Possible the most romantic and magical city I have ever been! Cartagena completely stole my heart I was smitten since the second we arrived and can’t wait to go back. This was our first taste of Colombia and it might already be my favorite South American destination.
Cartagena is a full fledged international city and we felt catered to our entire trip. Since we live in Miami Beach we focused on staying in the city rather than going out to the beaches. We stayed in the walled city for the first few nights and then moved out into the Getsemani neighborhood. Very different experiences but loved them both! Getsemani feels more trendy and up and coming over the established historic district of the walled city. Both are brimming with activity and amazing restaurants you can’t go wrong no matter where you stay since the entire city of Cartagena is fairly small and walkable.
The food! Omgosh the food. I need to start taking photos of my restaurant food. The seafood in this city is out of control especially the ceviche. We had seafood for every meal and it was to.die.for.good. One of our favorite places was Carmen. The tasting menu at Carmen was amazing! We had the 7 course tasting menu with wine pairings and everything was fantastic.
Another restaurant we loved was La Cevicheria. This is an Anthony Bordain favorite and we quickly knew why. We loved the ceviche so much we actually ate here twice! Next time I will remember to take pictures.
In Getsemani we had pizza and drinks at Demente, and late night crepes at Creperie Cafe Le Petit Versailles. Traveled all the way to Colombia and I swear we could have been in Brooklyn, but we loved it! The atmosphere is so laid back, everyone just hanging out in the church square late into the night chatting and playing games.
We had a great time here, but we were so exhausted from doing so much in just a few days! Couldn’t wait to get home and snuggle my pup.