Top things to do

Top Choice Fortress in Cartagena

Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas

This is the greatest fortress ever built by the Spaniards in any of their colonies and it still dominates an entire section of Cartagena's cityscape today. It should definitely be your first choice of fortresses to …
Top Choice Mediterranean in Santa Marta

Ouzo

Ouzo offers a stripped-back, classic Greek and Italian menu that includes superb pizza from a wood-fired oven and a good wine list. The octopus is slow-cooked for two hours in a garlicky broth, then slammed on the c…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Cartagena

Alquímico

A welcome addition to the Old Town's drinking scene, this smart place occupies three floors of a gorgeous colonial building. The ground floor is a sleek, low-lit lounge bar perfect for an aperitif, while upstairs th…
Top Choice Seafood in Capurganá & Sapzurro

Josefina's

Scour the entire coast and you won't find better seafood – or a more wonderful welcome – than at Josefina's. Her crab in spicy coconut-cream sauce, served in impossibly crispy, wafer-thin plantain cups, is superb, a…
Top Choice Ceviche in Cartagena

El Boliche

This delightful place has slowly made its way onto the tourist map, but it remains relatively obscure and is still not overrun. Come here for superb, imaginatively created and beautifully served up ceviche, the brai…
Top Choice French in Santa Marta

À Deriva

This rather dark and glamorous place is named after the Vincent Cassel movie of the same name, and has a definite sophisticated and alternative vibe that you won't find elsewhere in town. The downstairs restaurant o…
Top Choice Vegetarian in Santa Marta

Ikaro

A traveler's dream after a Ciudad Perdida trek: this friendly, breezy place offers excellent coffee, delicious salads, sandwiches (made on homemade bread), smoothies, breakfasts and burgers – all meat and fish free.…
Top Choice Pizza in Barranquilla

Pizzeria The Meeting Point

Known as hands-down Barranquilla's best pizza restaurant, this friendly and informal place also just happens to be run by the same team who do the city's best hostel, with which it shares its premises. The pizza her…
Top Choice Cafe in Cartagena

Beiyu

Excellent Colombian coffee, fresh juices, full breakfasts and an innovative selection of daily lunch and dinner dishes, Beiyu is a little slice of organic, sustainable heaven in the heart of Getsemaní and gets top p…
Top Choice Fusion in Riohacha

Lima Cocina Fusión

This place has easily some of the best food in town, and serves it up in delightfully airy premises where you can eat in the cool interior or outside in the street come the evening. Its less-usual choices include an…