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Restaurants in Cusco: The Best Bakeries

Updated on March 13, 2013
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Are you visiting Cusco soon?

When we first moved to live in Cusco, we thought it would be like most places in Peru, where breVisiting Cusco and looking for breakfast or you just want to find a good bakery? Let me help you out right now.

When we first moved to live in Cusco, we thought it would be like most places in Peru, where bread is the staple for breakfast and so finding a good bakery would not be hard.......WRONG.

It’s fairly difficult to find a bakery open early in the morning, and if you do find one it will just serve cheap coffee, and bread, that although economical, can tend to be low quality.

Over the past months we have been searching out some of the best bakeries, especially in the centre of Cusco, so that you can satisfy your need for good bread, coffee and even throw in a pastry to help you along the way as you trek around the historic sights. Not all the bakeries reviewed open early, so check out the opening times posted here which we will update from time to time. We have also included walking time from the Plaza de Armas, the main square of Cusco, for your reference.


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Entrance sign to Ciccolina Bread & Breakfast The Colonial courtyard leading to Ciccolina and their breakfast shop When you see the chalkboard you know you're in for a treatWhen you see the blue doorway this is your entrance through to the bakery. The entrance is decked with peruvian paintingsSeating area of the cosy traditional bakeryseating areaCheese is on display to buy, including camenbert, manchego & Brie.some beautiful desserts on offer to acompany your fresh coffeeBreads of the highest quality you will be able to buyBread & BreakfastA very welcoming atmosphere giving you a very restful breakfast experience in CuscoFelipe always happy to helpRustic breakfast seating area
Entrance sign to Ciccolina Bread & Breakfast
Entrance sign to Ciccolina Bread & Breakfast | Source
The Colonial courtyard leading to Ciccolina and their breakfast shop
The Colonial courtyard leading to Ciccolina and their breakfast shop | Source
When you see the chalkboard you know you're in for a treat
When you see the chalkboard you know you're in for a treat | Source
When you see the blue doorway this is your entrance through to the bakery. The entrance is decked with peruvian paintings
When you see the blue doorway this is your entrance through to the bakery. The entrance is decked with peruvian paintings | Source
Seating area of the cosy traditional bakery
Seating area of the cosy traditional bakery | Source
seating area
seating area | Source
Cheese is on display to buy, including camenbert, manchego & Brie.
Cheese is on display to buy, including camenbert, manchego & Brie. | Source
some beautiful desserts on offer to acompany your fresh coffee
some beautiful desserts on offer to acompany your fresh coffee | Source
Breads of the highest quality you will be able to buy
Breads of the highest quality you will be able to buy | Source
Bread & Breakfast
Bread & Breakfast | Source
A very welcoming atmosphere giving you a very restful breakfast experience in Cusco
A very welcoming atmosphere giving you a very restful breakfast experience in Cusco | Source
Felipe always happy to help
Felipe always happy to help | Source
Rustic breakfast seating area
Rustic breakfast seating area | Source

Bread & Breakfast - Ciccolina

From one of the most well known restaurants in Cusco, Ciccolina/Baco, they have brought class and style to Cusco with their own breakfast bar and bakery that is well worth a visit. Walking through the door is like walking back in time to a traditional, friendly and good quality family bakers.

The bakery has a very warm feel to it, due to the antique wooden surroundings and very good service. You can find a small selection of cheeses hard to get hold of in other parts of cusco like, brie, camembert and manchego. The bread is a little more expensive than the other bakeries in this hub but is of very good quality and worth it. If the bakery is shut and you would still like to buy their bread, you can ask inside the restaurant Ciccolina and they will be more than happy to help you out, so don't be embarrassed to ask.

Just like its partner restaurants, they offer amazing quality products of artisan breads made by Felipe the baker. It is the perfect start to the day taking breakfast here and then later on in the day why not return for lunch or dinner at one of their restaurants. The restaurant is so popular that from 5pm onwards you will need to make a reservation. In a future Hub we will review their restaurants for you.

The smell of fresh bread will draw you in and the personal attention will ensure you come back for more. Ask Felipe about any of the products on offer and he will be more than willing to answer any questions you might have.

This bakery is located under the stairway that leads to the balcony of the restaurant Ciccolina. From the road, enter through the large colonial doorway which takes you back in time to a beautiful courtyard surrounded by a variety of shops selling Peruvian artisanal goods. Although the bakery is not open in the evening, this is still a beautiful place to visit later on when ambience lighting illuminates the courtyard. And as a bonus, this bakery is just a few meters away from the famous street with the 12 sided inca stone.

From the plaza: 3 mins

Address: Calle Triunfo 393, Cusco

Web address: http://www.cicciolinacuzco.com

Opening times bakery: 8.00am-5.00pm Monday to Saturday. Closed Sundays

Breakfast served: 8:00am - 11:00am

Bread & Breakfast - Ciccolina

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Triunfo, Cusco, Peru
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on the 1st floor going through the old wooden door behind the stairs that lead to the 2nd floor to Ciccolina Bar and Restaurant.

