If you find yourself in Cartagena, get yourself to Cocina de Pepina. There’s only 8 or so tables inside and was totally packed when we arrived. The window to the kitchen is right by the entrance and I took one look at the bowls of ceviche and knew I had to eat here. We were told the wait would be 15 minutes - but it was more like 45 minutes. I read about this place in the @nytimes
, and figured it was going to be well worth the wait. Also, if you could smell the coconut rice - you would have waited 2 hours just for a taste. The staff were really friendly and patient (which I appreciate since I speak no Spanish) and let me buy a guava juice to sip outside while we waited for our table. When we finally got seated I was overwhelmed with options and finally decided to try their famous Coconut Fish Soup. This was perhaps a questionable choice given that it was about 100 degrees outside. But the soup was perfect! Maybe one of the top 3 things I ate on my entire trip. The soup featured an aromatic coconut broth filled with plump white fish and so many prawns 🦐. I can close my eyes and almost taste it nearly one month later.