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El Portal de los Dulces is a candy market located under the arches in the Plaza de los Coches. For over 100 years, the vendors here have been selling their large assortments of sweets, all displayed in glass jars, to the locals and tourists alike. The stalls are stacked with cocadas (coconut delights), flavoured rock candy, chocolates, dried fruits and other treats like muñecas de leche or exotic bolas de tamarindo, bolas de panela, caballitos, melcochas, cubanos, alegrías, panderos. Some may not look appetizing, but if you are in Cartagena you should give at lest one treat a try.

The sweets can be found all day and through the evening. While prices vary, expect to pay around 700 to 1.000 COP for one of the delicious treats. The famous cocadas are made with pineapple, guava, papaya, milk and panela. The recipes are secret. Many passed from mother to daughter in the tradition of Palenqueras. The cocadas in Cartagena are a delicious excuse to spend and afternoon by Portal de los Dulces.

Address: Plaza de los Coches
Directions: historic centre

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  • Updated Nov 5, 2010
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