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MY CARTAGENA CITY GUIDE

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Hello Girls,

I was walking the streets of Cartagena in my yellow mellow outfit from Carolina Herrera.

I wanted this post to be, one of my spanglish post as I am in Cartagena and would like to mix it up. I loved eating my mango biche and speaking with this cute palenquera, Julia! 

Hotels:

Amarla Boutique Hotel: It’s more of a family house rather than a hotel. From the moment you step inside, you will discover why. Their service is attentive but never too formal. Warmth and personal attention are thei foundations. It’s all about natural happiness!

Casa Lola: Considered an artistic jewel in which to enjoy the luxury of today; it shows the true colombian magical realism, since in each corner it encloses a story and its setting reflects the influence of the various cultures that forged Cartagena through the centuries.

Hotel Casa del Arzobispado: Colonial art, original religious pieces, traditional fabrics, unique objects that whisper legends to us, mark the style of the house and accompany the living rooms, the terrace, the dining room; while the wide corridors lead you to the interior patio, the place that keeps a magnificent swimming pool bathed by the sun. Every corner of the Casa del Arzobispado Boutique Hotel has something to tell. You will absolutely love it!

Restaurants:

Townhouse Boutique Hotel & Bar: In a city as beautiful as Cartagena, enjoying a drink overlooking the domes and churches is an absolute must. They offer non-stop drinks, food and the best views of any bar in town. If cocktails aren’t your thing, you can count on them for a pretty decent selection of wines and beers, too.

El Barón: Savoring a perfectly crafted cocktail is fascinating. That’s it: savor. Cocktail spree isn’t just about mixing various types of alcohol, it’s an art of flavors. That’s what you’ll experience in this cocktail bar.

Alquímico Bar: it is a concept that transports you to an ancient practice, based on the transformation of natural processes in order to improve matter. To achieve the improvement of the components, alchemy involves different elements such as chemistry, art and spirituality.

María Restaurant & Bar: Casual dishes that give prominence to local products, they believe in a responsible and sustainable gastronomy, they support the local producer to improve their quality of life.

La Cevichería: La Cevicheria is pure ease and freshness, that’s their hallmark! It’s in the air, it’s in every bite, it’s in their smile, it’s in their work. Be sure to visit this amazing seafood spot.

La Vitrola : La Vitrola translates into jukebox in English which is a place for friends and family to chill and soak in the vibrant Cuban culture. In short, I love this restaurant because here is where I celebrated the dinner before my wedding with family and friends. Mojito’s are amazing and the live band. 

Don Juan: El robalo y hummus de remolacha, ravoli de setas, tiradito de salmon, bolitas de guineo es un must mientras estás en el Caribe. It’s a fun and trendy spot. 

Harry’s (Hotel Santa Teresa): I love the beautiful patio it makes a perfect scenery to have lunch or dinner. Above all, you must order the nachos with crab, mero curado con limon and the Limonada de Coco. It’s a kid friendly place so it’s nice to go with my family. 

Carmen: If you love floor images this is a must place to visit, the tiles are super cute. An appetizer you have to order are the Carimañolas. La pesca del día it’s a must pargo platero y el postre de fresas con crema are a classic, there has been times I only go for that dessert. 

Juan Del Mar : Uno de los íconos de la Plaza de San Diego. Lindo para sentarse en la plaza y tomarse un trago. Therefore, you should go inside to take some Instagramable images. 

El Baron: It’s a cozy and cool place with a liquor bar. Drinks para tardear ubicado en la Plaza de San Pedro Claver.

Colette: Is a classic french bistro located in beautiful Plaza San Pedro Claver.

MisturaEste restaurante empezó en mi ciudad, Medellín y ahora esta localizado también en Cartagena en la ciudad vieja. 

Club de Pesca: This is an icon of Cartagena and the best place to watch the sunset. La bahía es muy linda para ver el atardecer. 

For Dancing:

La Havana: It is one of my favorite places to dance salsa. I make sure I party here every time I come. 

La Jugada: If you wanna enjoy Colombian music with nice people from the area, this is the place! 

Bazurto Social Club: A bailar champeta, reggae se dijo. It’s a fun place to have drinks and learn different moves. Above all, music keeps the spirit happy.

Shopping:

Agua de Leon: In the heart of the historic center, is made up of Colombian designers and has an enchanting bar. There you can get my sister accessories

St Dom: Features high-end Colombian designers with fashion-forward creations, from  Johanna Ortiz clothing, Entreaguas beachwear, to Ballen Pellettiere handbags.

Casa Chiqui: It is located in a 1930s warehouse restored by Chiqui herself and has become one of my favorite destination. Casa Chiqui has magical finds when strolling around Cartagena, it’s a must stop.

Maygel Coronel: A beautiful newly opened boutique with many talented Colombian designs. 

Territorio: This a cute shop to buy artesanal work so I love to get beaded bracelets that makes perfect gifts for my friends at home. Un lugar fantástico para comprar artesanías. 

Hope you enjoy Cartagena la fantastica! xx

PHOTOS: Oliver Olivella 

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