I decided to follow up the post “8 vegetarian restaurants in Lima, Peru” with a list of vegetarian restaurants in Cuzco. The city of Cuzco, the Capital of the Inca Empire and Machu Picchu are two of the most visited attractions in Peru, so it is not a surprise that restaurants specialized in vegetarian food exist here. What I like about the vegetarian restaurants in Cuzco is the imagination by the chefs to keep the Andean flavor and rich ingredients present in the vegetarian dishes.
It’s been a while since I visited Cuzco, so please let me know if I missed a restaurant and feel free to contribute with a comment to help the other visitors.
So here is the list:
1) Cafe Cultural Ritual
Vegetarian-Friendly Andean Restaurant
A mostly vegetarian restaurant featuring Andean specialties, such as quinoa pancakes and fried yucca. Has 3-course vegetarian menus available.
2) El Arbol
Carmen Bajo 184
Inexpensive Peruvian Vegetarian Food
El Arbol has simple, inexpensive vegetarian/vegan meals (including vegan dessert!) and a nice and unique atmosphere.
Hare Krishna-Run Vegetarian Restaurant
An all-vegetarian restaurant with inexpensive cuisine (3 course meal for $3). Located in Agua Calientes, close to Machu Picchu.
Santa Catalina Angosta 135
Organic Restaurant – Vegan Friendly
Greens is a restaurant that specializes in organic cuisine. It has a large selection of vegetarian items, including arugula ravioli and chickpea curry with almond couscous.
5) Moni Cafe
San Agustin 311
Vegetarian Peruvian and International Cuisine. Moni Cafe is an all-vegetarian cafe that caters to English-speaking tourists.
6) Sara The Organic Bistro
Santa Catalina Ancha 370
Chic Organic Eatery
Sara Organic Bistro is a hip restaurant that is popular with tourists. The menu consists of contemporary versions of traditional Peruvian cuisine, as well as some international dishes. It has several vegetarian options, including mushroom ceviche, swiss chard ravioli and a pasta dish made with artichokes, olives, roasted garlic and capers. There is also a vegan chicha morada sorbet on the dessert menu.
For more information visit VegGuide. A community-maintained, world-wide guide to vegetarian and vegan restaurants, grocers, and more.