La Paz restaurants are becoming increasingly cosmopolitan, and more sophisticated dining is on the rise. Alongside a vast array of establishments serving traditional Bolivian fare, there are well-established sushi restaurants, Argentine grill houses, upmarket Swiss/Bolivian restaurants, and a few excellent enclaves of flavor from Spain, Italy, and Germany. French cuisine is still seen as the height of sophistication, but the better offerings along that line have shrugged off the overly formal side of the experience and focus on simply serving superb food. Young and well-traveled Bolivians are breathing new life into the food scene—you can now find Vietnamese food, a classy and fun wine bar, a café with internationally qualified baristas brewing up the best of Bolivian coffee, and even a world-class vegan restaurant serving food mostly grown in its own small urban garden. The area around Plaza del Estudiante and the residential neighborhood of Sopocachi have a good selection of cheap eating. For a more international and expensive experience, head down to the southern area of the city, where much of the most interesting and modern dining options are to be found catering to the city’s wealthier crowd. Wherever you go, look out for the almuerzo if you’re after a good-value set lunch.
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