Top things to do

Top Choice Museum in Cartagena

Palacio de la Inquisición

The Palace of the Inquisition may today be one of the finest buildings in the city, but in the past it housed the notoriously grisly Inquisition, whose bloody task it was to stamp out heresy in colonial Cartagena. T…
Top Choice Fortress in Cartagena

Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas

The castillo is the greatest fortress ever built by the Spaniards in any of their colonies. It still dominates an entire section of Cartagena's cityscape today, and should definitely be your first choice of fortress…
Top Choice Caribbean in Cartagena

Gastrolab Sur

This gem of a place is easy to miss if you don't know it's there. In the beautifully lit pebbly back-garden of the Ciudad Móvil cultural center, the humming heart of the revivified Getsemaní community, it serves up …
Top Choice Colombian in Cartagena

El Santísimo

A charming and refined atmosphere greets you inside one of Cartagena's most innovative restaurants. The menu here is a trip through Colombian cuisine, combining ingredients and reinventing classics as it goes. Eveni…
Top Choice Club in Cartagena

Café Havana

Café Havana has it all: live salsa from horn-blowing Cubans, strong drinks, a gorgeous horseshoe bar surrounded by brilliant eccentrics, wood-paneled walls and a ceiling full of whirring fans. This was where Hillary…
Top Choice Club in Cartagena

Bazurto Social Club

Join the crowds at this wonderfully lively spot where locals dance in unison under an enormous glowing red fish to live champeta music; sip knock-out cocktails; and catch up on the local Getsemaní gossip. The music …
Top Choice Crêpes in Cartagena

Crepe Xpress

This charmimg little place serves up crepes that are the perfect combination of crispy outside and moist in the middle. You're free to design your own, though we're not sure you can actually top their spinach, chees…
Top Choice Seafood in Cartagena

La Cevicheria

This place is tiny and hidden, but its ceviche is the best this side of heaven, and its chili sauce would scare Lucifer. Each dish is prepared with panache and elegance: the octopus in peanut sauce is incredible, as…
Church in Cartagena

Convento de la Popa

On a 150m-high hill, the highest point in Cartagena, stands this convent. A beautiful image of La Virgen de la Candelaria, the patroness of the city, is in the convent's chapel, and there's a charming flower-filled …
Museum in Cartagena

Convento & Iglesia de San Pedro Claver

This convent was founded by Jesuits in the first half of the 17th century, originally as San Ignacio de Loyola. The name was later changed in honor of Spanish-born monk Pedro Claver (1580–1654), who lived and died i…