Where to buy the Best Juice in Cusco

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Dónde comprar el mejor jugo en Cusco
Monday October 12, 2015 - Posted by to Cusco, Food and Drink

Where to buy the Best Juice in Cusco
One of the best things of traveling Peru is the amazing food: ceviche, lomo saltado, cuy, and many others. But one of my favoriaries is: the fresh fruit! And one of the best ways to enjoy this fruit is in one of the jugerías that line the streets of Cusco. A glass of fresh juice can cost anywhere from S/. 4 to 10, depending on the location, the fruit, and what you decide to mix with it: another fruit, water, milk, or yogurt. Most jugerías also offer a range of snacks, sandwiches, and Peruvian desserts. So how to pick the best place to go? Here is a quick guide. You’ll discover two of the most popular jugerías close to the Plaza de Armas, and another, where I had the best juice I’ve ever tried – just a few blocks further off the beaten path.

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On the west side of the Plaza de Armas, you can find “Yajúú”. While you won’t find much solid food of special interest, they offer a wide variety of drinks including plain juice, medicinal juices, smoothies, “exóticos” – the slightly less common juices, and “silvestres” – a whole group of unusual drinks you certainly will want to try if you are the adventurous type. The drinks here are good, and the prices are on the lower end: S/. 4 for a simple juice with water, S/. 7 for the medicinal drinks, and S/. 14 for the smoothies. If you’re looking for an easy stop, and an average drink for a reasonable price, Yajúú fits the bill perfectly.

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Just a few blocks further west toward the Plaza San Francisco, in the corner of Calles Marquez and Neladeros, you can find the ever-popular “Peru Juice”. Entering this shop, you’ll notice a nice mix of Peruvians and foreigners due to its extensive menus that includes any kind of juice you could want, sandwiches, pollo a la brasa, hamburgers, and – again – Peruvian dessert. If you’re looking for a good place to go as a group who can’t agree on what to eat, this is the place for you! The prices are a bit higher than at most other places, a sandwhich costing S/. 9 instead of the typical S/. 7, and even the simplest juices costing at least S/. 6. As could be expected in a place as varied as this shop, nothing is as good as you would get in a specialty place. You end up paying for convenience instead of quality.

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But if you’re looking for an authentic Cusqueñan jugería with an all-Spanish menu, amazing juice, yummy snacks, and reasonable prices, look no further than the delicious “Snack del Carmen”, less than a block from Limac Pampa Grande! With a nice menu of sandwiches, desserts, juices, and other drinks, Carmen offers a perfect snack spot in the middle of a hot – or cold – Cusco afternoon. With a price range similar to that in Yajúú, S/. 4 – 8. The beauty of this little cafe is not only in its menu and prices, but also in its size – you get to watch the owners make your made-to-order juice right in front of you! And here’s a pro-tip for you grilled cheese lovers out there: buy here!

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So whether it’s a quick stop on the plaza of Cusco, a group outing to try all of Peruvian cuisine at once, or a small trip to buy the best “juice” in town, you really can’t go wrong when it comes to jugerías in Cusco! Take some time to try a new fruit, or maybe a mix that you wouldn’t have thought of on your own, and leave a comment letting me know where YOU found the best juice in Cusco!

Beth Pinzur, Cusco, Octubre 2015

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