Cusco, Peru: A Foodie’s Paradise


Peru is well-known for having some of the best food in all of South America, and the high-altitude city of Cusco is no exception.

The city is overflowing with superb dining options, and it’s certainly not limited to traditional Peruvian cuisine.

Don’t get me wrong–Peruvian food is outstanding–but for a food-lover like myself, variety is key.

With so many of my friends and acquaintances heading to Peru in the near future I thought it was time to compile a list of my favorite Cusco eateries, so here you have it.  

¡Buen provecho!

The San Pedro Market – Wide variety of cheap street food.  Sandwiches, fried goods, fresh produce; you name it, they’ve got it.

Juanito’s – This place serves up some insane sandwiches and burgers with unique toppings, a huge selection of condiments, and affordable prices.  Great lunch spot.

Greens Organic – All organic and super-fresh.  Great vegetarian options and good coffee.  Perfect for breakfast or lunch.

Korma Sutra – For the curry lovers, this is the best Indian restaurant in Cusco.

Bodega 138 – Awesome pizza with interesting topping combinations.  Wide selection of craft beers to choose from to wash it down.

Nuna Raymi – Upscale Peruvian cuisine.  This place served up THE best lomo saltado I tasted in my three months in Peru.

UCHU Peruvian Steakhouse – Second-best dining experience of my stay in Cusco.  Incredible steaks cooked to perfection, and an intimate setting.

Marcelo Batata – If you take only one recommendation from my list, make it Marcelo Batata.  Their specialty is char-broiled alpaca steaks in a sauce of your choice; I opted for the Frutito del Aguaymanto & Chicken and had my freakin’ mind blown.  The best part?  It’s not an outrageous splurge.  It has a lively atmosphere and is always packed, so make a reservation–you won’t be sorry.

Where do you like to grub in Cusco, Peru?


About Leah Davis

Hey! I'm Leah. I'm a solo traveler letting my heart lead me around the world, one country at a time. I've taught English in Thailand, climbed the Sydney Harbor Bridge, gone skydiving in Argentina, and marveled at the ruins at Machu Picchu (twice!). I love maps, strong coffee, good wine and warm climates. For even more travel talk and inspiration, you can follow my adventures on Twitter or Instagram.
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