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 1,004 Places to Eat in Cusco
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 891 reviewsTripAdvisor (891)
    $ - $$ | Peruvian, Latin, Healthy
    Calle Huaynapata S/N De subida al mirador de San Cristóbal, Cusco 08002 Peru
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  • #2
    Organika
    #2 of 1,004 Places to Eat in Cusco
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 3282 reviewsTripAdvisor (3282)
    $ | Fusion, Peruvian
    Calle Resbalosa N_ 410 - Centro Historico Subida hacia el mirador de San Cristobal, Cusco 084 Peru
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  • #3
    Avocado Toast & More
    #3 of 1,004 Places to Eat in Cusco
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 485 reviewsTripAdvisor (485)
    $ - $$ | Cafe
    Calle Santa Catalina Ancha 366, Cusco 08002 Peru
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  • #4
    Limbus Resto Bar
    #4 of 1,004 Places to Eat in Cusco
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 9216 reviewsTripAdvisor (9216)
    $ - $$ | Peruvian, Latin, Bar, Pub, South American, Brew Pub
    Calle Pasnapakana 133, Cusco CUZ84 Peru
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  • #5
    Beers & Burgers
    #5 of 1,004 Places to Eat in Cusco
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 253 reviewsTripAdvisor (253)
    $ - $$ | Bar, Fast Food
    Calle Cuesta San Blas 591, Cusco 08003 Peru
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  • #6
    Rucula
    #6 of 1,004 Places to Eat in Cusco
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 709 reviewsTripAdvisor (709)
    $ - $$ | Peruvian, Latin, Fusion
    Calle Ataud 266 Costado Museo Inka, Cusco 08002 Peru
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  • #7
    Chakruna Native Burgers
    #7 of 1,004 Places to Eat in Cusco
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1104 reviewsTripAdvisor (1104)
    $ | Peruvian, Fast Food
    Plazoleta San Blas 699, Cusco 08003 Peru
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  • #8
    Hankay
    #8 of 1,004 Places to Eat in Cusco
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 217 reviewsTripAdvisor (217)
    $ | Peruvian, Japanese Fusion
    Calle Procuradores 385 Half block from Plaza de Armas, Cusco 08002 Peru
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  • #9
    Parada 168
    #9 of 1,004 Places to Eat in Cusco
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 155 reviewsTripAdvisor (155)
    $ | Bar, Brew Pub, Street Food
    Calle Inticahuarina 168 A una cuadra de Limacpampa, subida hacia Awaqpinta, Cusco 08002 Peru
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  • #10
    Hanz Craft Beer & Restaurant
    #10 of 1,004 Places to Eat in Cusco
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1445 reviewsTripAdvisor (1445)
    $ - $$ | Peruvian, Bar
    Portal de carnes 216 nivel 2, Cusco 08000 Peru
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  • #11
    Indigo Bar Restaurant
    #11 of 1,004 Places to Eat in Cusco
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 998 reviewsTripAdvisor (998)
    $ - $$ | Peruvian, Bar, Thai, Pub
    Calle Tecsecocha # 415 First Floor, Cusco 08002 Peru
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  • #12
    Alma Bar Restaurante
    #12 of 1,004 Places to Eat in Cusco
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 328 reviewsTripAdvisor (328)
    $ - $$ | Peruvian, South American
    Plazoleta Limacpampa Chico 473 Casa Andina Premium Cusco, Cusco 08003 Peru
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  • #13
    Inkazuela Restaurant
    #13 of 1,004 Places to Eat in Cusco
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 2519 reviewsTripAdvisor (2519)
    $ - $$ | Latin, Fusion, Soups
    Plazoleta Nazarenas 167 2nd Floor, Cusco 08001 Peru
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  • #14
    Chia Vegan Kitchen
    #14 of 1,004 Places to Eat in Cusco
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 918 reviewsTripAdvisor (918)
    $ | Pizza, Soups, Fusion
    Calle Tecsecocha 466 A Unos Pasos De Calle Tigre, Cusco 08002 Peru
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  • #15
    ViewHouse Restobar
    #15 of 1,004 Places to Eat in Cusco
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 382 reviewsTripAdvisor (382)
    $ - $$ | Bar, Pub
    Calle Kiskapata N_ 100 Al Costado del Mirador de San Blas, Cusco 08000 Peru
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  • #16
    Ethnika Restaurant
    #16 of 1,004 Places to Eat in Cusco
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 168 reviewsTripAdvisor (168)
    $ - $$ | Peruvian, Fusion, South American
    Calle Carmen Alto 120, Cusco 08003 Peru
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  • #17
    Mama Jama
    #17 of 1,004 Places to Eat in Cusco
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 109 reviewsTripAdvisor (109)
    $ - $$ | Peruvian, Latin
    Avenida Pardo 1079 Pizzeria, Cusco 08002 Peru
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  • #18
    Republica Del Pisco
    #18 of 1,004 Places to Eat in Cusco
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 2246 reviewsTripAdvisor (2246)
    $ - $$ | Peruvian, Bar, Latin
    Calle Plateros 354, Cusco 5184 Peru
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  • #19
    La Huerta del TaTa
    #19 of 1,004 Places to Eat in Cusco
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 119 reviewsTripAdvisor (119)
    $ | Peruvian, Latin, Contemporary
    Calle Suecia 380 Cruze con Waynapata, Cusco 08002 Peru
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  • #20
    Mama Seledonia
    #20 of 1,004 Places to Eat in Cusco
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 684 reviewsTripAdvisor (684)
    $ | Peruvian, Latin, Grill
    Calle ruinas 415 Facing Marriot Hotel, Cusco 08000 Peru
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