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8-18

8-18 (2-124 Gastelbondo #8, Cartagena) – located in Cartagena’s historic district, this is one of its finer restaurants – serving its patrons local (costeña) cuisine (which means seafood is a major staple). The smart-looking tables and sophisticated artwork on its walls draw in an upscale clientele. It gets particularly busy during the Cartagena Film Festival.

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Carmen.

Carmen (Calle de Cuartel 36-77, (Inside Hotel Anandá Boutique), Centro, Cartagena) – this is another upscale restaurant in Cartagena’s historic section. Carmen restaurant serves mainly Asian fusion cuisine. Since it’s located within the Hotel Anandá, this restaurant occupies two al fresco areas and one air conditioned salon.   If you don’t have time for the […]

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Crepes & Waffles

Crepes & Waffles (various locations within Bogota) – this is a restaurant chain in Bogotá that’s popular for its veggie, meat, and seafood crepes. The portions are large (which means that each crepe meal can be shared). Some say this eatery feels like being at a trendy restaurant in U.S. The owners of this restaurant […]

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El Corral.

El Corral (various locations within Bogota) – this is a popular Colombian burger chain. There’s a food & drinks deal during “happy hour” (3:00 pm – 7:00 pm weekdays). El Corral reputedly serves the best burgers in Colombia, and is priced accordingly (US$5 and up for a burger). With this eatery’s interior reminiscent of trendy […]

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Andrés Carnes de Res

Andrés Carnes de Res (Calle 82 – interior Centro Comercial El Retiro #12-21, Bogota) – located towards the outskirts of the capital, this restaurant, the size of a warehouse (with seating capacity at 750 plus), has a meat-centric (if pricey) menu. There’s live entertainment (ranging from actors, to bands that go from table to table), […]

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La Casa de Socorro.

La Casa de Socorro (Calle 25 #8B-112, Cartagena) — located in Cartagena’s Getsemqaní district, this open-air dining space is known for its seared seafood, freshly-squeezed lemonade, tasty chicken stew, and salsas.

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La Langosta.

La Langosta (Carrera 2 #41-43, El Cabrero, Cartagena) – this is an upscale seafood restaurant located just north of the San Diego corner of the city’s walled-in historic section. Well-regarded for its large lobsters, as well as ceviche and other seafood dishes.

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La Vitrola.

La Vitrola (Calle Baloco #2-01, Centro, Cartagena) – this is a high-end Cuban restaurant, located in Cartagena’s historic section. This explains the Cuban-flavored music that’s part of this restaurant’s atmosphere. Its brightly-painted exterior, and flowers proudly displayed from the restaurant’s second-level terraces, are a welcome touch, All this, along with the reputation of the food […]

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Masa

Masa (Calle 70 #4-83, Bogota) – this yuppie-friendly restaurant (opened by a New York-trained chef) is known for its breakfast food – ranging from croissants, English muffins, and other breads, to home-made doughnuts, pistachio tarts, and cupcakes. There are also egg, bacon & cheese sandwiches. Of course, patrons can also order Colombian coffee with any […]

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Nick’s

Nick’s (Carrera 9 #79A-28, Bogota) – this restaurant is known for its prosciutto and roast beef sandwiches (with various sandwich meats – from capocollo to mortadela– imported from Italy). Locals recommend it for those who want a mouth-pleasing sándwich, as opposed to cooking at home.