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LOCAL GASTRONOMY

Arequipa is one of the most recognized and appreciated cities in Peru, thanks to its variety of dishes and flavors that combine influences from the country’s coast, mountains and jungle. One of the most emblematic dishes of Arequipa is Rocoto Relleno, which consists of a pepper rocoto stuffed with meat, onion, garlic, peanuts, cheese and other ingredients, gratin with cheese and served with potatoes. Another popular dish is Adobo, a pork stew marinated in panca peppers, garlic and vinegar, and accompanied by potatoes. Chupe de Camarones is a thick broth made with shrimp, prepared with potatoes, cheese, milk and other ingredients. Other outstanding dishes of Arequipa gastronomy are the Cuy Chactado (fried guinea rabbit), the cheese single (bean salad, fresh cheese, onion and corn), Pastel de Papa (a kind of gratin meat and potato pie) and the most iconic dish in Peru, Ceviche is a dish consisting of marinated meat ―fish, shellfish or both― in citrus seasonings, there are a wide variety of versions.

Among the desserts, Queso Arequipeño stands out (a cheese and milk-based dessert), ice cream cheese and quince jelly.

Finally, it is worth mentioning the most popular drink in Arequipa, chicha de jora, a alcoholic drink made from fermented corn. Chicha morada (a drink made with purple corn), Anís and pisco (Peruvian grape brandy).

Here is a list of some restaurants in the city:

El Montonero – Restaurant Turístico

Alameda Pardo 123, Arequipa

Zigzag

C. Zela 210, Cercado De Arequipa

El Tío Darío

Cjón. del Cabildo 100, Yanahuara

Misti y Tipica

Misti 247, Arequipa

Tipika Restaurant Turistíco

Av. Luna Pizarro 407, Arequipa

Zingaro Restaurante

Cl. San Francisco 309, Arequipa

La Benita de los Claustros

Calle Moran 118, Int. 13, Primer Patio, Claustros de la Compañía, Centro Historico de Arequipa

La Nueva Palomino Picantería Arequipeña

Leoncio Prado 122, Yanahuara

La Lucha Sanguchería Criolla

C. Mercaderes 116-118, Arequipa

Tanta

Santa Catalina 210, Arequipa

La Trattoria del Monasterio

Santa Catalina 309, Arequipa

Sol de Mayo

Jerusalén 207, Yanahuara

La Gran Reserva

Av. Villa Hermosa 807, Arequipa

Sambambaias

Av. Luna Pizarro 304, Arequipa