Arequipa, also known as the white city, is located at 2300m above sea level. The center is a UNESCO World Heritage site and the city is surrounded by the Chachani, Misti, and Pichu Pichu volcanoes.
After a few times in the city of Arequipa, here are my top 3 dining restaurants in Arequipa. Treat yourself for a little fancy night out at these spots:
– Chicha. Another restaurant by the infamous chef Gaston Acurio in Arequipa. The creative pisco drinks are delicious and very well presented. The menu is different from the other Chicha restaurants in Cusco and Lima. The specialty that you will only find at this restaurant is the pig elbow with potatoes and a baked apple.
– Zig Zag. A menu that blends gastronomy from the Alps with Andean flavours. A nice choice of wine, various tapas (including cheeses from Europe and the Andes), and original plates. For example, share the asparagus with cheese and lemon or the taboule with quinoa, mango and avocado with a nice bottle of wine.
– Sol de Mayo. Located near the yanahuara lookout point, this typical “picantería” from the city of Arequipa. Typical foods include: chupe de camarones (A big shrimp soup), cuy chancado (fried guinea pig), and anything else with shrimp from the Chili river.