The Best Peruvian Restaurants In Cusco, Peru

Photo of Chloe Hanschen
9 February 2017

Cusco is one of the most popular destinations in Peru, with attractions including the Plaza de Armas and the nearby Machu Picchu. After a long day of sight-seeing, unwind with some traditional Peruvian food at these top places.

El Huacatay

El Huacatay is a small and intimate restaurant in the middle of the Valley which is spread out between a small garden courtyard and indoor area. Their menu offers creative traditional Peruvian cuisine, and their motto is that this is a restaurant where the ‘atmosphere and esthetics’ are part of the experience. Be sure to try their delicious alpaca tenderloin. If you don’t eat meat, they also have vegetarian options available as well.

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Pachapapa is situated in the San Blas neighborhood. The restaurant has a rustic charm. Diners can sit outside in their large courtyard, and on cool nights they have heaters and a large clay stove for warmth. Come here to try authentic Peruvian favorites like the guinea pig or alpaca. Be sure to call ahead and ask about their special meals that must be ordered 24 hours in advance.


Café Inkaterra

After a long day of exploring Machu Picchu, unwind at Café Inkaterra. This picturesque restaurant is located right above the Vilcanota River. The building itself is very charming, with full-length windows and a moss-covered roof. Their cuisine is based on authentic Andean cuisine and they offer a set menu. The atmosphere is relaxing and casual, which is perfect after a busy day of sightseeing.

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From world-acclaimed chef Gaston Acurio comes Chicha – the name of a traditional Peruvian drink that is made from different types of corn. Located near the Plaza de Armas, Chicha offers traditional Peruvian food at affordable prices. The restaurant is located on the second floor of an old house, and the interior is decorated with wooden floors, wooden beams, and purple walls. Plus, the atmosphere is casual and friendly.

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Come to Limo for creative takes on traditional Peruvian food. Be sure to try their ceviche and fish dishes, and one of their more unusual selections is their sushi-fusion, which is a Peruvian version of sashimi. The interior of the restaurant is rustic and casual. In addition to their great food, they also have an excellent view of the Plaza de Armas. While you are waiting to be seated, enjoy a refreshing drink at their Pisco bar.

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