After touring the different gastronomic offers of Cusco during the last 3 months, we wanted to highlight the 10 best restaurants that elevate your travel experience through taste. This is not a list that necessarily includes the most luxurious or famous restaurants, if not those with innovative products, delicious flavors and a creative proposal for 2019. The order below is random.
Address: Santa Catalina Ancha 398
Paying homage to its name, the Pisco Museum is a source of knowledge of this grape distillate . With hundreds of varieties of Peruvian pisco, here you can have a fun class of pisco sour behind the bar, as well as a tasting of different types of pisco while listening to explanations about their origin and characteristics. As for the food, we recommend their lamb meat tapas, in addition to the very cool Muchame, an herb chimichurri with olive oil on avocado slices and duck prosciutto. In the background you have to try the Avocado, with a surprising presentation and flavor.
Address: Jr. Retamas 5H
Outside the historic center is the best ceviche in Cusco. The grace of El Mariscal is that its fish travels from Lima so you can eat them the same day. There is largely the secret of the exquisite flavor of its ceviche, which transports you from the first bite to the Peruvian beaches. With a very friendly and bright restaurant, you can see the bar right at the entrance so you can see the preparation of your dish. Not only is ceviche good, grilled octopus is the star of this place .
Address: Cuesta de San Blas 525
The oldest restaurant on this list. Karl-Heinz is a German farmer who arrived in Cusco 20 years ago, installed his dairy farm and wanted to present his products in a restaurant. Together with his wife, they created the Heidi Farm, in honor of one of Karl’s mules. Under the direction of his wife’s cook, Granja Heidi works with the most excellent natural products, achieving a perfect miscegenation between French-German food with Peruvian touches and ingredients. You can order vegetarian and meat dishes, such as the delicious dried lamb, perhaps the best cut of meat of all the restaurants in Cusco . At the end of your lunch or dinner, you can order the “Mate of Happiness”, a secret formula of 7 herbs that cheers the heart and soul.
Address: Carmen Bajo 235
If you think that by being vegan you are sacrificing flavor, Green Point is evidence that that thought is far from reality. With typical dishes transformed into vegans, such as causes, ceviches and sushis, Green Point stands as the best and most varied option free of any animal product in Cusco .
The Cause is a true gastronomic and vegan miracle: made of Andean potatoes, stuffed with mixed vegetables in avocado mayonnaise. It is accompanied by grilled oyster mushrooms in an anticuchera sauce with chili pepper, and alongside a delicious passion fruit sauce that adds exoticism and creativity to the flavor. The restaurant also performs famous cooking classes that seek to expand knowledge of the vegan and raw diet.
Address: 699 Plazoleta San Blas
Effort and passion always pay off, and this is the case of Chakruna Burguers. Its owner Alejandro and his family, have managed to establish the best hamburger of all restaurants in Cusco in just 1 year and a half. Their prices are quite cheap and their flavors a feast of flavors in your mouth. In Chakruna they are proud of their use of innumerable types of Peruvian potatoes, which they incorporate into their dishes in delicious fries with different sauces. Among its options you can also find vegetarian burgers, whether of beans, lentils or chickpeas.
Address: Saphy 478
Las Frescas is the first salad bar in Cusco , and what a surprise they have generated. It is also one of the newest restaurants in the Inca capital. Using the concept of bowls, here you can prepare your own salads, wraps, soups, desserts and have refreshing juices. 100% recommended is its Pesto Bowl: Quinoa grained with pure basil pesto sauce, accompanied by grilled chicken dice, dried tomatoes, roasted garlic chips and fresh Parmesan cheese.
Address: Triunfo 356
With a relaxed atmosphere and a fresh and bright decoration, Nuna Raymi is typical Peruvian food with a creative and innovative touch. Its alpaca anticuchos make your mouth water only when you think about them , an unmissable flavor that you can only taste in this restaurant in Cusco.
They also show their drinks, making delicious pisco sours of different flavors such as passion fruit, aguaymanto and chicha. At the end of your meal, the box spring passes with an emollient cart (cover photo) delivering herbal infusions with properties of the herb Luisa, Yacon, Penca de Savila, Plantain, among others.
Address: Espaderos 136
A large space of earth tones and elegant decoration, the Coffee Museum not only has the best coffee drink in Cusco, but also has deliciously presented and tasty breakfasts and dishes. With an unparalleled attention , here you start your day enjoying from the first bite. You can sit in their comfortable armchairs on the first or second floor, or enjoy the view of the Plaza de armas and the Plaza Regocijo from their balcony. We recommend the Chilcano de Café, with pisco and lemon juice, in addition to the delicious «El Lomazo», grilled alpaca with chimichurri accompanied with rustic mash, bacon and a reduction of coffee. After lunch you can walk through its surrounding exhibition that tells the story of coffee in Peru.
Address: Triunfo 393
Cicciolina is a restaurant and tapas bar located in the heart of Cusco. Its food is the result of an Italian-Peruvian fusion and is served in an elegant and relaxed context. The experience of eating in this place has been meticulously studied by including tasty wines, luxury service, irresistible aromas and flavors . The Andean mushroom risotto, duck prosciutto and the alpaca tartare are the best dishes on the menu.
Address: 146 Hardware
Hidden in the narrow Herrajes street, La Rabona offers the best sandwiches and the best chocolate cake in Cusco . Based on pure organic products, their paninis are an absolute delight first thing in the morning. We recommend the Capresse and Hummus panini, the latter with avocado, cherry tomatoes and seed sprouts. The best part is that at very good prices the portions are quite forceful, to the point that a single sandwich easily satisfies two.