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“Excellent Market for Food”

Ranked #22 of 127 things to do in Cusco
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Reviewed 8 September 2017 via mobile

If you like eating at local markets then this place is great. We had several meals here.

Near the front there are several rows of ladies selling smoothies with an amazing variety of fruit. We drank there twice and it was excellent.

Towards the back there is a series of local food stands. Most are serving a chicken noodle soup which is excellent. The more adventurous can also try the sopas with lamb head or tripe. Both are served with potatoes (of course) and are also delicious.

A ceviche stand sells a mix of river fish and trout alongside onions, potatoes and corn - also excellent.

Perhaps my favourite thing though was a older lady selling chicharon, cubes of roast pork and corn out of a basket just outside the front of the market. She let me taste the pork first and it was succulent and delicious. I wish I could go back now to get more!

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

If you want to see how Peruvians really live, visit the San Pedro Public Market. It's only three blocks from the tourist center of Plaza de Armas, but it's a million miles away culturally.

Watch how the locals shop, eat, barter and live. What a wonderful way to see Cuzco as the locals see it.

From meats to cheeses and countless fruits and vegetables. Everything is on display. They talk about the 1000s of varieties of corn and potatoes grown in Peru. Here you can actually see the variety close up!

Watch how the merchant women carry their babies on their backs. Visit the lunch counter where fresh chicken soup is served. Try the tea shop where Peruvians visit to select teas to fight illness. Shop for souvenirs and cool stuff you won't find anywhere else.

My favorite is the shaman shops where locals buy the items needed to make an offering to the Gods. They have everything from dented oils to baby lama skeletons. It's fascinating.

The best part is it's FREE!

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed 31 August 2017 via mobile

San Pedro market reminds me of the old Bullring market in Birmingham back in the 80's. It stinks of cheese (there's a whole section of cheese stalls) and is very urban to say the least. If you have a weak constitution avoid but if you like mixing it up with the locals and seeing donkeys heads hanging in butchers stalls then give it a whirl. I can recommend the juice bars there though, cheap (5 sol) for a big pineapple and orange smoothie.

Date of experience: August 2017
2  Thank Martyn J
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Reviewed 30 August 2017

Busy market under cover in case of rain. Numerous vendors selling clothing, souvenirs, food, you name it.
My oldest son is vegetarian and was horrified by the unidentifiable (and identifiable) body parts of animals for sale...and the smells. None refrigerated so avoid it at all costs! Thankfully they seem to clump similar types of products together so we could steer away from them.
Great selection and prices for nuts and dried fruit for the Inca trail. Also picked up a few Alpaca blankets for gifts that were well priced...after bargaining!

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Karen K
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Reviewed 28 August 2017

Please do not miss this market. It's on the "local" side of town and is where the locals shop. It's one big building with lots of stalls of almost everything you can think of- aisles of cheeses, aisles of grain (lots of quinoa), freshly butchered meats/poultry, chocolate, breads, etc. There is also an area that is like our "food courts"- cooked foods to order, juices , coffee, ice-cream, etc. If you go in the early afternoon, as the kids get out of school, you will see lots of handsome children in school uniforms and experience some of "every day life" in Cusco. There are also stalls of "typical" souvenir type items but also items that the locals purchase as well. Don't miss this one! It's a short walk from Plaza de Armes.

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank paducah1983
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