The flagship restaurant of the Conrad Cartagena hotel takes diners on a tour of each of the regions of the country by fusing local products with culinary traditions from around the world. Executive chef, Rafael Suárez, has created a fresh and sophisticated menu with dishes such as a catch of the day ceviche and lemon mojito with caramelized radish and mango biche; or the Ciénaga seafood stew with shrimp, octopus, mussels and fresh vegetables. There’s plenty of vegetarian options as well in this menu that is full of unmissable flavors, colors and aromas.
Anillo Vial, Kilómetro 12 entre Manzanillo del Mar y Punta Canoa, Hotel Conrad Cartagena
(+57 5) 651 7220
Eternal Evolution Constant Learning. This ecological beach lounge is the perfect place to connect mind, soul and spirit while you are passing through Cartagena. The menu, created by renowned chef Alejandro Vecino, specializes in Caribbean food, with a nomadic touch of flavors from different parts of the world.
If you decide to go, you can rent a room or even book the entire island for a large event. The organic architecture adds another dimension to the completely exclusive experience in an exceptional environment that is rich in biodiversity – and calm and harmony are king.
(+57) 304 593 8911
Pacha, la perra de la calle
Inspired by the Creole dog that roamed the historic center of Cartagena, Pacha, la perra de la calle (Pacha, the street dog), promises fast, healthy and stylish food, so you can stop along the way as you explore the streets of the magical walled city.
You’ll find breakfasts, lunches and dinners that you can pair with a good wine or a single origin coffee in this restaurant that has a casual and mystical atmosphere. If you want to get straight down to business, ask for the Iberian flatbread, with mozzarella cheese, serrano ham, olive oil, Milano tomatoes and arugula.
Centro Histórico, Calle del Candilejo No. 32-90
(+57 5) 676 95 71
Fontana Trattoria & Wine Bar
With homemade Italian food and a menu that seeks to revitalize traditional recipes with modern Colombian touches, Fontana Trattoria & Wine Bar opened in Cartagena on July 10.
Feast upon the selection of 12 thin and crispy pizzas, as well as starters, main dishes, typical desserts and a great range of wines and cocktails. Enjoy the creamy garlic prawns, beef ossobuco with pasta, or octopus on truffled polenta: La Fontana is the type of place you can really make yourself at home. Plus, on Friday and Saturday nights there’s even live music on the terrace.
Bocagrande, Avenida San Martín con Calle 6, Hotel Almirante, locales 4 y 5
(+57) 315 611 5461