Bolivia is an amazing country with beautiful nature and amazing food. However, it can be hard to experience authentic local cuisine while travelling. Here are some tips to experience local food while travelling through Bolivia:
Local food experience 1: markets
The first tip are markets: there are many markets in Bolivia with market stands full of fruits, vegetables, meat and baked goods. Some of the goods they sell you might have never seen (or do you know what a cherimoya is?). This is your chance to discover some new things that the locals love. Often, the vendors will let you taste their goods as well, so you can try some before you buy it. This is a nice way to discover local fruits and snacks or even cook with the ingredients you bought.
You will find many markets with small seating areas where you can buy warm meals. There is usually just one meal on the menu, and it changes daily or weekly (or whenever they are sold out). Usually the portion sizes are big and you pay next to nothing. You’ll find many locals there, especially workers who spend their lunch break socializing in the market and enjoy the local food. This is how you know it’s the real (local) deal.
Sucre and Cochabamba are especially well known for their markets, so the markets there are a must see when you visit those cities.
Local food experience 2: off the beaten path
Another tip to find local food is leaving the busy areas. Just a few streets next to a busy tourist area, one can often find local bakeries, cafés and restaurants where you will only find locals at the tables. Try to learn some words in Spanish, so you can order an authentic salteña (baked empanada), bowl of sopa de quinoa (quinoa soup) or a choripan (chorizo hotdog).
Would you rather like to sit with a local family and have a meal in their home? This is also possible. ResiRest connects travelers and locals to connect over food. You can experience the authentic Bolivian cuisine in the home of a Bolivian family. Not only is this a unique experience with amazing food and the best local tips in town, but at the same time you support the local family.
More info about ResiRest
You can find more info about meeting local families and eating local food together all across the ResiRest website. Or, directly download the ResiRest app to schedule your Bolivian meal right away.
We hope to welcome you soon, so you can have this amazing local food experience in Bolivia yourself.