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Puku Puku Café has four locals in Lima, in two kinds of formats, and the coffee is as good as the style of each one and the menu of options for day and night. They started with a little coffee shop in Miraflores, very rustic, and now it has developed its spirit in a big format in San Isidro.
Puku Puku means bird in Quechua and here, in their San Isidro local, you can smell and feel some of the natural air mixed with the coffee aroma. The wooden tables, chairs, coffee bar, and colorful decorations help to relax you and forget obligations.
But, first, a coffee. Here there are three local origins: Jaén (Cajamarca), Cerro de Pasco (Pasco) and Cusco, each coming from a micro-producer that they know very well.
The Caturra variety is working very well with the locals and, little by little, people are getting used to the change from the usual bitter and strong taste of coffee to one more expressive. Cold methods and frappes are the best for summer but they also know that Peruvian drinks a lot of hot coffee even when it is warm.
For breakfast, they have a table with a variety of bread and some options in combos like a muffin and a coffee for S/ 12 or a sandwich (with turkey or cheese and ham) with a coffee for S/ 19. Most people come here and spend many hours reading or working in the local because of the peace of the place. Juices, sandwiches, and desserts are good options too. Of the juices, we tried the Triple Berry (S/ 14) made with blueberry, raspberry, strawberry, and mint.
The happy hour is from 18:30 to 20:30 but they are opened until near midnight. You can also ask for a tasting table (S/ 25). In November, Puku Puku formally inaugurated a fourth local, in Surco, with the same style. A franchise in the level of Juan Valdez Café looks like a reality.
Coffee drinks (S/ 5.50 – 10.50)
Frappes (S/ 11 – S/ 13)
Juices (S/ 8 – S/ 14)
Sandwiches (S/ 13.50 – S/ 15)
Desserts (S/ 10 – S/ 14)
Beers (S/ 12 – S/ 16)
Bonus: Pet friendly!
Pardo y Aliaga 695, San Isidro, Tel. 478-7984
Monday to Wednesday, 7.00 – 23.00.
Thursday to Saturday, 7.00 – 24.00.
Sunday, 8.00 – 15.00
Cheesecake (Main photo: Maria Alejandra Baraybar/Living in Peru)