Don Pollo: Local fast food
Arequipa's version of fast food is any one of a handful of roasted chicken places you'll find on the streets a few blocks away from the Plaza de Armas. They are usually very simply furnished and full of locals. You'll walk in and have a seat. The waiter will take your drink order and then bring you a large bowl of soup full of all sorts of things including veggies and all sorts of meat, including parts you may not want to eat (as seen in this picture). After the soup, you'll get a plate of delicious roasted chicken with french fries and a salad. Beware of eating salads here as they are likely washed in local water!
The best part is the price. Ryan and I each had a glass bottle of Coke (always tastes better in a glass bottle) along with soup and chicken meal and the total price was 10 Soles (a little over three USD!).
El Pollo Real: Good roast chicken
El Pollo Real is part of a chain of pollerias. Pollerias restaurants focus on roast chicken and are generally cheap. They have a number of menu options such as quarter or half chicken & fries and/or corn and salad
This branch was clean and cheap and served delicious chicken and good fries accompanied by some liquidy spiced mayonnaise and chili sauce.
The dining room is clean and decorated with old pictures of Arequipa.
Favorite Dish: The chicken!
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Plaza de Armas: Try Peruvian Food in Plaza de Armas
Along the 3 arcades that surround the Plaza de Armas, you will find many restaurants where you can try out local Peruvian Fare. While you are walking down the arcades you will run into people that will try to get you to come up into their restaurant. The restaurants are located on the second floor of the arcades. The views are amazing from the restaurants and the food is actually pretty good. Here are a couple of local dishes to try: Lomo salada, which is a beef dish over french fries with onions and peppers served with rice. The braised chicken all throughout Peru is exceptional. The chicken is so meaty and tender. Maybe this is what chicken tastes like without hormones pumped in them but its awesome! Also trout is the local fish and whether it is baked or fried, it rocks! We also tried alpaca meat which is a bit gamey but if you like venison you will like it. Also the papa fritas (or french fries) are good everywhere and the limonada(or lemonade) is just the right sweetness.
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Posada Del Puente Restaurant: Queso Helado - a Peruvian dessert!
This restaurant is actually located at the Posada Del Puente hotel. Crossing the Avenida Grau bridge, you`ll see a low, white iron gate with steps descending - seemingly under the bridge. This is the entrance to the hotel and the entry to the restaurant is in front of you as you approach the lobby.
The staff are very nice and the food is excellent - and it`s open late - until 11:30 p.m.!
Favorite Dish: Queso helado - a Peruvian dessert is a sort of cheesecake ice cream - though not nearly as rich-tasting as cheesecake. We paired this with apple pie - a heavenly combination!
Le Bistrot - now called Zig Zag: French Crepes in Arequipa!
This little restaurant, located just down from the Convento de Santa Catalina, was wonderful. In addition, it features a tiny library with books in multiple languages, as well as a variety of games to play if you`re in the mood to relax! The staff are very friendly and helpful...
Note: It`s closed on Sundays...
Favorite Dish: A small French bakery served wonderful crepes - both savory and sweet. We had the chicken-avocado-cheese crepe, as well as the "Jazz" crepe, which had ham, cheese and spinach. The Jazz crepe was better!
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Mixto`s Cebicheria: Dining Above the Cathedral
Mixto`s has a diverse menu that will meet the needs of any palette. Located on the narrow pedestrian street immediately behind the Cathedral, you can dine on the terrace and actually look over the entrance to the Cathedral. The staff is friendly and helpful and the food was better than average.
Favorite Dish: The Wantan Camarones (shrimp filled wontons) were excellent and served with three sauces. The wontons were not heavy and while fried, were light.
La Canasta: Excellent Bakery!
La Canasta is a small bakery with fresh offerings straight from the oven! The smell is inviting and the offerings as tasty as any we`ve ever had!
Favorite Dish: Their version of the Carne (meat) Empanada was one of the best we`ve ever tasted. With tender pieces of beef mixed in a tasty onion sauce and baked in a light and fluffy pastry - it`s sure to please any empanada expert!
