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Top Choice House in Tarija

El Picacho

The riverfront hacienda of former Bolivian president Jaime Paz Zamora was designed by Zamora himself as his own version of Gabriel García Márquez' Macondo. Zamora, equally passionate about the arts and nature, will …
Top Choice Bar in Tarija

Macondo de Pizza Pazza Bar

For a Bolivia highlight, head here on Friday 'bohemian nights' (B$40; free for hotel guests), an intoxicating scene with live folkloric music, dancing and bottles of local vino and singani. The action starts at 10pm…
Top Choice Pizza in Tarija

Macondo de Pizza Pazza Restaurant

Exuberant host Edith Paz Zamora and her son Hector have put together a really unique blend of art and, you guessed it, pizza, on the ground floor of the Club Social Tarija. But the homemade pastas are equally good (…
Top Choice Steak in Tarija

El Fogón de Gringo

The quality and value of El Fogón's choice steaks equal the appeal of its warm ambience, which echoes the casual sophistication of a southern Spanish bodega's restaurant. All mains come with a tasty buffet of salad,…
Top Choice Seafood in Tarija


Known only to locals, especially older men who come here for cacho (a dice game), guitar strumming and fish like pacu (from the Amazon around Beni), sabalu (from Villamontes) and surubí. It's located on a road commo…
Top Choice Bolivian in Tarija

Mercado Central

Despite its sterile suburban mall-like interior, the newly built central market is a great place to sample local specialties. The ground floor is divided into zones for bread, meat, cheese, vegetables etc, while the…
Top Choice Health Food in Tarija

Entre Frutas

Acai bowls and fruit smoothies are the specialties here, with salads and ceviches rounding out the healthy menu. A few front seats are good for watching passersby and the enclosed cobblestone back patio is nice for …
Top Choice Wine in Tarija

La Vinoteca

The best shop to pick up a bottle of the local vino, singani or other specialty food products. Carlos, the owner, is happy to open bottles to try by the glass.
Bolivian in Tarija

El Puente Night Market

More than a dozen stalls with apron-clad women serving up local specialties like falso conejo (ground meat with vegetables, onions and rice), saice (spicy diced beef and vegetables), sonso (grilled mashed yucca with…
Steak in Tarija

La Parilla del Gordo Aviles

One of the city's best steakhouses, busy with locals downing bottles of wine who all seem to know one another and the owner, who took the leap from hosting asados at home to restaurateur.