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Restaurants in Cuzco: Review of Granja Heidi in Cusco, Peru

Updated on April 27, 2013
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Granja Heidi
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Granja Heidi of Cusco, Peru

If you are seeking an oasis of calm amidst the hustle and bustle of Cusco, stroll over to Granja Heidi Restaurant at Cuesta San Blas. The restaurant specializes in comfort food straight from the farm, as the name suggests, and crafts its own homemade yogurt, quark and cream cheese. Offerings include European-style dishes with Andean flare that cater to both the vegetarian and omnivorous crowd.

We felt instantly at home when we stepped through the doorway of what looks like Grandmother’s farmhouse. Dining is laid back in this very clean, organized establishment. High ceilings are adorned with simple, black iron chandeliers and sky lights which welcome in plenty of sunlight during the day.

For a reasonable 28 soles we enjoyed a three-course meal. The daily lunch special began with a bruschetta-style appetizer of sweet tomatoes, olives, fresh cheese and local herbs on a slice of crusty baguette. Next came a soup of vegetable broth floating crepe strips and chopped herbs. Our server kindly suggested seasoning the soup with a dollop of homemade ocopa, a Peruvian sauce made of fresh herbs, cheese and peanuts. This was followed by the main course of beans and rice (with or without beef) and a delicious side salad of organic lettuce, olives and apple slices drizzled with a mild vinaigrette. Dessert consisted of fresh chopped fruit folded into Heidi’s own whipped cream cheese, the highlight of the meal. Served with lemonade, chicha (Peru’s purple corn drink), herbal or black tea, it was one of the best meals we enjoyed during our stay in Cusco.

The restaurant also offers a wide selection of both sweet and savory crepes, salads, Peruvian dishes, unique milk drinks and delicious desserts made in-house. The Mandela cake is highly recommended as well as the breakfasts, which are large and comforting.

Service is quick and friendly. English, French, German and, of course, Spanish are spoken. Reservations are highly recommended for dinner as seating is limited.


The front door welcomes you to a laid-back, farmhouse atmosphere.
The front door welcomes you to a laid-back, farmhouse atmosphere.
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A white board advertises the daily special: a three-course lunch for 28 soles.Skylights set in high ceilings let in plenty of lightLunch started with a bruschetta-style appetizer......choice of two soups......a main course of beans, rice and an organic side salad......a dollop of homemade cream cheese with fresh fruit for dessert. The restaurant also offers a variety of crepes, salads and both European and Peruvian-style fare.All quiches and desserts are made in-house.The friendly staff
A white board advertises the daily special: a three-course lunch for 28 soles.
A white board advertises the daily special: a three-course lunch for 28 soles.
Skylights set in high ceilings let in plenty of light
Skylights set in high ceilings let in plenty of light
Lunch started with a bruschetta-style appetizer...
Lunch started with a bruschetta-style appetizer...
...choice of two soups...
...choice of two soups...
...a main course of beans, rice and an organic side salad...
...a main course of beans, rice and an organic side salad...
...a dollop of homemade cream cheese with fresh fruit for dessert.
...a dollop of homemade cream cheese with fresh fruit for dessert.
The restaurant also offers a variety of crepes, salads and both European and Peruvian-style fare.
The restaurant also offers a variety of crepes, salads and both European and Peruvian-style fare.
All quiches and desserts are made in-house.
All quiches and desserts are made in-house.
The friendly staff
The friendly staff
Ocopa: Peruvian-style sauce made of local herbs, fresh cheese and peanuts.
Ocopa: Peruvian-style sauce made of local herbs, fresh cheese and peanuts.

How to Find Granja Heidi

Granja Heidi restaurant resides on one of the cobblestone streets in Cuesta San Blas 525, Cusco. Or contact them by phone at (084) 238383 or by email at naturefood@yahoo.com.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Suzanne, we hope you have a chance to visit us in Peru sometime! You'll love all the delicious food and products available, many of which you already know about. : ) Most of all, thanks for all your support. Have a great week.

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    Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

    Hi vespa,

    Had to try to find one of your hubs I have not commented on and this escaped me! Love this review and how useful that the restaurant staff/menus cater for 4 languages. Another reason to get to travel to Peru is this wonderful food on offer, great review, can't wait to try the authentic cuisine!! Voted up, useful, interesting & shared!

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Moonlake, I like the rustic feel of this restaurant and how it makes me feel like I'm on a country vacation. Thanks for the vote!

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    moonlake 4 years ago from America

    That plate of food looks so good. I will never get to Peru but I like your hub on what kind of food they have. Voted up.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Mike Robbers, I hope you are able to visit Cusco someday. Thank you for coming by.

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    Mike Robbers 4 years ago from London

    Excellent review, Thanks for Sharing

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Peggy W, Granja Heidi is a great place for a relaxing and comforting lunch. I sure hope you make it down to Cusco sometime! It's the trip of a lifetime. Thank you for coming by.

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    Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

    Thanks to you, I am certainly going to know where to go if our travels ever take us down to Cusco, Peru. This farmhouse-like setting for a restaurant looks really nice and the food sounds delicious. Thanks for telling us about it. Up and useful votes.

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thanks for the comment and Tweet, Molometer. Who knows? Maybe someday you'll have a chance to visit Cusco. It's always nice to hear from you.

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    molometer 5 years ago from United Kingdom

    This place looks brilliant. Wish I could pop in and have some local faire. I will have to content myself with this fab hub. Thanks for sharing.Tweet.

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    b. Malin, thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment. This is a delicious restaurant and there are many other in Cusco, as well.

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    b. Malin 5 years ago

    Not sure that I'd ever get to Peru...But if I do, you've made this Restaurant Review of Granja Heidi sound worth the trip. Thanks for Sharing...Very Interesting!

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Alocsin, 28 soles is $10.67 US. Should I include that in the hub? I know that the values fluctuate from time-to-time. We lived in Cusco for 6 years, so please feel free to ask me for any recommendations! I also know of some other cool restaurants. Machu Picchu so sooo awesome, as well as the Sacred Valley. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment!

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    alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

    The logo alone would make me want to stop into this restaurant. I will be visiting Cuzco within the next year, and will take this hub with me. But how much is 28 soles worth in dollars? Voting this Up and Useful.

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Billybuc, thanks so much for joining us in Cusco for lunch. I plan to write more about Peru in upcoming hubs. It's always nice to hear from you. Thanks for dropping by!

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    Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

    I can only see these places when you and others write about them. Thanks for the great tour!

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    ChristyWrites, I'm glad you enjoyed the review. Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment, all the way from Canada! : )

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    Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    A good look at a restaurant far from where I live in Canada. Neat to see how the restaurants and cuisine are different!

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Erickierker, thank you for the kind words! I appreciate the comment, too.

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    Eric Dierker 5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

    I was happy seeing the pictures. Your eloquence could make a hole in the wall dive sound good. I'm hungry.

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Prasetio30, Cusco is sooo worth the trip and it's nice to have a restaurant that's clean and offers a variety of fresh foods. Thank you for reading and commenting!

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    prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

    Nice review and I really enjoy reading this hub. I hope I can visit this restaurant one day. Voted up :-)

    Cheers, Prasetio

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thanks for joining me in Cusco for lunch, Mhatter99. : )

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Jackie Lynnley, there's something comforting about familiarity in a foreign land. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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    Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

    next best thing to a free lunch... your review, thank you :)

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    Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

    This does look so inviting, though doubtful I will ever go there. Nothing can beat Mama or Granny's place.