Arequipa has a reputation for tasty local dishes like rocoto relleno (stuffed spicy red peppers), best enjoyed in the traditional, communal picantería restaurants. Trendy upscale spots line San Francisco north of the Plaza de Armas, while touristy outdoor cafes huddle together on Pasaje Catedral. Good, local eateries are in the busy Mercado on San Camilo southeast of the plaza.


chicha de jora – fermented corn beer

chupe de camarones – prawn chowder

cuy chactado – spiced, fried guinea pig

ocopa – boiled potato in a creamy, spicy sauce

pastel de papa – baked layers of potato slices and cheese

rocoto relleno – stuffed spicy red peppers