These days Peru is known as the go to place for food. The country is known all over the world for the wonderful cuisine and the locally grown organic produce. The Peruvian food movement has come to light over the past few years due to a group of forward thinking chefs that have taken Peru to the world stage. Travel to the high Andean city of Cusco and you will be in for a treat not only for the ancient sites to see but also for the restaurants in Cusco Peru.
There are many great restaurants in Cusco too many for one article but we will give you some idea of where to go on your next vacation to Cusco. Let us give you a list to help you make an informed decision.
Cicciolina is a beautiful dining experience where the food and the wine are part and the surrounding make for a complete dining experience, from the time you walk in the door you will be surrounded by the smells of the open kitchen and will experience new flavors from the different plates you will try. Located in the second floor of a Spanish Colonial house you will need to make a reservation to enjoy Cicciolina.
For a great alpaca steak try Marcelo Batata, the meat will melt in your mouth and is cooked to your requirements. The restaurant features many different sauces to try with your steak and a great range of typical plates from all over Peru.
The Inca Grill
Located on the Cusco Plaza de Armas is the Inca Grill. The oldest of the fine dining restaurants in Cusco the Inca Grill features a fine range of Peruvian fusion cuisine. The range of desserts are worth trying and the location makes the restaurant special.
If you are a foodie than you will need to try Chicha by Peruvian celebrity chef Gaston Acurio. Chicha is about regional food, the produce, traditions and culture from each location elevated with good culinary techniques, working with local producers. The experience will leave you wanting to try more.
The restaurant Greens is worth a visit, this brilliantly run restaurant serves superb innovative dishes, both novo Andino and Mediterranean, using as many organic and Green ingredients as posible.
Go to Fallen Angel for a new and unique experience. A gay-friendly restaurant with games suspended on stools from the ceiling and fake leopards-skin trunks. There’s also a resident DJ who plays vibrant trip-hop and trance. The decor is an experience in its own right: arty, wicked and inspired, while the garden art is as good as many of Cusco’s art museums – and much more twenty-first-century. The food and cocktails are equally exquisite. Try the Andean tenderloin steak with port and balsamic topping or the Andean ravioli stuffed with local sweet potato, the wild mushrooms or the warm salad. Book in advance.
Mammacha is Located inside the beautifully restored Casa Qoriq’ente, a late colonial, early republican mansion with stunning courtyard and working central fountain, Mammacha serves quality lunchtime menus and fine evening gourmet meals: a fusion of pastas with traditional Peruvian cuisine on the terrace tables or inside the restaurant.
Green Point Vegan
For those of you who are vegetarian, the first restaurant we will feature is Green Point Vegan restaurant in the San Blas area of Cusco, this delightful restaurant is all vegan so the choice of food is endless. Then menu features fresh juices, healthy appetizers, great soups, salads and some really delicious desserts. The restaurant is generally full and you may have to wait for a table, but if you love fresh produce the wait, we be worthwhile.
Another great little place is Govinda Lila, again in the San Blas district of Cusco, this quaint place is tucked away and you may need to look to find it. There is a vegan lunch for around US$2. The food is simple and delicious, the owner Mama Lila is very warm and welcoming and her soups are probably the best around. While the prices are cheap but the food is not so try it.
A very popular restaurant with the visiting international tourist is Jack’s Café in Choquechaca Street, featuring one of the best veggie burgers in Cusco, the banana pancakes and French toast are a great breakfast choice. This restaurant is not only for vegetarians but meat lovers will also enjoy this café.
If you love your soups then the tiny little restaurant, Mr. Soup is for you, not all the soups are vegan but the ones that are will delight. When it is cold outside this warm cozy restaurant is just the ticket. The menu features simple veggie soup but also a curry udon and a pac pow. All the soups are served with either rice or bread to fill your stomach and leave you satisfied.
Apart from your eating experience they are many things to do in Cusco. The city was the heart of the Inca Empire until the Spanish arrived in the 15th Century. Cusco is full of wonderful Inca ruins and Spanish Colonial architecture. What is also a must to experience in Cusco is the luxury hotels in Cusco on offer. Most built in Spanish Colonial houses and refurbished to their original state.