Mariscos Los Laureles, La Paz, BCS

On the Malecon in La Paz, at the northern end of the town is a small but wonderful Mexican Restaurant named Mariscos Los Laureles. No reservations are needed, the attentive staff will quickly come to your table as soon as you select a place for your party to sit. I recommend the patio in front, for the best view of the sea and to watch the people passing by.

Camarones in Cream Sauce

Simply put, I fell in love with this place upon my first visit. That evening I had camarones (shrimp) in a cream sauce with sides of green salad, potato salad and coleslaw. Served with fresh tortillas (your choice of flour or corn), tortilla chips and salsa, this meal was delicious and very filling. The portions are large here at Los Laureles.

Ceviche on toast.

There is also a ceviche bar, where you can sit and have a snack of ceviche on toast, in a goblet, or by the liter to takeaway!

The beer is always flowing, the atmosphere quite congenial and everyone is happy to enjoy their meals here.

Fried Shrimps

Returning for a second visit the next day, I sampled the ceviche on toast, which was very fresh, and delicious in a bath of lime juice and spices. That time I had a main dish of fried shrimp which were also quite good.

Sidewalk seating at Mariscos Las Laureles.

Some people say this place is more tasty than the sea and I must agree! Not only are the prices reasonable, the service is excellent, and the food portions are quite filling. If you arrive and it’s too busy for you to get a sidewalk table outside, take a stroll on the Malecon while waiting, you won’t be disappointed.

The address is Paseo Alvaro Obregon, Esterito, 23020 La Paz, B.C.S. The telephone number is 612 128 8532.


La Brouette

La Brouette

Grand Place


Salles De Banquets & Reunions

‘A Votre Disposition’

2 Triple Westmalle Beers – 7.20 euros (290 Belgian Francs) including IVA and service.

On the Grand Place, in Brussels, is a café named La Brouette, where we stopped by one Saturday afternoon for a drink. The ‘Place’ was packed, with stalls offering regional food and drink lined up in the center, and of course, hordes of tourists and locals milling around. We had a fine view and listen to the drum and fife band from Asturias in Spain, tried in vain to get a plate of mussels in Brussels, and settled for a beer; here.

It turned out to be quite the psychedelic experience as we were taught how to pour beer. Properly. By the waiter, by example. He also explained that with live yeast beers like Westmalle, to never drink it all the way to the bottom. This way one avoids drinking the majority of live yeast, clumped in the bottom of the bottle, and also avoids indigestion according to our voluble waiter.

The interior is splendid, and is probably a wonderful place for a grand dinner on the Grand Place. Enjoy!