Traditional, artisanal ice cream has landed in the historic center and it’s here to stay. Cartagena is in the midst of an explosion of colors and refreshing flavors that will melt anyone’s palate. Creamy ice creams and juicy, fruity popsicles for every taste – exactly what you need to cool down in this heavy 30˚C heat.
Ice cream parlors undoubtedly boast some of the most appealing offerings for travelers, with their appetizing flavors jumping out at passers-by on a hot ‘cartagenero’ day. Even illustrious heads of state, who visited for the last Ibero-American Summit, stopped by Gelateria Paradiso for a taste of the salted caramel, ‘corozo’ and ‘zapote’ ice creams. “In addition to ice cream, we also make gelato made of typical organic fruit from the Colombian Caribbean. They are all-natural and we have vegan options too,” explains owner and founder María Nevett.
The ‘ciudad amurallada’ is also home to La Paletteria, which offers an unrivalled mix between Colombian products and authentic Italian recipes. If you’re wandering near the Plaza Santo Domingo, be sure to stop by for their irresistible artisanal popsicles. Or check out Ciocolatto Pop-Bar, where simply choosing is a challenge – they boast a selection of 34 water, yogurt and cream-based ice creams, milkshakes and plenty of toppings and sprinkles, as well as popsicles for vegans and diabetics. Owner and manager Melissa Osorio explains “ice cream is great at any time, it’s a perfect takeaway treat and Cartagena’s climate totally lends itself to ice cream consumption.”
If you’re looking for an innovative mix of flavors, head to the Gelateria Tramonti, where owner and Italian ice cream maestro, Davide, will spoil you to your heart’s content. Alternatively, watch deliciously creamy treats be created before your eyes using molecular cooking techniques at Mr Cool Gelato.
During a wander through Bocagrande, make sure you head to Avenida San Martín to find Raffaele Pastorella’s Cremería Italiana. As he is keen to explain, “I came to Cartagena a few years ago and had the opportunity to try an ice cream. I didn’t like it, so decided to come back and create the best artisanal ice cream in the country.” His famous menu includes ‘Pistaccio’, ‘Sicilia’, ‘Cocco’ and 40 other flavors. A quintessential part of the country’s culinary story is Crepes & Waffles Heladería, which offers artisanal popsicles and ice cream cups bathed in hot chocolate fudge sauce with hints of citrus that are just to die for.