Some of the best food I’ve ever eaten while traveling in Mexico was in La Paz. The proximity to the the Sea of Cortez makes for super fresh seafood. But it wasn’t just the seafood that was outstanding. Breakfast, pizza and even barbeque, yes barbecue in Baja, were just a few of the amazing foods I ate while I was there. Here are a few of my favorites.
I’m a huge breakfast fan and can eat it at almost anytime of the day. So when someone recommends a good breakfast place, I have pretty high expectations. Maria California came highly recommended from a friend who used to work in La Paz and he was so right. It was my favorite place and it will be the first place I go when I return to La Paz.
The restaurant is the cutest, eclectically decorated, Palapa style restaurant, that serves really fresh food. Their fresh squeezed “salva vida” green juice was my favorite out of a huge list of house made juices. I also had a dish I had never tried before, rajas con crema. Rajas are strips of roasted poblano peppers cooked with onions and then simmered with cream. It might not sound like what you want for breakfast but trust me, it was delicious with eggs and refried beans.
Also on the menu was a “lechero”. A coffee style from Veracruz. The waiter brings your black coffee and adds it to a tall glass. He then holds a kettle with steamed milk high above the glass and pours it into the coffee. The action of pouring the steamed milk into the coffee causes a frothy mixture. It was perfect!
If you are looking for something a little quicker and on the go, try Big Sur Coffee. I liked them right away, before I even tasted the coffee, all because of the colorful street art outside on the building and inside. The coffee and the service was as good as I had hoped. They serve sweets, pastries, muffins, sandwiches and beer.
A great place to just hang out, eat a late lunch (or even dinner) and people watch is Bismarkcito. Since the last time I was in La Paz, they added a huge outside addition, with a bar and open air seating. The restaurant is right across the street from the Malecon, so it’s a great place to beat the heat and have a margarita or two. They also serve this unique salsa with their chips that I haven’t ever had anywhere else. You can get that fresh seafood I mentioned before right here. It’s one of the best places in La Paz for mahi mahi or fish tacos.
At night the Malecon comes alive with plenty of restaurants and live music. Literally any kind of food you want in a few blocks. At The Beer Garden, I listened to Spanish rock and ate nachos. Service was a little slow but the music was great. I enjoyed it and would definitely go back.
A few blocks from the Malecon is J&R Ribs. As a self proclaimed connoisseur of barbecue, I’ll admit I wasn’t expecting much but the ribs were delicious. Even the sides, macaroni and cheese and slaw, would make any southern cook proud.
If you are looking for something a little more upscale, head to Costa Baja. A resort, spa and marina located about ten minutes from downtown, it’s not only worth a visit or an overnight stay, it has some really nice restaurants.
Steinbeck’s, named after the author who wrote ” The Pearl” which is set in La Paz, is a beautiful restaurant in a gorgeous setting. They serve fresh seafood, steak and have an extensive wine list.
Another option at Costa Baja is Azul Marino. A little more casual with outdoor seating, they also serve seafood. In fact if you have the opportunity to go fishing (you should) and catch something, the chef will prepare your fish anyway you like. We had a good catch and he prepared our mahi mahi with garlic and pasta. It was one of the best meals I’ve ever had. They also serve a good pizza and salad.
Make sure you save room for desert. La Paz has a lot of ice cream and gelato shops and I’ve never had bad ice cream in Mexico.
These are just a few of the many choices you’ll have if you decide to visit La Paz. Remember it’s a very laid back and comfortable town. So wherever you choose, take time to slow down, savor and enjoy it. You’ll be glad you did.