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SPECTACULAR CORNERS TO ENJOY IN CUSCO

We suggest interesting little corners of Cusco for your midday and afternoon cravings. Here you will find proposals of varied flavors, anticuchos, picarones, salteñas, ice cream made with seasonal fruits etc..

...And you...do you know of any other little corner of Cusco that offers us delicious flavors?...suggest us which one!....

1. "TAMALES CUSQUEÑOS".

It is well known that Cusco's corn and corncobs are among the best in the world. After tasting the tasty sweet and savory tamalitos of Doña Julia Huayllani de Caparó there is no doubt about it. The white serrano tamale in its Cusco version is soft, delicious and homemade. It is made with the best and most tender white corn of Cusco, patiently ground to become the tamalitos that conquer with their spongy texture. Exponent of this tradition is "Tamales Josefina" street stall located in the Portal de Belen in the center of Cusco. Julia; for more than 40 years has been dedicated to the preparation of this specialty of Cusco cuisine. It was her mother Doña Josefina Ramirez, who in 1924 began to elaborate exquisite tamalitos with her own recipe, the same one that today Doña Julia preserves with filial devotion.

Address: Portal de Belen (Plaza de Armas del Cusco and Calle Santa Catalina Angosta).

Telephone: (+51) 084-227240.
Contact: Julia Huayllani Caparó.
Cost: From S/. 1.00 (sweet and salty).
Attention: From 6:00 AM. TO 8:30 PM.

2. “CAFÉ AYLLU”” / Cafetería:

The emblematic Café Ayllu is a symbolic place that is part of the history of the people of Cusco. Here everyone is welcome, with the kindness and respect of its owners. The philosophy of the cafeteria is the familiar treatment, with quality products, homemade at affordable prices. It is a nice meeting place for friends and family; at lunch time.
El Ayllu offers a very good Cusquenian coffee, which you can accompany with one of its typical sweet snacks such as the cachitos filled with manjar blanco. Among other drinks is its hot chocolate of pure cocoa, its emblematic milk or bean punch, accompanied by homemade bread with cream; a classic to counteract the cold of the city. Among other savory snacks they offer us their delicious triple ham and Serrano cheese sandwich...spectacular!...among other sweet snacks their famous mother-in-law tongues filled with blancmange, alfajores and empanadas. Café Ayllu awaits us at:

Address 1: Calle Marquéz Nº 263 / Cusco.

Address 2: Almagro Street Nº 131 / Cusco. 

Telephone: (+51) 084-255078.
Sweet Cost: From S/. 5.00 soles.
Salty Cost: From S/. 6.50 soles.
Attention: Monday to Saturday from 6:30 PM. to 10:30 PM.
Sunday from 6:30 AM. to 13:00 PM.

3. "ANTICUCHOS CUSQUEÑOS".

The delicious dish is intimately linked to the life of Peruvians, religious beliefs and other customs that mark the identity of its inhabitants, between processions of saints, sports evenings, popular streets with vianderas that offer it, etc. many prefer it. The anticuchos of beef heart, presented in chunks, marinated with regional seasonings and pressed with a piece of potato on a wooden stick fork, delicious homemade flavor, is the favorite salty snack of many in Cusco.

Address: Corner of Maruri Street / Afligidos and Loreto.

Telephone: (+51) 984 - 068717.
Cost: From S/. 5.00 soles.
Attention: Monday to Saturday from 6:00 PM. to 11:00 PM.

4. SANDWICHES “MAROCHO” / Tasty sandwiches with regional ingredients.

We found them in an accessible place, in the surroundings of Cusco. Teófila Marocho Guevara, is the owner of this nice place. She has many years dedicated to the elaboration of her requested sandwiches. They are characterized by their simple and homemade preparation, with ingredients based mainly on pork. Among its many appetizing sandwiches, it presents the house specialty, the house ham, mortadella and pork cheese sandwich. We can enjoy it in the middle of a nice bread of the region and accompanied by a delicious pickled fresh vegetables. We can accompany this tempting salty snack with a cup of homemade coffee or any other drink offered by the house. This interesting little corner awaits us at:

Address: Calle Huáscar Nº 309 / Wanchaq.
Telephone: (+51) 084-224228.
Cost: From S/. 6.00 soles.
Attention: Monday to Friday from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm.

Sábado de 9:00 AM. a 2:00 PM.

