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 they can eat for around COP$15,000 per person. For those without a budget, the sky is the limit, and you'll find some of Colombia's best food here.
Cartagena is also strong on street food: plenty of snack bars all across the Old Town serve typical 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 typical local sweets at confectionery stands lining El Portal de los Dulces on the Plaza de los Coches.