It does help of course, as always, to know where to go in a city or what to try, so in regard to hitting main and major cities and places in Peru, here is a list of great places and their general price ranges.
- The Republic of Pisco - Near the main Plaza - excellent drinks especially chiclanos and Pisco sours, live music at night, amazing ceviche, causa, and lomo saltado - around 20-25 dollars for a solid meal and drink
- Cucharitas - On Plaza San Francisco - ice cream - melted ice-cream with fresh fruit mashed into it - amazing flavours - 2-5 dollars
- Heladarte - Near the main Plaza - ice cream - some of the best I’ve encountered world wide - 2-5 dollars
- Pantastico - Near Plaza San Blas - bakery - great loaves, muffins, and brownies - good coffee - A great view of Cusco from above - 2-5 dollars
- PanAm - Near main Plaza - bakery - amazing plain croissants, danish bread, and sandwiches - also their Cappuccino are among the best in Peru - good ambiance - nice wall mural - 3-8 dollars
- La Bondiet - Near main Plaza - cafe - good sandwiches, coffee, pastries, cakes, juices - decent atmosphere - best cheese cake in Cusco - 3-8 dollars
- Valariana - Near main Plaza and also another across from the Quoricancha down the Avenida del Sol - cafe - good coffee, baked goods, sandwiches, empanadas - great ambiance and good internet connection - 3-8 dollars
- On a budget - any local place with a set menu of local cuisine is usually pretty good - 2-5 dollars - if you want to be safe - at these places get the Lomo Saltado or Montado
- Chinese food - generally cheap and pretty good - 5-15 dollars - the few upper end ones are quite pricy - meat heavy dishes
- Sangucheria - Plaza San Francisco - great sandwiches and juices - 4-10 dollars - their Sandwich - el Cubano - has a nice tang to it with the mustard and pickles.
- Jack’s Cafe - Cafe - breakfast, lunch, dinner - American portions - Off the main Plaza near the foot of the hill leading up to Plaza San Blas - American fare - amazing pancakes, French toast, sandwiches, breakfasts, burgers - a Cusco staple - 8-20 dollars
- Granja Heidi - Best lunch place ever - Kitty corner to Jack’s Cafe - another local but more hidden Cusco staple - 30 sole lunch including a starter, drink, main, and dessert and really amazing home cooked food - also amazing crepes - this is where I come to gorge in a good way - good ambiance - owner is great!! - 10-20 dollars
- Fallen Angel - Up from the main Plaza - Restaurant - a bit pricy but what an atmosphere and what food! - great art and decor including bathtub tables with aquariums inside - amazing ceviche and desserts - and really all their food is great - 15-50 dollars
- La Bodega - Off the main Plaza - Restaurant - more Italian based - good pasta and pizza - 15-25 dollars for dinner and drink
- La Trattoria - Off the main Plaza - Restaurant - more Italian based - good pasta and pizza - 15–25 dollars for dinner and drink
- Chez Maggy - all over Cusco - 3-4 locations - Pizza place - yum!! - 15-25 dollars - try the typical fruit pizza covered in banana, mango, peach, and pineapple - its actually delicious!
- El Hornito - Avenida la Cultura - Pizza place - good pizza!! - 10-20 dollars
- El Secreto de la Vaca - Avenida la Cultura - Restaurant - meat heavy with great salad buffet - menu place - 20-40 soles - includes a drink - Brazilian style grill house
- Korma - Plaza San Blas - Indian Cuisine - coming from an Indian family with a grandma who writes best selling Indian Cookery Books - I was scared to try this for fear of really missing home and how disappointing shitty Indian food is - finally tried it and it not only passed the bar, I went again - great appetizers, mains, no desserts - only dinner time - quite busy with locals and expats - not well known to Tourists - 15-40 dollars for an amazing meal
- Paddy’s Irish Pub - good pub fare including a good shepards pie - On the main Plaza - they always show football matches - so it gets packed - 7-20 dollars - good beer selection
- Baco - Of the main Plaza - good food - amazing desserts - including a fresh apple pie slice filled with apples until bursting and also swimming in a red wine sauce - this actually changed my life - not to be missed - 20-40 dollars for a meal
- Chicha - off the main Plaza - lunch and dinner - upper end - excellent food and desserts - 20-50 dollars for a meal
- El Soleil - a French restaurant - great cuisine - tasting menu - beautifully presented - very pricy - 35-90 dollars and up for a meal - near Novotel Hotel - they have a beautiful tasting menu!!
