Huanchaco offers many great budget eateries.
Cafßs, Bakeries, and Ice Cream
Off the Plaza de Armas, in a quiet bohemian setting, is Casa Tere (257 M Soane, tel. 044/46-1197, casaterehco [at] yahoo [dot] es, 3–11 p.m. daily, US$1.50–2.50), which comes alive during the evening as it dishes up pizzas, sandwiches, and crepes. Casa Tere also has a breakfast location farther south on Larco.
Don Pepe (Av. Larco 502, US$3–5) offers cangrejo reventado, a local dish where crab shells are broken open and the crab meat cooked with eggs, sea algae, and ají.
El Mochica (Av. Larco on the corner with Independencia, tel. 044/46-1963) has great seafood dishes in a location just across from the ocean.
Otra Cosa (Av. Larco 921, El Boquerón, tel. 044/46-1346, www.otracosa.info, 9 a.m.–8 p.m. Wed.–Sun.) has outstanding veggie food at very good prices, including fruit salads, healthy breakfasts and lunches, and the best coffee in Huanchaco. The restaurant is part of Otra Cosa Network, a Peruvian NGO, and the restaurant is managed by locals with the support of European and North American volunteers.
Big Ben (Av. Larco 836, El Boquerón, tel. 044/46-1378, www.bigbenhuanchaco.com, 11:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. daily, US$4–16) has delicious seafood and fish dishes including cebiches, tiraditos, crab, deep-fried calamari, chicken, and beef plates. Enjoy your meal sitting at a table on the terrace overlooking the beach.
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