We HEART Cuzco, it is such a beautiful place. Here the ancient, traditional and contemporary streams of Peruvian culture collide together making it a great city to go exploring, as there are plenty of surprises.
One of our favourites was Macondo. Taking its name from the pages of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, this newly refurbished shop/gallery/restaurant is full of clever design and great taste, on the walls as well as the menu. The wood decked front space houses ceramics (a selection of Jonathan Adler which is all made in Peru), artwork, inspiring books and homewares such as contemporary Peruvian church style cushions.
Large mirrored doors entice you in to discover the restaurant at the back. The tables are glass topped over traditional board game artwork for entertainment whilst you recline yourself against the wall made entirely of cushioned cubes.
The gallery seeps into the restaurant with two large Richard Peralta paintings. Peralta is a new discovery for us and we are now obsessing over him. We love his combination of fine art painting style and political subject matter. A Cusco native, Peralta has worked on a series of pieces inspired by the actions of the Shining Path extremist Maoist group in Peru. In the peak of their activities a decade ago Shining Path activists kidnapped children from villages, turning them into child soldiers to boost their forces fighting against the state.
Macondo is a little gem in Cusco, a rare treat for the eyes and stomach both.
Cuesta San Blas 571, Cusco