- Kaia - vegan and vegetarian options - Urubamba - great juices, clean and organic foods - a bit hippie and artsy - very chill - good music - outdoor seating - great place to chill - wonderful wraps, quesadillas, and desserts - 10-25 dollars
- El Eden - Main street Urubamba - cafe and store - nice juices and baked goods - good for breakfast - amazing jams for sale - 5-20 dollars
- Sacred Valley - menu place - Urubamba - 3 dollar lunch - one of the best local menu places ever
- El Huacatay - high end - but the best in the Valley - make reservations - upscale local food - beautifully cooked and presented - nice gardens - very intimate atmosphere - 20-60 dollars for a meal
- Blue Llama - cafe - Pisaq - good snacks, food, and hot chocolate - owner has been around a long time - good atmosphere - love this place - 5-20 dollars
- Muna - agan upscale but amazing food - lunch and dinner - nice gardens - 20-50 dollars for a meal
- Loads of menu places - I find the menu places in the valley are actually pretty good, so are the Chinese places, rotisserie chicken places, and pizza places - so find and enjoy them! - 3-15 dollars
Miraflores - LIMA
I never used to believe it until I went - but when you ask Peruvian people why do you go to Lima - the reason always is - TO EAT!! - it’s true and one day I’ll go back to Lima to eat again!!
- Of course the thing to get in Lima is ceviche -but honestly food in Lima is just good - big portions, tasty, and can be super reasonably priced - ceviche is one of those things that will be raved about for 40 dollars at some hipster restaurant and might in all honesty be even better at the little market 4 blocks away for 5-8 dollars.
- My favorite ceviche place in Lima is near the Pariwana hostel - explain that you want a super local place to eat - 5 dollar ceviche - available at lunch time - their staff are great!
- La Lucha - Crillolla sandwiches - across from Pariwana hostel - near park Kennedy - amazing sandwiches and juices - 5-15 dollars - their chicken cheese and pineapple sandwich is honestly the best!!
- A place of top restaurants - these are pricy but sooooo worth it - once in a life times restaurants - quality, presentation, new amazing flavours, experimental cuisine, tasting menus - Check out
- Astrid y Gaston - fusion Peruvian cuisine - one of the world’s top restaurants
- Central Restaurant - fusion Peruvian cuisine - one of the world’s top restaurants
- IK - Peruvian gastronomy - quickly becoming one of Lima’s top restaurants
- Maido - Japanese Peruvian fusion - one of the world’s best restaurants - this cost $100 per person and was actually worth every penny
- THESE PLACES NEED RESERVATIONS - 2-6 month’s in advance
- we got lucky and waited outside Maido for a spot to open up - it did and then on top of a ridiculous list of allergies - nuts, soy, tofu, beans, peas, and lentils - the wait staff and chef still created an absolutely stunning tasting menu for me.
- These are pricy - were talking 50-100 dollars for a meal or more
- Edo Sushi bar - apparently amazing - for when you just can’t get into Maido - presentation looks incredible - and rave reviews from all - yes Japenese food in Peru is good!!!!
- Chinese food in Peru is also amazing - and can be super cheap or more pricy - one of the better up scale places for Peruvian Chinese food is Madam Tusan - great food and atmosphere - 3-50 dollars
- Larcomar - this is actually a mall - albeit a very upscale mall over hanging the cliff side of the Miraflores board walk - and it has many good restaurants averaging 30-45 dollars a meal - overlooking the ocean - worth it for the experience - but then so are the much cheaper cafes that overlook and over hang the cliff side board walk
- Other places with amazing reviews include Rafael, Cosme, and Costanera - also Amaz for typical amazing amazonian type food
- Tanta - great mid-upscale food - Peruvian fusion - great atmosphere and patio - across from the Monastery - their Pallella - Spanish rice and seafood dish - is to die for - 10-25 dollars
- Museo del Pisco - amazing roof top patio, and drinks, finger foods are also really well prepared and seasoned - 15-30 dollars
- Chi Cha - up scale - near Tanta - beautiful ambiance in one of the historic venues - great food - Peruvian - 20-40 dollars for a good meal - off the main Plaza
- Zig Zag - up scale - and pretty good - actually they cook their alpaca amazingly - so make sure to try!! - 20-40 dollars for a meal - off the main Plaza (great lunch time menu!)
- Crepisimo - near Tanta - off the Main Plaza - good lunch menu for 30 soles - nice patio - great crepes!!
- The Main Plaza - many of the restaurants are tourist traps that said, the breakfast menus are pretty good and for 15-30 soles you get a patio view of the main Plaza and can enjoy taking it all in while having breakfast - usually eggs, pancakes, juice, and coffee
- The Quaint Walking Street - near the Monestary - lots of tourist trap restaurants in the street - but amazing ambiances and many with roof top patios - the set menu lunches are not a bad price for 15-30 soles and the food although not stellar is decent - its more about the atmosphere and soaking up the sun while taking in the beautiful architecture of the city from the top!!
- The menu places here are ok - in Arequipa the Chinese food and rotisserie chicken are better!! And from the more local dishes, Aji de la Galina, Papas a la Huancaina, and Alpaca steaks!!
- This is where to come have fresh lake trout - fried or grilled - its spectacular
- Make sure to shop around