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La Cabaña

Contemplate this: a man collects wondrous and miraculous things, from old fruit machines to antiquated aguardiente-making equipment throughout his life and then arranges them around a lively, cozy restaurant that...

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La Cabaña

This haunt is popular with locals and travelers alike for its relaxed ambience, hearty food and tasty pisco sours (grape brandy cocktails). When you’re suitably mellow, order a scrumptious pizza or graze on...

Market in Huancayo

Mercado Mayorista

A colorful produce market spills out from the covered Mercado Mayorista, east along the railway tracks. In the meat section, you can buy Andean delicacies such as frogs, guinea pigs and chickens; an incredible...

Peruvian in Huancayo


This classy establishment is the local eatery of choice in El Tambo district, where Real becomes Castilla northwest of town. A flower-filled courtyard and walls decorated with San Pedro de Cajas tapestries and...

Peruvian in Huancayo

Detrás de la Catedral

This well-run, attractively presented place exudes a woody, warm feeling and has garnered plenty of regular patrons with its broad menu: a flight of steps up from the usual chicken-and-rice choices. Enjoy filling...

Peruvian in Huancayo


Effortlessly combining common-people’s cafeteria with upscale restaurant, this joint is so Huancayo, right down to the model train in the central dining area. Go Andean with mondongo (broth made with maize,...

Bakery in Huancayo

Café Coqui

This modern bakery/coffee shop is a contender for the best breakfast stop in the Central Andes, serving tasty sandwiches, pastries, empanadas, real espresso and other coffees. It’s lively from morning until...

Traditional Dance in Huancayo

Año Nuevo

New Year's festivities in Huancayo are some of Peru’s most unusual. Dances performed include the huaconada, in which revelers dress up to look like quirky old men with big noses, representing village elders who,...

Traditional Music in Huancayo

Restaurant Peña Turistico Wanka Wanka

This peńa (bar or club featuring live folkloric music) in El Tambo attracts local bands such as Kjantu and has good cumbia and folk music. The food and drinks are pricy though. Take a taxi here (S3).

Religious in Huancayo

Semana Santa

One of the biggest events in Huancayo, with big religious processions attracting people from all over Peru in the week leading up to Easter.

Cafe in Huancayo

Sofa Café Paris

With the chilled vibe you’d hope from the name, this is a lively venue with a wrap-around mezzanine level to oversee the action below. It favors Nirvana over Andean music and is frequented by trendy young...

Arts & Crafts in Huancayo

Feria Dominical

This craft market offering weavings, textiles, embroidered items, ceramics and wood carvings occupies numerous blocks along Huancavelica to the northwest of Piura. Mates burilados (carved gourds) and many other...

Peruvian in Huancayo

La Tullpa

Currently one of the best restaurants in Huancayo, La Tullpa has a simple but attractive wood-floored interior which leads through archways onto a plant-draped courtyard. The gastronomy of the central Andes is...

Cafe in Huancayo

Zalema Social Coffee

Keep your eye on this neat little bohemian space: if it keeps on like this, it's really going places. Understated decoration themed around the other passion of the owners (mountain climbing), a laid-back feel,...

Park in Huancayo

Parque de la Identidad Huanca

This fanciful park is full of stone statues of famous regional personalities, as well as miniature buildings representing the area’s culture. It's in the suburb of San Antonio, 3km northeast of the center.

Grill in Huancayo

La Leña

If you like meat, you'll love this plaza-fronting place. Chicken is the specialty; have it done the most famous way, a la brasa, a coal-roasted rotisserie chicken served with a spicy salsa.

Peruvian in Huancayo

El Consulado

This spacious, high-ceilinged establishment specializes in cuisine from Arequipa, such as the trademark rocoto relleno (cheesy stuffed bell peppers), as well as traditional Andean fare.

Viewpoint in Huancayo

Cerro de la Libertad

A popular recreational and dining locale with a great view of the city, as well as artwork stalls and a playground. It's about 2km from the town center; head northeast on Giráldez to get here.

Live Music in Huancayo


Local bands perform at this long-serving bar-restaurant most nights from 9pm. Expect John Lennon posters, Pink Floyd on the stereo, and burgers and pizzas to chow down on.

Mall in Huancayo

Real Plaza Mall

The main Western-style mall in the Andes, providing a stark contrast with the timeless city market outside its doors.