The indescribably magical old Incan capital of Cusco is a magnet for tourists and backpackers. A common starting point for the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, the historic city houses a fine range of restaurants and bars which showcase the best of Peruvian gastronomy. The central Plaza de Armas is perhaps the jewel in Cusco’s crown; here we review the best restaurants in the vicinity of this famous square.
Incanto offers its customers a successful and splendidly tasty fusion of Italian and Peruvian food, just a minute from the eastern corner of the Plaza de Armas, on Santa Catalina Angosta Street. This professionally run establishment has a rustic warmth, with its stone floor, wooden tables, brick walls, and large central oven. The menu is broad, if a little on the pricey side, ranging from risotto to Alpacan chorizo and guinea pig meat.
Address: Santa Catalina Angosta, 135. Plaza de Armas, Cusco, +51 84 254 753
Inka Grill is sat along the northwestern edge of the Plaza de Armas, and offers its customers a combination of first-rate food and first-rate views. Looking out onto the Cusco Cathedral, you can dine on a range of traditional Peruvian fare, often with a modern twist. This contemporary take on classic local dishes is called novoandina, and is a popular but costly synthesis for travelling foodies.
Address: Portal de Panes 115,Plaza de Armas, Cusco, +51 84 262 992
This simple place, located just along the south eastern side of the Plaza de Armas, offers generous portions of Peruvian fare at very reasonable prices. Quick service, amiable waiters, and a fine selection of local wines make this cosy venue stand out from the dozens of other restaurants in the area. The soup dishes come particularly recommended, especially on chilly winter evenings.
Address: Calle Plateros 309, Cusco, +51 84 222 027
Plus Restaurant, on the northern side of the Plaza de Armas, is a charming second floor bistro showcasing the best of Peruvian food to an international clientele. Considering the location, Plus is reasonably priced, and you can’t knock the quality of its food. The Peruvian risotto and the strips of Alpaca bathed in anticuchera sauce are exceptionally delicious. Get there early for a balcony table and one of the best views in the city.
Address: 2nd floor, Portal de Panes 151,Plaza de Armas, Cusco, +51 84 246 870
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