Our Favorite Restaurants in Huaraz Peru

by Captain Bill

These are our favorite restaurants in Huaraz Peru, ranked by how much we enjoyed our meal and the ambiance.

If you only have a few days to spend in Huaraz I recommend dining at Mi Chef Kristof, California Cafe, La Brasa Roja, Pachamama, and El Horno. Read the reviews of our personal experiences at these restaurants.

Mi Chef Kristof

Mi Chef Kristof was easily our favorite restaurant in Huaraz. Kristof is a friendly guy, a good host, and a real, schooled chef originally from Belgium. He has embraced his new home in Huaraz Peru. We were warmly welcomed and served a complimentary “artistic liquor,” passion fruit mixed with pisco which caused a nice warm sensation as it went down. Half of the restaurant and bar is a lounge with comfortable sofas and chairs. There are several large windows with a nice view. Most importantly, the food was delicious

home made fresh pasta

Kristof, making home made fresh pasta at My Chef Kristoff

Mi Chef Kristof specializes in home made fresh pasta and creative home cooking.

fresh pasta

Kristof making the fresh pasta for our order right in front of us.

The pasta is so fresh Kristof waits to make it until the order for the meal is placed. That’s fresh!

the best pasta in Huaraz

Mi Chef Kristof has the best pasta in Huaraz and maybe the best in Peru. He makes it fresh himself

One of our favorite meals in Huaraz was Mi Chef Kristof’s pepper steak, served with a creamy sauce over fresh pasta. It was delicious.

Kristof pouring home made pomadora sause over fresh pasta, and the lasagna ready to serve.

Kristof pouring home made pomodoro sauce over fresh pasta, and the lasagna ready to serve.

The portions were so large we could not eat it all, and I can eat a lot.

Lasagna at Mi Chef Kristof's

Lasagna at Mi Chef Kristof's

The Lasagna was wonderful. It could not have been better.

Fresh pasta with home made pomadora sause at Mi Chef Kristof in Huaraz Peru

Fresh pasta with home made pomadoro sause at Mi Chef Kristof in Huaraz Peru

The pomodoro sauce was good but I thought it would have benefited from more garlic and fresh basil. The fresh basil is something we enjoy in Iquitos but may be difficult to find in the higher altitude of Huaraz. I noticed fresh oregano is plentiful in the market.

Recommended!

Mi Chef Kristof is well located at the Parque del Periodista, (ask any taxi driver) Av. Luzurriaga 6 block, Huaraz.

California Cafe

I am in front of the California Cafe, one of my favorite restaurants in Huaraz Peru

I am in front of the California Cafe, one of my favorite restaurants in Huaraz Peru

The California Cafe is a cozy place for a great California style breakfast with home made whole wheat bread and fresh roasted coffee, uummmhhhuummmm. We went there two mornings and were impressed each time.

A plate full of perfectly cooked home fries and bacon at the California Cafe in Huaraz Peru

A plate full of perfectly cooked home fries and bacon at the California Cafe in Huaraz Peru

Marmelita ordered the same breakfast each morning, a simple scrambled eggs with fried potatoes on the side. It came with great whole wheat toast, and she drank steeped loose leaf tea. The breakfast agreed with her very well.

I ordered the home fries with bacon and a cappuccino the first morning and the home fries with a cappachino, without the bacon the second morning. The bacon was too salty for my tastes but the home fries and cappuccino were perfect.

Recommended!

The California Cafe is located at Jirón 28 de Julio, #562

La Brasa Roja

One of my best meals was at La Brasa Roja. Try the trout with the white cream French sauce. The place was full of locals eating chicken cooked over the coals. It must have been good because that is what nearly everyone ordered but my trout was very special. Marmelita enjoyed her trout a la plancha.

Recommended!

Located at Simon Boulevar #725

Pachamama Restaurant

My pepper steak and mashed potatoes were delicious. Marmelita enjoyed her chicken nuggets and salad. The bread was excellent.

We loved the ambiance, the service, the food, the decor, the owner, the games. This is a fun place to dine.

Recommended!

We had a great time playing ping pong after dinner.

Located at 687 San Martin St. A little difficult to find because it is set back off of the street several meters, and seems a little dark.

El Horno

Pizzas, Pastas, Parrilladas

El Horno serves a large variety of excellent pizzas seasoned with lots of fresh oregano. We each ordered different toppings. I got the vegetarian, and Marmelita ordered the Mexican. They were both delicious. The olive oil was great. They steeped hot peppers, fresh rosemary sprigs and I could have sworn it had the taste of mushrooms, but maybe not. What ever, it was very good.

Recommended!

El Horno is well located at the Parque del Periodista, Av. Luzuriaga 6th block

Bistro de Los Andes

Marmelita loved her fried trout and it was cooked to perfection. I liked the local delicacy wheat soup and the bread was good. My main course of beef and Andean potatoes was just average.

The decor and ambieance is comfortable, and it is well located across from the Plaza de Armas at Morales #823

Chifa Jim Hua

We ordered a fried rice with shrimp, pork, and chicken, for 18 soles. That would have been enough for us but we also got the quail egg stir-fry. Their hot sauce was some of the hottest I have ever been burned by. I lost my voice for a few minutes.

Located at Luzurriaga 645,

Piccolo

Piccolo serves a wide variety of Italian, international and Peruvian dishes.

I had the cuy, cooked in the oven with a nice hot sauce, and boiled Andean potatoes.

Marmelita ordered pork chops which were too fatty and not so good.

Located on Morales #632

Hotel El Tumi Restaurant

We ate breakfast here several times, and dinner once. The best part of breakfast was the pita style bread, and the coffee mixed half and half with hot creamy whole milk right out of the cow.

Dinner was interesting. I ordered rabbit. It was a little tough but flavorful. Marmelita sent her bowel of soup back to the kitchen, but she liked the chicken with the white sauce gravy. Not a great restaurant but convenient since we stayed at the hotel. Breakfast was not included in the price.

Located at San Martin #1121

We enjoyed the Andean cuisine

These are our favorite restaurants in Huaraz Peru, ranked by how much we enjoyed our meal and the ambiance.

Bill Grimes is the restaurant critic for Dawn on the Amazon in Iquitos Peru


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