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 1,014 Places to Eat in Cusco
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 191 reviewsTripAdvisor (191)
    $ - $$ | Peruvian, Latin, Healthy, South American
    Calle Huaynapata 410 De subida al mirador de San Cristóbal, Cusco 08002 Peru
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  • #1
    Incontri del pueblo Viejo
    #1 of 136 Places to Eat in Aguas Calientes
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2988 reviewsTripAdvisor (2988)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Peruvian, Pizza, South American, Contemporary
    Av. Pachacuteq 6 Cuadra S/N, Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu 084 Peru
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  • #2
    Avocado, toast & more.
    #2 of 1,014 Places to Eat in Cusco
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 182 reviewsTripAdvisor (182)
    $ | Peruvian, Cafe, Healthy, South American
    Calle Santa Catalina Ancha 366 A una cuadra de la Plaza de Armas, Cusco 08002 Peru
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  • #3
    Organika
    #3 of 1,014 Places to Eat in Cusco
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 2117 reviewsTripAdvisor (2117)
    $ | Fusion, Peruvian, South American
    Calle Resbalosa N_ 410 - Centro Historico Subida hacia el mirador de San Cristobal, Cusco 084 Peru
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  • #4
    Limbus Resto Bar
    #4 of 1,014 Places to Eat in Cusco
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 7163 reviewsTripAdvisor (7163)
    $ - $$ | Peruvian, Latin, Bar, Pub, Brew Pub
    Calle Pasnapakana 133, Cusco CUZ84 Peru
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  • #5
    Chakruna Native Burgers
    #5 of 1,014 Places to Eat in Cusco
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 809 reviewsTripAdvisor (809)
    $ | Peruvian, French
    699 Plazoleta San Blas, Cusco Peru
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  • #6
    Republica Del Pisco
    #6 of 1,014 Places to Eat in Cusco
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1513 reviewsTripAdvisor (1513)
    $ - $$ | Peruvian, Bar, Latin
    Calle Plateros 354, Cusco 5184 Peru
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  • #7
    Chia Vegan Kitchen
    #7 of 1,014 Places to Eat in Cusco
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 752 reviewsTripAdvisor (752)
    $ | Pizza, Soups, Fusion
    Calle Tecsecocha 466 A Unos Pasos De Calle Tigre, Cusco 08002 Peru
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  • #8
    Hanz Craft Beer Restaurant
    #8 of 1,014 Places to Eat in Cusco
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1044 reviewsTripAdvisor (1044)
    $ | Peruvian, Bar, Cafe, Pub
    Portal de carnes 216 nivel 2, Cusco 08000 Peru
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  • #9
    Inkazuela Restaurant
    #9 of 1,014 Places to Eat in Cusco
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 2113 reviewsTripAdvisor (2113)
    $ - $$ | Latin, Fusion, Soups
    Plazoleta Nazarenas 167 2nd Floor, Cusco 08001 Peru
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  • #10
    UFO Asian Food
    #10 of 1,014 Places to Eat in Cusco
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 130 reviewsTripAdvisor (130)
    $ | Asian, South American
    Calle Pumapampa Near to HOTEL MONARCA, Cusco 08003 Peru
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  • #2
    Full House Craft Beer & Peruvian Cuisine
    #2 of 136 Places to Eat in Aguas Calientes
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 4702 reviewsTripAdvisor (4702)
    $ - $$ | Bar, Peruvian, Pizza, 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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  • #11
    Indigo Bar Restaurant
    #11 of 1,014 Places to Eat in Cusco
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 651 reviewsTripAdvisor (651)
    $ - $$ | Peruvian, Bar, Thai, Pub
    Calle Tecsecocha # 415 First Floor, Cusco 08002 Peru
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  • #3
    Julian Restaurant
    #3 of 136 Places to Eat in Aguas Calientes
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 792 reviewsTripAdvisor (792)
    $ - $$ | Peruvian
    Av Pachacutec N_ 601, Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu Peru
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  • #12
    Qura
    #12 of 1,014 Places to Eat in Cusco
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 184 reviewsTripAdvisor (184)
    $ | Healthy, International, Contemporary, Pub
    Calle Carmen Bajo 228, Cusco 08003 Peru
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  • #13
    PER.UK
    #13 of 1,014 Places to Eat in Cusco
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 726 reviewsTripAdvisor (726)
    $ - $$ | Peruvian, Fusion, South American, International
    Calle Plateros 344, Cusco Peru
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  • #14
    Alma Bar Restaurante
    #14 of 1,014 Places to Eat in Cusco
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 256 reviewsTripAdvisor (256)
    $ - $$ | Peruvian, South American
    Plazoleta Limacpampa Chico 473 Casa Andina Premium Cusco, Cusco 08003 Peru
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  • #15
    Rucula
    #15 of 1,014 Places to Eat in Cusco
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 434 reviewsTripAdvisor (434)
    $ | Peruvian, Latin, Fusion
    Calle Ataud 266 Costado Museo Inka, Cusco 08002 Peru
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  • #16
    Creperia La Bo'M
    #16 of 1,014 Places to Eat in Cusco
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1016 reviewsTripAdvisor (1016)
    $ | French, Gastropub
    Carmen Alto 283 San Blas, Cusco 084 Peru
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  • #17
    Jardin Organiko
    #17 of 1,014 Places to Eat in Cusco
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 277 reviewsTripAdvisor (277)
    $ - $$ | Peruvian, Pizza, Fusion, Healthy, Soups
    Calle Chihuampata 564 cerca del hotel casa andina san blas Y Calle Choquechaca 338 frente ala calle ladrillos Subiendo Al Mercado De San Blas, Subida A Sapantiana., Cusco 08002 Peru
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