5. BUTIFARRAS “LOS TRES CERDITOS" / Tasty traditional sandwiches

These sandiwches are served in the middle of a traditional local white bread, filled with pieces of smoked pork and a generous portion of onions and tomatoes. Maritza Arnado has been owner of this Cuzco little place for ten years. She started selling Butifarras in a small food cart in one of the streets of the historic center of the city. Now you can find her in this famous butifarrería preferred by many. Unlike other places, it offers the delivery service. We found this interesting place in:

Address: 138 Puente del Rosario St. / Cusco.
Phone: (+51) 949 - 759200.
Price: From S/. 5.00 soles.
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 8:00 AM. to 8:00 PM

6. PICARONERIA “RUINAS”

Rosa, is the owner of this small, sweet and cozy place. Represents a generation of women from her ancestors; For many years they have been making the picarones or fritters with regional ingredients. Rosa inherits the small store located on the corner of the well-known Ruinas street in Cusco; where for 38 years she has been making this delicious sweet. The original recipe is inherited from his mother, who in the Cuzco style achieves a perfect combination with regional ingredients.

Address: 200 Ruinas St. / Cusco.
Phone: + 051 / 984 412843.
Prices: From S/. 5.00 soles.
Opening hours: Monday to Sturday from 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM.

7. SALTEÑAS “COPACABANA”

Salteñas are known in many places in Latin America. The "salteña" has its origin in the name of the birthplace of its creator Juana Manuela Gorriti, born in the province of Salta in Argentina; who spent his youth in Bolivia, emigrant from the neighboring country. The salteña is preferably consumed in the morning, as part of a breakfast, sold and consumed in squares and streets at the pass. This appetizing salty delicacy can be found in Cusco in three places:

Address 01: 220 Q’era St. / Cusco
Address 02: A-1 Urb. Mariscal Gamarra
Address 03: C-5 Ubr. Cachimayo / San Sebastián.
Phones: + 051 / 084 241181 / 084 255407 / RPM •379350 / RPC 984 - 767730.
Prices: Starting at S/. 4.00 soles.
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM.

8. “PALOMA IMBIS” / Greek gyros

Born in Cusco in 1996 from Wilfredo Monteagudo, who travels to Germany to work as a cook in a Greek restaurant. Acquires the trade and knowledge in the elaboration of the Greek dish and opens a similar one in Cusco. This spectacular place offers us the "Rollo con giros", gyros pita or “kebab/shawarma”, falafell and hummus; food of Greek origin, pleasant taste. Preferred by many has a particular way of cooking. "Rollo gir"o", is a combination of lamb meat, onion and spices, cooked in a vertical steel trot and the direct heat of the fire. It is served in the middle of a thin corn white-flour tortilla. It is accompanied by different sauces and dressings, based on natural yogurt, garlic, onions, aromatic herbs and other species.

Address: 139 Plateros St. / Cusco.
Phone: (+51) 084-248999 / RPC 967-739280.
Price: Starting at S/. 17.00 soles.
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 8:00 am. to 12:00 am.

9. “LA RABONA” / Peruvian Deli / Cafeteria

La Rabona is a Peruvian Deli that offers a great variety of sweet and salty hors d'oeuvres, to satisfy the demands of the hungry palates.
Thinking of everyone, as it should be, it also offers gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options. In this shop you will find organic and natural products from your coffee beans, chocolate made with pure cocoa paste of the region, cookies made with white and whole flour, chili peppers, oils, granolas, condiments and more; they are guaranteed, fresh and quality products, from their ingredients to their preparation. La Rabona awaits us in:

Address: 146 Herrajes St. / Cusco.
Phone: (+51) 084 – 241305 / 084-241305 / 998193228.
Price: Starting at S/. 3.00 soles
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 9:00 AM. to 8:00 PM.

10. “QUCHARITAS” / Rolled ice cream and Crepes:

"Qucharitas" is a little spot of extraordinary and delicious rolled ice cream. Qucharitas tempts us to taste its delicious rolled ice cream of original flavors, made with fresh fruits, accompanied by different species; with a "base" and a "filling" that can be chocolate, vanilla and others like quinoa and kiwicha. Thinking of all their customers, Qucharitas is also put at the service of their diabetic clients and needs of people who are on a diet.
Among other options of sweet and salty delights they offer us spongy crepes, sandwiches and other desserts. This place with its original decoration and delicious flavors of ice cream awaits us in:

Address 1: 385 Procuradores St.
Address 2: 148 San Francisco Square.
Phone: (+51) 084 - 226019.
Price: Starting at S/. 4.00 (02 ice cream scoops).
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 11:00 AM. to 9:00 PM.

