Arequipa is one of those cities it’s easy to get stuck in. The weather is gorgeous all year round (in fact they have over 300 sunny days a year), the city is beautiful, and the food scene is blossoming. I spent two weeks here exploring the city and discovering all the best restaurants in Arequipa, so you don’t have to.
1. vegetarian sushi at el buda profano
The sushi at El Buda Profano is so good you won’t even miss the fish. With dishes including ingredients like cashew butter, pickled beetroot and tempura eggplant it’s a must-visit for any foodie traveling Peru. The price isn’t bad too. 15 pieces of sushi will set you back 18 sole ($5.50 USD). You can even procure a descent glass of wine, which is almost unheard of when eating on a budget in Peru.
2. beers and burgers at chelawasi public house
Chelawasi Public House is a cool little pub serving up craft beers and amazing burgers. Head there from 4 – 6pm for their happy hour – 10 sole beers on tap and 20 sole burgers. My favourite was the Barbecue Burger. A classic burger served with bbq sauce, onion rings and chips with 6 types of dipping sauce. An excellent cure for a hangover washed down with a bright pale ale. They even have craft cider for those non-beer drinkers.
3. authentic peruvian food at ary quepay
After being in Bolivia for a month I was really in need of a taste of home, which is why this list is mainly made up of gringo food. However, the traditional dishes at Ary Quepay are so good I couldn’t go past them. Head here to try Cuy (deep-fried guinea pig) if you’re game. Or for something less confronting their Rocoto Relleno (stuffed peppers served with potatoes and a creamy white sauce) is absolutely delicious, albeit a little naughty.
4. peruvian coffee at huayruro
Huayruro Peruvian cafe became by daily haunt while in Arequipa. The coffee is top-notch and the sandwiches are even better. Treat yo-self to a chocolate frappe and a chicken, bacon and avo sandwich. Or if you’re feeling particularly naughty the teriyaki chicken sandwich served with caramelised onions and melted cheese is next level.
5. Hot chocolate at Chaqchao
Chaqchao Organic Chocolates are known for their insanely good hot chocolates. Made from local cacao topped with cream and fudge sauce it’s definitely worth a visit. While you’re there you can sample the organic chocolate they make and be even more indulgent with one of their delicious brownies.
6. All of the curry at Indian Cuisine
Indian Cuisine has been feeding authentic Indian food to tourists in Arequipa for almost two years now. The small 30 seater restaurant is quaint but the flavours of the food are bold and traditional. You can’t go past the creamy butter chicken or the aloo palak topped with crunchy pomegranate seeds.
7. bargain burgers at aqp burgers
Tucked away on Bolivar street just near the Plaza de Armas is AQP burgers. The best spot for a low-budget burger in town. 13 sole (About $3.50 USD) will get you a gourmet burger with chips and 8 dipping sauces. Again I went for the bbq burger with home-made sauce and onion rings and was not disappointed.
8. Gourmet Pizza at LAS Gringas
Like the name might suggest Las Gringas restaurant and beer garden is a hot-spot for gringoes sampling the best restaurants in Arequipa. With delicious wood-fired pizza and craft beers on tap you could start any night out here. Go for the bacon and cranberry pizza on the purple base for something a bit different.
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