Cusco restaurants | Cuzco food

Being the centre of the Inca civilization, a civilization built on agricultural accomplishments, Cusco was also the centre of agricultural development. The Andean crops, especially corn and potatoes have always have had a special significance in this region and are the base of many plates. It is estimated that in Peru there exists about 2000 types of potatoes. Common meats for the highlands are pork, alpaca and the Andean delicacy guineapig. In Cusco a new type of fusion kitchen has been created, mixing typical Andean plates with more coastal dishes. Some of the more famous highland plates are chicharrones (fried pork), lomo saltado (beef in a soya sauce), anticuchos (kebabs mostly from beef heart) and the dish one can get on every street corner choclo con queso, corn with cheese.

 

Cusco is a mayor tourist destination of course and also home to amazingly good restaurants and bars. Some nice restaurants can be found on the Plaza de Armas and other in the alleys in the upper centre and San Blas.

 

Here are some of our favourite Cusco's restaurants;

 

La Ciccolina; Mediteranean cuisine in fusion with Peruvian delights and products. Located in the heart of Cusco and recommended to make reservations.

Limo; Located on the Plaza de Armas has great views from its balcony tables. The food is some of the best you can get in Cusco and is Peruvian fusion kitchen. They have good seafood and sushi.

MAP Cafe; The restaurant / coffeeshop from the Museo de Arte Pre- Colombiana. Serves great desserts and pastery.

Fallen Angel; A quite decadent decorated bar / restaurant that has a great and innovative kitchen. Also famous for their New Years parties which can be as extravagant as the interior.

Inka Grill; Another great place on the Plaza de Armas. This restaurant serves a great variety of Peruvian and international cuisine.

Juanitos; If you would be looking for an unpretentious sandwich or burger, this is the place to be. Classic burgers with a Peruvian touch and plenty of sauces. Located in San Blas it is a little walk up hill but definetely worthwhile.

La Bodega; This relatively new pizzeria is located at 2 blocks from the main square and one of the better options for a good pizza. They also have a nice selection of pasta’s and of course the necessary wines to accompany a good Italian dinner. 

Chicha; Chicha is one of the flag ships of Peru’s most famous chef, Gaston Acurio. Chicha is based on renewing the Andean Cuisine and showcasing the amazing wealth of ingredients and cooking techniques that Peru has to offer. Here you can find several of the typical Peruvian dishes but all with Gaston’s twist making for a great culinary experience. Chicha can be found both in Arequipa as well as in Cusco. 

Greens Organic; Located just off Cusco’s main square, this restaurant is well known among vegetarians visiting Cusco. The restaurant only serves dishes prepared with fresh and organic ingredients, several coming from their own farm in the Sacred Valley. The restaurant also offers a nice selection of wines and organic juices. 

Cusco nightlife is also famous in Peru. Being a city with a quite metropolitan feel to it, many travelers come here looking for diversion where Cusco has plenty to offer. Bars with live music, discotheques, Irish pubs, you name it, from Monday to Sunday, you will always find a place to go to all hours in the morning.

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