Serving up top-notch coffee, organic fruit juices and salads, fair trade chocolate and heaps of frozen, açai goodness, Beiyu Alimento Bacano, is one of the healthiest spots in Cartagena.
Address: Calle Guerrero 29-75, Cartagena, Colombia
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With a healthy philosophy that's built on slow-food principals, delivering natural products that are good for you and good for the people that grow them, Beiyu's a brilliantly laid-back place to catch up with the world and help get things back on track.
A purveyor of all things natural, owner Horacio Perez makes his living out of providing the fruity delights served up in Cartagena's best restaurants and ice cream parlours.
Fortunately for us, he just happens to get his kicks from serving the best cup of coffee in Getsemani, one of the most colourful districts in Cartagena.
On a one-man mission to install a bit of decorum into the world of home grown Colombian coffee, Beiyu serves up the best cup of coffee in Cartagena at prices that won't make you think you're back in New York.
As well as a silky-smooth cappuccino, Beiyu prides itself on serving up smoothies that are 100% natural in a laid-back atmosphere that places substance and smiles over style.
It's also one of the few places in Cartagena that has discovered the remarkable recuperative powers of açai and a host of other weird and wonderful delights from Colombia's fantastic spectrum of tropical fruits.
Beiyu's got the açai market wrapped up, shipping the wonder-berry in from the Colombian Amazon. Once you've tried it you won't look back.
Ask him to mix you up some of the good stuff with a couple of bananas, a little honey and some granola. Hey presto - a hangover cure from the Gods.
If you're in need of something more substantial the café has some great breakfasts or salads, wraps and sandwiches that will appeal to fans of the slow-food movement.
You can keep it healthy during the day with a healthy breakfast, a light lunch, a fresh wrap or chicken salad for lunch and work your way onto killer cocktails made with fresh juices before heading on into Getsemani for a night on the town.
Beiyu's made for you.
Cartagena's second historic walled city has gone from no-go to must-go in less than five years thanks to some of the city's hippest new bars and restaurants.
If Centro is Manhattan, Getsemani is more Brooklyn – an up-and-coming hipster hangout trying desperately to cling to its roots.
A little rougher around the edges than the already gentrified districts of Centro and San Diego and the lofty ambitions of the beach districts, Getsemaní offers a glimpse into the more unruly historic centre of the past.
A fiercely traditional barrio offering a heady mix of bars, dancing, affordable diners, hostels and hotels for backpackers and bohemian colonists looking to mix it up with the carefree locals.
Historically populated by merchants, smugglers and freed slaves thriving from activity in the port and main marketplace, Getsemaní has always been more raucous than the hoity centre with all its regal airs and graces.
Much of the district's newest bars, follow in the city's loudest traditions.
While much of the area's carefree population are direct descendants of the hell-raisers of yesteryear it is no longer the terrifying place that rich Cartageneros used to scare their children into staying at home.
Backpackers, never averse to roughing it for a cheap place to stay have braved the bogeyman with few problems for decades and a growing number of boutique hotels and hostels have followed their lead setting up shop in some of the bigger properties on Calle Guerrero and Calle del Carretero.
Uber-hotel chains, Viceroy and the Four Seasons have plans to kick the barrio into the stratosphere with stellar openings in 2017 / 2018.
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