MAKE YOUR TIME IN CUSCO DELICIOUS
If you are planning to visit Machu Picchu or a surrounding site, you will most likely end up staying in Cusco for a few days to acclimatize to the elevation and explore the great city to. It also happens to be a hotbed for incredible culinary experiences! We’ve compiled a variety of restaurants to fit the needs of various travelers, from experimental and adventurous to safe comfort-food, all of these suggestions are delicious and approved by our guides! Here is a map of all the options listed below and you can learn about other places to eat in Cusco from TripAdvisor.
Fine dining, Cusquena food with modern twists.
Price/plate: $15 – $25 USD (reservation recommended)
This is the fanciest, and consequently, the most expensive restaurant on our list. The name “Chicha” comes from traditional Peruvian drink made from several varieties of corn. This restaurant is known for adding contemporary twists to classic Cusquena dishes. Chicha also serves various pasta dishes for those who’d like a less adventurous experience!
It is located in the smaller, yet quaint Plaza Regocijo in Cusco’s city center. The Plaza Regocijo is right off the main center of the city [La Plaza de Armas], the outdoor seating provided by the restaurant provides a serene and peaceful atmosphere. There is also seating on a second story balcony that allows incredible views of the shops and sprawling terracotta rooftops below.
Expect meals to run anywhere from $15-$30 USD (50-100 Soles), which includes dessert of course! Chicha takes pride in its dishes made from century old recipes that are comprised of local ingredients. At Chicha, the experience is just as important as the meal, so plan on the entire dinner taking 2-3 hours. You’ll want to make a reservation for this one.
Marcelo Batata has 2 signature dishes: alpaca steak and a rack of lamb. Both dishes are incredible and almost warrant a trip to Cusco on their own! Enjoying a meal here is on the medium to high price range. The restaurant itself is not very large, so we would suggest make reservations ahead of time.
Take your time and enjoy a wonderful evening full of music, a lovely ambiance, great service and amazing food.