Celele by Proyecto Caribe

The new restaurant in town and the talk of Hay 2019. Chefs Jaime Camacho and Sebastián Giraldo find inspiration for their cutting-edge tasting menu on regular road trips along the Colombian coastline.


If the Basque-influenced culinary delights of Donjuán are good enough for the president of Colombia, they’re good enough for us. Don’t leave without trying the grilled octopus, crayfish and lobster risotto and chocolate mousse.

La Vitrola

La Vitrola serves up an intoxicating mix of live Cuban music as well as a mean mojito, ropa vieja and camarones. It’s a Cartagena institution where Gabo regularly dined with his family, and world leaders and Mick Jagger rubbed shoulders with locals.

La Mulata Kiosko

Serving up platters fiercely rooted in Caribbean culture, this little-known joint is tucked away on Calle Quero 9-58. It’s straight-up homegrown, honest food with fish fresh off the boats. Order the grilled octopus with coconut rice and avocado salad, and pair with coconut lemonade – all for under $10.

  • +57 675 4090
  • Calle de la Zarzuela
    Exit de San Diego
    Cartagena 11003


Head to Getsemani for tapas and some of the best vegetarian food in town. Laze in the outdoor rocking chairs and watch the world go by as you cool down with local beer on tap and hum along to the bar’s eclectic music collection. Don’t skip on dessert – the coconut cream pie is one to write home about.

El Boliche Cevicheria

La Cevicheria may be the more famous after a guest visit from Anthony Bourdain, but it’s nearby El Boliche Cebicheria that’s worth your patronage. An intimate setting, the colourful, quaint restaurant holds seven tables and a wooden corner bar. The food doesn’t let the side down either; locally sourced and served on beautiful handmade china, the plates are just begging to be Instagrammed.

  • +57 310 3687908
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  • Centro Histórico - San Diego
    Calle Cochera del Hobo No.38-17


This is a Michelin-starred restaurant with a difference – it’s in a women’s prison. Inmates are taught to cook by Colombian celebrity chefs, who have each donated a dish to the eclectic menu. The women, who wear a black uniform with a pink turban, serve the food in a brightly decorated hall in the prison.

  • +573 1026 00134
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  • Cárcel de Mujeres de San Diego - Calle 39
    Barrio San Diego

Lobo de Mar

The clean, sleek seafood restaurant is sadly often overlooked in favour of its famous neighbour Carmen. But the establishment, headed up by Spanish chef Mar Alonso, focuses on using fresh, seasonal ingredients to create exquisitely intricate plates with Mediterranean influences. Pair with the extensive list of avant-garde botanical cocktails and you’ll wonder why you bothered eating anywhere else.

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  • ​Calle del Santísimo #8-15
    Centro Amurallado

Saint Roque

This cosy Getsemaní restaurant spices things up with Indonesian cuisine. Owner Gerard van der Haas, who inherited family recipes from his Indonesian mother, donates all the restaurant’s profits to a local children’s charity. The welcoming, informal restaurant is a welcome contrast to the city’s polished establishments. Don’t forget to try the house speciality – satay sauce.

  • +57 317 2268039
  • Getsemani
    Calle Espiritu Santo 29-214


A melting pot of Colombian flavours fused with southern European style, Bohemia isn’t afraid to experiment. The restaurant works with with local farmers and small producers to ensure each dish is made with sustainable ingredients. Try the almond-crusted tongue, sea-bass tartare and coffee-foam dessert to experience contemporary Colombian cuisine at its best.

  • +355 664 4438
  • Centro Histórico
    Calle Nuestra Señora del Carmen 33 - 41


Bogotá-born chef Alejandro Ramirez spent years under the tutelage of culinary kings – Daniel Boulud and Gordon Ramsay among them – before returning to his home country to open María. The sophisticated restaurant is a sensory overload; innovative seafood dishes such as jalapeño-infused cured salmon and sea bass with grilled bacon succotash are served under an oversized pineapple chandelier, with a psychedelic tiger mural and succulents on every table.

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