The perfect date night in Cartagena: Where to go
The cobbled streets, colourful colonial buildings, open air terraces and melting sunsets all combined together make Cartagena the most romantic city in Colombia! This makes it even more important to get your date night in this hot and sweaty city right! Don’t tell anyone but we’ve done the hard work for you, so you can focus on your chat and winning smile to ensure the date goes well!
Sunset drinks at Café del Mar
Are you even on a date night in Cartagena if you’re not having sunset drinks at Café del Mar?! The outdoor terrace is perfectly placed to soak in the early evening atmosphere of the old town, while enjoying the magical colours of the sun going down. There are also some great people watching opportunities and street performers to bring some extra entertainment to the date. Book ahead to avoid disappointment and keep an eye out for live saxophone and DJ sets to give the date an extra sprinkle of magic!
Dinner at Lobo del Mar
Wander through the enchanting streets of the Cartagena old town towards Lobo del Mar, stopping to take those obligatory photos for Insta of the colourful buildings and Palenqueras (“fruit sellers”). Tip – Remember to carry some loose change, as taking photos of them and not paying is a bit of a no-no in Cartagena.
The light interior with painted brick and washed wood at Lobo del Mar creates the seaside ambience perfectly, tying in beautifully with the menu. As the name suggests, lovers of seafood will not be disappointed at Lobo del Mar. The restaurant does really well and fusing traditional South American flavours and ingredients with international dishes.
The tuna tataki and ceviche are some of of the best you will find in Colombia and the octopus tacos are everything you want them to be and more! Also, special mention to the prawn corn tacos which are the perfect sharing starter for a date! The wine menu is extensive, with some great options to pair with your meal. If you’re not a wine expert ask the attentive staff who will be happy to make a recommendation. You will really struggle to leave disappointed.
Mezcal tasting at Mezcal Café
What better way to round off a date in a city filled with Latin American culture than a mezcal tasting at the eponymous Mezcal Café! An amazing selection of locally produced mezcal is a sure fire way to end the date on a high (or forget it if it’s gone badly). The bar’s moody but stylish décor are in contrast to the city of Cartagena which is filled with colour and vibrance, but creates the perfect setting for a sophisticated but memorable date. The aircon is a welcome break from the heat of Cartagena too, so don’t worry if it’s a first date and you’re a little nervous 😉
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