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This Gorgeous City Near Los Cabos Is One Of The Top Foodie Destinations In Mexico

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Los Cabos is one of the most popular places to visit in Mexico. Statistics show it is a top 3 destination in Mexico, in fact.

Hordes of travelers come here year after year for a wide range of reasons. However, Los Cabos is not the only paradise in southern Baja.

Statue in La Paz, Mexico

Located roughly 2 hours away from Cabo is the gorgeous coastal city of La Paz. This gem often does not get the attention it deserves as Los Cabos has big shoes to fill.

Yet, La Paz is a wonderful place to visit, whether as simply an alternative to the crowds of Cabo or to pig out on some of Mexico’s finest cuisine.

This region has made a name for itself as one of the top foodie destinations in the whole country. Let’s take a look at why that is:

Broaden Your Palate

seafood in la paz

It’s hard to think of anyone who doesn’t like Mexican food. Although, depending on where you’re from, your palate may not be familiar with authentic Mexican cuisine.

White People Taco Nights consisting of tortillas filled with ground beef, American cheese, and some chunky red salsa don’t quite cut it.

What may be familiar in the States is oftentimes a dumbed-down version of Mexican recipes for less adventurous eaters.

However, if you are hesitant to try true Mexican cuisine, you are doing yourself a disservice. It’s some of the most flavorful food in the world.

fish tacos at the beach

There can be a misconception regarding eating local food in other countries, including Mexico. But the risk is often overblown.

Take precautions as you would anywhere. In the words of famous chef and television host Andrew Zimmern, “if it looks good, eat it!”

Sea-To-Table Cuisine

Mexico takes pride in using fresh, locally sourced ingredients to serve high-quality food. It’s no different here in La Paz.

tacos with lime wedges

While you will often find farm-to-table ingredients in many other Mexican foodie destinations, such as Oaxaca and Guanajuato, La Paz is known for using fresh ingredients straight from the sea.

In fact, travelers love this tranquil retreat nearby, where they proudly source their own ingredients for delicious meals ranging from fresh oysters to producing their own cheese.

La Paz’s sea-to-table approach results in immaculate cuisine you’ll never forget. The gorgeous city lies on the Sea of Cortez, home to a variety of fish and other seafood delicacies.

Here, seafood is king, given their geography. When you order just about any seafood dish, you can look out at the vast sea, knowing exactly where it came from.

ceviche tostada

It goes without saying that you can find mouthwatering tacos all over Mexico. In La Paz, fish tacos galore along with stuffed chocolata clams.

Where To Eat

Here is the fun part: going out to eat to indulge in savory Mexican cuisine. Doesn’t food just seem to taste better on vacation?

La Paz is home to some sensational eats, both award-winning and local favorites. Ranging from fine dining to street vendors, you can’t miss out on either.

seaside tables in la paz mexico

Not only is La Paz infamous for its array of seafood dishes, but it’s also home for its unique take on hot dogs, which are often served by local street vendors.

Hates, as they are known, are served wrapped in bacon, topped with mayonnaise, spicy chiles, and tomatoes.

Those looking to stick to seafood, however, will have plenty of options. A favorite for both locals and tourists is NEMI.

This fine dining establishment offering ‘infinite recipes’ is highly regarded by Food & Wine and Culinaria Mexicana. Plus, it holds a steady 4.8 stars out of 5 on Google.

bay views in la paz mexico

Known for its weekly 15-course menu and extensive wine selections, foodies are in love with NEMI.

For more casual vibes, visitors should check out Toto Frito. This unsuspecting seafront restaurant offers meals you’ll never forget all while overlooking the beautiful bay.

It is well known among locals for fish and chips rivaling London, along with other tasty seafood dishes with an Asian twist.

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Friday 20th of October 2023

I'm from LA Paz and love the hot dogs there however there's a misconception that they use pure mayonnaise. It's a cream using a combination of 3 ingredient with VERY little mayonnaise so it has a sweet delicious taste....not like pure mayonnaise. No wonder I see hot dog vendors in California using straight mayo because they're misinformed and don't do their research....bad and disgusting tasting business

Holden D’Easnutz

Wednesday 18th of October 2023

If you drive from Cabo to La Paz, keep your passports hidden and some “spare” cash to payoff the policia on their shakedown of gringos on the highway. They’ll threaten you with jail and huge fines but “settle” for an immediate fine of a couple hundred US dollars. Key tip - don’t look gringo. Lol.


Friday 20th of October 2023

@Holden D’Easnutz, I’ve made this drive approximately 16 times in the two years I’ve lived here and never once experienced the garbage you wrote about

M. Ortuno

Tuesday 17th of October 2023

We do NOT have NOR we want to be compared to, want to be like San Lucas nor we need to "fill the shoe". We would rather let them get all the cheap,loud and obnoxious gringos that plague Los Cabos. We rather do not get infected with them. Rest of the article is ok.