Recommended Cafes & Coffee Shops in Cusco
La Valeriana - Café & Bakery (La Merced)
Portal Espinar 180, Cusco. Open 7am-10pm Mon-Sat, 8am-9pm Sun. Located facing La Merced Church, this café has an excellent selection of freshly baked cakes & pastries, good coffees, delicious sandwiches and lunches including a good lasagne. Empanadas are also good. Free WiFi. You can sit outside on the terrace. There are two La Valeriana Cafes in Cusco, both under the same management, (see below for info on the one in Avenida Sol) and the food is equally good but this one opposite the La Merced church is the newest and probably my favorite due to being away from the traffic and having a more relaxed feel about it especially when sitting outside.
www.jackscafecusco.com Calle Choquechaca 509, Cusco - at the crossroads with Cuesta San Blas. Open 7.30am-11.30pm daily. Always very popular with frequent queues of people waiting to get in during the high season. Great selection of breakfasts, fresh juices blended with herbs. Generous portions. Relaxed. Friendly service.
Cafe El Ayllu
Calle Almagro 133 & Calle Marques 263, Cusco. open 6.30am-10pm Mon-Sat, 6.30am-1pm Sun. One of the oldest and most traditional cafés in Cusco, popular with the locals. Old fashioned with suit-clad waiters some of whom have worked there for decades. Good selection of breakfasts including the filling Cusqueño breakfast, fresh juices. Great apple pastries. Sandwich de Cerdo (pork sandwich) recommended. Calming atmosphere with classical music, quick service.
La Bondiet - Café & Tea Room
Calle Heladeros 118 (opposite and a bit higher up from the La Merced Church), Cusco. Very clean, great selection of sweet & savoury pastries, sandwiches and excellent fruit salads. Breakfasts. Don't forget the ice-cream sundaes and great selection of milkshakes. The café at Plaza Espinar is a popular meeting place for some of the older retired locals particularly the ladies. They also have another coffee shop in Calle Plateros 363.
Museo del Café (Coffee Museum)
www.museodelcafecusco.com Calle Espaderos 136, Cusco. This is a quirky little café coffee shop just half a clock from the Plaza de Armas which also doubles as a coffee museum & shop with information about the history and production of coffee. They also hold coffee making workshops where you get to select and roast your own beans - great fun particularly on a rainy day. Although small the place is cozy with good wifi and friendly staff. Sometimes they have a real fire burning. As you would expect there are plenty of different coffees to choose from as well as a bar - the pisco coffee is recommended. Try the Museum breakfast - a bowl of baby spinach and greens topped with a poached egg, The granola and yoghurt with honey is also great. Fresh juices are served. Also well recommended is the mango chicken sandwich.
Cafeteria Siete & Siete (Café 7&7)
www.cafeteria7y7cusco.com Calle Tandapata 260, San Blas, Cusco (same place as Pension Aleman Bed & Breakfast). Open 10am-2pm 4-10pm Mon-Sat, 10am-2pm Sun.
This 3rd-story café has superb views over the city especially in the evening, worth climbing the stairs for. Relaxed chilled atmosphere, selection of German cakes, ice-cream sundaes, coffees and fresh juices. Excellent quinoa salad. Soups, sandwiches, burger, pastas. Named 7&7 because the café is located on the corner of two streets called "7 Angelitos" (7 little angels) and "7 Diablitos" (7 little devils), hence the fun theme of Angels & Devils which decorate the place. German owners, friendly & helpful staff. Very clean.
The Meeting Place
Plazoleta San Blas 630, Cusco www.themeetingplacecusco.com (link removed due to malware threat)
Great little cafe in the corner of Plazoleta San Blas. Freshly made cakes, American-style breakfasts, large waffles, burgers, sandwiches, great milkshakes, fresh fruit salad & yoghurt. Good sized portions. . Free WiFi. British-Peruvian owned. The Meeting Place aims to use 100% of the profits to help projects in the local community. Friendly mainly volunteer staff. Upstairs is a great place to sit in the window and watch the world go by in the Plaza below.
Calle Loreto, Plaza de Armas, Cusco (just to left of alleyway left of the Compania Church) . Worth mentioning for visitors who are already feeling homesick for their daily caffeine fix and also for one of the best views out over the Plaza de Armas. Popular with visitors and locals alike.
La Valeriana - Café & Bakery (Avenida Sol)
Avenida El Sol 576, Cusco. Open 7am-10pm Mon-Sat, 8am-9pm Sun. Located facing the Jardin Sagrado (Sacred Garden) adjacent to the Qoricancha Temple of the Sun, this bakery & café has an excellent selection of freshly baked cakes & pastries, good coffees, delicious sandwiches and lunches including a good lasagne. Empanadas are also good. Free unreliable WiFi, service can be a little slow at times. You can sit outside on the terrace and watch the world go by but be prepared to get hassled by street vendors and musicians.
Los Perros Couch Bar
El Hada Cafe (recently closed)
Qanchipata 596 (On the corner of Carmen Alto & Siete Angelitos), San Blas. Open 11am-8pm Mon-Sat. Closed Sun. www.elhada.com Recently closed down, will keep you informed if we hear any news.
Cafe Dos x 3
Calle Marquez 271, Cusco. Nothing fancy, more like a hole in the wall (small & cozy) but they know how to knock out a great little expresso and other coffees. This is a local café with a few tourists stumbling in by accident from time to time or when looking for shelter during the rain. This café is more of an institution in Cusco, it's been around for more than 20 years. The name Dos x 3 literally translates as two by three which has always confused me. Only recently I found out 2x3 means "done quickly" or "right away" which should signify its lightening fast service! Snacks are simple but well priced compared to the fancier places around. Granola and fruit salad breakfast, grilled cheese and ham toastie, even coffee to go. For those with a sweeter tooth try the tres leches, the pie de limon (lemon meringue pie) or the carrot cake and apple pie with ice cream.
www.cappuccinocusco.com Portal Comercio 141, Plaza de Armas, Cusco
www.belmond.com/hotel-monasterio-cusco/restaurants-in-cusco Calle Palacio 136, (Plaza Nazarenas), Cusco
Creperia La Boheme
www.labohemecusco.com Carmen Alto 283, San Blas, Cusco
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