Ardun recommends in Cusco, Peru
Ok so you’re heading to Cusco, Peru no doubt as a starting point for a hike to Machu Picchu. But if you’re smart you will be staying in this beautiful city for a few days prior to acclimatise to the altitude and see one of Peru’s most beautiful cities.
So once you are there where do you eat?
Here is a list of my favourite places to eat in Cusco and a few prices:
Inca Grill- Located in the main plaza (Plaza de Armas) this upmarket restaurant serves great Peruvian classics like cuy (guinea pig) alongside some of the best steaks and trout in Cusco.
Mains range from 32-45 Soles ($12-17 US)
Tanupa- Another restaurant in Plaza de Armas with live music and balcony views to the plaza. A little expensive but great food and well presented. The creole soup is a must!
Mains range from 40-50 Soles ($15-19 US) Creole soup 22 Soles ($8 US)
Jacks- A great all day breakfast cafe with the best coffee in Cusco. The big breakfast will prove a challenge for even the biggest of appetites and at on 19 Soles ($7 US) is a bargain! Avocado, tomato basil toast is also spectacular. Jacks is located at Choquechaka 509, Cusco, Peru a short walk from Plaza de Armas.
Meals range from 14-19 Soles ($5-7 US)
Coffee 7.50 Soles ($2.75 US)
The San Pedro Market- The San Pedro Market is a must see and picking up a fresh fruit juice or smoothie is the perfect refreshment. Juice vendors line the top of the market. Pick one and take a seat and practice your Spanish with the locals. Juices are huge (about 3 milkshake glasses each) so maybe offer one to your friendly juice vendor.
Juices 4-6 Soles ($1.50-2.20 US)
Restaurant Le Soliel- The only French restaurant in Cusco, owner Arthur prides himself on serving up traditional French cuisine while offering the best in fine dining. Located 5 mins. walk from Plaza de Armas on Calle San Augustin 275. Prices are higher than most of Cusco but the creme brûlée is worth every cent!
Mains range from 39-70 Soles ($15-25 US)
Desserts from 26-34 Soles ($9.50-12.50 US)
Paddy’s Pub- Surprisingly great pub food. Choose from both burgers and more latin american dishes like nacho’s and quesadillas. Sit back and enjoy a cusqena the local beer of Lima too and hit the pub at night for more partying.
Meals range from 15-20 soles ($5.50-7.50 US)
Beers 7-10 Soles ($2.50-3.70 US)