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CARTAGENA | Candé is a Caribbean restaurant in Cartagena’s historic centre that is worth visiting not just for the food, but for the immersive experience.

Housed in a colonial-era building, Candé has three distinct sections. The first resembles a house, and welcomes people to the venue. Behind this is the main dining room and further back is the outdoor patio. High wooden ceilings and wood floors create an airy, open environment. This combines with locally designed furniture made using natural materials, and various trinkets and artworks, to create a place that feels homely and local.

Candé’s food is unashamedly local, and across the menu you’ll find popular Caribbean delights as well as more traditional, forgotten dishes. Think soups, salads, ceviches, seafood cocktails, and an assortment of larger meat and fish dishes.

The quality of the produce used at Candé is high, and the best dishes are the ones that really showcase the ingredients. For a starter, the salad of yellowfin tuna ceviche, egg, avocado, lettuce, tomato, onion, sweet pepper, lemon and sesame oil is fantastic. Also worth trying is the Mesita de Fritos, a tasty platter of crab caribañolas (yucca fritters), meat empanadas, cheese fingers, cornbread bun, sausage, coastal cheese, and yam cake.

The black coconut rice here is fantastic too – less sweet and better balanced than many of the other versions you find around town. It’s a component of several dishes.

If you’re thirsty, an assortment of wine, cocktails, beer, spirits and non-alcoholic drinks is available. The cocktails are particularly good.

Service is friendly and attentive, and the entire dining experience is elevated by short performances held every half hour. Dancers in traditional costumes appear and dance to live music, and while it may sound a bit gimmicky, it’s not. It compliments, rather than detracts from, the dining experience.

Candé

Carrera 5 #35-30
Cartagena
Bolivar
Colombia

Telephone: +57 5 6685291
E-mail: n/a
Website

Open
Mon – Sun: 1:00pm to 10:30pm

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Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.

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