7 Best Restaurants in Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

Trattoria Sapori d'Italia

$$ Fodor's choice
Experience real Italian food in a quiet backstreet off Copacabana's main tourist drag. With a very limited menu of pizza, gnocchi, polenta, and tagliatelle and only five rustic wooden tables, Sapori d'Italia attracts with its homey and simple taverna-style setup, warmly furnished to resemble the dining hall of an Italian countryside home. The atmosphere is simple but intimate, and the food is the most authentic Italian you can find this side of the Titicaca. It's open daily only from 5:30 to 9 pm.
Jaregui 4, Copacabana, Bolivia
Known For
  • delicious pizzas
  • intimate and exclusive setting
  • homey Italian food
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Gourmet ALI

Set inside the inner courtyard of Hostal Sofía, this Peruvian fusion restaurant, with tables that spill out onto the marbled tiles up front, has somewhat of a comforting Middle Eastern feel. Not luxurious by any means, it's still one of the town's best midrange options—one where you can escape the backpacker hordes for a quiet meal. The crunchy pizzas cooked in a wood-fired oven and the tasty trout lasagnas are standouts on a menu ranging from pasta and seafood to alpaca and beef-based mains.
6 de Agosto, Copacabana, Bolivia
Known For
  • trout lasagna
  • more relaxing ambience than most
  • varied menu

La Orilla

Touted by many as the best in town, this maritime-themed restaurant with a terrace puts a creative spin on trout dishes, including spinach-and-bacon or Tex-Mex versions. Although it makes those ubiquitous pizzas, you can take a break from the usual fare with Andean falafel dishes, curries, or crepes.
6 de Agosto, Copacabana, Bolivia
Known For
  • vegetarian-friendly menu
  • Tex-Mex choices
  • falafel

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Las Velas

Fancy organic vegetarian pizza at 4,010 meters (13,156 feet) up—why not? This candle-lit local home, furnished with just a handful of tables and full of authentic family atmosphere, stands proud and popular on a forested clearing near the top of Cerro Quñuani. It's perfect for sunset, but be prepared to wait for your order as everything, including the pizza, is made from scratch. There are also pastas and Bolivian staples like trout and kingfish on the basic menu.
Yumani Village, Isla del Sol, Bolivia
Known For
  • long-ish waits for made-from-scratch dishes
  • Bolivian staples like trout and kingfish
  • beautiful sunsets

Pan America

It may look like the typical cookie-cutter traveler bistro from the outside, but don't dismiss Pan America, which offers thin-crust pizzas, European-style coffee, and delicious quinoa tiramisu. The homey interiors are decorated with vintage furniture and memorabilia, but it's best to sit at one of the few tables out on the cobbled main square, so you can dine while looking up at the cathedral.

Pit Stop

Renovated in 2020, this hip vegan bakery packs in travelers who come for the pizzas, focaccias, gluten-free tortillas, empanadas, proper espressos, and filling breakfast platters. Next door, their side business, Baguette About It, prepares yummy sandwiches that mix South American and international flavors—think avocados, mango chutney, and spices—and has a good selection of cocktails and beers.
16 de Julio, Copacabana, Bolivia
Known For
  • vegan options
  • traveler friendly
  • neighboring sister establishment with a good selection of cocktails and beers

Restaurant Pachamama

Overlooking a crest on the western side of the lake, this adobe-and-corrugated-iron restaurant has wooden tables facing what is possibly the most beautiful view in Yumani. The usual menu of pizzas, completos, and trout mix well with the scenery and the more-than-adequate cocktails. And they serve breakfast, too.