For the past month, I have called Cusco my home. And while I love my Airbnb room, sometimes, a change in scenery is nice. As my never-ending quest for the best cafés to working in continues (i.e. Cuenca’s best cafés), here is my list of the best cafés that Cusco has to offer.
Café D’Wasi is centrally located in Cusco’s historic center near Plaza El Regocijo. They offer a multitude of coffee brewing methods including the AeroPress, French press, and Siphon to name a few. I tend to stick with the Americano, but those methods might pique some coffee connoisseurs’ interests. They also roast their own beans in-house, so when the machine, the café smells wonderful.
La Bo’M takes a bit of searching, but it is worth it. Located in San Blas, this crêperie/hostel has the best crêpes I’ve ever had.
I mean, I went there at least six times just for La Bo’M crêpe of salted caramel and topped with homemade brownie ice cream. Drool…
This place has both indoor and outdoor seating with views of Cusco from their balcony. Besides coffee, they also serve their own blend of teas and hot chocolate.
La Valeriana BakeShop
La Valeriana BakeShop has a lot of different desserts to pick. They have cake (and at least three different versions of tres leches), pies, brownies, and cookies. La Valeriana also bakes their own bread, but I haven’t tried it.
They have two locations in Cusco. One is in front of Basilica Menor de la Merced and the other across the street from Jardin Sagrado.
Museo de Café
Museo de Café is a museum/cafe/restobar. Their coffee is excellent. They offer numerous brewing methods for coffee enthusiasts. However, their food was a miss.
I would still go back to Museo de Café just because they have some great seating options. If you’re lucky, you can snag a table sitting on its own private balcony overlooking Cusco’s narrow cobblestone streets. There are also plenty of sofas inside that makes it easy to stay there all day long.
Three Monkeys Coffee Company
This coffee cart is hidden inside a courtyard of a hotel on Calle Arequipa. They only serve four different types of coffee: Espressos, Americanos, Cappuccinos, Lattes, and Mocaccinos. My Airbnb host, Alfons, kept raving about D’wights Coffee, a brand a coffee that only Three Monkeys use.
You can work in the courtyard, but it can get a bit nippy thanks to Cusco’s ever-changing climate. Three Monkeys also do not sell food, so bring something to snack on if you’re in it for the long haul. They also do not have outlets, but it’s a great way to be disciplined, right?
If you know of any other cafés in Cusco that is great for working, please let me know.