Arequipa has a strong culinary tradition, and there are a wide variety of local dishes available. Soups are particularly popular, and are often very tasty and are a meal in themselves. Additionally, Rocoto Relleno (stuffed spicy pepper) is another local favourite well worth trying, although make sure you specify if you do not want it too spicy. Most picanterías (restaurants serving traditional Arequipeño food) are outside of the centre, and a taxi should be taken. These are generally open only at lunchtime.
There are lots of restaurants in the centre of Arequipa, many catering mainly for tourists. There are several restaurants on the balconies in the Plaza de Armas giving fine views of the Plaza. Food is generally reasonable in these places, although they are also good places for a drink.
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