The San Pedro market is one of the most picturesque places in the city of Cusco. Hundreds of citizens from Cusco and foreign tourists congregate there to purchase various food products as well as handicrafts of all kinds. Visiting this Cusco food market is a great opportunity to learn a little more about the culture of the city. It is located in the historic center of the city, a few steps from the Plaza de Armas.
Why is this market so famous?
The central market of San Pedro is the oldest supply center in Cusco. It was part of a section of the Inca trail that connected with the Huacaypata square (current main square). It was designed by the French architect Gustave Eiffel and opened in 1925.
Currently, there are 1,180 stores that sell fruits, vegetables, breads, sweets, utensils, breakfasts, lunches, as well as all kinds of crafts. Due to its location in the area comprised by the Historic Center of Cusco, not only citizens from Cusco but also many tourists from different parts of the world gather there. Therefore, the market became a space for acculturation among different people.
The San Pedro market is also an opportunity for tourists who want to buy any product at an affordable price. For example, the price of a menu (lunch with entrance) is only 5 Peruvian soles (1.5 US dollars, approximately).
Location and how to get there
The central market of San Pedro is located 5 blocks from the Plaza de Armas of Cusco. It is located in the square of the same name. In front is the church of San Pedro.
The best way to go to the San Pedro market is on foot. Starting from the Plaza de Armas, you must follow the west direction crossing the streets Mantas, Marques, Santa Clara (the arch of Santa Clara) until finally arriving at the San Pedro square where the market is located.