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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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About Colombia.

Colombia’s very name comes from Italian explorer Christopher Columbus, who never actually set foot in that country during his voyages to the Americas. However, one of Columbus’ companions from his second trip, Alonso de Ojeda, was the first European to have done so (in 1499). The gold ornaments that he saw among the local indigenous […]

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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.

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Palma

Palma (Calle de Curato #38-137, Cartagena) – this upscale restaurant serves both Italian food, as well as seafood dishes, such as ceviche of corvina (white-fleshed fish similar to sea bass – made with lime, hot peppers and corn).

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Pan de Nobles Express

Pan de Nobles Express (Carrera 9 #60-98, Bogota) – for South American standards, this is a uniquer take-out restaurant: it serves mainly burgers made of gluten, soy and lentils. That, along with falafel & quinoa, tufu, and turnovers. There’s also a vegan menú. In other words, food for those who have eaten at “Whole Foods” […]

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Don Juan restaurant.

Restaurante Don Juan (#34-60, Local 1, Carrera 6, Centro, Cartagena) – this classy restaurant in the historic section of Cartagena serves Spanish (as in Spain) cuisine – with a heavy Basque influence. Since this restaurant is a favorite with the President of Colombia (bringing foreign guests here whenever they’re passing through Cartagena), it regualrly attracts […]