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Peru and Mexico might steal much of the spotlight when it comes to great food in South America, but Colombia’s coming up hard on their heels with a sophisticated selection of top-end restaurants and scintillating street food specials.

It’s all thanks to an abundance of fantastic local ingredients combined with some adventurous chefs doing their bit to rescue the country’s culinary traditions.

Cartagena may not be Colombia’s cuisine capital (that title goes to Bogota with 5 of Latin America’s top 50 restaurants) it is, however, a Caribbean powerhouse when it comes to eating out.

With more restaurants per square foot than any other city in Colombia and a healthy selection of local street food vendors to choose from, Cartagena’s historic center, has to be one of the foodie highlights of any trip to South America.

One of the most enjoyable aspects of a trip to Cartagena is eating your way through its edible highlights, all of them lined up conveniently on each street corner. 

From the freaky fruits and the scintillating ceviche stands showcasing the city’s seafood riches to the naughty-but-nice deep-fried treats being guzzled by the locals with sour cream and chilli sauce on strategic street corners, each of Cartagena’s more traditional fast-food dispensers represents an important piece of the Cartagena’s collective memory.

Many of the city’s best restaurants – Celele, El Boliche and La Cocina de Pepina, don’t stray far from a truly local celebration of Cartagena kitchen-spiration, rescuing some of the Colombian Caribbean’s finest culinary creations and putting them on a plate for their customers.

This Is Cartagena has curated the city’s top foodie finds to make it easier for hungry visitors to find their favourite taste sensations.

If you’re looking for a tasty escape in the Caribbean’s most delicious destination you’re come to the right place.

Read on for some insider tips or contact one of our talented travel team to get served Cartagena on a plate.

We hope this guide has got your gastric juices flowing and you're now ready for a tasty trip of a lifetime to Colombia's Caribbean gem, Cartagena.

For a little help cooking up your perfect recipe for holiday bliss, reach out to one of our talented travel team to organize your trip.

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