Cartagena: The New Culinary Capital of Colombia?

Paris, Rome, Cartagena? While this city might not be on your short list of romantic cities with an out of this world gastronomic experience, we want to show you that it should be. Cartagena, Colombia is the home of a blossoming culinary scene unique from its larger cousins of Bogotá and Medellín.

I just so happened to be in Cartagena for Valentine’s Day, and it proved itself to be a great city to bring your date to conquer its culinary scene. Here are five of my faves…

Maria Restaurant in Cartagena


We hit up this Cartagenan hotspot on Valentine’s Day. The menu is mostly seafood but has choices for the land lover as well. While most menu items are contemporary takes on traditional Colombian dishes with the freshest ingredients, some even have an Asian flair if you’re looking for something a little different. The waiters will be happy to help you select a wine to pair with your meal. It was just fancy enough, which was much needed after lots of no frills meals from the street vendors in Bogotá. The only downside was the table next to us. It looked like an episode of Rica Famosa Latina gone all wrong. But I guess it’s not their fault they didn’t have Valentine’s Day dates.




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