Best restaurants in Cuzco

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    Cicciolina

    On the 2nd floor of a lofty colonial courtyard mansion, Cicciolina may be Cuzco’s best restaurant. The eclectic, sophisticated food is divine, starting with house-marinated olives, and continuing with crisp polenta squares with cured rabbit, huge green salads, charred octopus and satisfying mains like red trout in coconut milk, beetroot ravioli and tender lamb. With impeccable service and warmly lit seating.

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    Marcelo Batata

    A sure bet for delectable Andean cuisine with a twist. Marcelo Batata innovates with traditional foods to show them at their best – like the humble tarwi pea, which makes a mean hummus. The chicken soup with hierba Luisa (a local herb), is exquisite, alongside satisfying beet quinotto (like risotto), tender alpaca and twice-baked Andean potatoes that offer crispy-creamy goodness.

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    Chicha

    A Gastón Acurio venture serving up haute versions of Cuzco classics in an open kitchen. Its riff on anticuchos (beef skewers) is a delectable barbecued octopus with crisp herbed potato wedges. Other contenders include papas rellenas (stuffed potatoes), curried alpaca with quinoa, and chairo (lamb and barley soup) served in a clay pot.

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    Kion

    This retro-cool Peruvian Chinese restaurant is inviting on all sensory levels. It's also very popular; unfortunately, the dining experience, with clumsy service that includes table changes and wrong dishes delivered, could improve. Come for the housemade chimichurris ( sauces with a nice bite) and the wonderful lomo tau sí ( thin-sliced beef and vegetables served bubbling in a cast-iron pan).

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    Limo

    If you must have seafood in Cuzco, make this elegant Nikkei (Japanese-Peruvian) restaurant the place. Don't skip the house pisco sour, tinged with ginger and garnished with a whole chili. Tiraditos (raw fish in a fragrant sauce) simply melt on the tongue. Other hits are the creamy potato causas and crunchy shrimp rolls with avocado and smoked pepper. With attentive service.

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    Bojosan

    This Tokyo-style noodle shop does right in so many ways. Take a stool and watch the cooks prepare your udon noodles from scratch. Oversized bowls have flavorful broth, you add the protein (duck, chicken and vegetarian options) and a dash of authentic pepper mix. With bottled local artisan beers on offer. Run by the highly regarded Le Soleil next door.

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    Le Soleil

    Cuzco’s go-to spot for traditional French cooking, this romantic white-linen restaurant delivers with cool precision. Start with trout in a tart mango ginger confit. The duck à l’orange cooked two ways is simply divine. You can also go for a tasting menu (from S145). There's a wonderful selection of French wines and lovely desserts – chocolate fondant being the obvious, happy choice.

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    La Bodega 138

    Sometimes you are homesick for good atmosphere, uncomplicated menus and craft beer. In comes La Bodega, a fantastic laid-back enterprise run by a family in what used to be their home. Thin-crust pizzas are fired up in the adobe oven, organic salads are fresh and abundant and the prices are reasonable. With weekend brunch. A true find. Cash only.

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    La Bohème Crepería

    You can't go wrong with the authentic crepes in this Marseillaise-owned cafe, crafted with fusion ingredients like caramelized onions, Andean cheese, mushrooms and béchamel. There's a little patio with great views and firelit evening ambience. The set menu is a great deal. For dessert, try its signature crepe with salted butter and caramel.

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    Mr Soup

    Sometimes you just want a huge bowl of soup. Serving fairly authentic udon curry, Thai tom kha ( coconut soup), Andean quinoa soup and others, this tiny shop does the trick. Recipes were sourced from families, which helps gives them a homespun taste. For a bargain, go for the soup of the day (S15).

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    Monkey Cafe

    Cuzco's finest coffee shop is shoehorned into a tiny locale at the top of San Blas hill. All espresso drinks feature double shots made with Peruvian-origin roasts. There are also very tasty sweets and hearty breakfasts ranging from healthy to heart-stopping.

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    La Quinta Eulalia

    This Cuzco classic has been in business for over half a century and its courtyard patio is a score on a sunny day. The chalkboard menu features the tenderest roast lamb, alpaca and traditional sides like the phenomenal rocotto relleno (spicy peppers stuffed with beef, peas and carrots topped with dribbling cheese). Among the best places to order cuy (guinea pig).

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    La Rabona

    Baking Cuzco's best multiseed and sourdough loaves (gold on a multiday trek), wonderful carrot cake and other baked goods including vegan treats, this is a worthy stop for stocking up. It also serves espresso drinks, matcha tea and golden milk. Pressed juices, like the ginger-apple-beet combo, are liquid energy. Unfortunately, the downstairs seating is a little frumpy.

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    Granja Heidi

    A cozy alpine cafe serving healthy fare that's consistently good, some of it provided from the small farm of the German owner. In addition to wonderful Peruvian fare ( rocoto relleno is served vegetarian, with stuffed chili and peanuts), there are crepes and huge bowls of soups and salads. The lunchtime set menu (S28) is a deal. Save room for dessert.

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    Green’s Organic

    With all-organic food and a bright farmhouse feel, Green’s Organic oozes health. Inventive salads with options like roasted fennel, goat cheese, beets and spring greens are a welcome change of pace and the heartier fare includes pastas and alpaca dishes with attractive presentations. Come early (or late) as it fills up fast and service is notably slow.

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    Uchu Peruvian Steakhouse

    With a cozy, cavernous ambience of low-lit adobe, dark tables and bright turquoise walls, this chic eatery offers meat (steak, alpaca or chicken) and fish cooked on hot volcanic stones at your table, served with delicious sauces. Starters are great – like the BBQ ribs in a smoked elderberry sauce. Staff are knowledgeable and quick, a real treat.

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    PER.UK

    This love child of a Peruvian-British couple is a low-key cafe serving well-crafted Peruvian fusion dishes, plus pub burgers and oversized salads. Presentation is excellent and the service well above average. It's also kind to vegetarians and celiacs. The delicious ají de gallina (spicy chicken and walnut stew) could easily serve two.

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    Greenpoint

    Even nonvegetarians are repeat customers at this vegan restaurant and bakery offering abundant set-menu lunches (a steal at S15). Highlights include the veggie sushi and mushroom ceviche. Enter through an interior patio. The interior is a little shabby, go for the best seating on the 2nd-floor terrace. Also serves beer and wine.

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    Tacomania

    Serving nachos, burritos and tacos, this simple Mexican restaurant is popular with expats. The tortilla chips are fragile but the chunky guacamole with red onion is a home run. If you ask for spicy, it'll deliver. The stylish new location has an open kitchen and ample 2nd-floor dining room. With vegetarian options. Cash only.

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    Deli Monasterio

    Crusty, authentic baguettes are the highlight here (come early), but you can also get nice lunchboxes (perfect for day excursions) with gourmet and veggie options. The mini pain au chocolat (chocolate croissants) and passion-fruit cookies aren’t bad either. It's added cafe seating so you can stay a while.