11. CHOCO MUSEO / Chocolate museum

Choco Museum Cusco is located two blocks from the main square of Cusco. It is an ideal stop to relax after having a walk around the city. You can also enjoy a delicious hot chocolate on one of its balconies overlooking the Plaza Regocijo. Choco Museum awaits you at:

Address: 210 Garcilaso St. / 2nd floor / Cusco.
Phone: + 051 (084) 244765.
Prices: Starting at S/. 3.00 soles. for a piece of chocolate.
Deserts starting between S/. 5.00 and S/. 10.00 soles.
Opening hours (Museum): Monday to Sundat from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM.
Opening hours (Store): Monday to Sunday from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

12. LA BO'M / Backpacker and creprerie

This French-Peruvian creprerie is located in the historic neighborhood of San Blas in Cusco.
Between its two bars people talk and amuse themselves. It presents a great variety of salty and sweet crêpes, with local, fresh and quality products. The idea is to make French-Peruvian crepes. They make use of regional ingredients such as avocado, passion fruit, mango, pisco, elderberry jam, aguaymanto, cañihua flour and quinoa.

Address: 283 Carmen Alto St. / Cusco.
Phone: + 051 (084) 235694.
Prices (Salty): Starting at S/. 12.00
Prices (Sweets): Starting at S/. 8.00 .
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM.

13. “D’OLY” / Coffee and deserts

Among sweet, salty and multi-colored textures, D'Oly café and sweets opens its doors in two cozy premises. D 'Oly was born in 2007 when it starts at home with the delivery service offered to well-known people and friends who requested their famous and no less delicious "alfajores stuffed with white caramel".

Address: G6 Jr. Antonio Raymondi /Urb. Santa Mónica.
804 La Cultura AVE. (Alianza Francesa building).
Phone: RPC 984-351344 y 984609657 / RPM #516131.
Prices (Salty): Starting at S/. 5.50 soles.
Prices (Sweets): Starting at S/. 4.50 soles.
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM.

14. DELI EL MONASTERIO

The famous hotel El Monasterio thinking of the fine palates of its guests, local diners, visitors and the variety of ingredients offered by our region; opens a small spot of sweet and salty flavors. "Deli El Monasterio" is the name of the place, the same one that is located next to the hotel. It offers a variety of delicious desserts that rescue the traditional handmade homemade flavor; the same ones that are also presented in practical containers to go:

Address: 136 Palacio St. / Cusco.
Phone: (+51) 084 - 604000.
Prices: Starting at S/. 5.00 soles.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 8:00 AM. to 9:00 PM.

15. GRANJA HEIDI

On the slope of San Blas, on the 2nd floor, we find this cozy place run by a friendly Swiss family. Besides the variety of its tasty desserts, it offers us a nice fresh cow's milk. Gudrun, the kind lady who owns this place tells us that together with her husband and coworker, they prepare their homemade marvels among varied desserts, sweets, salty dishes and sandwiches, with ingredients from the region and with secret recipes that she jealously guards.
They wait for you at:

Address: 525 Cuesta de San Blas / 2nd Floor / Cusco.
Phone: (+51) 084 - 238383.
Price: Starting at S/. 10.00 soles.
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 3:00 PM. to 7:00 PM.

16. LA CATALANA / Coffee and traditional deserts

Es un pequeño y acogedor lugar ubicado en un escondido pero fácil de llegar rinconcito del Cusco. Ymelda Hermosa de Cavero es la propietaria de éste lugar, desde el año 1982 dedicada en gran parte de su vida a la elaboración de dulces y postres tratando de conservar desde el uso de ingredientes hasta la elaboración de sus postres, la tradicional receta casera.
Entre sus bocadillos dulces nos ofrece las tradicionales lenguas de suegra, pies de frutas de la estación, pastelillos con harina de maíz etc. Entre los saldados, diversas empanadas, sándwiches y otros. Encontramos a “La Catalana” en:

Address: 102-A Jerusalén St. / Santiago / Cusco.
Phone: (+51) 084 - 221018.
Prices (Sweets): Starting at S/. 3.00 soles.
Prices (Salty): Starting at S/. 4.00 soles.
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 8:00 AM. to 9:30 PM.
Holidays: From 8:00 AM. to 8:30 PM.