If you’re learning Spanish in Cusco, for sure, you love to visit the many local cafes, bars, and restaurants in this lovely small town high up in the Andes. There are many to choose from. Some are more popular than others; some have a great view of the Plaza de Armas, others a bit cheaper, have delicious local Peruvian pastries and desserts… I was curious to know: what are the nicest cafes with the best coffee in Cusco? It took me actually while to find out. But now that I’m in my fifth week of Spanish studies at AMAUTA Peru, I think I know 🙂 . And I’m ready to tell you where to find the nicest cafes with the best coffee in Cusco!
When I first arrived in Cusco, I knew that Peru produces a lot of good coffee beans. Coffee is an important export product, and, there’s also a lot of Peruvian coffee on the local market. Everywhere in Peru, you can find coffee beans: in supermarkets, souvenirs shops and on the markets.
Therefore, you would think, that there must be a lot of places to drink good coffee in Peru. But strange enough, that’s not exactly the case. Particularly in the tourist restaurants in Cusco, the quality of the coffee is not always that good. That’s why it took me a while to find out where to find a good cup of coffee during my Spanish course in Cusco.
One of my favorite places is Valeriana. Valeriana is entirely different than all the restaurants and café’s you see in Cusco. It is a cute place with wooden and white furniture and comfortable couches. They sell good coffee but don’t forget about the great muffins and, cheesecake.
Location: Valeriana has two locations in the city of Cusco. One is on the Avenida del Sol, in front of the famous and touristic Qorikancha. The other Valeriana is a little closer to the Plaza, nearby Plaza Regocijo. The good thing about this location is that you can sit on the small terrace outside.
Another place to drink good coffee is a close to Plaza San Francisco. If you walk from Plaza San Fransisco to the San Pedro Market you will find the street “Concebidayoc.” Here, on your right hand, you will find a small place named: Ricchary. It is not is not very well known under the tourist.
Ricchary makes their coffee from the coffee beans from Quillabamba. The coffee is organic and appetizing. The owner will be happy to tell you more about the process from coffee beans to coffee, and about the place where the coffee beans are coming from. If you want to buy good quality coffee beans from around Cusco, then also this is the place to go. You can choose between coffee beans and grounded coffee beans.
My third favorite café is in another part of the city, in the picturesque neighborhood of San Blas in the street “Choquechaca. The coffee here is cheap and good. It also has a little patio, where you can enjoy your coffee, surrounded by flowers. Don’t expect specialties like Frappuccino or many different kinds of flavors. If you’re happy with just a simple but good coffee, perfect to start your day with, then this is the place to go.
Frappuccino and free WIFI
So, as you can see, there are some beautiful places in Cusco to have good coffee. But, if you want a coffee just like you buy them at home, or that one Frappuccino that you always have at Starbucks, then yes, there also is a Starbucks in Cusco. You find it right at the Plaza de Armas, on the second floor. It is a nice place, nice interior, quiet and free wifi. So also if you want to study Spanish ordo some homework while enjoying a good coffee, Starbucks is the place to go.
Caroline van Linden