When walking through the walled city of Cartagena de Indias, feelings of love and romance are completely unavoidable, and with good reason. The magic that surrounds the city will make every step you take and every moment you share with your partner unique and unforgettable. You will see the most intense colors, the music will reach deep into your soul, and the food will be a complete sensory explosion. Don’t wait any longer, we recommend you book now at any of our four hotels located inside this enigmatic city: Hampton by Hilton Cartagena; Hilton Cartagena Hotel; Atoll Hotel Cartagena Tierra Bomba, Curio Collection by Hilton or the Conrad Cartagena.

Many couples choose this city as the perfect setting for their wedding or as their honeymoon destination, as well as an idyllic place for anniversaries and love celebrations. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Cartagena offers a wonderful array of romantic restaurants which are both sublime and exquisite in terms of food and ambiance. Here are some recommendations for your consideration:

Carmen

Here, all your earthly senses and pleasures will be satisfied by the chef. It is practically feeling like a scene out of “Like Water for Chocolate.” Located on Calle del Santísimo, you will enjoy contemporary food with a Colombian flair. The quality of the ingredients and the incredible presentation will make you want to try everything, so depending on your preference, you can choose between feasting on a 5-course or 8-course chef tasting menu. And for dessert, they also have a tasting menu of their artisanal ice creams. Could anything be better? Its elegant and modern atmosphere offers an intimate and romantic experience unlike any other place.

Juan del Mar

Something very special about this restaurant is that it’s actually three restaurants in one – a Peruvian place, a Caribbean dinner, and a pizzeria – all located next to each other in the Plaza de San Diego. Juan del Mar is the name of the owner which gives all three places the same name. For your romantic night out, we recommend visiting the Caribbean restaurant, where you can enjoy live music which gives the perfect touch of sensuality to your dinner. The décor and flavors at this restaurant are very different than any other spot you’ll find in Cartagena. Inside a restored republican house, its atmosphere combines the sophisticated with the bohemian. You will find metal fish sculptures and exotic lamps, which are usually only found in an art gallery. It is a very particular and eccentric place, which you will not regret visiting.

Restaurante María

Eclectic décor with tiger murals and white pineapple lamps give an exotic and sexy atmosphere to your romantic dinner in Cartagena. Located on Calle del Colegio, it specializes in contemporary Colombian cuisine created by Chef Alejandro Ramírez. In addition, you can choose to take your date up a notch. Not only will you delight your palate with grilled octopus or coconut shrimp or pork cracklings with mango ceviche, but you can also decide to take a cooking class or add a gastronomic tour during your visit. It is the best way to capture the moment in this incomparable city.

La Vitrola

The New York Times called him the king of kings of Cartagena. This restaurant located on Baloco Street evokes Havana Cuba and its menu specializes in seafood with a special touch. With each bite you will be thinking how live Cuban music is an essential ingredient for an incredible night that will never leave you. You will find yourself in another era, but with modern flavors. This place will make you feel welcome and at home, its own version of comfortable fine dining, while its music and atmosphere will multiply the romanticism and passion of your night.

Café del Mar

Restaurante Café del Mar

Located in Baluarte de Santo Domingo, the attitude and atmosphere of this outdoors establishment is a favorite among tourists and locals who wish to spend a night with friends or enjoy a romantic dinner with their loved one. It even offers a romantic menu which features appetizer, entrée and dessert. In addition, they do an exquisite job at creating the setting for romance, with white linen tablecloths, red roses and a bottle of wine. It is a place that combines the casual with the classic. It is worth noting this is where the construction of the city walls began in the 17th century. Sitting in this restaurant you will feel the energy of the city and the sensuality unique to the Caribbean, and if you dare, you can also take your partner out on the dance floor.

Palma 

Palma is one of the most recent additions to the culinary world of the historic center, which continues to gain more and more followers. Located on Calle del Curato, the restaurant offers a gastronomic experience unlike any other, combining Italian and Colombian cuisine in an exceptional marriage of flavor and flair. Its black and white décor gives a touch of elegance and sophistication complemented by delightful dishes. It is clear that Italians are experts in romance, but Colombians are experts in sensuality, so this is undoubtedly the best combination for a romantic dinner in Cartagena.

To have the most passionate night, be sure to ask the reception desk at your Hilton Hotel about some other romantic venues and activities to complement your night and end it on a high note. The Walled City has the best romantic dinners, so make sure you enjoy them to the fullest during your visit.

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