Don’t know where to go with your friends in Cartagena? Don’t worry, we, Discover Cartagena By Locals, have got you covered with our top 5 best rooftops in the city!
In the first place, we have Movich Hotel, located at Calle de Vélez Danies # 4 – 39, Movich Hotel Cartagena de Indias. With its imposing colonial style, it offers an impressive rooftop terrace available in the afternoon/evening, from 4 pm to 11 pm.
Before it became a hotel, it was a clinic; today, it is a boutique hotel with rooms and suites. Although it is a hotel, its terrace is open to the public. However, the pool is exclusive to guests. Here, you can enjoy signature cocktails with local fruits like passion fruit and traditional cocktails. You can also savor an exquisite dinner at the restaurant on the first floor if the snacks on the terrace are not enough for you.
This place does not take reservations, so if you want to secure a spot, you should arrive early. The Movich Hotel has the best view in Cartagena as you can appreciate the sunset combined with the city’s colonial architecture and the sea.
Don’t miss out on the delicious coconut lemonade offered by the Movich Hotel, as it is made with homemade coconut milk by the hotel staff.
In second place, we have TownHouse, located at Cra. 7 # 36-88 in the Historic Center. Its impressive terrace is open to the public from 8 am to 1 am, not only for its guests.
It was named by Tales of the Cocktail “Spirited Awards” as the only Hotel Bar in Colombia in the Top 10 of Latin America for three consecutive years. TownHouse offers food and drinks (selection of Colombian wines and beers).
This rooftop is not the ideal place to watch the sunset, but it is perfect for having a good time. Due to being frequented by travelers, the atmosphere is ideal for meeting people while enjoying good music and a good cocktail.
TownHouse is a hotel, so although the terrace is open to the public, the pool is exclusive to guests.
In third place we have Sophia, located at Cl. 32 # 4-45 in the Historical Center, a unique space that captivates you in the Plaza de la Aduana, the main square of the city. It offers an attractive terrace that has a pool, loungers, armchairs, and bar service, from which you can enjoy an impressive panoramic view of the city, with the San Pedro Claver Church directly in front of you.
This terrace was nominated by the specialized publication Condé Naste Traveler as the terrace with the most privileged view of the city of Cartagena.
Sophia is the ideal place to go for a quiet time and conversation, as the atmosphere is not a party one, although it does have music, which is soft and subtle.
In fourth place we have Alquímico, located at Cl. del Colegio # 34-24, this lively rooftop with its art deco theme offers three floors where you will have artisanal and alchemical experiences, the only rooftop that is a bar and not a hotel, which is acclaimed by travelers. This place opens from 7 pm until the early hours, offering one of the best parties in the city.
Alquímico ranked number 41 in the Top 500 Global Bar for 2021, thanks to its almost scientific approach to the art of mixology, offering creative and exclusive cocktails inspired by ten of the most important animals in Colombia.
Something that catches the attention of tourists in Alquímico are its signature cocktails, featuring native fruits from all regions of Colombia and reserved fruits.
Finally, in fifth place we have Buena Vida, located on Calle del Porvenir with Calle De La Soledad, offering the experience of enjoying an exquisite drink while appreciating the rooftops of Cartagena.
Here you can enjoy artisanal cocktails to refresh yourself from the Cartagena heat, some of which combine with the colorful decor. To visit Buena Vida, you must be aware that you must have a minimum consumption and reserve in advance, as the site’s capacity is not extensive.
This rooftop is part of a restaurant whose capacity is much smaller than the rest of this top 5, giving it an exclusive touch. If you want to eat something, you will have to do it in the restaurant, as you cannot bring food to the terrace. Buena Vida stands out for its signature cocktails based on typical fruits from the Colombian Caribbean.