Collage is a colourful mish-mash of old and new. A contemporary restaurant and bar with millennial mindset, that pays it’s respects to the antique pharmacy that stood there before it on one of Cartagena’s most iconic calles, Calle Roman.
To top it all off you’ve got your international hipster box tickers that would do any man bun dude proud. Upcycled fittings, English buzzwords on the menu and out-there design quirks: the drinks menu is stamped on old wine bottles, you can scribble on blackboards and play miniature table football whilst gorging on Ramen burgers.
The Colombian aspects of Collage are its secret formula: the homemade juices and artisanal cocktails are to die for.
Seriously, the frozen mango lemonade is well worth the brain freeze and their fruit juices have a unique herb kick that you won’t find anywhere else.
The atmosphere on the weekends is electric and your food is always served fresh, and with a smile.
Food wise the menu picks at a bit of everything. Spicy lamb burger with yucca chips, healthy salads and several appealing sharing options feed into the relaxed concept Collage oozes to its young, groovy 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.
You only have to come here on a Friday or Saturday night to see that Collage is having a conversation with Cartagena, and the city is all ears.
THIS IS WHAT WE LOVE
* About 70% of the entire restaurants decor is made up of upcycled furniture. Check out the cool bulbs they originally found in the attic of the old chemist that stood there before it
* We found a place in Cartagena where they serve Ramen burgers. Need we say more?
* The blackboard speech bubbles on each table. You can write a message and get the staff to post your photo on their website
* Watching the football game in their cool terrace with a cocktail, or artisanal beer, in hand
* Conversation always runs smoothly with a well priced wine list
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
* The restaurant seats up to 50 people, but try and bag a patio seat if you can
* Collage Charladero is open all week, making it a perfect plan for a Sunday when much of the city is closed
* It gets busy on the weekends, so book a table in advance if you can