Arequipa is one of the best regions in Peru for those who are in the hunt for good food. Its traditional gastronomy is based on the concepts of abundance, local ingredients, and flavor. This is also a city for art lovers, and there are many galleries, theaters, and bars. The streets are full of antique shops, bookstores, and boutiques that sell high-quality alpaca clothing and silver jewelry. With all of these options in Arequipa, it’s a challenge to find yourself without anything to do.
Arequipian gastronomy: an excellent tradition that’s slowly being lost
“And at home, except for cuy chactado (a traditional Guinea Pig dish), people eat basically the same food as they would at a traditional restaurant. With this being said, it’s also clear that young people of today are more practical, if not impatient. Most can’t spend all day making sauces and are therefore choosing a different lifestyle. Where I was born picanterias were all run by headstrong, kind–hearted and strong women. They weren’t born in the shadow of a volcano for nothing.”
What follows is the story of our exploration of Arequipa’s unique food culture, as well as our encounters with this coquettish and enchanting city.
The Tastes of the White City
A delicious, but a no longer traditional dish
Several other great restaurants worth mentioning
Eating at night after the Picanarias have closed
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