There’s so much to do in Cartagena, Colombia—it just depends on what you’re in the mood for. In my last story, I shared with you my experience visiting the bustling city, which is located on the shores of the Caribbean Sea. (If you haven’t already, take a look at my travel recap. I cover everything from my accommodation details to the exciting activities I experienced during our group trip abroad!)
Now, I’m excited to take you on a journey to highlight some of the delicious foods I tried during my stay. Find out about the restaurants and rooftops I visited during my trip, plus see the yummy dishes that I highly recommend you try if you visit Cartagena, Colombia. Let’s talk food!
Mirador Gastro Bar is a rooftop bar located within the Walled City, a beautiful historic centre of Cartagena. If you’re looking for live entertainment, you’ll love the live band that set the tone for our trip on our first night. I enjoyed both the views and my food. Take a look at the Mojarra Caribena dish I ordered, which features Caribbean mojarra, coconut rice, patacones (fried green plantains), and fresh salad.
Sofitel Legend Santa Clara Cartagena – El Jardin Restaurant
Hotel Santa Clara is probably one of the most popular hotels in the area. Rated the best hotel in South America, this historic convent converted into a hotel boasts 125 guest rooms, including 25 suites along the Caribbean Sea. They have two restaurants located inside. We went to El Jardin and enjoyed the stuffed crabs and mashed potatoes.
If you’re looking for a good time, then I would definitely go to Andrés Carne de Res Cartagena. It was very entertaining! They had a live band and entertainment, making it the perfect venue to dance the night away. Take a look at the shrimp and rice dish I ordered from their menu.
Cafe Del Mar’s rooftop gets crowded very quickly because everyone wants to get there to watch the sun go down. It is best to have a reservation, but if you don’t then you should get there as soon as they open. That’s what we did and the line was long. I recommend eating tapas here and then going out for dinner somewhere else. I think it’s a great rooftop bar for light bites and drinks.
If you’re looking for a chill or mellow vibe, then I would choose Mar Y Zielo. I highly recommend making a reservation on their website because it’s a small rooftop venue. You can eat inside as well, but people mainly go there since the view is nice. My meal was served cold and I was shocked, but I understand why.
Pesca Viajera is Solano Bay whitefish served with spicy coconut cream and sour guava, completed with a grapefruit sorbet and Patacon crunch. I wasn’t used to the taste but thoroughly enjoyed it.
Overall, I enjoyed my food adventure in Cartagena, Colombia. Stay tuned for my upcoming travel adventure next week!