Starbucks Plaza de Armas, Cusco

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We are in Peru. We know this because there is a message etched on the face of one of the mountains — Viva el Perú — and what a greeting this is! We are in Cusco, about 11,000 feet above sea level. Air is thin here, and the people hardy and colourful.

Cusco is the historical site of the ancient Inca empire. This close to the Urubamba Valley, the view of the Andes mountain range is spectacular. Near the town centre, the Plaza de Armas is bustling with tourists and the locals who sell them souvenirs and offer to guide them to Inca ruins.

We are tourists too, of course. Next up will be Macchu Picchu and the Lake Titicaca. And like most tourists, we’d like to rest and grab a coffee, preferably with a decent view. Well, there’s one spot where one could get an unparalleled view of the Plaza de Armas: Starbucks.

Yes, there is a Starbucks café even here. In fact, it’s the highest Starbucks in the world. And sitting at the balcony looking down at the town square with the mountains in the background, it’s not hard to believe this.

The coffee? Tastes the same as any Starbucks; we’ll let you decide if that is a good thing or not.


Starbucks Plaza de Armas
Calle Loreto 115, Cusco, Peru
Sun-Thu 7am-11pm / Fri-Sat 7am-11:30pm

Kenny is a writer. CK is a photographer. Together they café-hop around the world and have contributed to The Malay Mail Online, Time Out, and other cool publications. Read more of Kenny’s stories at Life for Beginners and check out CK’s photography at Devil's Tales 胡思亂想.

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