On one side, across the bay is the new city and its line of skyscrapers and Trump towers of glass and steel. On the other the old, Casco Viejo, with its eclectic architecture brought from wave after wave of immigrants that helped build the Panama Canal. Splitting the two cities is Panama City’s municipal pier and adjacent Mercado de Mariscos.
California born, co-chefs Carmen Ángel and Rob Pevitts of restaurant Carmen in El Poblado, and more recently in Cartagena, know their way around Medellin’s very underrated culinary scene. The restaurant’s playful take on world cuisine includes Korean tacos and sous vide prawns with candied bacon and pineapple chimichurri. Their dining choices outside of Carmen reflect their eclectic tastes. Here they pick their four favorite foodie haunts in four different Medellin neighborhoods.
Cartagena, Colombia, which already has a decent selection of restaurants, has seen a surge of interesting new eateries opening up around the old city and in neighboring Getsemaní. There’s a level of culinary diversity spreading around the city, partly by local restaurateurs opening up new spaces and chefs from Bogota and Medellin expanding into the city for the first time. Here’s what is worth checking out.