I believe in Foodie Radar. It’s that moment when a doorway, a font, a name of a restaurant just grabs you and you know, oh you know, it’s going to be good.
While seeking shade in Cartagena Colombia, outside the Cathedral in Plaza San Pedro Claver, I turned and my Foodie radar went off.
Me: Ping “What’s that?” a few steps closer.
Me: It’s tucked away, tiny but I see it. I glimpse past the sleek wood framed door and see a bar, a stylish bright fabric. Ping, ping “It’s just…”
Bello: “Piccola, It’s hot out here, what are you talking about?”
Me: Nose to glass door, Ping, Ping, PING! “Come on Bello, I’ll buy you a beer.”
Bello: “That’s my Wife.”
El Barón Cartagena Cafe & Liquor Bar is the perfect spot to cool off and grab a small bite at lunch. It also happens to be one of the few places our heat fighting, tourist screaming fedoras fit right in.
A relax, cool kid vibe keeps eyes dancing to take in the details. Perfectly cracked walls, a delicious dark wood bar and sea-foam seats make you feel incredibly cool. Even if you’re still incredibly hot from the midday Sun.
Thankfully, the Air Conditioning is kicking and the details hit the plate, not just the bar. Although, the bar tenders do mix a mean cocktail.
Hipster coffee house favorites to classic cocktails, El Baron Cartagena has a small menu that focuses on quality ingredients.
I wouldn’t call it authentically Colombian by any means. Here’s the thing though, that’s not what they are going for. At least not with Buffalo Mozzarella and Prosciutto sandwiches on the menu. Which were delicious by the way. As were the plantain chips. Delicious and terribly addictive!
We were so delighted with our cool break find, I mentioned the AC right, that we came back for lunch the next day.
WHAT it’s got AC in Cartagena and it was August!
Restaurants in Cartagena Centro Historico, the heart of the historic city are good, I mean really, really good. Which strangely is atypical of the cities I’ve visited around the world.
Normally, the best restaurants in a walled city are outside the gates. Not in Cartagena it’s a Foodie Paradise. The best restaurants in Cartagena are literally right behind you.