This January I spent a few days remote working from Cartagena. I stayed with mi Colombiana favorita Juliana whilst waiting for my US visa extension. It wasn't my first time there and I will confess that I'm mildly obsessed and I would go back tomorrow. I didn't make it out to the islands this time around (but if you're going for the first time the islands are a have to do when in Cartagena)
La Cevicheria - everyone who has been to Cartagena will know La Cevicheria. Well, there's a reason for it. I don't know why or how but the ceviche is extraordinary. Different kinds of ceviche inspired by Latin American fruits + quisines. I recommend to get "super" size if you're as much into Ceviche as I am.
Carmen - love everything about Carmen: a cute courtyard, stylish bar and amazing kitchen. The coconut ceviche is completely different from La Cevicheria but extremely interesting and therefore the dish of choice for me at Carmen as well. Evenings at Carmen are vibe-y, lunch is absolute zen heaven. I showed up with my laptop in the afternoon and had the courtyard and good wifi for a few hours to myself
Mulata - Caribbean comfort food: Fesh seafood, plantains, avocado, coconut - all the good stuff I love so much. Huge portions for little $. It's normally packed so go early and really much more about the food than the vibe (it's not chic). I loved it.
Boheme - Didn't actually make it to eat but loved the courtyard so I would recommend to check it out
WIFI w/ STYLE
Working remotely is a treat for productivity + soul. In 2018 I'm upgrading the coffee shops experience so here are my fav Cartagena spots
Carmen - as per above, excellent wifi, dreamy scenery and amazing food whilst writing marketing plans
Hotel Cappello - my friend Michelle Reeves recommended me this beautiful hotel w/ pool, cocktails + wifi
Hotel Santa Teresa - super central and vibe-y. The wifi could be stronger but amazing spot for getting some work done whilst still feeling the crowds.
Hotel Santa Clara - didn't go back this time around but I remember it to be a green heaven. Call to double check the wifi is public.
Cafe Central - more of a classic 'wifi spot' so you won't be the only one working away