Our top restaurants in Cusco are listed the way the RESPONS’ team like them, so despite being just a few, they cover a big array of options, from the very cozy homelike style to the very stylish fancy ones (but not so much).
The best places in town are usually pretty busy, as expected, but there are still some others that will give you privacy, nice atmosphere and most importantly; great food.
This list provide you with both options; the most popular places that will require booking or early show (before rush hours), and the less busy restaurants that will only require you to be well oriented to avoid getting lost in alleys.
Open Mon to Sat from 7 am to 10 pm, Sun from 2 to 10 pm
Authentic homemade dishes of great quality. This is RESPONS’ favorite due to its familiar ambient and friendliness!
Triunfo 393, 2nd floor
Check website for attention hours. Open all week
Phone (084) 239510
A place where the goal is to keep the ingredients’ original flavour and freshness as if they haven’t been moved from the Sacred Valley. Very cozy. Get there early because it is very popular and they do not admit reservations.
Open from 12 m to 1030 pm all week
Phone (084) 260272
Their specialties accompanied with locally brewed beer are a great success among locals. Try the Sambuccus pizza.
Carmen Alto 283, San Blas neighbourhood
Open Tue to Sun from 12 m to 10 pm
Phone (084) 235694
Another RESPONS’ favorite. A fun small place to go with children and please their frantic taste.
Carmen Bajo 235, San Blas neighbourhood
Open from 8 am to 10 pm all week
Phone (084) 431146
Plaza San Francisco 310
Open Mon to Sat (CLOSED SUN) from 9 am to 4 pm
Phone (084) 242856
An option that is in fact double, which is good because is a very popular choice. Decide between the two establishments and get there early to enjoy the best vegan dishes.
Peruvian and sushi
Portal de Carnes 236, 2nd floor, Plaza de Armas
Open from 1130 am to 11 pm all week
Phone (084) 240668
Seafood, japanese and others are part of the menu that is decidedly not focused on andean food. Make a reservation and request a balcony table.
Italian, peruvian, fusion
Santa Catalina Angosta 135
Open from Sun to Fri from 1130 am to 11 pm, Sat from 11 am to 10 pm
Phone (084) 254753
Artisanal pasta and pizza in a privileged ambient, reasons enough to book your reservation having in mind that many people will be there.
Plazoleta de San Blas 120
Open from 12 m to 9 pm all week
Phone (084) 241318
Local cuisine with special attention to details in a very cozy atmosphere.
Ultimately, the markets of San Pedro (downtown) and San Blas (uphill neighbourhood) are very recommended places. For huge sandwiches and delicious juices San Blas is the most tranquil option, perfect to calm down the morning hunger. And for almost any other imaginable choices San Pedro is the place. But not just that, come back at lunch and you’ll find other great choices of local and budgetty dishes.
Now you just need to remember that if you just arrived to the highlands, you will probably need to acclimatize your organism to the altitude, especially if you are planning a trekking adventure.
You can also try the experience of a full-day learning how to prepare a traditional andean dish or fusion gastronomy at the Sacred Valley, during which you will harvest the necessary ingredients from the fields, and then guided all the way in their preparation, until finally obtaining the dish that you will subsequently eat. Fill our questionnaire to give you detailed information of this and other options to travel with us.
If you liked our top list of restaurants in Cusco, let us know, and if you dunked your fork into another’s plates tell us as well, we will be glad to go and try it for inclusion on this list. Write us at english @ responsibletravelperu.com