Looking for the best breakfast in Cusco? They do say all happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast and we tend to agree. We love nothing more than a lazy brunch and reading the weekend papers while sipping some of Peru’s finest coffee.
Some days we feel like something quick and light for breakfast and on others a 2 hour leisurely brunch is needed! Here is our pick of the top cafes and restaurants serving the best breakfast in Cusco. We’ve got you covered if you’re looking for a quick coffee, a fix of Western-style breakfast or something a little more high-end…
We love Cicciolina any time of day but their brunch options served until 11.30am are delicious! Try the poached egg served with caramelised tomato, grilled asparagus and crusty bread. Another favourite is the breakfast ‘mezza’ plate which is great to share and comes with a selection of cream cheese, smoked trout, scrambled egg, grilled veggies and artichoke fritatta served with their fresh bread baked daily in their on-site bakery.
Their coffee is some of the best in Cusco and the vibe is laid-back elegance. Breakfast dishes start from S/.24 and coffee from S/.7.
Address: Calle Triunfo 393, 2nd Floor, Cusco.
Phone: (+51) 84 23 95 10.
This is one of Cusco’s hottest spots for hearty all-day breakfasts. Don’t be surprised to find queues of people out the door waiting for a table. Favourite brunch dishes include the ‘El Gordo’, a dish heaped with bacon, eggs, sausage, bacon, fried potatoes, beans and toast for S/.20 and the big fluffy pancakes served with caramelized bananas for S/.18. They also do a great coffee and their gooey brownies are to die for…
The vibe is busy, casual and the crowd is mainly Western.
Address: Calle Choquechaka 509, Cusco.
Phone: (+51) 84 254 606.
We were deliciously surprised by a recent visit to try the breakfast at the Palacio del Inka Hotel. Open to the public, breakfast is served from 5am until 10am and is perfect for anyone looking for a gourmet-style brunch with five star service in the stunning setting of their colonial courtyard.
Breakfast costs US$23 and includes an a-la-carte menu with options such as brioche French toast served with maple syrup and excellent eggs benedict. You can also help yourself to the mind-boggling selection of options on the buffet which include a great gluten-free range of dishes, healthy options including smoothies, fruit and granola and the usual suspects including a delicious range of French pastries, meats and cheeses.
Address: Plazoleta Santo Domingo 259, Cusco.
Phone: (+51) 84 231 961
For those looking for a lighter breakfast option head to the quirky Cocoliso Cafe on Calle Palacio 122. Run by Tomas and Elise, this is a great spot to grab a good coffee and a French pastry while soaking up the morning sun in their cute courtyard.
When you’re done, head across to the Cocoliso boutique full of designs by contemporary designers including their own Cocoliso brand, Lorena Pestaña jewellery and the SaKé range of handbags.
Pastries from S/.3.50 and Coffee from S/. 6.
Address: Calle Palacio 122, (inisde the courtyard), Cusco.
Phone: (+51) 84 242 159.