Cusco is a melting pot; visitors come from all over the planet to experience the mystic and energy of Machu Picchu. It is as incredible as described and even more beautiful than the photos found through a google search. No matter where you stay, no matter what you have for dinner, the trip will be made as you round the corner to view the Lost City.
That said, eating delicious food sure makes a trip more enjoyable. Here are 5 restaurants to visit in Cusco, Peru as recommended by the Wyndham Cusco:
This quirky restaurant is located a short walk away from the main Plaza de Armas. The walk is fun, up narrow, cobblestone streets. The dimly lit dining area is perfect for the table side serenades which accompany each meal. Professionally-trained opera singers walk around to each table singing classic songs; they are accompanied by one of the few grand pianos in Cusco. The food itself is delicious and features unique fusions between Peruvian food and other cuisines. We have yet to find a bad plate on the menu. At some point during your experience at Comedia Divina, you should make your way to the bathroom and see how long it takes to figure out the sinks; very creative.
Address: Calle Pumacurco #406
Phone Number: +51 84 437640
Lovers of French cuisine: look no further. Le Soleil is a relatively new presence on the streets of Cusco. The design is minimalistic and is built around the food rather than the decor. Expect incredible service upon entering the restaurant, as the owner insists on taking care of each customer himself. The food is focused and French, there is no fusion at this restaurant. One can choose between a surprise “menu,” which means the chef will choose what you eat for appetizer, entree, and dessert or you can pick your dish a la carte. The food is top-quality and the service is impeccable. Save this meal as your parting meal with Cusco. If you don’t like French food, this may convert you, if you like French food, Le Soleil should not be missed.
Address: Calle San Agustin #275
Phone Number: +51 84 240543
The self-proclaimed “curry-lovers paradise” has three locations world-wide: London & Manchester, England and Cusco, Perú. The spicy Phutra Saal dish has the attached guarantee that if you finish, you will receive a certificate and a free beer to bring you back to reality. We recommend the Chicken Tikka Masala for an entree and for dessert, we recommend the unique coconut/raisin na’an bread. This hole-in-the-wall is located in the San Blas Plaza, which is a beautiful section of town with overwhelming personality.
Address: Tandapata #909, San Blas
Phone Number: +51 84 233023
The most feng-shui restaurant around, Kintaro serves traditional Japanese cuisine. Known for its delicious sushi rolls and variety of soups, we recommend you pass by this restaurant if you’re looking for a unique eat around the Plaza de Armas. The avocado roll, in its simplicity, is a cheap and delicious appetizer. Any of the soups–they come in large portions–is a wonderful choice for a chilly Cusco evening. Don’t get lost while looking for this restaurant, it’s entrance is adjacent to a typical artesan market, one block up from the main plaza. Remember to bring cash because there are no cards accepted; it doesn’t matter whether you bring dollars or soles.
Address: Calle Plateros #334
Phone Number: +51 84 260638
The adventurous tourist looking for local cuisine should not miss the opportunity to dine at Pachapapa. The Disneyland-like feel of the restaurant is a nice ambience to experience cuy, also known as guinea pig. Remember, though, if you want cuy you need to order it one day in advance. Choose from a variety of dishes featuring potatoes, quinoa, alpaca, lamb, pork, and other local favorites. Located in San Blas, this is a nice, clean restaurant with good service that will give you the chance to experience Andean flavors.
Address: Plazoleta San Blas #120
Phone Number: +51 84 241318