La Feria Cusco: The BEST For Traditional Peruvian Food

La Feria Cusco: La Feria is a great place to get traditional Peruvian food.  It has a great view of Plaza De Armas, Cusco Cathedral, and Templo de la Compañía de Jesús.  

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After an 18 day South America trip, I wanted to some comfort food in Cusco, Peru.  I’ve always been a huge Peruvian food fan; I love all the traditional dishes like Ceviche (or Cebiche), Lomo Saltado, Aji de Gallina, and Arroz con Pollo.  Peruvian food is a great example of comfort food.  In the last 3 years, I’ve traveled a bit and I found Peru in my top 3 food destinations.  The other two are Spain and Japan.  I would consider Peru to be South America’s top dining destination even though it doesn’t have any Michelin stars.  La Feria Cusco

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La Feria’s decor

Cusco is definitely a touristy city.  The town is filled with restaurants, shops and bars catering to tourists; I didn’t want to eat at any of the touristy restaurants.  I had my mind set on Lomo Saltado and Aji de Gallina for dinner; La Feria was recommended by a local.  It’s in Plaza De Armas with a lot of other restaurants.  La Feria Cusco

The restaurant’s decor isn’t anything spectacular.  However, it was casual with its wooden tables, Peruvian decor, and window seats.  I could smell the wonderful aromas as I made my way up the stairs.  Fortunately, I was a little early for dinner and there wasn’t a soul in the restaurant.  I had the restaurant all to myself.  La Feria Cusco

The waiter came by to drop off the menus.  I ordered my Inka Cola then looked over the menu and he was really responsive.  As always, I’m always torn on what to order when I look at à la carte menus.  Everything looks tasty and I couldn’t decide whether I wanted to try their Aji de Gallina, Arroz con Pollo or Lomo Saltado.  The waiter recommended the Lomo Saltado, but I decided to go with the Aji de Gallina too.  La Feria Cusco

  • Lomo Saltado – Lomo Saltado was served in a pan filled with goodness.  The stir fried beef tenderloin reminds me of a French-inspired Vietnamese dish — Bo Luc Lac (i.e., Shaken beef).  It has similar ingredients like onions, peppers, soy sauce, and rice; furthermore, the taste is similar to each other.  La Feria’s Lomo Saltado comes with a fried egg on top, corn rice, and fried fries.  The comforting ingredients provides warm settlements on my palate.  There’s a reason Lomo Saltado is one of Peru’s most popular dishes.  La Feria does a wonderful job with this traditional dish.  La Feria Cusco

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    Lomo Saltado
  • Aji de Gallina – The Aji de Gallina arrived in a stone bowl.   The creamy Aji de Gallina was place in the middle of the corn rice then topped with a hard-boiled egg, fried potatoes, and cilantro.   The soothing flavors of the Aji de Gallina was fantastic with its shredded chicken breasts; the large Peruvian corn provided a plump texture to the traditional dish.  The only issue I had with the dish was it didn’t come out piping hot and it tasted like it was sitting on the counter for a long time.  La Feria Cusco

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    Aji de Gallina

Overall, La Feria is a great option for traditional Peruvian food in Cusco.  With so many options, La Feria does a fantastic job for anyone looking for non-touristy and traditional Peruvian dishes.  I have to say that the Lomo Saltado was definitely better than the Aji de Gallina.  It’s a bit pricey but Cusco is a touristy city, so it’s expected.   La Feria Cusco

Need other places to eat in Cusco?  Check out our reviews for Cicciolina and Incanto.

Need things to in Cusco?  Check out our list here or schedule a day trip to Machu picchu here.  Don’t like scheduling things?  Book a tour.

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Summary

Cusco’s La Feria is a great place to get traditional Peruvian food. It has a great view of Plaza De Armas, Cusco Cathedral, and Templo de la Compañía de Jesús. I have to say that the Lomo Saltado was definitely better than the Aji de Gallina.

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