I just returned from a wonderful trip to Colombia. @Nicholas arrives in Cartagena today! Sad that we didn't overlap, but at least I can share my favorite bars and restaurants.
  1. Donjuán
    Chef Juan Felipe Camacho worked at Arzak in San Sebastián -- one of the best restaurants in the world -- before returning home to open this restaurant. Order the octopus!
  2. Maria
    Camacho also recently opened this restaurant next door, and named it after his wife. (Aw.) It's a bit more casual.
  3. Cafe Havana
    Make sure to go to this late-night Cuban spot for live music, mojitos, and dancing.
  4. La Paletteria
    Paletas (popsicles) are huge in Colombia. I loved, loved, loved the coconut one here.
  5. Demente
    This bar is in Getsemani -- a cool part of town without many hotels, but make sure to walk over. Sit in the beautiful backyard courtyard, and order some pizza if you get too drunk. It's good.
  6. Paradiso
    A charming, retro spot for good homemade ice cream.
  7. Pastelería Mila
    Go here for a traditional Colombian breakfast. Don't skip dessert!
  8. El Boliche Cebicheria
    Perfect lunch spot for fresh fish.
  9. The street!
    Definitely eat a street arepa, preferably after a night of dancing.