Breakfast of Champions at Oh La La Bistrot
At Oh La La Bistrot, starting the day fresh and healthy needn’t burn a hole in your wallet.
Get your day off to a healthy start with breakfasts that include porridge with freshly made jams, free-range eggs served up on homemade bread (without the local sugar quote) fruit salads with natural yoghurt hecho en casa, completely natural fruit juices and organic coffee.
It might have an expensive brunch ring to it, but believe it or not the whole lot comes to about USD$5-USD$7.
Plus, you get to eat in one of Cartagena’s most historic houses of Getsemaní, with evocative photos of the first black governor of Bolivar, Francisco Vargas, meeting US president Franklin Roosevelt, hanging from the walls.
Lunchtime heroes @ El Bistro
El Bistro shook up the meat,lentil and rice lunchtime combo in 1999 with their delicious range of cheap, cheerful and mega tasty Med-inspired dishes, and they haven't looked back since.
Our lunchtime legends are all built around a winning combination of European recipes with a tropical twist. Regular favourites include the succulent pork loin served with a passion fruit sauce and yam puree, a whole grilled robalo cooked with fresh herbs, the grilled chicken, Hungarian goulash, or a grilled lobster feast that will give any Monday a boost.
Brurein always chalks up plenty of vegetarian options for weary travellers tired of the meat and two carb diet in Central America, as well as a healthy selection of fresh fish options to keep the regulars from getting bored.
A 3-Course Lunch at Caffe Lunatico
Usually, Caffe Lunatico’s rustic tapas and Colombian fusion food menu falls just outside the budget bracket, however their weekday lunch menu del día is the best we’ve seen anywhere in Cartagena.
A soup or salad, delicious fish of the day or veggie dish ( options change daily), a dessert or coffee and a juice. Sounds tasty doesn't it?
Now here's the best part, The whole thing costs a measly USD$6. It's bonkers! Nowhere else can you stuff yourself silly with homemade, fresh food cooked by two of Cartagena’s best chefs.
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A Gourmet Burger Break at Tumbamuertos
Gourmet burgers is the type of luxury food option you leave at home when you’re travelling on a budget, but Tumbamuertos burger bar is a very reasonable option in Cartagena’s prettiest plaza.
Normally when you're travelling on the cheap, an 'eating on a plaza the experience' consists of some kind of street mystery meat, uncomfortable sidewalks and eating without forks.
If you want to break the routine, but not the bank, head to Tumbamuertos and order a real burger (meaning, farm reared meat that's super fresh) served with the chunky chips for around $USD10. Or you can opt for a trio of mini burgers and fries for only USD$7.
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Sharing Plates at Collage Charladero
Spicy lamb burger with yucca chips, healthy salads and several appealing sharing options feed into the relaxed concept Collage oozes to its young, groovy and money-saving clientele.
Collage is built for fun encounters that have no time for airs and graces. Here, you can feel free to dip, pick and slobber around a plate of plantain chips, homemade dip and juicy gossip with your nearest and dearest or cheer and rattle at a football game (table kind or TV kind) in the funky patio littered with bottles, plants and grandma-style furnishings.
Prices are old-school too, with most meal options staying within the USD$10-USD$15. They get extra brownie points for their very cheap wine list to wash it all down with.
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Dinner and Drinks at Bar del Sur
Put that greasy street arepa down — you simply haven’t tried an arepa until you’ve been to Bar del Sur in Getsemani.
Bar del Sur serves up amazing baked —not fried— arepas stuffed with fresh meats,veggies, and cheese. The hallelujah moment comes not just with the taste, but the sinfully good price that keeps this place popular with locals and tourists alike.
All arepas cost between USD$3-USD$6 and are made to order. It’s a bar too, so you can also treat yourself to a reasonably-priced brew and let it all hang out on one of their comfy booths or outdoor seating area.
Co-ordinate your visit for a Wednesday, and you can order any arepa on the menu for USD$3. Or if you’re a sucker for cheap cocktails, go for dinner on a Tuesday to enjoy their all night Mojito Happy Hour.