Cusco used to be the capital of the empire of the Incas. Nowadays it is one of the most visited cities in Peru. Cusco is the starting point for your visit to Machu Picchu, the sacred valley of the Incas and the beautiful Cusco surroundings. The city has many sights and you can walk around and wonder about the fascinating Inca empire for days. Cusco offers the nicest and most delicious restaurants for lunch, breakfast, coffee and dinner. The city continues to develop and new places open every year. This is a list with my favorite restaurants and cafes in Cusco, Peru.
15 x the best and most lovely restaurants and cafes in Cusco Peru
Chicha | top restaurants in Cusco Peru
This is one of the best restaurants in Cusco, Peru without a doubt. Chicha was founded and created by the famous Peruvian star chef Gastón Acurio. Where a reservation for star restaurant Astrid & Gastón in Lima is necessary to make months in advance and expensive, Chicha is an easier and more economic option. Chicha offers a top culinary journey through the different regions of Peru: The coast, the mountains and the jungle. It is a perfect opportunity to experience the cuisine of a star chef. If you are in for a culinary adventure, try the guinea pig. You can try a salad with slices of guinea pig or order an entire one in advance. As this place belongs to one of the top restaurants in Cusco, it is recommended to make a reservation.
La Valeriana | best cafes in Cusco
This is your place for the most delicious cakes. There are two Valerianas: One branch is located on the Avenida del Sol and the other one opposite the Iglesia de la Merced. Unfortunately, the terrace is always in the shade so put on something warm, if you plan to sit outside. Or grab one of the blankets.
El Café de Mama Oli | best cafes in Cusco
The location of this place in particular is great! El Cafè de Mamá Oli is located at the corner of one of the most adorable squares in Cusco, Plaza Nazarenas, which also houses the Museum of pre-Columbian art (an absolute must!). You will find simple but healthy meals such as a salad, sandwich or quiche.
Papacho’s | The best place for a burger in style
Papacho’s is a great burger place, founded and created by once again star chef Gastón Acurio. The burgers are great. They come in all shapes and sizes. And the vegetarian dishes are really delicious.
Ucho | Best restaurants in Cusco
If you like meat, Ucho’s is going to be your place. You’ll find the best steaks at this restaurant! Almost at an Argentinian level!
Greens | Vegetarian restaurant in Cusco
For the most delicious vegetarian dishes, head to Greens, one of the best vegetarian restaurants in Cusco. This place is located in a side street of the plaza. You can sit inside or try to get a place at the lovely balcony.
Limo | top restaurants in Cusco
This is another top restaurant in Cusco and probably my favorite. At Limo, you will become acquainted with the Nikkei cuisine, a fusion of the Japanese and Peruvian cuisine. The kitchen offers different types of sushi and ceviches. It is slightly more expensive but it is really worth it. Everything is just delicious.
Jack’s Cafe Cusco | cafes in Cusco
Jack’s Cafe Cusco, owned by an Australian, is a good choice for breakfast, lunch and dinner! It has a bit of a backpacker vibe but sometimes this can be nice as well. There is no wifi, something that benefits the cozy atmosphere! Jack’s Cafe is located on the corner of Choquechaca and Cuesta del San Blas.
Incanto | Best restaurants in Cusco
This is popular place for a reason. The food at Incanto is really good. The kitchen is described as Italo Peruan, a mix of Italian and Peruvian dishes. Think of different types of fresh pasta and risotto, alpaca meat, lots of quinoa and trucha (trout) dishes (including a tartar of trout!). You can also drink typical Peruvian cocktails such as the pisco sour and chilcano Incanto.
Ceviche seafood kitchen | Best restaurants in Cusco
Ceviche seafood kitchen, located on the plaza actually, needs no explanation. Even though Cuzco is not located at the coast, it is still worth going here for a typical Peruvian ceviche dish, along with a Pisco sour.
DeliMonasterio | Best restaurants in Cusco
At Delimonasterio you are at the right place for coffee, tea and tasty cakes. Simple dishes are also served. It is a nice place to settle down and open your computer, if you have some work to do.
Kion | Restaurant Cusco
A fusion between the Peruvian and Chinese kitchen? This is also something you will find in Peru, a typical dish is called chaufa. But at Kion you will be trying this cuisine and dining in style.
Choco museum | cafes in Cusco
Already during the Inca empire, chocolate played an important role in society. This chocolate museum and shop serves the purest cup of hot chocolate. There are different branches in the center and you can find all type of chocolates.
I don’t often tip a pizza restaurant but for Justina I have to make an exception. The pizzas are really tasty and sometimes you can be just in the mood for it. When the weather is nice, you can sit outside in the garden. In the evening, when Cusco cools down, you can sit comfortably inside. Justina is located on a nice little square in Calle Palacio.
A mi manera, Cicciolina & Baco
These restaurants are all located in the same block around Calle Palacio and Calle Triunfo. Even though these are places, visited by many tourists, you actually always eat well here. Baco is a wine & food bar, where you can drink great wines from all over South America. Ciocciolina is a tapas bar with good Peruvian cocktails and A Mi Manera serves a delicious Peruvian cuisine. Are you ready to try it?
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