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Front side of Restaurant Gustu, La Paz.jpg
Restaurant information
Head chefMarsia Taha y Mauricio Lopez
Food typeModern Cuisine
Dress codeNone
RatingNo. 27 in Latin America
Street addressNo. 300 Calle 10, Calacoto
CityLa Paz

Gustu, the quechua word for flavour, is a restaurant and bar placed in La Paz, Bolivia, which opened in April 2012. Gustu is under the management of Head Chef Kamilla Seidler and CEO Michelangelo Cestari.[1][2] It is considered among South America's 50 best restaurants, landing the number 32 spot on The Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants 2014 and the number 14 spot in 2017 in list made by the British magazine Restaurant.[1]


Gustu opened its doors in April 2012 and soon was noticed by major international newspapers and magazines along with its founder Claus Meyer at the front.[3][4] Most noteworthy is the appearances in The New York Times,[5][6][7] The Guardian,[8][9][10] Financial Times,[11][12][13] Food and Wine,[14] Bloomberg,[15][16][17][18] Eater[19][20] and CNN.[21]

Being a part of Melting Pot Bolivia, a NGO project made by Claus Meyer in cooperation with IBIS Denmark,[22] Gustu was meant as both a restaurant and a cooking school.[23][24] After they both experienced success, Gustu departed from Melting Pot Bolivia and IBIS Denmark, and also created GustuBar, a Bar & Lounge with the same philosophy as the restaurant itself.[25]


Gustu works with the philosophy that they "can change the world through food" [26]. Something Claus Meyer implemented when he introduced the "Manifesto of the New Bolivian Cuisine".[27] Most of the students at Gustu School are underprivileged youngsters from Bolivia.[2][28]


Gustu applies the "kilometer 0 philosophy", meaning that all products used in their dishes and drinks are exclusively born, planted, developed and/or transformed in Bolivian territory.[23][28]


In 2013, Gustu won Best New Restaurant in South America and Best Restaurant in South America, from "Como Sur – South American Gastronomy".[29][30][31] Kamilla Seidler won Best Chef in South America decided by Como Sur – South American Gastronomy.[29][30][31]

In 2014, Gustu placed 32nd on the Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants in Restaurant Magazine,[32][33] and won the S. Pellegrino Best Restaurant in Bolivia award.[33] It again won Best Restaurant in South America from Como Sur – South American Gastronomy, [34] and Kamilla Seidler again won the award for Best Chef in South America.[34]

In 2015, Gustu climbed 15 positions on the Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants and is now placed in place No.17.


  1. ^ a b "Interview with Kamilla Seidler, chef at Gustu (La Paz)". Retrieved 2015-07-10.
  2. ^ a b "Catching Up With The Chefs From Bolivia's Gustu | Como Sur | South American Gastronomy". Retrieved 2015-07-10.
  3. ^ "The Best of 2013: Gustu | Como Sur | South American Gastronomy". Retrieved 2015-07-10.
  4. ^ "Claus Meyer, el chef más famoso del mundo, abre Gustu en La Paz - La Razón". Retrieved 2015-07-10.
  5. ^ Neuman, William (2012-11-06). "In Bolivia, High Goals and Visions of Haute Cuisine". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2015-07-09.
  6. ^ Gill, Nicholas (2014-06-05). "Chic Stops in the Suburbs of La Paz, Bolivia". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2015-07-09.
  7. ^ "52 Places to Go in 2015". The New York Times. 2015-01-09. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2015-07-09.
  8. ^ Stocker, Ed. "Gustu, Bolivia: the surprise restaurant venture by Noma's Claus Meyer". the Guardian. Retrieved 2015-07-09.
  9. ^ Paz, Dan Collyns in La. "Noma co-founder cooks up new scheme in Bolivia". the Guardian. Retrieved 2015-07-09.
  10. ^ Stocker, Ed. "A culinary tour of Bolivia: cooking with altitude". the Guardian. Retrieved 2015-07-09.
  11. ^ Lander, Nicholas (May 17, 2013). "Gustu, Bolivia". Financial Times. ISSN 0307-1766. Retrieved 2015-07-09.
  12. ^ Schipani, Andres (December 4, 2014). "Bolivia's indigenous people flaunt their new-found wealth". Financial Times. ISSN 0307-1766. Retrieved 2015-07-09.
  13. ^ Mapstone, Naomi (April 2, 2013). "Bolivia calling all gastro tourists". Financial Times. Financial Times. Retrieved July 9, 2015.
  14. ^ "Is Gustu the World's Best New Restaurant?". Retrieved 2015-07-09.
  15. ^ Sutton, Ryan. "Noma Owner Opens Gustu in Bolivia to Replicate No. 1 Copenhagen". Retrieved 2015-07-09.
  16. ^ "Gustu Brings Bolivia High-End Indigenous Cuisine". Retrieved 2015-07-09.
  17. ^ "Noma's Next Act: Not Noma". Bloomberg. Retrieved 2015-07-09.
  18. ^ "Noma Owner Meyer Serves Llama at New Bolivian Shop". Retrieved 2015-07-09.
  19. ^ "Claus Meyer's Gustu Aims to Elevate Bolivian Cuisine". Eater. Retrieved 2015-07-09.
  20. ^ "Food Writers and Experts on the Untold Stories of 2013". Eater. Retrieved 2015-07-09.
  21. ^ Español, Por CNN en. "Gustu, el restaurante que puso a Bolivia en el mapa gastronómico". CNNEspañ Retrieved 2015-07-09.
  22. ^ Cheshes, Jay (2013-12-05). "Claus Meyer's Food Empire". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2015-07-10.
  23. ^ a b "Kamilla Seidler: La cocina puede cambiar el mundo". Retrieved 2015-07-10.
  24. ^ "Bolivia, entre los lugares imperdibles del mundo". Retrieved 2015-07-10.
  25. ^ "Magacín Lifestyle junio 2015". Retrieved 2015-07-10.
  26. ^ "The Bolivian Gastronomic Movement - Gustu Restaurant". Retrieved 2015-07-09.
  27. ^ "'Improving the World through Food': Bolivia's Gustu Restaurant". Retrieved 2015-07-10.
  28. ^ a b "Restaurante Gustu en La Paz". Retrieved 2015-07-10.
  29. ^ a b "Como Sur's Best Of 2013 Awards: THE RESULTS ARE IN! | Como Sur | South American Gastronomy". Retrieved 2015-07-10.
  30. ^ a b "(Best Of Year 1) Gustu, Part 2 | Como Sur | South American Gastronomy". Retrieved 2015-07-10.
  31. ^ a b "Gustu, simplemente el mejor restaurante - Diario Pagina Siete". Retrieved 2015-07-10.
  32. ^ "Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants 1-50". Retrieved 2015-07-10.
  33. ^ a b "Gustu | Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants". Retrieved 2015-07-10.
  34. ^ a b "Como Sur Best of 2014 Awards: The Winners (PO / ES) | Como Sur | South American Gastronomy". Retrieved 2015-07-10.