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Restaurants in Cusco - Expensive
    
 

info updated 01 May 2016

 

Limo
(Nouveau Andino)
Portal de Carnes 236, 2nd floor, Plaza de Armas, Cusco open 11am-11pm Mon-Sat www.cuscorestaurants.com/limo/
Named after the ' El Aji Limo" chilli used in making ceviche the Limo Restaurant & Pisco Bar serves up a Peruvian/Japanese fusion of seafood and traditional dishes with a modern twist. Dishes include Sushi, Octopus ceviche, and a delicious tuna tartare. You must also try one of their speciality pisco-based cocktails. One of the best locations in Cusco, Limo is on the 2nd floor with stunning views of the Plaza de Armas. Beautifully decorated, a bit on the pricey side but you're worth it.
  
Cicciolina
(Mediterranean / Tapas)
Calle Triunfo 393, 2nd floor, Cusco www.cicciolinacuzco.com/english/cicciolina_restaurant.html
Nicely decorated, Spanish / Italian / Mediterranean cuisine, beautifully presented. Nice atmosphere, sophisticated. Separate bar menu includes tapas. A little on the expensive side but overall good value. Go on treat yourself. Recommended. Reservations are a must May to September.
  
MAP Cafe
(International/Criollo/Nouveau-Andino)
Casa Cabrera, Plaza Nazarenas 231, Cusco. www.cuscorestaurants.com/map-cafe-por-coque-ossio/
  
Le Soleil
Calle San Agustin 275, Cusco Open 12.30-3pm & 7-10.30pm Thurs-Tues. Closed on Wednesdays. www.restaurantelesoleilcusco.com
Traditional gourmet French cuisine including French snails in a parsley and garlic sauce, duck foi gras. Recommended is the Andean trout filet, baby lamb chops and the superb Tournedos Rossini (beef tenderloin, foie gras and celery puree). French wine by the glass or bottle. Quality dining. Dig deep as prices are quite expensive. Cash or Visa only.
 
Restaurant Illariy
Monasterio del Cusco Hotel (Andean/International)
Calle Palacios 136, Plazoleta Nazarenas, Cusco. Great food in an old converted monastery. Main courses for about US$20. Great atmosphere and service worth treating yourself to.
  
Inca Grill
(International/Criollo/Nouveau-Andino)
Portal de Panes 115, Plaza de Armas, Cusco. Tel 262992 www.cuscorestaurants.com/inkagrill/
The menu includes a wide range of typical and international dishes including vegetarian dishes. Elegant folk shows are put on each evening. Reservations are a good idea. Open Mon-Sun 11am-11:30pm
  
Chicha
(Nouveau Andino)
Plaza Regocijo 261, 2nd floor, Cusco. Open 12-10.30pm Mon-Sun. www.chicha.com.pe/en/cusco
Peru's celebrity chef Gaston Acurio's new venture in Cusco. Open-kitchen, tasteful modern decor, very attentive service. Peruvian cuisine with a modern twist. On the whole the food is good value but the wines can be very expensive.
  
Tunupa
(International/Criollo/Nouveau-Andino)
Portal Confituria 233, Plaza de Armas
  
A Mi Manera
(International/Criollo/Nouveau-Andino)
Calle Triunfo 393, 2nd floor, Tel 222219 www.cuscorestaurant-amimanera.com/en/
Swiss managed restaurant combining typical local foods with international cuisine (NovoAndino). Recently refurbished. Nice interior design with a spotlessly clean open kitchen. Friendly relaxed atmosphere, well recommended.
   
Fallen Angel
(International)
Plazoleta Nazarenas 221 Tel: 258184 www.fallenangelincusco.com/wordpress/?page_id=373
  
Divina Comedia
(International/Nouveau-Andino)
Pumacurco 406, Cusco. (Up the hill from Plaza Nazarenas) www.restaurantcusco.com
   
Pacha Papa
(Andean/International)
Plazoleta San Blas 120, Cusco. www.cuscorestaurants.com/pachapapa/
  
Baco Wine Bar & Restaurant
Calle Ruinas 465 Tel 242808, www.cicciolinacuzco.com/english/baco_home.html relaxing atmosphere
  
Greens Organic
Santa Catalina Angosta 165, 2nd floor (corner of the Plaza de armas), Cusco www.cuscorestaurants.com/greens-organics/
Looking for a healthy all-organic place to it then Greens is the place for you. Bright and colourful restaurant located in the corner of the Plaza de Armas, 2nd floor to the right side of Paddy's Irish bar. As you would expect there is a great selection of salads. Recommended are the quinoa soup, trout & mango ceviche, grilled alpaca medallion. Also serve sandwiches. Book in advance for evening tables.
   
