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“Lovely little stop to cool down and relax” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Pasteleria Mila

Pasteleria Mila
Ranked #5 of 19 Coffee & Tea in Cartagena
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$2 - US$20
Cuisines: Latin, Cafe, Colombian
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Good for: Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Description: Ila is a sweet and loving idea born in 2006 when I opened my first pastry, bakery and cafe in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. Sought to create a place full of details and magic place to accompany the breads, desserts and recipes lovingly created, cooked and always dreamed of. Today, we are located in the walled city and soon will be in Bogota! I always wanted my site covering all tastes and times of my clients, that is why any time of day can come and antojarte what you want. The hope!
Los Angeles, California
1 review
“Lovely little stop to cool down and relax”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2014 via mobile

Good drinks and great looking food. We stopped for a break in the shade and enjoyed it very much. Good wifi and service. Good quiet place to break after sightseeing and shopping in the city.

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East Palo Alto, California
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
“Very rich pastries!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2014

Mila is a high concept bakery that is premised on answering: "what if we took a french patisserie and gave it a cartagena twist?" it's a winning idea and it's hard not to imagine it succeeding because it has good decor, good ambiance and good looking pastries.

Except that the food is disturbingly rich. It's ok food, but it's overwhelming and ends up feeling unbalanced. Where you should have a flaky crust, you end up with floppy dough that's soaked in butter. Dishes are purely rich, heavy or sweet but lack a fresh, light or tart contrast. The problem is that the french patisserie part isn't that well executed and its dishes have the touch of somebody that understands the aesthetics and components but not the texture or nuance of french cuisine.

Adding to this is how surprisingly costly Mila is. While the food is often well prepared, it is hard to call it a good value—coffees and lemonades are especially pricey. Service and atmosphere are ok, though and the air conditioned eating area is a nice respite in a steamy city. Worth visiting, but I'm not sure i'll go back.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Atlanta
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45 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Delicious”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2014

We enjoyed our almost daily trips to Mila while on a brief vacation in cartagena. The brownie with arequipe was our favourite and we went back on our last night to try to get a last taste of this but alas they were closed. The sandwiches are quite good and substantial too. We had our good share of lulo juice, yummy coffee and coco limonadas here as well. It's a great place to beat the heat: chill in the quaint air-conditioned space and grab a yummy treat.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Munich, Germany
2 reviews
“nice breakfast”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2014

The place is very nice. The service was good and fast. We had a very delicious breakfast, good coffee and excellent cakes. Would go again!

  • Visited May 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Montreal, Canada
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70 reviews
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“Delicious”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2014

Located in the centre of Cartagena, a very nice place. i havebeen here 3 times to enjoy their delicious dessert. The 3 chocolates was my favorite.. Although it is quite heavy.. I couod not stop eating it. The place is quite expensive but it is ne of the few that serves a very good coffee.
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  • Visited January 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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