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Front of Don Esteban & Don PanchoShop signBread StallPastries available along with many othersSeating areaGreat selection of cakes and dessertstypical Peruvian pastyseating areaentrance in the evening
Front of Don Esteban & Don Pancho
Front of Don Esteban & Don Pancho | Source
Shop sign
Shop sign | Source
Bread Stall
Bread Stall | Source
Pastries available along with many others
Pastries available along with many others | Source
Seating area
Seating area | Source
Great selection of cakes and desserts
Great selection of cakes and desserts | Source
typical Peruvian pasty
typical Peruvian pasty | Source
seating area
seating area | Source
entrance in the evening
entrance in the evening | Source

Don Esteban y Don Pancho

This bakery/cafe is has a modern but cosy ambience. Here you can sample high quality products that the company boast are 100% natural. Don Esteban y Don Pancho has 3 different locations in Cusco, so check out their website if you are not close to the plaza.

This company started off as a very small bakery, but due to high quality products and good references passed on by word of mouth has grown to a chain, without losing the personal touch in service that is sometimes very hard to find in Perú.

With a commercial espresso machine it makes a great stop at anytime through the day, and if coffee is not to your liking, try one of their tropical fruit juices. The bakery offers artesian style bread ranging from french sticks, cobblers, ciabatta and french bread. A variety of pastries are on offer along with cakes and desserts. Hot and cold sandwiches, salads or lasagne are available if you are making a lunch stop.

From the plaza: 10mins

Address: Avenida El Sol 765-A, Cusco

Email: info@donestebanydonpancho.com

Web address: www.donestebanydonpancho.com

Opening times: 8.00am-8.00pm Monday to Saturday. Closed Sundays

Don Esteban y Don Pancho

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El Sol, Cusco, Peru
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Don Esteban y Don Pancho can be found on the left hand side going down Ave El Sol a little lower than the ruins of Qoricancha.

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Entrance to the bakeryShop sign DelimonasterioYou are greeted with a display of desserts and bread.a selection of breads availablea selection of desserts, sanwiches and meatsMonasterio breadsReasonably priced breadscash register and food displayprice list of products availablefriendly staff always available to helpstreet view. Delimonasterio on the right hand side followed by the 5 star hotel Monasteriomeats pre-packed on offer. strawberry tartlets to die forLemon piePastries and desserts. They also sell a small selection of precut meats and pateCroissantsFresh crusty artisian breadsEmpanadas peru's pastyFrench baguettes
Entrance to the bakery
Entrance to the bakery | Source
Shop sign Delimonasterio
Shop sign Delimonasterio | Source
You are greeted with a display of desserts and bread.
You are greeted with a display of desserts and bread. | Source
a selection of breads available
a selection of breads available | Source
a selection of desserts, sanwiches and meats
a selection of desserts, sanwiches and meats | Source
Monasterio breads
Monasterio breads | Source
Reasonably priced breads
Reasonably priced breads | Source
cash register and food display
cash register and food display | Source
price list of products available
price list of products available | Source
friendly staff always available to help
friendly staff always available to help | Source
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street view. Delimonasterio on the right hand side followed by the 5 star hotel Monasterio
street view. Delimonasterio on the right hand side followed by the 5 star hotel Monasterio | Source
meats pre-packed on offer.
meats pre-packed on offer. | Source
strawberry tartlets to die for
strawberry tartlets to die for | Source
Lemon pie
Lemon pie | Source
Pastries and desserts. They also sell a small selection of precut meats and pate
Pastries and desserts. They also sell a small selection of precut meats and pate | Source
Croissants
Croissants | Source
Fresh crusty artisian breads
Fresh crusty artisian breads | Source
Empanadas peru's pasty
Empanadas peru's pasty | Source
French baguettes
French baguettes | Source

Delimonasterio

The bakery is small but has a good selection of natural breads, delicate looking desserts and pastries. You can also buy juice here, although it’s a pre bottled product. Recently they have installed machines that produce fresh juices or chicha. There is a small espresso machine if you would like to get one to go or drink by the small bar. If it’s a light snack you are looking for, you will find available a selection of pizzas, sandwiches or empanadas which are Peruvian pasties.

The location of this bakery, next to plazoleta nazarenas and inset in inca walls next to the old 1592 monastery, which now serves as an Orient Express Hotel, makes it the perfect setting for munching on a crispy onion bread stick.

The bakery receives its baked products from the Hotel Monasterio whose specialist baker produces the highest quality products not just for the hotel but also for the Hiram Bingham train which belongs to Orient Express and takes tourists on a journey hard to forget as they head to Machapicchu, one of the seven wonders of the world.

