advertisement

Seafood's the name of the game in Cartagena. In general, food is steeply overpriced in the inner walled city, but you'll find some of Colombia's most atmospheric and romantic restaurants here. In Getsemaní, you'll find many uncharming eateries offering cheap almuerzo corriente, while the modern city offers midrange and chain-restaurant options. During high season, it's smart to book ahead at Cartagena's more exclusive establishments, particularly at dinner time; during low season you may be the only diner present. Keep in mind that Cartagena restaurants are more expensive than anywhere else in Colombia, and choosing to dine in restaurants in one of the Cartagena's many plazas will likely cost you.

In addition to the places listed, La Vitrola, Calle Baloco no. 33-201 (tel. 5/660-0711), is one of Cartagena's most traditional restaurants, with nightly live Cuban music. El Santísimo, Calle del Santísimo no. 8-19 (tel. 5/660-1531), specializing in fusion cuisine, is well known for its religious decorations. San Pedro, Centro Plaza de San Pedro Claver (tel. 5/664-5121), also offers fusion cuisine, featuring sushi, Asian, and international dishes -- be sure to make reservations here in high season.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.