Pacho's lowdown on life in the hood - Francisco "Pacho" Gonzalez has carved his own little emporium in Getsemani

Pacho the Getse-man-iPacho's lowdown on life in the hood

Francisco "Pacho" Gonzalez is one of the coolest dudes in Cartagena. He just sits there, sipping a glass of wine (he likes Chilean red) picking at a plate of Parma ham chatting to his locals, most of whom are friends.

He's got it sorted. It has taken him 17 years to build up his fine wine emporium in the Centro Comercial Getsemani. He's consumed 10 small retail spaces to create Donde Pacho (Where you'll find Pacho).

The German wheat beers or the wine and whisky might not be as cheap as the San Andresitos that sell booze and knockdown retail goods across the road but Pacho's splashed out on air conditioning and a flat screen television so his punters stay longer and savour one of the most laid-back drinking establishments in the city.

He also stocks a strong range of specialized culinary products ranging from tahini to pine nuts, from dried seaweed for sushi to imported olive oils and balsamic vinegar that keep many of the best restaurants in the area well stocked.

To say he has the lowdown on some of the best places in the city is an understatement.

La Casa del Buen Marisco

La Casa del Buen Marisco
Its lunchtime so it means its time for a plate of seafood rice or a Red Snapper Stew. During the week the executive lunch of fish platter and a fresh seafood soup at $14,000 is one of the best options around.

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Blas el Teso

Blas el Teso
More seafood but right on the beach of La Boquilla. One of the heartiest servings in the city, when Blas el Teso says the Red Snapper is 400 grams or the lobster is fresh you can be sure it is.

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Hit the Beach in Crespo

Hit the Beach in Crespo
Cartagena's most under-rated stretch of sand, Crespo, has been left to the locals, just the way they like it. Pacho has been living in this laid-back barrio for more than a decade.

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