From the plaza: 4 mins

Address: Calle Palacio 136, Plazoleta Nazarenos, Cusco

Email: delimon@hotelmonasterio.pe

Tel: 084-60-4000 Ext. 267

Opening times: 8.00am-10.00pm Monday to Saturday. 8:00am-1:00pm Sundays


Delimonasterio

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La BondietEntrance on Plz EspinarYes its hard to choose what to haveDifferent chocolates on offerA selection of cakes these are very adult cakes to enjoysmall tasters, you can order a selection to tasteapetizing cakes you can buy the whole thing or just a sliceseating area in the Heladeros branch.
La Bondiet
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Entrance on Plz Espinar
Entrance on Plz Espinar | Source
Yes its hard to choose what to have
Yes its hard to choose what to have | Source
Different chocolates on offer
Different chocolates on offer | Source
A selection of cakes
A selection of cakes | Source
these are very adult cakes to enjoy
these are very adult cakes to enjoy | Source
small tasters, you can order a selection to taste
small tasters, you can order a selection to taste | Source
apetizing cakes you can buy the whole thing or just a slice
apetizing cakes you can buy the whole thing or just a slice | Source
seating area in the Heladeros branch.
seating area in the Heladeros branch. | Source

La Bondiet

This bakery is in a class of its own, although the breads are still very reasonably priced. Hidden next door to one of the best hotels in Cusco and possibly the best in Peru, this is a bakery unknown to most tourists but because of the very high quality products it is well worth a visit.

This is a definite stop on your travels. This is one of the more popular cafes in cusco and the one on Heladeros seems to be the busiest, so getting a seat will be harder in the evenings. This is not so much a bakery like the others in this hub, but they do provide excellent espresso’s, sandwiches, cakes and pastries, like the traditional peruvian pasty called an "empanada," which is usually eaten with slices of lime to squeeze over it. They also produce high quality and attractive desserts and hand crafted chocolates.

From the plaza: 3 mins

Address: (1) Heladeros street 118, Cusco (2) Plateros street 363, Cusco

Web address: www.labondietcusco.com

Opening times: 7.00am-11.00pm Monday to Sunday

La Bondiet

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Plateros, Cusco, Peru
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Shop front Qosqo MakiVery basic but good breadSeating for about 8 peopleFriendly service
Shop front Qosqo Maki
Shop front Qosqo Maki | Source
Very basic but good bread
Very basic but good bread | Source
Seating for about 8 people
Seating for about 8 people | Source
Friendly service
Friendly service | Source

Qosqo Maki (hands of cusco)

Qosqo Maki is a small bakery with seating for about 8 people. They have a good commercial express machine to give you that caffeine shot to start the day. Because this is a bakery/ workshop, occasionally they try out new recipes like Bagels that do end up for sale in their shop.When we first came to live in Cuzco, we were craving good quality bread, so we were thrilled to find this place. Although the selection is small, it is very good quality and you won't be disappointed.

Here you will find a small variety of breads from french sticks, white & wholemeal, rustic loaves and dinner rolls. Also a limited but good quality selection of pastries, croissants (plain and chocolate), danish, rolls with currants, bagels, and more. Later in the day around 5pm you can check on the counter and quite often they have available "Visperas", a selection bag of baked goods they are clearing out for S/.3.00. You will find the staff to be very friendly and helpful although they don't speak much english, which is not a problem if you have a nice smile and know how to point!

Selling point: Specialists in french bread, made with cusquenan hands

From the plaza: 10mins

Address: Avenida Tullumayo, 465, Cusco

Email: panaderia@talleres.qosqomaki.org

Web address: http://qosqomaki.org/es/tallerpanaderia

Opening times: 8.00am-8.00pm Monday to Saturday. Closed Sundays


Qosqo Maki

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Av Tullumayo, Cusco, Peru
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Qosqo Maki is just a little lower down from the munay wasi inn on the left hand side going down.

My Recomendations

  • My first choice for really good quality bread would be to go to Delimonasterio
  • Second choice : For Breads would be Bread & Breakfast o Don Esteban y Don Pancho, the breads are of similar quality
  • For a good coffee and to sit down and relax while you eat a delicious dessert, my recommendation would be 1st La Bondiet and 2nd Don Esteban y Don Pancho
  • For a quick, grab your bread and go! Qosqo Maki

  • All these places mentioned are of high quality and very reasonably priced. You will find they are all tourist friendly and will not purposely overcharge. Each one has very high quality products and good higene codes.

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      This is a great bakery review. I wish I'd had this information last time we visited, but will definitely mark it for future use. You are the people to ask about the best spots in Cusco! Although all these bakeries interest me, Qosqo Maki is especially fascinating since they branch out and try new recipes like bagels. What a surprise to find such a thing in the Andes! Thanks so much.

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      lemonkerdz 4 years ago from TRUJILLO, PERU

      Thank you vespawoolf for your visit. I know you have been to Cusco before and you have some great reviews of places here. There are so many places to eat out in Cusco both good and bad, we hope this hub will help many to find where the best places are. It's like what we always say, äsk the locals, they always know best". Your comments are much apreciated.

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