Gustu, La Paz
Meaning flavor in Quechua, Gustu offers exactly that. After opening in 2012 to rave reviews from renowned publications such as the New York Times and the Guardian, Gustu has become the undisputed king of Bolivia’s fine dining scene. The brainchild of Claus Meyer (of Noma fame), Gustu prides itself on serving locally-sourced ingredients, while adding a creative twist to traditional Bolivian fare. More than just a restaurant, sister NGO the Melting Pot seeks out promising young stars from disadvantaged backgrounds in El Alto and trains them up to work in the restaurant. Although expensive for Bolivia at 410 BOB (US$60) for a degustation menu, you won’t find better gourmet cuisine anywhere in the country. Still not convinced? Gustu was ranked number 14 in Latin America’s Top 50 Restaurants, the only entry from Bolivia, and head chef Kamilla Seidler received the honor of being declared Latin America’s Best Female Chef.