The 10 Best Restaurants in Arequipa, Peru

Grab a bite to eat at one of Arequipa’s best restaurants before indulging in a spot of sightseeing
Grab a bite to eat at one of Arequipa’s best restaurants before indulging in a spot of sightseeing | © Mia Spingola / Culture Trip
Photo of Chloe Hanschen
4 November 2019

Arequipa has an abundance of places to eat, from traditional Peruvian restaurants to fine-dining. Here are the best.

Tradición Arequipeña

Restaurant, Peruvian, $$$
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Tradición Arequipeña offers a truly immersive cultural experience in its casual and friendly restaurant. While dining, Peruvian music flows throughout the restaurant. If it is a nice day, ask for a table outside. Its outdoor area is surrounded by lush greens and offers a pleasant background to the tasty food.

Zig Zag

Restaurant, Peruvian, $$$
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Zig Zag’s dishes feature ingredients from all over Peru. The restaurant is in a small and intimate space that has a rustic charm. At the heart of the restaurant is an antique iron staircase by the French architect Gustave Eiffel – you may recognize his name from a little tower in Paris.

Sol de Mayo

Restaurant, Peruvian, $$$
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Sol de Mayo is one of the oldest restaurants in Peru. It serves traditional food from Arequipa, which has been perfected over the generations. If you can, try to sit outside in the beautiful courtyard. Enjoy the charming gardens and fountains while relaxing and listening to live music.

Tipika

Restaurant, Peruvian, $$$
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Although a bit of a walk from the Plaza de Armas, Tipika is the perfect stop for a relaxing meal after a long day. The restaurant offers typical Peruvian food in a casual and relaxing setting. Many local residents visit this restaurant, and it is known for its large portion sizes. Enjoy the wonderful courtyard and attentive service. The restaurant is family-friendly and includes a play area for kids.

Los Robles

Hotel Restaurant, Restaurant, Peruvian
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Los Robles offers a fusion of traditional Peruvian ingredients with modern international cooking techniques. Located in the upscale Libertador Hotel, this restaurant is perfect for a special night out. The dishes are tasty and beautifully presented, and there also an array of vegetarian options and an extensive wine list. The interior of the restaurant is luxurious and modern.

Zingaro Restaurante

Restaurant, Bar, Wine Bar, Peruvian, $$$
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Zingaro Restaurante is housed in a charming old building that, over the years, has been meticulously restored. The restaurant is spread between two floors and features a courtyard with outdoor seating and a wine bar that stocks over 250 varietals. For special occasions, Zingaro has a private room available for reservations.

Hatunpa

Restaurant, Peruvian, $$$
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Hatunpa is a small and intimate restaurant, and when we say small, we mean it. There are only about five tables in the restaurant, but the food is delicious and the service very attentive. The owner speaks English and is more than happy to talk you through all of Peru’s potatoes (the restaurant specializes in the vegetable). Come to Hatunpa to try this Peruvian staple at great prices.

Salamanto Restaurante

Gastropub, Restaurant, Peruvian, Pub Grub
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Salamanto Restaurante aims to “reconstruct ancestral dishes” in a modern way, and it does this by taking basic, traditional Peruvian dishes and cooking them with techniques that have been around for centuries. Chef Paul Perea then adds his own fusion to the food. Be sure to pick a bottle from the extensive wine list that also includes many local varietals. This upscale restaurant is perfect for a special occasion, so be sure to make a reservation online.

Cebicheria Restaurante El Negro

Restaurant, Seafood, Peruvian, $$$
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Cebicheria Restaurante El Negro offers quality seafood at affordable prices. This restaurant is off the beaten track, which means that there are not a lot of tourists here, and the atmosphere is casual and friendly. The food is prepared and presented beautifully. Be sure to try the ceviche.

Chicha

Restaurant, Peruvian, $$$
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From world-acclaimed chef Gastón Acurio comes Chicha, which is the name of a traditional Peruvian drink that is made from different types of corn. Located near the Plaza de Armas, Chicha offers Peruvian food at affordable prices. The restaurant is located in an old building with a courtyard and outdoor seating and has a casual yet upscale atmosphere.
These recommendations were updated on November 4, 2019 to keep your travel plans fresh.