Cartagena's most cultured corner café serves up stimulating espressos and cheesecake to a bohemian crowd of writers, photographers and artists. Abaco is officially Cartagena’s literatti hangout.

  • This Is What We Love

    • Ordering a coffee and sitting down with a new book. Sometimes it’s the simple things in life
    • Supporting independent businesses never leaves a nasty taste in your mouth. Abaco has the essence of your go-to hipster coffee shop at home—without the too-cool-for-school pretence
    • Their delicious iced coffee is the only drink in Cartagena that cuts through the city’s humidity
  • What You Need To Know

    • Abaco is open from 09:00-late Mondays to Fridays
    • It’s an independent cafe although there are two branches. One on the corner of Calle de la Iglesia y Calle Mantilla, and another inside the Cooperación Española
  • The Details

    Hours and Days: Mon-Fri 1 09:00-Late ?

    Address: Esquina, Calles de la Iglesia y Calle Mantilla 3-86, Cartagena, Colombia

    Rating: TIC User Rating

    Rating: Trip Advisor


    Our Full Review

    Feed your brain with something from the café’s excellent literary collection–a new copy of Nobel Laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez' Love in the Time of Cholera in English or one of the lofty tomes on Cartagena's colonial architecture.

    Sandwiched between the main sights in the historic centre, Abaco makes for the perfect cultured break between sightseeing and lunch.

    It’s quite the celeb spotting hotspot during festival season, especially during the Hay Festival at the end of January.


  • Centro

    Cartagena's nerve centre serves up breathtaking colonial architecture, the city's top attractions, finest hotels, eateries and drinking dens as well as being the administrative and cultural heart of the city.

    Constructed on one of three islands that are now connected to the Colombian mainland, the historic walled city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.

    Ever since UNESCO made the announcement the money has poured into restoring the incredible architecture contained inside its historic walls. Wandering aimlessly through Cartagena's historic center is without question it's one of the highlights of any trip to Colombia. 

    Centro has lost none of its importance over the last three centuries, thanks to the universal allure of its colonial pomp and the concentration of government buildings, hotels, tourist attractions, bars and restaurants in the area. 

    While the riches of the region no longer flow through Cartagena on their way from Colombia, Peru and Ecuador to Spain, the city has maintained its position as the colonial gem in Colombia's Caribbean crown.

    Cartagena's best hotels and restaurants have taken over the uber-casas built by slave traders and Spanish plunderers in the 17th century.

    The richest residents knocked up stunning two and three-storey mansions by the westernmost tip of the walled city, where they bagged the sea breeze, added security, papal pardons and the chance to get an early first whiff of pirates.

    While it was home to the slave traders of yesteryear, today not much has changed with only those at the very top of Colombia's rich list able to afford to maintain these opulent houses in their original residential state.

    As well as hosting the most opulent churches and principal tourist landmarks, Centro is home to the best bars and restaurants in Cartagena.

    Standout foodie destinations include restaurants Don Juan, La Vitrola and Maria and bars and nightclubs like Alquimico, Cafe del MarLa Movida and La Jugada.

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