Flirt with the city’s unashamed love affair with all things fishy, gorge yourself on seafood ceviches or cazuelas seafood stews,or tuck into traditional favourites like the slow-cooked Posta Cartagenera or their most popular dish, Arroz de Jaiba Barú.
Adventurous spirits looking to savour some particularly Cartagenero flavours should try the Higadete soup. A hearty mix of chopped liver and plantain that's as warming and comforting as your childhood memories with your grandparents.
Don’t go without trying the plantain en tentación, a sugary side made with plantain soaked in the local fizzy pop, Kola Roman.
There’s a scintillating selection of ceviches to choose from as starters and a wicked, lobster bisque main course that will leave the rest of your group with a double dose of menu envy.
This place celebrates the best of Cartagena’s traditions. It’s 100% local in its outlook, created by a local family that like to showcase everything they love about their hometown. It’s been especially curated for visitors looking for a special shorthand introduction to costeño culture. It's a year round mission that never goes to sleep because these guys are open 365 days a year.
As well as the food, sitting at the heart of the Candé experience is the folkloric dancers that bring the entertainment to your table every night from 19.30, weaving their way through the restaurant’s sophisticated surrounds.
Carved out from one of Cartagena’s beautiful colonial mansions by celebrated local architect, Alberto Samudio, Cande’s interiors give the place a laidback but well-turned out feel that makes for a superior evening for groups or couples alike.
THIS IS WHAT WE LOVE
* Alberto Samudio’s elegant interiors in the house’s colonial patio help put the world at ease.
* Folkloric dancers keep the evening upbeat.
* The lobster bisque is a keeper, as is the Posta Cartagenera – a sweet special main.
* A citric blast from Colombia’s dazzling selection of fruit juices.
* A fast-track introduction to city’s culinary traditions.
* They serve a variety of wines by the glass, a rarity for restaurants for in Cartagena.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
* The restaurant works well for visitors in town for a short time that want to taste typical.
* Owners have fixed menus and are geared up to receive big groups.
* Get there early to ensure you catch the folkloric dance show at 19.30.
* If you're feeling to lazy for a sit down meal, order in. Cande also delivers their delicious dishes direct to your door.