Northern Highlands restaurants

Top Choice Amazonian in Tarapoto

La Patarashca

Come to Patarashca for an Amazonian culinary awakening. Outstanding regional cuisine is on tap at this woody open-sided restaurant replete with pre-Columbian iconography. Don’t miss the salad of chonta, thin strips …
Top Choice Amazonian in Chachapoyas

El Batan de Tayta

Exotic is the word here, from the decor (Amazonian creepers, bamboo table umbrellas and furry seat covers), to the food (‘drunk’ guinea pig, duck and edible ants in a vanilla and cognac cocktail!) and the implements…
Top Choice Amazonian in Moyobamba

La Olla de Barro

Don't miss this local institution, set up tiki-lounge-style, where you can double-dare your friends to try fried ants or alligator, all while you savor the phenomenal inchicapi (chicken soup with peanuts, cilantro a…
Top Choice Cafe in Cajamarca

Cascanuez Café Bar

Every city needs a Cascanuez, a place where you can go at 4pm for your tea or merienda (afternoon snack) and have a bow-tied waiter serve you a hot drink and a sweet treat. In Cajamarca this means cafe pasado (coffe…
Top Choice Amazonian in Tarapoto

Doña Zully

The parrilla (charcoal grill) masters here rustle up some of the best barbecues in the Peruvian Amazon using the staple ingredients of cecina (smoked pork), and doncella (a type of freshwater fish), among others. Th…
Top Choice Cafe in Chachapoyas

Amazonas 632

This smart new coffee shop and casual dining spot attracts a mix of laptop campers (free wi-fi and power outlets) and locals tucking into the thick, juicy burgers – the best in town. Strong coffee, gigantic fruit sa…
Top Choice Coffee in Moyobamba

Aromacafé

The coffee is exquisite – made by people who know how to bring out the best flavors – at this coffee bar full of pop-culture collectibles. While you’re waiting for the steam to heat up your cappuccino, examine the m…
Peruvian in Cajamarca

Paprika

Cajamarca’s poshest restaurant is located in its fanciest hotel and – no surprise – offers the most inventive food in the city. Large windows look out onto the main plaza, starched white tablecloths lend a formal ed…
Amazonian in Tarapoto

Natural

Brand new and boldly experimental, Natural is the first attempt at a true gourmet restaurant in Tarapoto and possibly one of the first to focus wholly on Amazonian food. Six-course tasting menus examine the delights…
Pizza in Cajamarca

El Marengo

Marengo is the smallest, hottest and most fun of the melee of pizza places in the blocks west of Plaza de Armas. With six wooden tables and a brick pizza oven squeezed into a space the size of a dentist’s waiting ro…