What to Eat in Cusco

In recent years, Peruvian cuisine has gained popularity in the world’s culinary landscape, but for the freshest (and most authentic) specialty dishes, Cusco will not disappoint. Most Peruvian dishes carry big flavor not seen in other Latin and South American fare. You may have already tried popular dishes like ceviche (a cold dish of fresh raw fish with spicy citrus flavors) or lomo saltado (stir fried beef with fries). If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, try cuy (roasted guinea pig – yes, the American household pet) or charbroiled alpaca (also known as llama). Other delicious traditional dishes include adobo (a pork stew with corn beer), tamales, choclo con queso (boiled corn with local cheese) and the vegetarian stew capchi de setas. As far as vegetables go, Peru produces more than 4,000 varieties of potato, so you’ll find many dishes centered on them like papas a la huancaina (boiled potatoes with a spicy cheese sauce) and causa (a potato casserole with a variety of meat). Other staple veggies include corn and avocados. If your mouth isn't watering yet, check your pulse. 

For a taste of traditional dishes, head to Pachapapa or the award-winning Chicha (visitors and locals recommend getting reservations well in advance). Peruvian cuisine often mingles with Asian influences, inspired by the culture brought by indentured servants and immigrants who came to Peru dating back to the original Spanish rule in the country. For a sampling of the Asian/Peruvian fusion cuisine, visit LIMO.  If you're really looking to splurge on a fine dining experience, try MAP Cafe. Located in the courtyard of the Pre-Columbian Art Museum in a glass shipping container, the fare is more contemporary Peruvian cuisine. You can also kick-start your day with coffee and breakfast at Jack's Cafe, which serves breakfast all day. Many of the most popular restaurants are centrally located near Plaza de Armas

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  • #1
    Yaku
    #1 of 1,011 Places to Eat in Cusco
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 894 reviewsTripadvisor (894)
    $ - $$ | Peruvian, Latin, Healthy
    Calle Huaynapata S/N De subida al mirador de San Cristóbal, Cusco 08002 Peru
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  • #2
    Organika
    #2 of 1,011 Places to Eat in Cusco
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 3322 reviewsTripadvisor (3322)
    $ | Fusion, Peruvian
    Calle Ataud N_ 154 - Centro Historico Frente del colegio San Francisco de Borja, costado del museo inca, Cusco 084 Peru
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  • #3
    Rucula
    #3 of 1,011 Places to Eat in Cusco
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 909 reviewsTripadvisor (909)
    $ - $$ | Peruvian, Latin, Fusion, Healthy
    Calle Ataud 266 Costado Museo Inka, Cusco 08002 Peru
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  • #4
    Avocado Toast & More
    #4 of 1,011 Places to Eat in Cusco
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 501 reviewsTripadvisor (501)
    $ - $$ | Cafe
    Calle Santa Catalina Ancha 366, Cusco 08002 Peru
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  • #5
    Hanz Craft Beer & Restaurant
    #5 of 1,011 Places to Eat in Cusco
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1520 reviewsTripadvisor (1520)
    $ - $$ | Peruvian, Bar
    Portal de carnes 216 nivel 2, Cusco 08000 Peru
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  • #6
    Chakruna Native Burgers
    #6 of 1,011 Places to Eat in Cusco
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1123 reviewsTripadvisor (1123)
    $ | Peruvian, Fast Food
    Plazoleta San Blas 699, Cusco 08003 Peru
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  • #7
    Inkazuela Restaurant
    #7 of 1,011 Places to Eat in Cusco
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 2537 reviewsTripadvisor (2537)
    $ - $$ | Latin, Fusion, Soups
    Plazoleta Nazarenas 167 2nd Floor, Cusco 08001 Peru
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  • #8
    Mama Jama
    #8 of 1,011 Places to Eat in Cusco
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 109 reviewsTripadvisor (109)
    $ - $$ | Peruvian, Latin
    Avenida Pardo 1079 Pizzeria, Cusco 08002 Peru
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  • #9
    Indigo Bar Restaurant
    #9 of 1,011 Places to Eat in Cusco
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 997 reviewsTripadvisor (997)
    $ - $$ | Peruvian, Bar, Thai, Pub
    Calle Tecsecocha # 415 First Floor, Cusco 08002 Peru
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  • #10
    Republica Del Pisco
    #10 of 1,011 Places to Eat in Cusco
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 2261 reviewsTripadvisor (2261)
    $ - $$ | Peruvian, Bar, Latin
    Calle Plateros 354, Cusco 5184 Peru
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  • #11
    Chia Vegan Kitchen
    #11 of 1,011 Places to Eat in Cusco
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 917 reviewsTripadvisor (917)
    $ | Pizza, Soups, Fusion
    Calle Tecsecocha 466 A Unos Pasos De Calle Tigre, Cusco 08002 Peru
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  • #12
    ViewHouse Restobar
    #12 of 1,011 Places to Eat in Cusco
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 385 reviewsTripadvisor (385)
    $ - $$ | Bar, Pub
    Calle Kiskapata N_ 100 Al Costado del Mirador de San Blas, Cusco 08000 Peru
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  • #13
    Parada 168
    #13 of 1,011 Places to Eat in Cusco
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 156 reviewsTripadvisor (156)
    $ | Bar, Brew Pub, Street Food
    Calle Inticahuarina 168 A una cuadra de Limacpampa, subida hacia Awaqpinta, Cusco 08002 Peru
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  • #14
    Beers & Burgers
    #14 of 1,011 Places to Eat in Cusco
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 251 reviewsTripadvisor (251)
    $ - $$ | Bar, Fast Food
    Calle Cuesta San Blas 591, Cusco 08003 Peru
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  • #15
    La Huerta del TaTa
    #15 of 1,011 Places to Eat in Cusco
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 119 reviewsTripadvisor (119)
    $ | Peruvian, Latin, Healthy, Contemporary
    Calle Suecia 380 Cruze con Waynapata, Cusco 08002 Peru
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  • #16
    Hankay
    #16 of 1,011 Places to Eat in Cusco
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 218 reviewsTripadvisor (218)
    $ | Peruvian
    Sacred valley km76 Urubamba -yanahuara, Cusco 08655 Peru
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  • #17
    Ethnika Restaurant
    #17 of 1,011 Places to Eat in Cusco
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 168 reviewsTripadvisor (168)
    $ - $$ | Peruvian, Fusion, South American
    Calle Carmen Alto 120, Cusco 08003 Peru
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  • #18
    Mama Seledonia
    #18 of 1,011 Places to Eat in Cusco
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 686 reviewsTripadvisor (686)
    $ | Peruvian, Latin, Grill
    Calle ruinas 415 Facing Marriot Hotel, Cusco 08000 Peru
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  • #1
    Full House Peruvian Cuisine
    #1 of 138 Places to Eat in Aguas Calientes
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 4551 reviewsTripadvisor (4551)
    $ - $$ | Bar, Peruvian, Pizza, Healthy, Fusion
    Avenida Imperio de los Inca 620 av. imperio de los incas Nro 620 a lado del hotel casa andina cerca al estación del tren y el bus, Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu 08681 Peru
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  • #19
    Uchu Peruvian Steakhouse
    #19 of 1,011 Places to Eat in Cusco
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2993 reviewsTripadvisor (2993)
    $ - $$ | Steakhouse, Peruvian, Latin, Contemporary
    Calle Palacio 135 A poco metros de la Plaza Nazarenas, Cusco Peru
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