Rundown of Cusco Grubs | Eating at Peru Part I

I couldn’t afford to sleep off this dulling altituting headache that was slowly clouding my need to eat.

Hopping down from the plane and into the picturesque city of Cusco, there was no time to be wasted.  I only had 2 days to culinary-stock-up before my 5 day journey into the wilderness; and truthfully, two days are just enough to cover the basic culinary dining of this city.

*Add 2 more days, if you are terrible at adapting to heights and new environment; and comfort your pounding headache by downing some North American comfort food at Jack’s Cafe. 


Carlos from Second Home Cusco promised me three solid meals:

  • sitting outside at the quiet courtyard of Pachapapa, and biting into the tender morsels of lomo salteado (it was the best, and super affordable for the quality and ambiance)
  • Cicciolina: sitting at the bar, by the window looking out at the alley, and nibbling on tapas (my favorite is the mountain of organic salad, and local goat cheese)
  • dinner at Chi Cha (another of Gaston’s creation, although a bit sterile, the food did live up to a good food experience- the complimentary potato bread, anything pork and piggy, and cazuelas- a treat)

*Jack’s cafe for their hearty portions of breakfasts, hamburgers, tex-mex, and big desserts. Don’t forget their creamy cappuccino.

Pachapapa- my first papa a la hauncaina

oh the wonderful soups of Peru.  Lots of quinoa.

tender pieces of beef on to crunchy fries: lomo saltado

open kitchen at Ciccolina

I love salad @ Ciciolina

let’s go a bit high end : papa a la huancaina delicious-style

quinoa crusted shrimp: good concept but simple bread crust might be better

bites of tender salmon ceviche

Chi Cha kitchen

soft warm potato bread

cuy dish more refined: peiking-style wrapped in corn tortilla

more colorful potatoes

a piece of fatty lechon

stewed lamb

petit fours

Jack’s Cappuccino


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