La Paz, the vibrant capital city of Baja California Sur in Northwestern Mexico, offers a delightful culinary scene that caters to every palate. From mouthwatering burgers and delectable pizzas to fresh seafood and lively bars, this city has something to please every food lover. Join us as we explore Eco Migrations’ favorite restaurants in La Paz, where flavors come alive and unforgettable dining experiences await.
A visit to La Paz is not complete without a visit to Doce Cuartenta, the city’s (and indeed region’s) premiere coffee shop. Get your caffeine boost with carefully and responsibly sourced beans, and the best baristas in town. They’ve also got a wide selection of pastries and casual food choices. Relax in the cozy ambiance, soak in the friendly vibes, and savor every bite of their delectable coffee creations.
All week long we await our weekend visit to our absolute favorite breakfast spot – Birrieria Jalisco. Birria is a regional specialty from the center of Mexico, and their slow-cooked meat knows no equal. The birria can be served as a brothy soup, or dry, and every week, we share an order of dry birria. We each get 2-3 delicious tacos, and it comes accompanied by a little bowl of the broth. They also serve it in quesadilla form, and there are several beverages available – coffee, aguas frescas and sodas. It is also conveniently located in front of the Whale Museum. We hope to see you in Birrieria Jalisco one of these weekends, and be prepared if you go on the weekend, get there early because it fills up! Buen provecho
For an indulgent breakfast experience offering an extensive menu ranging from chilaquiles to pancakes, make your way to Maria California. Nestled just a block away from the malecón and a few blocks from our office, this charming restaurant promises a unique culinary experience. I enthusiastically recommend trying the Enchiladas California filled with veggies— a lusciously creamy and flavorful dish that, after numerous tastings, has become my absolute favorite on their menu.
Discover the authentic flavors of La Paz at Gorditas El Cacheton, a hidden favorite tucked within Mercado Bravo. This charming food stall is the ideal spot for a pre-tour burrito feast, especially if you have an early meeting time. Serving up mouthwatering delights from around 6:30 onwards, Gorditas El Cacheton offers a true taste of local cuisine. The bustling market atmosphere adds to the experience, providing an opportunity to immerse yourself in the vibrant sights and sounds of La Paz. Whether you’re honing your Spanish skills or simply seeking a delicious and convenient meal, Gorditas El Cacheton beckons with its tempting array of flavors.
For casual eating, artisanal beer and pizza enthusiasts, Harker’s is a must-visit. With its laid back ambiance, wide variety of beers on tap, and thin crust pizza, this pizzeria delivers the best slice in town. Each pizza is crafted with care, featuring a crispy thin crust, premium ingredients, and a perfect balance of flavors. Finally, for the very bold, they offer a chili oil that is divine. From traditional Margherita to our favorites, the Supreme and Veggie Delight, Harkers serves up slices of pizza heaven in the heart of La Paz. This is also the best place to catch some of La Paz’s stellar sunsets.
Located right on the beach, La Costa offers our favorite seafood experience in La Paz. With its casual, friendly ambiance and great food, this restaurant showcases the best of the local marine bounty. Indulge in a wide variety of dishes, from succulent fish tacos to perfectly grilled shrimp. Our tried and true choices are the Grilled Fish Fillet, and a combination of Aguachile Mixto (a VERY spicy shrimp and scallop type of ceviche) and Breaded Scallops, where the spicy juice of the aguachile is the perfect sauce for the breaded scallop tacos. The vibrant flavors and casual seaside ambiance make dining at La Costa a memorable culinary experience.
La Baja Crudas is our newest addition to this list, but it is a very fun and delicious new discovery. “Cruda” is the Mexican word for hangover, so this is the place you come to fix your hangover. The ambiance is very much of the Sinaloa tradition, with regional music and cuisine. It serves seafood in a huge variety of ways, from sashimis to ceviches, from fish tacos to tuna tostadas, and it’s all delicious. We are especially fans of the Camarones Roca, battered and deep fried shrimp with a spicy mayo sauce, great for making tacos.
For those seeking a vibrant and lively atmosphere, La Miserable is the go-to spot. As our favorite bar, it serves up an extensive selection of artisanal mezcal and craft cocktails. The skilled mixologists create unique concoctions that combine traditional flavors with innovative twists. They’ve often got events going on, whether a DJ or special food offerings, so it’s worth checking out what they’ve got planned. Sip on your favorite mezcal, mingle with locals and fellow travelers, and immerse yourself in the chill ambiance of La Miserable. They now have a sister restaurant called La Mechuda, focused on vermouth and Spanish fare. Also totally recommendable.
When it comes to burgers, Bandidos reigns supreme in La Paz. Located in the heart of the city, this burger joint crafts exceptional burgers that will leave you craving for more. Each juicy patty is grilled to perfection and served with a variety of mouthwatering toppings, but the true highlight are their stellar French fries. We’re total connoisseurs of all things fried and potato, and these stand tall above the rest of the crowd. Whether you prefer classic flavors or unique combinations, Bandidos offers a delicious burger experience.
Nestled in the heart of La Paz, Tres Vírgenes stands out for its culinary excellence, earning its place among our favorite upscale dining spots in La Paz. This lovely restaurant boasts a warm and inviting ambiance and an array of delicious options, including a tantalizing selection of meats and fresh fish dishes. The commitment to quality ingredients and impeccable preparation is evident in every bite, and Tres Vírgenes consistently delivers an excellent dining experience, making it a standout choice for special occasions.
Set in the shade of towering tamarind trees, Tatanka is a hidden gem that seamlessly blends casual elegance with an exceptional dining experience. While on the higher end in terms of pricing, Tatanka maintains a laid-back atmosphere, inviting patrons to savor an unforgettable meal in a relaxed setting. The extensive grill selection stands out, promising succulent and perfectly cooked dishes. Particularly noteworthy are the oysters and a variety of exceptional seafood entrees that showcase the restaurant’s commitment to freshness and flavor. Tatanka captures the essence of an upscale yet approachable dining experience, making it a must-visit for those seeking a culinary adventure in an enchanting setting beneath the grandeur of tamarind trees.
In conclusion, La Paz is a haven for food enthusiasts, offering a diverse culinary landscape that caters to every taste. The previous list of Eco Migrations’ favorite restaurants in La Paz will get you well started on exploring the gastronomic offering in town. Enjoy your culinary adventure and let us know which was your favorite place!