The Best Restaurants in Aguas Calientes

Posted by Konsti Sobon on

City: Aguas Calientes // Category: Food // Reading time: 3 min


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.  


Aguas Calientes


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.


Lomo Saltado served on white plate

Lomo Saltado


Restaurant: Mapacho Craft Beer & Peruvian Cuisine (Address)

Interesting facts: Great view of the Urubamba River.

Average Price: $7-14

Kitchen: Peruvian, vegetarian, vegan

Best time to eat: Brunch, lunch & dinner (or just for drinks)

Reservation: Not required

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

Atmosphere: Casual


Ceviche Trouta gourmet with corn and tomatoes

Ceviche Trouta 


Restaurant: Apu Inti Restaurante (Address) 

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


Buffet with diverse salads, desserts, soups

Lunch Buffet 


Restaurant: El Mapi Restaurant (Address)

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


Almond Croissant with powder and almonds on top

Almond Croissant 


Restaurant: La Boulangerie de Paris (Address

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


Gourmet Alpaca Steak with tomatoes

Alpaca Steak 


Restaurant: The tree house restaurant (Address) 

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


Machu Picchu Pizza with different toppings served on wooden plate

Machu Picchu Pizza


Restaurant: Mesa 7 Restaurante (Address 

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


Beef with quinotto with greens as topping served on a white plate

Lomo Saltado  


Restaurant: Full House Peruvian Cuisine (Address) 

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


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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