Fruits de Mer in Santa Marta

Fruits de Mer in Santa Marta

Fruits de Mer Santa Marta is the fastest growing tourist destination in Colombia. Lush tropical landscapes; ecotourism, water and adventure sports; luxury hotels and great service make Santa Marta a top global destination for vacations. So what else is so great about Santa Marta? The cuisine! I have travelled extensively and always hunt out the finest restaurants everywhere I go. As a keen seafood fan, I especially enjoy seaside destinations, and Santa Marta is no exception, with an exceptional choice of seafood restaurants. Here I outline my favourite place and dishes for seafood in Santa Marta. My Favorite Seafood in Santa Marta Santa Marta is blessed with biodiversity all around, with landscapes from sea level to nearly 6000 metres enabling widely varied natural foods to be harvested locally. Most herbs and fruits and vegetables are available, many of which are never found in European and US supermarkets. Combined with a rich menu of locally caught fish, Santa Marta has all the right ingredients (literally!) for a culinary feast. Here are a few tasters, favourite dishes and restaurants to enjoy seafood in Santa Marta…  1.“Arroz Con Coco y Pescado Frito” The absolute classic costeño dish, available on every beach, in every local restaurant, and even in the top restaurants around town. The star of the dish is the coconut rice which is prepared with freshly grated coconut, and often Coca Cola! It’s like nothing you’ve tasted before. The secret to perfectly fried fish is hot enough oil and the perfect amount of cooking time. When done well, the fish is not at all greasy; it is perfectly tender and soft. No typical costeño dish would be complete without the...

Vegetarian Restaurants in Santa Marta

Vegetarian and Healthy Food in Santa Marta Despite amazing tropical fruits and the freshest fish you can imagine, we are always surprised – and a little disappointed – by the traditional eating habits in Santa Marta. The diet is highly fried and meat-focused, and generally pretty heavy. Thankfully, an increasing number of healthy and even vegetarian/vegan options are springing up and there is now an impressive choice of more internationally-influenced cuisines available in Santa Marta. Our many vegetarian guests at Hotel Boutique Casa Carolina have been impressed with the varied and healthy menu at our own Eli’s Restaurant, with numerous vegetarian and vegan dishes available. Our head chef Ana Mendoza delights in fusing international dishes with some Colombian flair, thanks to the incredible local ingredients Santa Marta has to offer. But you can’t stay in all day, so in an attempt to diversify your stay in Santa Marta we share our favourite vegetarian and healthy restaurants in Santa Marta. Ikaro Café Leading the pack by a mile, Ikaro Café has blown away the competition and well earned a high slot on Tripadvisor. Ikaro offer organic specialty coffee grown on their own Finca (coffee farm) in the Sierra Nevada which they roast themselves. Ikaro’s Austrian owners offer exceptional vegetarian and vegan Asian Fusion food. Light, beautifully presented and tasty, there is really nothing else like it in Santa Marta, or perhaps even Colombia. The oriental breakfast is the perfect start to the day.  With homemade brown bread smothered in hummus and topped with avocado and sun dried tomatoes. Great coffee, friendly staff, peaceful and quite. They also do brunch, lunch and diner, and they even offer yoga classes and massages. Ikaro Cafe is located in the charming pedestrianised Calle 19 moments from Parque...
Top 6 Restaurants in Santa Marta

Top 6 Restaurants in Santa Marta

Santa Marta is growing it’s culinary offering every moment and we believe the best flavours in Santa Marta now rival some of the greatest restaurants in Bogota and Cartagena. Our guests are always asking us for dining recommendations in Santa Marta, so we decided to create our own list of our top restaurants in Santa Marta, based on our personal experiences. Eli’s at Hotel Boutique Casa Carolina Of course Eli always comes first, it’s just very hard to beat! For an exclusive or totally relaxed dining experience, we believe there is nowhere better than Eli’s. When you fancy staying in your swimming shorts by the pool and grabbing something to eat without moving, Eli’s lounge menu offers something for everyone, including our hugely popular Carolina Burger (beef and veggie options available). If you are looking for something more elegant and exclusive, our full dining menu offers exquisite-tasting and beautifully presented gourmet dishes, with options to eat on our beautiful terraces, in our main restaurant, by the pool, or at our private romantic rooftop pergola. Menu: Eli’s Menu Phone: 4233354 Address: Calle 12 #3-40 Ouzo Ouzo is our out and out personal favourite in Santa Marta (except for Casa Carolina’s own restaurant, Eli’s of course!) and we never hesitate to send our guests there who always return delighted. Ouzo’s diverse menu of tasty Greek and Mediterranean-influence dishes; pastas, fresh seafood, delicious brick-oven pizzas features a great choices for vegetarians, fish lovers as well as carnivores. Ouzo Restaurant has a number of tables beside Parque de los Novios (Park of the Sweethearts), a great place to enjoy your meal as the world strolls by and street-musicians entertain the diners. Alternatively choose a more romantic table in the secluded back courtyard or main restaurant....