Faces of Cusco Awards 2016: Winners International Cuisine
This category rewards the best international food & drinks in 6 awards:
Best Vegetarian Food, Best Finger Foods, Best Italian & Wine, Best Healthy Food, Best Family Food and Best Soups.
Each of the winners serves delicious internationtal dishes and drinks. Together with their contribution to the gastronomic diversity of Cusco makes them true winners!
Healthy, casual, and sure to please both vegetarians and meat eaters. This laid-back restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and is perfect for both couples and small groups looking for a stress-free meal. Greens has an eclectic menu and each item lists whether it is 80%, 90%, or 100% organically sourced.
Insider Tip: We love the African curry and fresh fruit smoothies
Santa Catalina Angosta, (084) 254753
Open Daily from 8am until 10:30pm
Chef-owned restaurants are a theme here in our Best of Cusco 2016 list. Named after a German film, this delightfully Peruvian restaurant cooks up some of the city’s most underrated food. We love the balcony for a stress-free afternoon or evening with a great view. For finger-foods, you can’t beat the homemade tequeños – think spring rolls filled with your choice of Lomo Saltado, Caprese (Vegetarian), or Andean Quinoa with Cheese. These deep-fried delicacies are perfect with your choice of guacamole or local huancaina sauce. Perfect for a late afternoon treat or a break from a rainy day. Also, great for watching the parades that take place almost daily in the main square.
Insider Tip: Looking for a main course? Try the Alpaca in Cognac sauce!
Portal de Carnes 216, Plaza de Armas
Open Daily from Noon until 10pm
La Cantina Vinoteca
Need a change from Peruvian cuisine? Look no further then La Cantina, a romantic hideaway with the city’s best thin-crust pizzas, Italian cheese platter, tempting tiramisu and amazing wine list. Raffaele, Dario and the rest of the bunch love looking after their clients in a very warm and friendly way. Perfect for either dinner or a bottle of wine after dinner in a restaurant nearby.
Insider Tip: There can be a wait for the pizzas, so be sure to get Bruschetta or cheese to start.
Atmosphere: Romantic Casual
Calle Saphi, 993 061 612
Open from 6pm – 11pm daily
Tucked away off Cuesta San Blas, this cozy restaurant was the original pioneer behind locally-sourced, farm-fresh food in Cusco. Granja Heidi is owned and operated by a wonderful German couple who have lived in Cusco for decades and have a background in traditional dairy farming. Food here is terrific, be it from their 28-soles set menu or from their extensive a la carte options. A great way to support local, eat healthy, and please both your palate and conscience.
Insider Tip: Get the Happiness Tea and either the Nelson Mandela cake or Whipped Yogurt with fresh seasonal fruit. Go with time to savor the experience – not the place for a rushed meal.
Budget: $ – $$
Atmosphere: Casual and quiet
Cuesta San Blas, (84) 238383
Open Monday – Saturday, 11:30am – 9:30pm
This celebrity-owned, kid-friendly restaurant serves up great food for the entire family. Burgers are the staple here with a wide variety ranging from classics to Peruvian specialties. Kids will enjoy the familiar food and the crayons to color with before food arrives. Beyond burgers, be sure to try the Chaufa fried rice and Macaroni and Cheese.
Insider Tip: Cap off the meal with an ice cream sundae!
Santa Catalina Angosta 115
Run by a local mother, Mr. Soup takes the throne atop Cusco’s various soup options. This tiny, family-run option features nearly two dozen soups from Cusco and around the world. Light meals are a great meal to help acclimatize to high-altitude and Mr. Soup fits the need. Tables are small and often shared amongst travelers from across the world.
Insider Tip: Ask for the ginger tea with honey and lime!
Atmosphere: Very casual
Calle Saphi, 1st Block
Open Tuesday-Sunday, Noon – 10pm
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