Top Choice Market in Iquitos

Belén Mercado

There are great eats at Iquitos’ markets, particularly the Belén mercado where a menú, including jugo especial (jungle juice) costs S5. Look out for specialties including meaty Amazon worms, ishpa (simmered sabalo f…
Top Choice International in Iquitos

Dawn on the Amazon Cafe

This traveler magnet on the Malecón, with its tempting row of street-front tables, sports a menu divided up into North American, Peruvian, Spanish and Chinese. Travel wherever your taste buds desire but bear in mind…
International in Iquitos

Le Bateau Ivre

This is laid out with TLC by the Belgian owner with a New York–style breakfast bar (OK, Amazon version thereof) and upper-level mezzanine seating looking down on the main eating area. The cuisine refuses to be pigeo…
Cafe in Iquitos

Espresso Cafe-Bar

Elegant rubber boom-style refurbishments are all the rage in Iquitos and this second-floor people-watching spot has nailed the vibe. Airy, high-ceilinged and stylishly furnished, the service here is also gracious. C…
Fusion in Iquitos

Al Frio y al Fuego

Take a boat out to this floating foodie paradise in the middle of the mouth of the Río Itaya to sample some of the city’s best food. The emphasis is on river fish (such as the delectable doncella), but the parrillas…
Cafe in Iquitos

Karma Cafe

This chilled atmospheric place does a little bit of everything and does it well: Thai, Greek, Indian, vegetarian, Peruvian, cocktails. It offers a 'make your own' breakfast, a popular happy hour, displays local art …
Ceviche in Iquitos

ChillOut Carnes y Pescados

This gets our nod for first prize in the keenly contested battle for number one in the city's cevichería (ceviche restaurant) contest. An air-conditioned interior, a little street-front courtyard and, most crucially…
Cafe in Iquitos


Taking on the big boys in town and beating them hands down as far as caffeine fixes go, this agreeable little air-conditioned place will do anything from ristretto to oreo frappes, and do them supremely well.
Peruvian in Iquitos

Gran Maloca

Enter the bygone world of the rubber-boom days at this atmospheric Amazonian restaurant. Expect silk tablecloths, wall-length mirrors and imaginative regional delicacies such as chupín de pollo (a tasty soup of chic…
American in Iquitos

Ari’s Burger

On the corner of the Plaza de Armas, this clean, chirpy and brightly lit joint is known locally as gringolandia (gringo land).Two walls are open to the street, allowing great plaza- and people-watching. It’s almost …