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As the main gateway to Machu Picchu, Peru’s most important tourist attraction, Cusco is a destination with lots to offer for those traveling in Peru. After all, it’s one of the most visited cities in the country. As such, there are plenty of places to eat; serving everything from typical Peruvian fare, to the most avant-garde fusion cuisine, and everything in between. However, sometimes so much variety can be overwhelming; specially when you only have a few days to explore the city. To make things a little easier, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite places to eat in Cusco. ¡Buen provecho!
Owned by the famous Peruvian chef Gastón Acurio, Chicha serves typical Peruvian dishes with a twist. Using the best of local ingredients, the menu at Chicha also mixes the traditional cuisine of Peru with international influences. Since this is one of Cusco’s most popular restaurants, it’s recommended to make reservations in advance.
El Cafe de Mama Oli
For those occasions when you just want to eat something light, El Cafe de Mama Oli is a great choice. This small cafe is located near the San Blas neighborhood and has just a few tables. They serve wholesome salads and sandwiches made with the freshest ingredients, with some vegan/vegetarian options. Also, their fruit juices will give you an energy boost for your walks around the city.
Just like its names implies, this colorful restaurant located just a step away from Plaza de Armas serves dishes made with mostly organic ingredients. The menu at Greens Organic includes meat and fish dishes, pastas and salads; all made with local ingredients. They also offer some options for vegetarians.
La Bodega 138
La Bodega 138 brings a little Italian flair to Cusco! The menu includes pizzas with mouth-watering combinations made in an adobe oven, pastas with generous portions and a great salad selection, all made with the freshest ingredients. Also, there is a good wine and beer selection to match the dishes. La Bodega 138 is a great place to eat when you are craving something different than the local food.
For those who crave eggs & bacon for breakfast, a great option in town is Jack’s Cafe. Breakfast is one of the specialties of this little corner cafe in San Blas. They also serve sandwiches, salads and soups. Portions are on the generous side. And the coffee and cupcakes will keep you coming back for more.
If you’re looking for the perfect spot to have coffee and cake, look no further than La Valeriana. Located near Qurikancha on the very busy Avenida del Sol, this pretty coffee shop is beyond the tourist path. On the menu, there are sandwiches, quiches and empanadas. On the sweet side, they serve anything from cheesecakes, to cookies and cupcakes. And the lúcuma tiramisú is to die for!
Addresses & Contact Details
Chicha — Calle Plaza Regocijo 261, second floor, Cusco. (Tel: 984 240 520)
El Cafe de Mama Oli — Plaza Nazarenas 199, Cusco (Tel: 984 779 928)
Greens Organic — Santa Catalina Angosta 135, second floor. Plaza de Armas, Cusco (Tel: 984 254 573)
La Bodega 138 — Herrajes 138, Cusco (Tel: 984 260 272)
Jack’s Cafe — Choquechaka 509, Cusco (Tel: 984 254 606)
La Valeriana — Avenida del Sol 576, Cusco
Which are your favorite places to eat in Cusco? Do you have any recommendations to add to this list? We’d love to know! Leave us a comment.
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