Incanto
(Italian)
Santa Catalina Angosta 165 (corner of the Plaza de Armas), Cusco tel 084 254753 www.cuscorestaurants.com/incanto/
  
Meson de Espaderos
(International)
Calle Espaderos 105, 2nd Floor, on the corner of the Plaza.
Try the best grilled meats in Cusco while having a great view of the Plaza de Armas. A wide variety of the finest Peruvian wines is available to accompany your meals. Make a reservation or get there early to sit in the attractive balcony overlooking the Plaza.

 
Restaurants in Cusco - Medium
 
Jack's Cafe
Corner of Cuesta San Blas and Choquechaca. Tel: 806960
Good selection of snacks and dishes, generous portions, well presented. Nice decor, relaxed atmosphere. Well recommended. Great English full breakfast served all day. Other dishes include houmus and ciabatta bread, French fries and guacamole, Jack's antipasto (selection of yummy things), veggie burgers and home-made soups. All freshly made in the smallest kitchen in Cusco!!
  
La Bodega 138
(Italian)
Herrajes 138, Cusco open 6.30-11pm Mon-Sat
La Bodega is a laid back Italian restaurant that serves up a great thin crust pizza cooked in a traditional adobe fired oven. The pastas are good and they offer some nice fresh organic salads. Its a tad on the expensive side but the atmosphere is friendly. Sometimes a freshly baked pizza, a cold beer and some good company are the only things that count. Cash only.
  
Kusikuy
(Andean/International)
Calle Suecia 339, Tel: 292870 (Quechua for happy guinea pig!) excellent place to try out typical Peruvian dishes including the house speciality 'cuy al horno' (baked guinea pig) which emerges from the oven amidst the flashing of cameras and squeals of delight or disgust. Good service.
 
Chez Maggy
(Italian)
Calle Plateros 339, Tel 23 4861Freshly baked pizzas made in traditional wood burning oven. Pastas and soups. Good atmosphere, long tables bring you jostling elbow to elbow with other travellers.
  
Kintaro
(Japanese)
Calle Plateros 326, 2nd Floor, Cusco. Open midday-3.30pm & 6.30-10pm Mon-Sat.
Serving Sushi & Saki but plenty more besides.

 
Restaurants in Cusco - Budget

  
Granja Heidi
Cuesta San Blas 525. Tel: 238383 Highly recommended. Very clean with spotless toilets. Granja Heidi (Heidi's Farm) offers fresh, nutritious meals as well as wholesome breakfasts. They also have a great 4 course set meal at lunchtime for US$5. Spacious with plenty of natural light. Becoming very popular so it is a good idea to book a table in the evenings. Good selection of vegetarian meals including delicious stuffed peppers.
 
Mr. Soup

Calle Saphi 448, Cusco (follow Calle Plateros along to the end, 5 mins from main square). Open midday-10pm Tues-Sun
The place to go for a huge bowl of soup. Quinoa soup yes please. Japanese curry soup with udon noodles (veggy) delicious, comforting chicken soup, tomato, creamy pumkin, so many to choose from. Served with freshly baked bread. Soup, soup, soup. Thank you Mr Soup, great value.
   
La Quinta Eulalia
(Andean) Tel: 224951
Choquechaka 384, If you want to experience a real Cusquenan restaurant pay a visit to La Quinta Eulalia. It has outdoor tented seating, local dishes including guinea pig, traditional music and home brewed chicha. An experience you'll remember. Open only for lunch 11am-5pm

 
Restaurants in Cusco - Fast Food
 
MacDonalds
(Fast Food)
1st floor, Portal de Carnes, Plaza de Armas, Cusco (far left corner of the Plaza when looking at the cathedral), www.mcdonalds.com.pe
MacDonalds have more than 25 restaurants in Lima and just one in Cusco which conveniently located in the Plaza de Armas. Due to planning regulations it tries its hardest to blend in with the local architecture so its not as easy to find as you'd expect. Popular with the locals just as much as with the tourists.
  
KFC
(Fast Food)
Portal de Carnes, Plaza de Armas, Cusco, www.kfc.com.pe
Kentucky Fried Chicken has restaurants throughout Peru including 2 in Cusco. The easiest to find is in the Plaza de Armas.
  
Bembos
(Fast Food)
Plaza de Armas, Cusco www.bembos.com.pe
Peruvian fast food chain with restaurants throughout Peru offering burgers, chicken, french fries, milkshakes, salads, etc. Several burger menus have a Peruvian twist.
  
