South American Influence
South American Influence
23 Jul 2014
Kyal and I are constantly looking around us for inspiration, whether that be down at our local beach or further away from home. We spent several months of 2013 backpacking around South America and Cartegena in Colombia was definitely a highlight.

Located on the Carribean Coast, the town was established by the Spanish as the major northern gate-way to South America. Think picturesque cobbled alleys with balconies shroud in bougainvillea, open air-cafes and horse-drawn carriages. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, the city is full of history, with so much architectural inspiration to draw from.

In Cartegena, the charm lies in aimlessly wandering the streets and sampling street food, but one restaurant that caught our eye was ‘Crepes & Waffles’ a Colombian restaurant chain started by two South American University students over 25 years ago. The chain is now so successful, it has restaurants all over South America. The restarant’s core values were always focused on supporting the community, and they’ve made a statement by only hiring single mothers to work in all their Colombian restaurants. But it was the fit-out in Crepes & Waffles in Cartegena that really caught our eye, with a nice mix of the old walled city charm, and modern fixings, it has a very cool feel! It’s hard to take a bad photo in Cartegena as this city is so amazingly beautiful, definitely one for the list if you haven’t already been there.