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Best Roof Top Bars in Cartagena

Cartagena, Colombia

Billy and Akaisha Kaderli

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We loved our visit to Cartagena, Colombia.

Such a colorful, Caribbean city, with international cuisine, Palenqueras, great food and a Colonial past.

Spending time in the tropics, sipping on a Caribbean Rum or pina colada, looking out to sea, one of the things we enjoyed the most was the selections of rooftop bars. Some charged a cover fee (can be $50USD!) or required a certain amount of spending if you were to enter.

However, below are rooftop bars that were free to get in. Several offered live DJs for wicked music, and some had amazing food.

Take a look!

Mirador Gastro Bar, Cartagena, Colombia

The Mirador Gastro Bar

Located near the Torres del Reloj and the Plaza de las Coches, The Mirador Gastro Bar has a great view of both the Plaza below and the Caribbean Ocean canal. This is where centuries ago, ships brought in cargo to this famous international seaport.

Serving Peruvian food, some with a distinct Japanese influence, we would certainly recommend trying out some appetizers or sharing a meal here.

We shared a stuffed chicken breast with bacon and caramelized apples which was astounding.

Colored lights add some pizzazz for out-of-the-ordinary atmosphere.

Open Daily 5pm - 3am






Alquimico Rooftop Bar, Cartagena, Colombia

The Alquimico Rooftop Bar

We passed by The Alquimico several times. The bottom floor has a display window showing off all their handmade fruit juices, bitters, tonics, and cordials. The "Alquimico" means the Alchemist or the Chemist and Cartagena is known for their unusual blended drinks.

They also have a decent food menu. We shared crab sliders and seared rare beef paired with vinegar rice and an Asian dipping sauce.

You can choose to sit on any of their other posh three floors - a step back in time - to have some privacy. The upstairs rooftop is a bit more casual with a jungle mural on the wall.

Open nightly, 6pm to mid-morning.


Cafe Del Mar Rooftop Bar, Cartagena, Colombia

Cafe Del Mar

Dubbed as the best place in town to watch the sunset, we went to Cafe Del Mar on our 2nd night in town.


With seating literally for hundreds of people, this bar is on top of the Colonial walls of the Old Town, with a screamingly good view of Boca Grande (which you can see in the background of this photo). Boca Grande boasts the highest real estate values and best hotels of the whole country of Colombia!

We were told that Cafe Del Mar serves food, but even after asking several times, we could not get a menu.

No worries, with an unbeatable play list of great music this bar is a must-see when you visit Cartagena. 

Open nightly at 4:30PM until 2AM


Cell: +57 (320) 5424501

Hotel Movich Rooftop Bar, Cartagena, Colombia

Hotel Movich Rooftop Bar

A little cozier than Cafe Del Mar, the rooftop bar at Hotel Movich had a live DJ and an excellent food menu. It seemed that the clientele base was international, The Beautiful People coming from Europe, Asia, the US and Latin America.

Billy and I shared a dish of Carpaccio of Octopus with delicious olive oil, mango and fresh bread. We also had mixed bruchettas of Smoked salmon, Serrano ham, roast beef, and tuna served with a sweetened soy sauce drizzle.

The food here was so good, one afternoon we went back for lunch.  In fact, we think this place had some of the best food in town.

Definitely recommended.

Phone: +57 5 6642995 OR +57 (1) 521 5050






La Jugada Rooftop Bar, Cartagena, Colombia

La Jugada Rooftop Bar

Earlier in the week, we stopped by Alquimico Rooftop Bar (across the street here in this photo) and saw the famous Flamingo birds on this roof. Curious, we had to check it out, and found that this was another bar With various views and a food menu!


Off we went a few nights later to La Jugada to try them out.

It was here that we had Tropical Ceviche.

We had the distinct feeling that this place gets to rockin' much later in the evening, maybe beginning around midnight.

Open daily 5pm to 4am



Most certainly, when you visit Cartagena, make a few stops at their many rooftop bars for an exciting evening and a meal.

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