Burger King
(Fast Food)
Real Plaza Shopping Centre (located out of town)
   
China Wok
(Fast Food)
Real Plaza Shopping Centre (located out of town)


 


 
Cafes / Coffee Shops in Cusco
 


Cafe El Ayllu

Calle Almagro 133 & Calle Marques 263, Cusco. open 6.30am-10pm Mon-Sat, 6.30am-1pm Sun. One of the oldest and most traditional cafés in Cusco, popular with the locals. Old fashioned with suit-clad waiters some of whom have worked there for decades. Good selection of breakfasts including the filling Cusqueño breakfast, fresh juices. Great apple pastries. Sandwich de Cerdo (pork sandwich) recommended. Calming atmosphere with classical music, quick service.
 
Jack's Cafe
Calle Choquechaca 509, Cusco - at the crossroads with Cuesta San Blas. Open 7.30am-11.30pm daily. www.jackscafecusco.com
Always very popular with frequent queues of people waiting to get in during the high season. Great selection of breakfasts, fresh juices blended with herbs. Generous portions. Relaxed. Friendly service.

La Bondiet - Café & Tea Room
Calle Heladeros 118 (opposite and a bit higher up from the La Merced Church) & Plateros 363, Cusco. Very clean, great selection of sweet & savoury pastries, sandwiches and excellent fruit salads. Breakfasts. Don't forget the ice-cream sundaes and great selection of milkshakes. The café at Plaza Espinar is a popular meeting place for some of the older retired locals particularly the ladies.
 
Museo del Café
Calle Espaderos 136, Cusco. www.museodelcafecusco.com

The Meeting Place
Plazoleta San Blas 630, Cusco www.themeetingplacecusco.com (link removed due to malware threat)
Great little cafe in the corner of Plazoleta San Blas. Freshly made cakes, American-style breakfasts, large waffles, burgers, sandwiches, great milkshakes, fresh fruit salad & yoghurt. Good sized portions. . Free WiFi. British-Peruvian owned. The Meeting Place aims to use 100% of the profits to help projects in the local community. Friendly mainly volunteer staff. Upstairs is a great place to sit in the window and watch the world go by in the Plaza below.

Cafeteria Siete & Siete (Café 7&7)
Calle Tandapata 260, San Blas, Cusco (same place as Pension Aleman Bed & Breakfast). Open 10am-2pm 4-10pm Mon-Sat, 10am-2pm Sun. www.cafeteria7y7cusco.com
This 3rd-story café has superb views over the city especially in the evening, worth climbing the stairs for. Relaxed chilled atmosphere, selection of German cakes, ice-cream sundaes, coffees and fresh juices. Excellent quinoa salad. Soups, sandwiches, burger, pastas. Named 7&7 because the café is located on the corner of two streets called "7 Angelitos" (7 little angels) and "7 Diablitos" (7 little devils), hence the fun theme of Angels & Devils which decorate the place. German owners, friendly & helpful staff. Very clean.

Starbucks
Calle Loreto, Plaza de Armas, Cusco (just to left of alleyway left of the Compania Church)

La Valeriana - Café & Bakery
Avenida El Sol 576, Cusco. Open 7am-10pm Mon-Sat, 8am-9pm Sun.
Located facing the Jardin Sagrado (Sacred Garden) adjacent to the Qoricancha Temple of the Sun, this bakery & café has an excellent selection of freshly baked cakes & pastries, good coffees, delicious sandwiches and lunches including a good lasagne. Empanadas are also good. Free unreliable WiFi, service can be a little slow at times. You can sit outside on the terrace and watch the world go by but be prepared to get hassled by street vendors and musicians.

Cafe Dos x 3
Calle Marquez 271, Cusco
Nothing fancy, more like a hole in the wall (small & cozy) but they know how to knock out a great little expresso and other coffees. This is a local café with a few tourists stumbling in by accident from time to time or when looking for shelter during the rain. This café is more of an institution in Cusco, it's been around for more than 20 years. The name Dos x 3 literally translates as two by three which has always confused me. Only recently I found out 2x3 means "done quickly" or "right away" which should signify its lightening fast service! Snacks are simple but well priced compared to the fancier places around. Granola and fruit salad breakfast, grilled cheese and ham toastie, even coffee to go. For those with a sweeter tooth try the tres leches, the pie de limon (lemon meringue pie) or the carrot cake and apple pie with ice cream.

Cappuccino Cafe
Portal Comercio 141, Plaza de Armas, Cusco www.cappuccinocusco.com

Deli Monasterio
Calle Palacio 136, (Plaza Nazarenas), Cusco www.belmond.com/hotel-monasterio-cusco/restaurants-in-cusco

Creperia La Boheme
Carmen Alto 283, San Blas, Cusco www.labohemecusco.com

 

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