffed with aubergine, mushroom and cactus.
The inside is an eclectic combine of colourful artwork and graffiti that, mixed with the frozen margaritas served on faucet, enhances the social gathering temper.
After spending a number of hours right here mixing with the locals, it is simple to complete the night time subsequent door at Demente, one of the vital laid again and hip bars within the neighborhood.
Maria Bonita, Plaza de la Trinidad, Getsemani, Catrtagena, +57 311 4624318
To up the ante, there’s Maria, Colombian chef Alejandron Ramirez’s swanky, fashionable tackle conventional meals.
The inside is hanging, with massive tiger print murals on every of its 4 partitions and a chandelier of pineapples within the middle. The menu is a fusion of world delicacies, from Asian-accented ceviche to a conventional tackle British fish and chips.
The drinks record is equally ingenious with cocktails resembling a Cactus Margarita or a Mango Mojito to call a number of. The daring flavored drinks make aperitivo.
Maria is a spot to expertise to get the night began earlier than heading down a number of doorways to alquimico, a captivating bar in a transformed outdated shoe retailer, to drink and dance the night time away.
Maria, Calle del Colegio # 34-60 Native 2, Centro histórico, +57 (5) 660 53 80