Two days is simply not enough to experience all the culinary goodness Cusco has to offer. But the restaurants we did get to visit were so good, we thought we’d share some yummy food photos to get you ready for your visit to the Inca capital! Click the name for a link to their tripadvisor page for ratings, addresses, menus and more info.
1. Greens Organic
On our first day back home at lunchtime, I said, “I wish we had a Greens Organic here.” They have tons of vegetarian options, and their produce comes straight from the family garden. Great location and atmosphere, and the staff were all super sweet and helpful. Love this place!
2. La Bodega 138
Seriously good pizza, pasta and beer! We had a barley wine brew from Lima that had coffee in it.
3. Seledonia’s Mesa
This place is as home-cooked as it gets. The whole family participates in welcoming you as a guest into their home, with the oldest daughter writing orders and serving the plates. We were even offered complimentary Pisco at the end of our meal. It’s customary to pour a little out before you drink, for the Pachamama.
A member of our trekking team recommended this place as a farewell dinner for our last night together. It was on the fancier side, but was reasonably priced with a really great, diverse menu. We both ordered from the Peruvian dishes, but I neglected to write down the names. I had spicy stuffed peppers and Iylana had some kind of vegetable stew with goat’s milk.
5. Hearts Café, Ollantaytambo
On our second day when we ventured out to Ollantaytambo, we stopped at Hearts Cafe, situated on a corner where we could sit outside with a view of the ruins. Some of their proceeds go toward supporting local children’s programs so we felt good about spending our money there. I had their menu of the day which included Quinoa soup, chicken and rice, and a brownie for dessert. Iylana had a vegetarian avocado sandwich and Chicha Morada, a very sweet drink made with purple corn.
Got any other must-visit restaurant spots in Cusco? Let us know!