Mixto's Cebicheria: Great view from the roofdeck
Just behind the cathedral, you'll find a cool little passageway and this excellent restaurant. Upstairs, the views of the surrounding mountains and the cathedral are excellent and the food is great too. We had a couple of beers and some very good ceviche here, which had a fresh, delicious taste.
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!).
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.
Can't remember: Not great service or food
There's a little place on Jerusalen near Ayacucho that is on the north side of the street that has signs outside proclaiming excellent local cuisine. Since we had not yet tried "cuy" or guinea pig, we decided to give it a try here. Well, Ryan wasn't quite up to ordering one for himself, but he did try mine.
If you're squeamish, you might want to order this all cut up without the head and teeth and claws and innards, but as for me, I decided to go all the way with it.
The service wasn't great here, the prices were high and to be honest, the cuy was so deep fried, that I didn't really enjoy the taste. I'd recommend ordering cuy roasted or grilled instead of fried.
El Jayari: El Jayari
This place is named after a typical dish from Arequipa. The "jayari" (quechua voice of "the caller") is a light dish with lots of chili and "rocoto" (the Peruvian red hot chili pepper). It worked like an appetizer for the second dish and the drink (that's why it is "the caller").
In this place you will not only find different types of jayari, but also other typical Arequipan dishes like:
- pastel de papa (cake of potatoes)
- ocopa (baked potatoes with a sauce of cheese, onion, olive, red hot chili pepper and a boiled egg)
- Rocoto relleno (red hot chili peppers boiled and baked stuffed with meat, potatoes and milk, with cheese all over it)
- Adobo (pork marinated with chicha de jora and other herbs. Chicha de jora is a fermentated drink from corn)
- Chupe de camarones (a milk soup with shrimp, delicious!)
Favorite Dish: I loved the rocoto relleno. Generally I love anything full of chili!
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La Posada del Puente Restaurant: La Posada del Puente Restaurant
This restaurant, one of the fanciest in town, belongs to La Posada del Puente hotel, but it is open to all public. It has a great location (next to river Chili, with an outstanding view of Misti volcano), its menu is variated (you can find from local dishes like chupe de camarones and queso helado to vegetarian and international food) and its ambiance is neat, with half of the tables under roof and the other half in the gardens, next to the river. At night, candles are lighted up in all tables and a pianoman performs during the weekends.
Favorite Dish: It prepares the most delicious "queso helado" that I've tried. "Queso helado" is a typical Arequipean dessert consisting of iced milk previosly boiled and seasoned with vanilla, some coconut and a yolk. It's decorated with cinammon
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Sol de Mayo: local specialties
Though I was a bit disappointed at how fancy this place was, it still is a locals' place. It's just a special occasions sort of place and, in fact, there was a wedding reception just finishing up as we got there! It has a lovely outdoor garden and many rooms, which makes it great for large functions. It's certainly one of the nicest places I've been to in South America.
Favorite Dish: They have a wide range of local specialties but since we got there as it closed, the chef was only willing to make us something quick. I had the lechon or baby suckling pig. It was a bit pricey but it was perhaps the finest meat I have on the trip to Peru plus REAL vegetables, a rarity in low end places.
Govinda: vegetarian fare
Pleasant alternative eating with relaxed atmosphere and vegetarian food, a great departure from the more typical meat of fish dishes popular in Peru.
Favorite Dish: Papa a la huancaina is made with cold potatoes covered with a rich sauce made of egg and cheese. It's generally quite spicy and this one was served with some fried cheese on the side.
Ary Quepay: more great local foods
This was a cozy place with live music and though full of tourists, the food was very authentic, with varied local specialties, and not too expensive.
Favorite Dish: Adobe was a great pork stew with a vinegary sauce that sounds weird but actually very tasty.
La Canasta: A good breakfast - Un bon p'tit-dej'
Breakfast very tasty about 6 soles (2 USD). The bread and some pastries are very tasty here. A bit awkward with the service (ask to see the portions of butter and marmelade they will give you before ordering : they try to make you pay if you want some more and often give you few...)
P'tit dej bien goutu pour pas cher (6 soles). Le pain et les croissants valent le detour. Service un peu gauche (demandez a voir les portions de beurre et de confiture avant d'etre servis : ils font payer les supplements et ne donnent pas grand chose au debut)
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
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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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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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
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