In recent years, much ink has been spilled over Cartagena’s culinary cachet. With peace and prosperity, a thriving tourist industry and a dynamic restaurant scene have lured young Colombian chefs fresh from Michelin-starred restaurants overseas back home to open their own gastronomic temples. From sophisticated Caribbean tasting menus that showcase meticulously curated produce to innovative takes on French, Italian, and Spanish cuisine, Cartagena’s restaurant scene is a constantly evolving journey. And few cities provide such a magical setting. Colonial mansions ooze timeless splendor, hip rooftops buzz with a mix of stylish locals and travelers who sip tropical cocktails and graze on ceviche iterations that would hold their own in Lima. Ebullient squares, such as Plaza de Trinidad in Getsemaní, offer tantalizing takes on that quintessential Colombian staple: arepas (corn cakes with infinite filling choices), prepared on the back of a wagon and savored on a park bench as Colombian life unfolds.
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