Restaurants

Top Choice Peruvian in Arequipa

Zingaro

In an old sillar building with wooden balconies, stained glass and a resident pianist, culinary legends are made. Zingaro is a leading font of gastronomic innovation, meaning it’s an ideal place to try out nouveau r…
Peruvian in Arequipa

Chicha

Peru’s most famous chef, Gastón Acurio owns this wildly experimental place where the menu never veers far from Peru’s Inca-Spanish roots. River prawns are a highlight in season (April to December), but Acurio prepar…
Peruvian in Arequipa

Zig Zag

Upscale but not ridiculously pricey, Zig Zag is a Peruvian restaurant with European inflections. It inhabits a two-story colonial house with an iron stairway designed by Gustave Eiffel (blimey, that bloke must have …
Argentine in Arequipa

El Charrua

This Argentine-Uruguayan grill with its dark-wood, gentlemen’s club–style cocktail bar, is in the Yanahuara district adjacent to the mirador. Its terrace enjoys one of the best views in the city with the symmetrical…
Peruvian in Arequipa

La Nueva Palomino

Definitely the local favorite, the atmosphere at this picantería is informal and can turn boisterous even during the week when groups of families and friends file in to eat local specialties and drink copious amount…
Peruvian in Arequipa

Hatunpa

With just four tables and the common garden spud as its star ingredient, Hatunpa probably doesn’t sound promising, but it has a fervent and fast-growing following. The trick? Potatoes originate in Peru and the arequ…
Middle Eastern in Arequipa

Café Fez-Istanbul

The name suggests two cities, but the food is distinctly Middle Eastern rather than Moroccan. Falafels are the main draw – in a crepe or in a sandwich – served in a rather trendy resto-bar with a people-watching mez…
Kebab in Arequipa

El Turko II

Right in the thick of things on San Francisco, the brother of El Turko I is a highly recommended Middle Eastern restaurant. Sizzling platters of kebabs and other carnivorous and vegetarian specialties are served in …
Cafe in Arequipa

Crepisimo

All the essential components of a great cafe – food, setting, service, ambience – come together at Crepisimo in the French cultural center. In this chic colonial setting, the simple crepe is offered with 100 differe…
Italian in Arequipa

Mixtos

Tucked away in the alley behind the cathedral on the Plaza de Armas is this popular and quaint restaurant that serves mainly Italian and criollo (spicy Peruvian fare with Spanish and indigenous influences) seafood d…