After a night of salsa dancing at Havana or Donde Fidel, brunch inevitably calls. Fortunately, Cartagena has quite the selection of wake up-worthy spots. Whether it’s arepas de huevo that you seek or good-old-fashioned pancakes drowning in syrup with a side of bottomless mimosas, here are 9 can’t-go-wrong places to brunch in Cartagena.
1. Pasteleria Mila
Nestled within the Walled City of Cartagena, Mila is actually the original Cartagena brunch spot. Serving everything you’d expect from a brunch outing (yes, there are mimosas!), this all-day bakery with a French-farmhouse ambiance has a full menu of traditional Colombian fare, freshly baked breads, and a tempting dessert display that may have you breaking some cardinal breakfast rules. Cake for breakfast? Yes, that is a real possibility at Mila.
- Brunch from 8am Monday - Saturday and from 10am Sunday
- Centro, Calle de la Iglesia No. 35-76
This quaint four-table locale is a must-try in Getsemaní. Their menu features a range of hearty juices, acai bowls, and light breakfast bites. It’s the perfect spot if you’re craving something slightly healthier than the fried arepas and empanadas beckoning from the food carts in the Plaza de la Trinidad. Their coffee (high-quality Colombian, of course) is also some of the best around.
- Brunch from 7am Monday – Saturday and from 9am Sunday
- Getsemaní, Calle Guerrero No. 29-75
3. La Brioche
La Brioche found its way onto this list because it’s one of my personal favorites. Between their assortment of French pastries and their full menu of Colombian and European-inspired breakfast and brunch fare, it may take you a little while to pick just one dish. My go-to: the Tipico, a plate of deviled eggs, arepas de queso, salchicha Antioqueño, and queso Cartagena.
- Brunch from 8am daily
Centro, Calle San Agustín Chiquita No. 6-14
Bocagrande, Cra. 2da. - Ave. San Martín No. 9-124
4. Café Época
If it’s all about the quality of the coffee at brunch-time, then Café Época should be at the top of your list. Besides a menu full of brunch favorites like made-to-order eggs and avocado toast, their specialty coffee selection will transport you to the coffee farms of Colombia if you let it.
- Brunch from 9am daily
Centro, Calle de Arzopispado, Carrera 5 No. 34-52
Centro Calle de la Artilleria No. 33-24
5. Oh! La La Bistro
Oh! La La Bistro, located in a converted Getsemaní house, has perfected breakfast and brunch. Their menu features everything from omelets and yogurt parfaits to fresh-out-of-the-oven bread and an assortment of local delicacies. My tip: Save your first taste of bollo for Oh! La La Bistro. It comes to your table drizzled with some of the best suero in town.
- Brunch 7am-1pm Monday to Saturday
- Getsemaní, Calle Larga at the corner with Callejón Vargas
6. Café Stepping Stone
This do-good brunch spot is more than just a delicious way to start your day. The brainchild of two local Aussie expats with a social conscience and a passion for café culture, Café Stepping Stone trains, educates, and provides jobs to disadvantaged and at-risk youth in Cartagena. Their menu is also one of the best around for veggie, vegan, and gluten-free breakfast options.
- Brunch from 8am Monday - Saturday, and from 9am Sunday
- Getsemaní, Calle San Andres #30-40
7. Caffé Lunatico
Bottomless mimosas, Instagram-worthy breakfast plates…it’s no wonder Café Lunatico has a reputation for being one of Cartagena’s best places to brunch. Located on a quiet street in Getsemaní, this café restaurant has both indoor and outdoor seating, though not much of it with just enough space to seat 30 brunch-goers maximum. Your best bet is to make a reservation or visit on a weekday.
- Brunch 11am-3pm daily
- Getsemaní, Calle Espiritu Santo No. 29-184
8. Crepes & Waffles
For reasons I’m still trying to figure out, Cartagena has a plethora of French-inspired cuisine and Crepes & Waffles is a prime example of that. This Colombian chain favorite has a novel of a menu with pages of salty and sweet crepes and waffles to choose from. And if you dine late enough, that scoop of ice cream from their dessert bar post-brunch might just be acceptable.
- Sunday Brunch from 10am
- Centro, Plaza de San Pedro, Carrera 4 No. 31-24
- Bocagrande, Carrera 2 No. 8-250
9. El Bistro
For a traditional Caribbean breakfast, look no further than El Bistro’s Sunday brunch. It’s an affair of all the local favorites, including Costeño classics like arepa de huevo with shrimp, chorizo and chili empanadas, and fish Sancocho. They also have European classics like crepes, granola, and more.
- Sunday Caribeño Brunch 10am-4pm
- Centro, Calle de Ayos No. 4-46
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