Budget Meals that give you more Bang for Your Buck - How to eat big and pay little in Cartagena

Cheap Eats in CartagenaBudget Meals that give you more Bang for Your Buck

Food glorious food, we’re anxious to try it — if it doesn’t cost an arm and leg.

That line may not have the same ring to it as the original Oliver Twist classic, but it’s a home truth for many travellers today.  And it sure as hell doesn’t help that Cartagena is generally considered the most expensive city in Colombia.

Any shoe-string traveller out there knows that you need to play your cards right when it comes to making your dollar stretch further. So if that means trading a seafood platter, for a street side arepa just so you can have A/C for the night, well, so be it.

However if you know where to go and when to go, you can eat like a king in this city for the price of a pauper.  Seriously, we’re talking  memorable dining experiences for under USD$10 here.

So read on, try out one of these cheap and seriously tasty finds, and we promise you won’t be avoiding your friend’s gaze when the bill comes. 

Breakfast of Champions at Oh La La Bistrot

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.

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Lunchtime heroes @ El Bistro

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.

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A 3-Course Lunch at Caffe Lunatico

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.

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A Gourmet Burger Break at Tumbamuertos

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.

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Sharing Plates at Collage Charladero

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.

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Dinner and Drinks at Bar del Sur

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.

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