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The Best Restaurants in Aguas Calientes

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The Best Restaurants in Aguas Calientes

Aguas Calientes, also known as Machu Picchu town, is the village where all travelers arrive before exploring the famous Machu Picchu.

However, as Aguas Calientes is quite small there aren’t many things to do. That’s why finding a good restaurant is even more important as you will most likely want to eat somewhere when arriving in Aguas Calientes or after you have done your Machu Picchu tour.

You will be especially hungry after you have done one of the additional hikes, such as the Sun Gate or a hike to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain.

In order to simplify your decision of where to go, we created a list of the best restaurants in Aguas Calientes so that you can find some great places to eat.

 

What to eat in Aguas Calientes?

  • Diverse Alpaca steak variations
  • Lomo Saltado
  • Trout
  • Machu Picchu Pizza

The following traditional Peruvian food recommendations in Aguas Calientes are based on the dishes the restaurants offer, the average prices, whether you need a reservation or not and much more.

 

Mapacho Craft Beer & Peruvian Cuisine

meat with rice and potatos served on white plate

Interesting facts: Great view of the Urubamba River.

Average Price: $7-14

Kitchen: Peruvian, vegetarian, vegan

Best time to eat: Brunchlunch & dinner (or just for drinks)

Reservation: Not required

Try this: Alpaca Steak, Aji de Gallina, Lomo Saltado

Atmosphere: Casual

 

Apu Inti Restaurante

tomatoes and veggies served on white plate

Interesting facts: They use organic products from the Peruvian coast, mountains & jungle.

Average Price: $6-13

Kitchen: Peruvian, vegetarian, vegan

Best time to eat: Breakfast, brunch, lunch & dinner

Reservation: Not required

Try this: Alpaca Steak, Ceviche Trout, Salad Quinoa Fantasy

Atmosphere: Casual

 

El Mapi Restaurant

diverse food served on plates and in bowls

Interesting facts: Daily buffet lunch.

Average Price: $15

Kitchen: Peruvian

Best time to eat: Lunch

Reservation: Highly recommendable

Try this: Different soups, meats, salads, desserts

Atmosphere: Casual

 

Mapacho by Uriel

double hamburger red wine glass in background

Interesting facts: Have a very large variety of different craft beers.

Average Price: $8-25

Kitchen: Peruvian

Best time to eat: Breakfast, lunch, dinner & drinks

Reservation: Not required.

Try this: Causita acevichada, Alpaca saltado, Guinea pig KFC style, Chaufa Burger with Peruvian fried rice.

Atmosphere: Casual

 

La Boulangerie de Paris

almond croissant on brown paper

Interesting facts: Everything is baked on site.

Average Price: $2-9

Kitchen: French, international, healthy

Best time to eat: Breakfast, snacks

Reservation: Not required

Try this: Almond croissant, chefs pizza with zucchini, red pepper, onions, olives and smoked ham, Croque Monsieur – french grilled sandwich with cheese, ham, bechamel sauce, Scones.

Atmosphere: Casual

 

The Tree House Restaurant

alpaca meat served with tomatoes on and sauce on white plate

Interesting facts: Interior is made out of wood.

Average Price: $9-22

Kitchen: Peruvian, International, South American

Best time to eat: brunch, lunch, dinner

Reservation: Recommendable

Try this: Alpaca with blue cheese sauce, trucha crocante (crispy trout in quinoa flakes) served with blue cheese risotto.

Atmosphere: Casual

 

Mesa 7 Restaurante

big pizza with cheese and vegetables

Interesting facts: Amazing view of the river and the mountains.

Average Price: $6-12

Kitchen: Italian, Peruvian, South American

Best time to eat: Breakfast, brunch, lunch & dinner

Reservation: Not required

Try this: Trout, Machu Picchu Pizza, Alpaca with Quinoa

Atmosphere: Casual

 

Full House Peruvian Cuisine

quinoa with meat and veggies on white plate

Interesting facts: Fusion kitchen of jungle, coast and mountains. You can enjoy your meal at the balcony with a view of the river.

Average Price: $9-15

Kitchen: Peruvian, pizza, vegan

Best time to eat: Lunch & dinner (or just for drinks)

Reservation: Not required

Try this: Lomo Saltado, Alpaca with Tacu Tacu, Lomo Saltado, Pizza al Gusto (different toppings), Grilled Anticuchos (cow heart).

Atmosphere: Casual

 

Enjoy Aguas Calientes

I hope that these recommendations are helpful for finding the best restaurants in Aguas Calientes during your trip to Machu Picchu.

All of these restaurant recommendations are based on our personal opinion and I want to state clearly that we are not affiliated to these restaurants in any way.

Did we forget a restaurant or a dish that we should definitely include in our list for Aguas Calientes? When heading back to Cusco after your Machu Picchu tour, you can check out our recommendations for restaurants in Cusco so that you can make the best out of your stay in the city of the Incas.

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