Arequipa Top Restaurant Picks

by on 9th December, 2016

Arequipa Top Restaurant Picks

Peruvian gastronomy is famous throughout Latin America – and increasingly the world – for its quality and variety. Many say it’s the best on the continent.

Here are the top seven picks for where to eat in Arequipa as compiled by Lieveka, one of our partners in Peru. She had a very ‘fulfilling’ time putting this list together.

Food and the local cuisine are an integral part of any trip. If you are planning a trip to Peru you might consider our Peru Highlights or contact Andean Trails so that we can put together a trip proposal for you.



Cl. Portal De Flores 128, Arequipa

Tel: 054-237202

Get a feel for the city at this cosy coffee shop cafe in the heart of the action as it is on the main square. Serves snacks, desserts, beer and salteñas (Bolivian empanadas).



Calle Santa Catalina 309,  Arequipa
Tel: 054-204062/231149

Treat yourself to a great fusion of Italian and Peruvian food.

Plenty of choice, mostly pastas; also soups and risottos.

Tickle your taste buds by trying fusions like lasagna filled with aji de gallina or typical Peruvian snacks like fried yuca with huancaína sauce.

Nice setting. Book in advance.



Calle Moral 229,  Arequipa

Tel: 054-281583

In the centre of colonial Arequipa.

Extensive pisco-based drinks and cocktails….a must for visitors!

The food is good, and particularly liked the meat served on a hot stone with a side of Andean potatoes and fresh salad.



Calle Santa Catalina 204, Arequipa

Tel: 054-234572

Paradise for chocolate lovers. Tasty chocolate drinks, cookies and brownies.

They also sell Peruvian craft beer.



Calle Santa Catalina, 200 | Int. B, Cercado, Arequipa, Peru

Tel: 054-285641

Go local with tasty Peruvian Andean food.


Some ‘must haves’ include:

Cuy (guinea pig) in a variety of flavour options;

Shrimp soup (chupe de camarones);

Quinoa trout;

Lomo saltado (Traditional Peruvian chinese fusion beef),

Rocoto relleno (stuffed hot chili).



Santa Catalina 210 Cercado, Arequipa

Tel: 054-287360

High-end restaurant owned by Peru’s world-renowned chef, Gaston Acurio.

Great local food with a wide selection of wines and pisco-based drinks. On the pricier end of the market.



Leoncio Prado 122, Yanahuara, Arequipa

Tel: 054-252393

This restaurant is a must for lunch.  It is a picanteria – a traditional restaurant with spicy food. Recipes handed down over the generations. Open from 1200 to 1700. Closed Tuesdays.

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