Nods to Peru are a dime a dozen on Cartagena’s restaurant menus, but with Lima transplant Chef Carlos Accinelli at the helm, the Peruvian dishes at the rustic-chic La Perla (a 5-min. walk from Plaza Bolívar) are among the city’s most interesting preparations. The raw appetizers steal all the glory, so a share-and-sample approach works well here. Highlights including tuna tiraditos cured in yellow chile and ginger. If you have more carnivorous inclinations, this is one of the best places to satisfy the itch with a hearty suckling pig or a tender Steak La Perla. Owner Roberto Carrascal is one of the city’s renowned mixologists, so it’s no surprise that his finely curated cocktail list is worth lingering over. Latin American classics are tweaked with aplomb; try the Pisco Sour Maracuya or Mojito Mango Biche.