Bars that showcase Colombia‘s rum culture and restaurants run by celebrity chefs line the cobbled sides of hip Getsemaní’s coolest stretch.
Just outside the ancient walls of Cartagena’s exquisite Old Town, the once-seedy barrio of Getsemaní has blossomed into a hip, artsy neighborhood that’s caught the eye of savvier travelers. Here, colorful, crumbling colonial architecture is crowned with cascading flowers or emblazoned with street art. Musicians liven up leafy plazas with impromptu performances. Come nightfall, the throb of cumbia (Colombian folk music) spills from numerous dance bars. You’ll find all of this and more along Calle del Arsenal, so join us on a stroll along this vibrant slice of Colombian-Caribbean streetlife.
If you’d rather tuck into some street food, then the Terraza Municipal is where several of the finest food trucks in Cartagena congregate, offering everything from pizza and sushi to tacos. It’s a big open waterfront plaza where crowds of locals meet friends and families to chat, eat, drink and – when the mood takes them – dance. Dusk here is particularly magical, with spectacular sunsets and lots of garland lighting. Festivities often go on into the night.