Food in Cartagena is fabulous, with enormous choice and high quality at all levels. Backpackers should look out for comida corriente (daily set menu) places at midday, where you can eat for around COP$15,000 per person.

Street Food

Cartagena is strong on street food: plenty of snack bars all across the Old Town serve local snacks such as arepas de huevo (fried maize dough with an egg inside), dedos de queso (deep-fried cheese sticks), empanadas and buñuelos (deep-fried maize-and-cheese balls). Try the region's sweets at confectionery stands lining El Portal de los Dulces on the Plaza de los Coches.