The best Restaurants in Arequipa

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City: Arequipa // Category: Food // Reading time: 5 min

 

When you’re in Arequipa, also known as the “white city”, you can enjoy some very tasty traditional Peruvian food in the typical “Picanterias”. The tradition of the Picanteria restaurants is to serve particular dishes on each day of the week. Arequipa is especially known for the Spanish colonial style of the stews and casserole, which are made over the firewood in clay pots. Get ready for a gastronomic highlight, because the restaurants in Arequipa are some of the most diverse in all of Peru!

 

Arequipa Plaza de Armas at night

 

What to eat in Arequipa?

  • Anticuchos de Corazon  
  • Rocoto Relleno
  • Chupe de Camarones
  • Mazamorra Morada
  • Choco Maki
  • Caldo Blanco

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

 

Anticuchos de Corazon

 

Anticuchos de Corazon 

 

Restaurant: El Tio Diario  (Address)

Interesting facts: Amazing view on the volcano & mountains

Average Price: $ 6-15

Kitchen: Peruvian, Seafood, BBQ

Best time to eat: Brunch & Lunch

Reservation: Not required

Try this: Anticuchos de Corazon (bovine heart), Parmesan-Scallops, Ceviche

Atmosphere: Casual

 

Rocoto Relleno

 

Rocoto Relleno 

 

Restaurant: Ary Quepay  (Address)

Interesting facts: The creator designed this dish to convince the devil to let his daughter into the heaven.  

Average Price: $ 5-15

Kitchen: Peruvian, Latin American, South American

Best time to eat: Snack, Lunch & Dinner  

Reservation: Not required  

Try this: Rocoto Relleno   

Atmosphere: Casual

 

Chupe de Camarones

 

Chupe de Camarones

 

Restaurant: La Nueva Palomino (Address)

Interesting facts: The seafood comes fresh out of the river Majes which is close to the city of Arequipa.  

Average Price: $ 5-22

Kitchen: Peruvian, Seafood, Vegetarian

Best time to eat: Lunch & Dinner  

Reservation: Not required  

Try this: Chupe de Camarones

Atmosphere: Casual

 

Mazamorra Morada

 

Mazamorra Morada

 

Restaurant:  La Despensa (Address)

Interesting fact: The dessert is made out of black corn.    

Average Price: $ 15-20

Kitchen: Italian, Vegan, International  

Best time to eat: Lunch & Dinner  

Reservation: Not required

Try this: Mazamorra Morada, Pizza

Atmosphere: Casual

 

Choco Maki

 

Choco Maki 

 

Restaurant: El Buda Profano (Address)

Interesting fact:  The restaurant is famous for its vegan sushi and the wine & sake bar.

Average Price: $ 4-8

Kitchen: Japanese, Sushi, Vegan Dishes   

Best time to eat: Lunch & Dinner

Reservation: Not required

Try this: Vegan Sushi, Vegan Ceviche; For dessert, go with the Choco Makis.

Atmosphere: Modern

 

Caldo Blanco Soup

 

Caldo Blanco Soup 

 

Restaurant: Omphalos (Address)

Interesting fact: Everyday for lunch you will get a four-course menu.

Average Price: $ 3-6

Kitchen: Peruvian, Healthy, Vegan  

Best time to eat: Lunch

Reservation: Not required

Try this: Caldo Blanco, Hiro de Zapallo con Hamburgesa (consists of lentils, kidney beans etc.) is served with white rice; Champi Lomo Saltado (mushrooms, onions, tomato sauce, rice, fries + alfalfa sprouts); Chocolate cake as a dessert.  

Atmosphere: Casual

 

I hope that these recommendations are helpful for finding the best restaurants in Arequipa during your travels in Peru. All of these restaurant recommendations are based on our personal opinion and we are not affiliated to the restaurants. Did we forget a restaurant or a dish that we should definitely include in our list for Arequipa? And in case you are traveling to Lima or Cusco, check out our recommendations for traditional Peruvian food in these cities as well, so that you can enjoy some amazing restaurants while you’re in Peru.

 

 


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