La Paz Journals

High Coffee

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A November 2008 trip to La Paz by SeenThat

Sopocachi Market Photo, La Paz, Bolivia More Photos
Quote: Having had a High Tea at Bangkok’s Oriental, it was only natural to check out a High Coffee at the Andes.

Sopocachi Market

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Restaurant | "Sopocachi Market: A Coffee at the Market"

Sopocachi Market Photo, La Paz, Bolivia
Quote:
While preparing this journal, it seemed natural to try and fit in a colonial coffee experience. How did 19th century Bolivians drink coffee and tea? Despite knowing La Paz well, I couldn’t think of a suitable candidate. I asked around and people dismissed me; culinary memories do not exist in the Bolivian culture.Luckily, markets provide wonderful insights into old times and traditions; thus they compensate for the lack of written traditions in many areas of the world. There is little doubt that the essence of ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 3, 2008

Sopocachi Market
555, Guachalla Street
La Paz

The Best

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Restaurant | "The Best: An Underground Coffee High in the Mountains"

The Best Photo, La Paz, Bolivia
Quote:
Deep UnderneathRoughly than two miles above the see level but deep under the ground, is a place where coffee flows and the surrounding town is forgotten.Hiding a food establishment underground is seldom a good way of advertising it. It is improbable that such a place would become popular, after all, while people go to eat out, they want just that: to look at the crowds, at a beautiful landscape or just to be seen.The Best manages to break this concept. La Paz harsh environment invites this reversal: bright altitude-light, polluted air with ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 3, 2008

El Lobo

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Restaurant | "In the Wolf’s Mouth: El Lobo"

El Lobo Photo, La Paz, Bolivia
Quote:
The Israeli Center in La PazEli and Dorit – an Israeli couple – run El Lobo, an institution that have become the main Israeli restaurant in La Paz and the most famous hangout for the many backpackers from that country visiting the city. As in Bangkok, I decided it was time to visit the Israeli headquarters.SetupLocated at the corner of Santa Cruz and Illampu streets, El Lobo enjoys a premium spot in the tourists area of La Paz. Occup...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on December 3, 2008

The Alpine Hut

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Chacaltaya Photo, El Alto, Bolivia
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The Chacaltaya Mountain and the Moon Valley are both nearby downtown La Paz and are offered as a single combined day tour by all the travel agents in town; a combined tour costs around 50BOB (slightly above $7 as per the end of 2008) per person; usually there are daily departures from Sagarnaga Street near the San Francisco Church.Chacaltaya The Chacaltaya was until a few years ago the highest developed ski area in the world, but the gl...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 3, 2008

Cafe Beirut

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Restaurant | "Café Beirut: Cardamom in the Deep South"

Cafe Beirut Photo, La Paz, Bolivia
Quote:
Down in the Deep SouthA couple of visitors I entertained in La Paz were surprised to find the richest part of the city is in the southeast; at their home the parallel was on the northern side. "Zona Sur" (South Zone) in La Paz is a synonym of "rich." Understanding the topography explains that; the Andean High Plateau breaks down in this area and La Paz was constructed on the narrow valley descending from the plateau. El Alto, which is the nearest city, was built just next to on the p...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 3, 2008

Cafe Beirut
Avenida Mmontengro
La Paz
+591 612 2774496

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