The best places to grab a bite on the move in Cartagena - Eat your way through the plethora of street vendors' offerings in Cartagena

Cartagena Street Food The best places to grab a bite on the move in Cartagena

The streets of Cartagena offer a virtual smorgasbord of sensory treats for the hungry visitor, backpacker or resident. After devouring the city's colourful architecture, drinking in the Gabriel Garcia Marquez ambiance and indulging your ears with some tasty musical offerings you'll probably want to eat some actual food.

And the place to do it? Street-side of course.

Even if you're not on a budget it's a great excuse to dive into one of Cartagena's favourite cultural and social pastimes and to savour its thriving street life at the same time.

Whether you're chasing a snack or something more substantial, a healthy start or a sweet denouement, here is the This Is Cartagena pick of the best street eats from breakfast through to midnight snack.

These should whet your appetite, but we'd love to hear your own recommendations or photos of memorable Cartagena street food with a This Is Cartagena Facebook shout out or two.

If you want to eat the street in Cartagena then friendly tours can be arranged with Kristy Ellis our resident gourmand.

Get posting and buen provecho!

Breakfast FAST!

Breakfast FAST!
Start your day with the most quintessential of Colombian foodstuffs – the Arepa. Made using ground corn dough, these tasty treats take many forms; white, yellow, fried, grilled and stuffed.

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Snack Attack

Snack Attack
Either side of lunch you'll be chasing something to tide you over or fix that lagging hangover. The streets of Cartagena do not disappoint.

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Munch on Lunch

Munch on Lunch
For Cartageneros lunch is the most important (read largest) meal of the day. Locals will usually either paper-bag a meal from home or grab a styro-foam pack filled with fish, pork, beef or chicken grilled with onion and peppers and served with rice and lentils.

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Sweet As

Sweet As
Bypassing restaurants doesn’t mean you need to miss out on dessert. Sweet-toothed locals gather in the Portal de los Dulces, opposite the Torre del Reloj (the Clock Tower) for a post-lunch sugar rush.

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Pick a Winner for Dinner

Pick a Winner for Dinner
If you're harbouring some nostalgia for the gloriously 80s dish that was the prawn cocktail – you're in luck! They never went out of fashion in Cartagena.

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Midnight Munchies

Midnight Munchies
So you've worked up an appetite shaking your stuff at Havana all night? Or perhaps you need something savoury to soak up one too many Cuba Libres? The man you need to see is DJ Hotdog.

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