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Chicha

As the restaurant of Peru’s most famous chef, Gaston Acurio, Chicha is the place to get a taste for the country’s cuisine. Located in a beautiful historic building, it mixes popular Peruvian dishes with modern influences, serving up plates like stir-fried guinea pig (a national favourite) with fried quail eggs, potato dumplings topped with trout and crab, and deep-fried pork belly. Book ahead.

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  • Santa Catalina 210
    Cercado
    04000 Arequipa

Zig Zag

Situated in pretty Plaza San Francisco, Zig Zag’s interior is no less attractive. Made up of two floors joined by a fabulous spiral staircase, it is one of the city’s best restaurants and you’re guaranteed a unique dining experience. The cuisine is Andean-meets-Alpine and favourite dishes include ostrich carpaccio, local alpaca cooked and served on hot volcanic stone and traditional Andean dry-cured meats. The exotic fruit cocktails are divine.

El Buda Profano

In a country most famous for its meat and fish dishes, Arequipa does have several decent vegetarian options. Best of all is the city’s first vegan offering, El Buda Profano. This Japanese restaurant provides welcome respite from the heavier meat-centric dishes prevalent elsewhere, and though it’s only been open for a couple of years it’s already gained cult following. Make sure to try the soups and gyoza dumplings.

Hatunpa

Peru is the home of the potato, and Hatunpa champions the country’s most famous culinary export. This tiny restaurant serves only potatoes – but if you think that’s boring, think again. With countless varieties ranging from sweet to purple, and a selection of imaginative sauces and toppings including alpaca, chorizo and vegetables, you could eat here every night for a week and still have a totally different dish each time.

Hatunpa

El Buda Profano

Zig Zag

Chicha

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