Mercado Central de San Pedro de Cusco, Cusco

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CUSCO | Mercado Central de San Pedro de Cusco (“San Pedro Market”) is Cusco’s main market and part of the lifeblood of this city. Founded in 1925, the market was designed by Frenchman Gustav Eiffel (yes, the same Eiffel that designed a tower you might have heard about) and occupies about three city blocks. It’s a huge market and is where locals and visitors alike can find almost anything they’re after.

At one end are vendors selling things like souvenirs, clothing, fabrics, cooking utensils, jewellery and more, but the main reason to come here is for the food. All of the flavours of Cusco, and Peru in general can be found here, from exotic fruits and vegetables, herbs and spices, cheese, sweets and more. It’s a great place to sample lots of different things, and expose your taste buds to flavours you won’t find elsewhere in the world, or even Peru.

Further along is a large section of the market that’s dedicated to food stalls. The look of raw meat hanging from hooks and carcasses being diced up might shock some from a hygiene point of view but, as long as you eat at stalls that locals are frequenting you’ll be fine. After all, if a place was making locals sick, it wouldn’t be in business. There is a lot that looks appealing at San Pedro Market, and a lot that doesn’t – but is. Do try sample a few things outside of your comfort zone – it’s worth it.

Mercado Central de San Pedro de Cusco

Cascaparo
Cusco
Cusco 08000
Peru

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Open
Mon – Sun: 6:00am to 8:00pm

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Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.

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