With cheap living costs, a happening culinary and nightlife scene, and beautiful hiking opportunities nearby, it’s no wonder more and more digital nomads are choosing to base themselves in Peru’s southern gem. Here are the best cafés offering everything a nomad needs while in Cusco: fast Wi-Fi, plenty of outlets, and — most importantly — potent Peruvian coffee.
Acting as both a make-shift local gallery and coffee shop, Laggart Cafe is one of the funkiest places (even by San Blas standards) to do your work. The walls are cluttered with colorful paintings, tables and chairs are made from recycled materials, and the odd knick-knack — such as an old rusty bike and a leather drum — lay randomly around the room. Wi-Fi here is fast and reliable, and their dirt-cheap homemade pastries, chicken empanadas, and farm-to-table sandwiches make for the perfect lunchtime break.
Minimalist décor, an open space with lots of light, and potent Peruvian cups of caffeine: Cuscoffee keeps it nice and simple. It may not have the fancy or pretty interior design of other cafés in San Blas, but it does have two very important things: consistently fast Wi-Fi and outlets next to every table. For those wanting to recreate the no-distraction environment of an office, this is probably the closest you’ll get in Cusco without renting a co-working space.
Run entirely by volunteers, The Meeting Place Cafe helps the local community by giving much of its profits away to charities across the city. A lovely little courtyard dotted with blooming flowers allows nomads to work al fresco, and a friendly (and usually digital nomad) crowd make this a great place to network. As the menu focuses mainly on breakfast (which is American-style with delicious waffles, smoothies, and sausage and egg breakfasts), the café closes at 4pm, so be sure to factor that in before you set out.
Located in the trendy neighborhood of San Blas, Green Point is like a rite of passage for all travelers visiting Cusco: you must pass through their doors at least once. There’s an upstairs and downstairs, both of which are cozy and brightly decorated. The excellent service is only surpassed by their great menu, which requires patrons to make tough decisions between delicious options — which means you’ll probably come back more than once.
Located high on a hill in San Blas, you’ll have to work for your space here — but it’s well worth the climb. With floor-to-ceiling windows, Siete y Siete Cafeteria offers stunning views over Cusco’s orange tiled roofs all the way to the cathedral spires of the Plaza de Armas. Named after the mysterious number that appears in exactly seven street names in Cusco, the menu offers seven of everything: seven coffees, seven beers, seven pastries… the list goes on. The biggest selling point? The Wi-Fi here is fantastic, and the friendly staff are more than happy to have you all day (just make sure you buy more than one drink!).
Sitting bang-smack in the middle of Plaza de Armas, Cappuccino Cafe offers a working spot with a hell of a view. They have three tables on inside-outside balconies looking out onto the cathedral — but you may have to fight other people for it. The Wi-Fi is decent, and the food and coffee are even better (although a little more expensive than the other cafés listed here, you’re paying for that stellar view). This place easily makes a working day feel like a holiday.
Volcanic Iceland Epic Trip
meet our Local Insider
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A GUIDE?
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR JOB?
It's the personal contact, the personal experiences. I love meeting people from all over the world... I really like getting to know everyone and feeling like I'm traveling with a group of friends.
WHAT DESTINATION IS ON YOUR TRAVEL BUCKET-LIST?
I have so many places on my list, but I would really lobe to go to Africa. I consider myself an “adventure girl” and Africa feels like the ULTIMATE adventure!
Every CULTURE TRIP Small-group adventure is led by a Local Insider just like Hanna.
KEEN TO EXPLORE THE WORLD?
Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world
Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.
Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.
Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.
Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.
We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.