Budget, Restaurants

Peru: California Cafe

April 5, 2013 by

Chances are, if you’re in Huaraz, Peru, you’re probably here to trek in the best mountains of South America. Possibly, you’re here to tackle Cordillera Huayhuash, a 21,768 ft peak in the Andes, or at least just catch a peek of it’s beauty.

Either way, stopping at the California Cafe is a must. Tim, the owner, is from California, but has lived here in Peru for a long time. He’s an expert on the area and takes pleasure in serving up a good cuppa’ joe, or helping tourists plan their escapes in the Cordillera.

Inside the cafe, soothing beats of world music and the aroma of fresh roasted (local) coffee intoxicate your senses. They have their own coffee roaster and will roast beans for you on request.

The kitchen offers reasonably priced breakfast all day long, as well as soups, sandwiches, and salads. They also have an eclectic hot drinks menu including coffees and teas of the region.

What sets this cafe apart is the book exchange, library, and travel assistance. The books are scattered about the cafe with common titles like “Catcher in the Rye,” and more locally popular books such as “Hiking in the Cordiller Huayhuash.”

If you plan ahead, they’ll even help you organize bigger treks in the area.

For those who just finished their excursions, the cafe offers a welcoming atmosphere to share stories and pictures with like minded folks, and free Internet to get in touch with friends and family.

Stop by for a drink, some lunch, or to simply pass the time away.

Image Source: The Jake Gordon

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