While we do prefer quirky little cafes run by locals and selling great Peruvian coffee, some of you have been telling us that you love your daily coffee fix from a well-known brand where you are guaranteed to have the same coffee experience as you would back home…. If this sounds like you, then the Starbucks Cafe Cusco on the Plaza de Armas is definitely the place to get your hands on a tall skinny latte or caramel Frappuccino.

Inside, choose a comfy sofa in one of the little alcoves and spend a few hours writing postcards home or catching up on e-mails with their decent Wi-Fi connection.

Starbucks is a new addition to Cusco’s café scene having opened in early January 2012, amidst local controversy. We were pleased to see that in keeping with Cusco aesthetics,  there are no giant Starbuck’s logos or signs and the façade of the colonial building which was once the ‘Ajllawasi ‘ or incan palace housing the sacred women who brewed chicha for rituals remains in keeping with the surrounding buildings.

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  • It’s quite a challenge to find decaffeinated coffee in Cusco so Starbucks is definitely a good place to get that coffee hit without the jitters!
  • Don’t expect American speed of service, things move a little more slowly here in Cusco.

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