Peru is one of the most scenic countries in the world. It may be known for Machu Picchu the world over, but Peruvian cuisine is also one of the reasons that attract tourists from world over. You can gorge on novel fusion culinary delights as well as mouth-watering seafood dishes. The diverse type of Peruvian food has made this nation a hotspot for delectable culinary flavors. You may soak in the pristine beauty of the landscape while delighting your taste buds in eclectic Peruvian cuisine.
Cusco, which is located high in the Andes of Peru, is a great place to savor the amazing dishes that the country has on offer. Listed below are some of the best places to eat in Cusco.
This charming eatery is considered as one of the top restaurants in Cusco and is a ‘Certificate of Excellence’ award winner from Trip Advisor. It is located in a colonial mansion in the central plaza area of Cusco. Cicciolina can be regarded as a comfy restaurant as well as a tapas bar. In addition to Peruvian food, patrons can enjoy Italian, Latin, Mediterranean, International, Soups, and Spanish cuisines. The restaurant has ochre walls, paprika and dried garlic bundles dangling from ceiling, and a pleasant ambiance. The collection of fine vintage wine is awesome and extensive.
A 2016 Trip Advisor Travelers’ Choice award winner, Pirqa is considered as one of the best places to eat in Cusco. The restaurant is located at the JW Marriott hotel in Cusco. You can revel in Peruvian cuisine as well as International, South American, and Fusion dishes and even Gluten Free Options. The staff is also very cordial and provide a great service.
Chicha por Gaston Acurio
Chicha, the restaurant owned by famous chef Gastón Acurio, gets its name from corn beer drunk by the ancient Incas and is still one of the most common soft drinks in Peru for families. Gastón has franchises all over South, Central, and North America as well as in Europe. Located near Plaza de Armas in an old house, Chicha is a winner of Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor. The décor and ambiance is not stuffy, but relaxing and cozy. You can dig into Latin, South American, and Peruvian cuisine while soaking in the breathtaking views of the enticing Plaza Regocijo and its fountains. The taste buds will be enthralled with classic Peruvian food and dishes made with a creative twist and Acurio finesse. You will get to taste the best lomo saltado in Cusco at Chicha.
Belmond Hotel Monasterio
Winner of 2016 Trip Advisor Travelers’ Choice award, the Belmond Hotel Monasterio is a luxury hotel and home to some of the top restaurants in Cusco. Previously a 16th-century monastery, it is now one of the most opulent hotels in the country and offers a great mix of history and modernity. The serene landscape and surroundings dotted by ruins are also splendid. A few restaurants at the hotel include Illariy Restaurant, El Tupay fine dining, Deli Monasterio, and the Lobby Bar.
Regarded as one of the top restaurants in Cusco, MAP Café is also a winner of 2016 Trip Advisor Travelers’ Choice award. Patrons can enjoy Latin, South American, Spanish, and Peruvian cuisine at this fine eatery. Located in a pre-Columbian art museum, the atmosphere is both welcoming and warm.