Cafe Gourmet Mirador needs to get its act together and start making a million bucks, like... right now! This restaurant has the best, most awesome view ANYWHERE of the entire sparkling city of Sucre, Bolivia. I don't know what's going on but they need to re-think what they're doing. They are missing out big time on a HUGE opportunity!
La Recoleta is a church and convent situated high above the city of Sucre. It faces a wide plaza, at the end of which is a colonial-style lookout point with dozens of beautiful white arches at the top of a hill. La Recoleta is one of the most visited places in Sucre. You can't get a better view of the sprawling city anywhere. It's stunning!
Café Gourmet Mirador has been built into the hill at one end of the overlook. It has a small darkish inside dining area with big windows and a few tiny tables, but its outside areas are what attracts tourists from all over the world.
The café isn't taking advantage of this opportunity at all. There is a long stone walkway from the restaurant kitchen area to the four outside tables. That's right, just four tables. They have these little round tables with very shabby "umbrella" things that look like they're made of bamboo or sugar cane, a couple of which are falling apart. The chairs are rickety and uncomfortable. It's just not a nice sight. The tables are small and the waitresses can't see them at all from the restaurant area. Guests often have to walk to the kitchen area to ask for something or pay. When you're standing on the mirador looking out over the city, it's an eyesore!
I don't know... I guess from the name and the location and everything I had pictured or expected something way nicer or more elegant or at least well-maintained, you know like in keeping with the dignity that the Recoleta, as a historical landmark, deserves.
Below the kitchen area they have another three or four permanent big stone picnic-table bench type of tables. These aren't shaded at all, can't be moved around, and accommodate up to 8 people. Next to these tables are several large plastic trash cans (???).
The entire place gives you the feeling it was just sort of carelessly thrown together for the backpacker crowd, a sort of park-ish, picnic-ish, hang-out-and-play-chess type of place you'd maybe see on a beach somewhere, like a Jersey shore boardwalk or a "crab shack".
People! Are you kidding me? You're sitting on the primest real estate anywhere in Sucre, your name is "gourmet" (hello?), the food's actually pretty good, and did I mention you've got the best cuppa hot lemonade I've ever tasted in my entire life? I love this place! It's gorgeous! So (shake! shake! shake!) what are you thinking?!
I get that you've got the casual-artsy-beatnik thing going on, but this is Bolivia's capital city, people. So do us, the city and yourselves a favor and capitalize! C-A-P-I-T-A-L-I-Z-E!!!
Cafe Gourmet Mirador
At the Recoleta Plaza