In addition, be sure to try the pan de tres cachets (a croissant filled with caramel). We were hesitant to try this, but found it to be so delicious that we bought two more for the road!
Note: They are closed on Sundays...
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Sol de Maya: Peruvian courtyard dining
This is supposed be the 'authentic Peruvian' experience--in a glamourous setting. Tired of eating on the cheap, we decided to treat ourselves for once, so we walked from the Plaza across town to Sol de Maya. By the time we got there, we were sweating, but good and hungry. We walked in to a grassy courtyard seating area with lots of colorful flowers, a little pool and many local businessmen in their suits and ties downing Inca Cola.
We were told that it had good local live music (folklorica). Unfortunately, the local music ended just as we entered and the band started on really bad renditions of Frank Sinatra songs.
Favorite Dish: I had the mixed salad of choclo (white corn), tomato, and avocado. Pretty yummy!
Around the plaza: Don't miss such atmosphere!
If you want to eat in a really beuatifull atmosphere, eat quiet well and cheap, then you must move to plaza caterina and have a eat there.
There is no problem to find out places, cuz all the guys will try to pick you up...for a dinner you should be willing to spend something less 2Usd each.
Try Recoto Relleno, my favourite food from Arequipa
Restaurante La Serenata: Good view of Plaza
I had breakfast at this restaurant which overlooks the Plaza de Armas. I mainly chose it for its location.
Favorite Dish: I had the lomo saltado with eggs. The breakfast was OK with the exception of the lomo, which was too fatty for me.
S\. 15.00 or $4.50
Are Quepay: Great traditional Peruvian food
This restaurant is a nice place for a dinner. It is a dimly lit place which can serve as a good place for a romantic dinner. There is traditional folkloric music every evening starting around 7:30-8:00PM. They move throughout the restaurant setting up near the fireplace in the back of the restaurant. The crew really seemed like they wanted to please. I think they were short-handed when I was there, but definitely tried to compensate for it by moving very quickly.
Favorite Dish: I had pastel de papa, which is a mouthwatering combination of potatoes, cream and cheese. For my entree I had chupe de camarones, which is a shrimp soap. This was good also, althought I was full from the pastel.
Pastel - S\. 8.00
Chupe de camarones - S\. 20
Cuba Libre - S\. 5.00
El Turko: Turkish food in Peru
This somewhat upscale restaurant serves a selection of Turkish and Peruvian food. I had the grilled alpaca and ocopa as an appetizer. The alpaca was cooked to the condition I specified (well-done). It was very tasty, if a little salty. The ocopa was standard ocopa, good but not extraordinary. I would definitely recommend this place.
My bill for the ocopa appetizer, alpaca entree and a beer came to S./ 34.50. This is more expensive than average, but the food and atmosphere are worth it.
Note: There is another smaller restaurant called El Turko at San Francisco 216. This is a quick serve place serving kabobs and other things.
Tradicion Arequipena: Traditional
Favorite Dish: As the name describes, this restaurant serves traditional dishes, my favorite being lomo saltado.
It is more expensive than most average restaurants in Arequipa, but is about the price you would find at an average restaurant in the U.S depending on what you order.
Pio Pio: Restaurante Muy DELICIOSO
It's a faster paced restaurant, with a lively environment. Upon entrance are chickens roasting in a huge oven like shish kabobs (spell check!) I would say it is a break from any touristy restaurant, as I had never once seen a tourist in there (beside myself and companions!)
Favorite Dish: This is my favorite restaurant in Arequipa. I always get the chicken and french fries as a side. They come with a complimentary soup which I only sometimes eat because it contains the "others" of a chicken.
Misky wasi: try lapaca bistek
It is a restaurant in the city center of Arequipa , it has a beautiful decoration with volcano stone walls (sillar), romantic and has a great view of the park of san franciso.
Favorite Dish: I love pizzas and they do it really delicious.
try pizza arequipena with chilis like rocoto.
specialists in Pizzas pastas and meat