Casa Suiza serves delicious breakfast, with wonderful omelettes, fresh coffee and exotic freshly squeezed juices. It’s an inexpensive spot and a favorite with locals. The friendly staff and the warm welcome will make you want to stay for lunch and dinner – lunch is a particularly good deal.
Treat yourself to an indulgent breakfast at charming Mila, an all-day bakery and dessert spot located near the city’s historic Cathedral. With a cute, kitsch decor, once you step into this bakery you’ll feel as if you were in Paris rather than Cartagena. This pastelería is owned by bogotana Camila Vargas, and she offers everything from delicious savory sandwiches with freshly baked bread to deeply indulgent brownies and cakes. Head here for breakfast and have a pastry or enjoy a slice of cake – you’re on holiday after all.
This little juice bar is a gem in the heart of the culturally buzzing area of Getsemani. Offering up an incredible range of fresh juices, light bites and high-quality Colombian coffee, this is the spot to visit when you feel like you need a break from all the typical fried food. Recommended are the nispero and zapote juices, both drunk with milk with an almost nutty flavor.
Street food arepas in the Old City
Street vendors are everywhere in Cartagena, selling everything from sunglasses to fresh fruits, but for a breakfast bite you can’t get anything better than the arepas of Elaine Gomez Lozano. Set up on the corner of Carrera 11 and Calle 38, Elaine sells her handmade arepas every morning, catering to locals and tourists alike. Each arepa will cost you no more than £1 and they come with cheese, meat and tomato toppings. This delicious food will certainly keep you full until lunch – try it and eat like a local.
Carrera 11 / Calle 38, Cartagena, Colombia