Cartagena’s Street Food Scene + a Glimpse of Gestemaní
I don’t recall ever walking outside of Cartagena’s walls to reach its rough-around-the-edges neighborhood of Gestemaní; somehow, we just wound up there. There weren’t any signs warning us that we were exiting the walled city. Or maybe there were and we were just too distracted by sampling all of the local street food offerings to take notice.
After reading about Gestemaní in a travel magazine, I knew I wanted to see this example of local gentrification for myself. Except…I didn’t want to venture there on our own. In retrospect, chances are we would’ve been fine on our own, but you see, it wasn’t too long ago that Gestemaní was a dangerous scene of drugs and prostitution, and I didn’t want to take chances or for a second forget that we were still in Colombia.
So I was relieved when I found out that we could take a tour of the neighborhood with Cartagena Connections. And when I found out that the company offers a street food tour that includes a visit to Gestemaní, I was sold.
So on a humid Tuesday, with our stomachs rumbling, we headed to a Cartagena bar called KGB where we met up with our guide, Juan, and a small group of other tourists, eager to delve into the city’s street food scene and to explore a grittier side of Cartagena beyond its picture perfection, all while noshing on some fine Colombian street food…