There is a decent variety of street food in Bolivia. Salteñas are baked pastries filled with potatoes, onions, peas and bits of chicken (2 Bolivianos- $0.29). The fried version of it is called tucumana. With some salsa de mani (peanut sauce) on top of it, it is quite delicous!

You can also find papa rellena- potatoes filled with so many things including a bit of sausage (!) (4 Bolivianos-$0.57) and chancho con papa, mote y chuños (pork with potatoes, corn and black dehydrated potatoes) for 12 Bolivianos-$1.71. A scope of ice cream in a waffle cone costs 1.50 Bolivianos ($0.22) and 30g of Sublime chocolate costs 3 Bolivianos ($0.43).


Inside a salteña

A papa rellena

Chirimoya (white) and bicervecina (brown) ice-cream

Sublime: milk chocolate with peanuts inside


You can eat a true feast for a little less than 3 dollars. In Bolivia, an almuerzo consists of a soup (sopa), a main dish (segundo) and a dessert (postre) or drink (refresco). Sometimes you even get a first dish (entrada).

The best almuerzo I have ever had was in Café Berlin, in La Paz. Buffet of vegetables, tasty soup, breaded chicken with oca French fries and flan. All this for 20 Bolivianos, or $2.85.

Milanesa de pollo, jamon and oca

Oca, similar to potato is some ways

Here’s another example of hearty lunch I ate in Oruro:

Paté on a toast, quinoa soup (quinoa is a tiny grain from the Andes region), chicken rice and fruit salad. Price: 15 Bolivianos ($2.14)

Tartine de pâté

Quinoa soup

Pollo broaster

Fruit salad

But in La Paz, you can also eat an almuerzo for 6 or 7 Bolivianos (less than $1) in the really small, busy restaurants. Usually you start with half a slice of mortadella and lettuce, followed by a rice, pasta or peanut soup, then chicken or meat with rice, and a glass of mate de coca or jelly.

Fideo soup- Pasta soup

Milanesa de pollo- breaded chicken


Lastly you can eat at the market. It’s a really good option when in a small town, where you can have trouble finding anywhere to eat but relatively expensive restaurants for tourists.

Here is what had at the market in Tupiza for 10 Bolivianos ($1.45): chicken, rice, salad, potatoe, and chuños (black, dehydrated potatoes).

Picante de pollo

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En Bolivie il y a un choix assez décent de nourriture qu’on peut acheter dans la rue. Les salteñas sont des viennoiseries fourrées de pomme de terre, oignons, petits pois et morceaux de poulet cuites au four (2 Bolivianos- $0.29). La version frite s’appelle tucumana. Avec de la salsa de mani (sauce de cacahouètes), c’est délicieux!

On trouve aussi des pommes de terre fourrées… de multiples choses, dont d’un petit morceau de saucisse(!) pour (4 Bolivianos-$0.57), et du chancho con papa, mote y chuños (porc, pomme de terre, maïs, pomme de terre noire déshydratée) pour 12 Bolivianos-$1.71.


On peut manger un véritable festin pour moins de 3 dollars. En Bolivie, l’almuerzo consiste en une soupe (sopa), un plat principal (segundo) et un dessert (postre) ou boisson (refresco). Parfois, il y a même une entrée (entrada).

Le meilleur almuerzo que j’ai jamais mangé, c’était au Café Berlin de La Paz. Buffet de crudités, soupe parfumée, milanaise de poulet avec frites d’oca (un type de tubercule) et petit flan. Tout cela pour 20 Bolivianos ($2.85).

Mais à La Paz, on peut aussi déjeuner pour 6 ou 7 Bolivianos (moins de $1) dans les petits restaurants bondés. En général, on commence par une demi tranche de mortadelle et une feuille de laiture, puis une soupe de riz, de pâtes ou de cacahouètes, suivi de poulet ou viande avec riz, et enfin un verre de maté de coca ou de gelée.


Enfin, on peut déjeuner au marché. C’est une option particulièrement bonne dans les petites villes ou villages lorsqu’on a du mal à trouver un endroit où s’alimenter mis à part les restaurants pour touristes, relativement chers.

Voici ce que j’ai dégusté au marché de Tupiza pour 10 Bolivianos ($1.45): poulet, riz, salade, pomme de terre et chuños (pommes de terre déshydratées noires).



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4 responses to “FOOD!

  1. Lulu

    je viens de diner, et franchement…les photos me donnent des nausées…

  2. Nico

    Le café Berlin à La Paz …. encore merci pour le plan car c’était vraiment sympa … un rapport qualité/prix exceptionnel et le tout sans problèmes de digestion … que demande le peuple !!!

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