8 Best Restaurants in Puno, The Southern Andes and Lake Titicaca

Café Bar

$ Fodor's choice

This laid-back café-bar is the only thing keeping La Casa del Corregidor alive these days. It offers some of the best international food and bar snacks you can find in Puno, as well as a wide variety of craft beers and great coffee drinks. Teas, cocktails, and smoothies—along with sweet treats like cakes and pies—round out the menu. After 9 pm, there's more of a bar scene, with savory food choices like tapas.

La Table Del'Inca

$$ Fodor's choice
This chic, French-Peruvian restaurant, one of the best bets in town for a nice meal, is set in a beautifully renovated colonial building, where the walls are adorned with paintings by a local surrealist. Although you can order dishes à la carte, it's better to opt for the prix-fixe menu, which will allow you to try more dishes for a lower price. The menu is small but varied, and the servings are abundant and well-choreographed: in particular, try the cebiche tipo tartare and the yummy muslo de cuy, the local guinea pig, glazed in honey and garlic.
Jr. Ancash 239, Puno, Peru
994-659–357
Known For
  • delicious fusion food
  • reasonable prix-fixe menu
  • great atmosphere
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun.

Mojsa

$$ Fodor's choice

Located in a beautiful colonial building, there are a couple of intimate tables on the balcony overlooking the Plaza de Armas, while the more lively interior rooms make it seem like a popular place to eat for both Peruvians and travelers. Mojsa, which means "delicious" in the Aymara language, serves reasonably priced Novo Andino cuisine, fused with fresh traditional and criollo flavors in an elegant space with wood floors and a long bar.

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Alma Cocina Viva

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Inside the Casa Andina Premium Puno hotel, this contemporary eatery with cozy fireplaces is one of the few upscale options in the city. The lake views alone are worth the visit, and prices are similar to those at the town's lesser alternatives. Although options include international dishes, among them sandwiches and salads, more enticing are the modern takes on dishes that use regional ingredients like trout, lamb, quinoa, and herbs.

Balcones de Puno

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Come to this upscale tavern, tucked on the first floor of a heritage building hemmed with wooden balconies, to try a range of alpaca- and quinoa-based dishes, all served with zest and creativity. The wood-fired pizzas are also recommended. One of the real highlights here are the daily traditional dance and music shows organized to entertain guests starting at 7:30 pm.

Loving Hut Titicaca Vegan

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This no-frills vegan restaurant, one of the few such options in Puno, is actually decent, and the inexpensive set-lunch menu is a great value. The options are many and varied, with dishes like soups, quinoa, and falafel.

Pacha Restaurant & Draft Bar

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Right next to Puno's Catedral, this Novo Andino restaurant pairs good food and a social atmosphere with a selection of Peruvian craft and imported Belgian beers, some of the strongest in the world. The cuy, trucha, alpaca, and cebiche dishes are all tasty and well-presented; there's a good-value tourist menu; and the local, award-winning tunki coffee, bittersweet and strong, is the cherry on top.

Restaurant Museo La Casona

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An upscale modern restaurant but with colonial-era artwork and antiques throughout, this two-decades-old local institution is filled with savory aromas of flavorful soups and grilled meats and fish. Try local fare, such as the lomo de alpaca (alpaca steak) or their take on quinoa soup, a must-try dish wherever you go in Peru. Or ask for the Menu Turistico, a set meal including an appetizer, main, and dessert for S/30.