La Paz Journals

Walking Street

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A travel journal to La Paz by SeenThat

Wistupiku Photo, La Paz, Bolivia More Photos
Quote: But the whole city is an open market, why do they need also a Walking Street?

Comercio Street

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Comercio Street Photo, La Paz, Bolivia
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Between "Derecho" and "Directo""Derecho?" (straight ahead?) I tried to summarize the complex instructions I just got.I met a startled look and the lengthy explanation began again. Later, while talking with a local friend, I was told that "derecho" means "rightwards." It was a strange statement. I went to a Spanish Bible that had been translated into this language long before Bolivia existed and confirmed my feeling: "derecho" means "straight ahead."A slightly different word "derecha" means "rightwards." Yet, "directo" was a useless word in the local culture and had been adapted to the local needs: a local version of "straight ahead" was born. Soon I was on th...Read More

Wist'upiku

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Restaurant | "Cinnamon, Chili and Coffee"

Wist'upiku Photo, La Paz, Bolivia
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Turnovers are popular all over South America; Tiwanaku offers there the richest collection of turnover varieties. I dedicated many journal entries to Tucumanas, Salteñas, llauchas and many other local delicacies falling under the category of turnovers. One of the tastiest options originates in Cochabamba, a city in the Bolivian high valleys which is considered the source of the best food in the country. This variety can be found in La Paz at Wist'upiku. Their ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 5, 2011

Wist'upiku
1057, Comercio Street
La Paz, Bolivia

Fridolin Pastry Shop

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Restaurant | "Tamal Americano"

Fridolin Pastry Shop Photo, La Paz, Bolivia
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Upmarket restaurants are rare in La Paz. Upmarket pastry shops are even rarer. Fridolin is the most prominent member of this last category with branches in all the main areas of La Paz (and also in Santa Cruz, in the Bolivian lowlands). One of its shops is at the very center of Comercio Street, offering the best option for a coffee break during an exhausting visit to this three-block long walking street.However, Fridolin is not only about coffee or pastries. It offers also a good variety of local specialties, with a subtle touch from the Bolivian lowlands. This...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 5, 2011

Fridolin Pastry Shop
Comercio Corner Jenaro Sanjinez
La Paz, Bolivia

Mega Burger (Mega Burguer)

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Restaurant | "Broaster?"

Mega Burger (Mega Burguer) Photo, La Paz, Bolivia
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Probably, I have reviewed most of the typical Bolivian dishes. Highlands and lowlands, Amazonian Basin and Andean high Plateau I made an effort to cover them...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 7, 2011

Mega Burger (Mega Burguer)
914, Comercio Street
La Paz, Bolivia

Cafe Pierrot

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Restaurant | "Cutting a Quiche"

Cafe Pierrot Photo, La Paz, Bolivia
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Over time, I have learned to limit my enthusiasm towards main touristy attractions. They tend to attract hordes, are over-marketed, noisy and often cast a large shadow over nearby, less-popular sites which frequently are more interesting. The best is to reserve time during such a visit for the unplanned exploration of the surroundings. Serendipity would play its role and more often than not offer nice surprises.The walking street reviewed in this journal is highly popular with denizens. Many shops occupy it, though the two main establishments along it are just two major outlets of low-quality, discount shoes. Two main destinations are at each end of this short street and obscure everything...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 7, 2011

Cafe Pierrot
Next to Hotel Gloria - 909, Potosi Street
La Paz, Bolivia