Food Lover’s Guide to Cartagena
From its colorful architecture to its flavorful cuisine, Cartagena is full of vibrancy. The cuisine of this historic Colombian city draws on its coastal location, and menus are full of fresh seafood. Here are a few foods and activities that hungry visitors won’t want to miss.
Cartagena is known for its fresh food, from tropical fruits and juices to seafood. Sample street food such as arepa de huevo, cornmeal patties stuffed with egg; or dine on classic ceviche, fresh raw seafood with citrus and a touch of heat. Keep cool with frozen treats called paletas, popsicles made with fresh fruit and cream, milk, or water, or sip fresh fruit juices such as watermelon juice (jugo de sandia) and coconut limeade (limonada de coco).
- Discover Cartagena on foot with a street-food-focused tour led by a local guide.
- Explore fresh local produce at the Bazurto Market with a guided tour.
- Climb aboard a boat for a scenic cruise to the Rosario Islands. Complete the experience with a lunch feast of fried whole red snapper and coconut rice.
- Taste the best ceviche in the city with a tour focused on this popular seafood dish. Learn about how it’s made and visit restaurants where ceviche is the specialty.