Ulrike’s café is probably the current hotspot for dining in the little town of Pisac in the Sacred Valley. Run by German Ulrike who has lived in Pisac for almost 20 years, this is the go-to café for tourists passing through for a few hours as well as the international spiritual tribe that lives in Pisac.

Ulrike’s is one of the original tourist cafes in Pisac and positive changes have been taking place since the arrival of Chef Tim last year. Tim has cooked for many top restaurants in the United States as well for big names like the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and the Red Hot Chili Peppers to name just a few and has revitalized the menu at Ulrike’s.

The whole menu has recently been changed and we were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the new offering. Our favourite light dishes include the tender alpaca sandwich served with blue cheese on soft focaccia bread and the chicken sandwich served with chunky fries. For a more filling dish try the mild vegetarian curry or the ‘alpaca saltado’, a new take on the traditional Peruvian dish of stir-fried beef.

Ulrike’s has always been famous for her desserts and the cafe continues to offer their delicious chewy chocolate chip cookies and moist carrot cake but have now also added the decadent chocolate volcano cake served with ice-cream to the menu. (This is probably the best dessert in Pisac and is well worth the calorie overload!)

The focus of the menu is home-style comfort food made with fresh, seasonal produce. Ulrike wants people to feel at home away from home in the café and the menu reflects this. Ulrike’s also caters to families with a play area for kids with games and drawing materials and they have a nice roof-top terrace with great views of the surrounding mountains. The café is a meeting place for travellers to Pisac and with one of the best wifi connections in town is a great place to while away a few hours and get a feel for Pisac.

Our verdict: Simple, home-style tasty food in a comfortable atmosphere at a good price point.

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  • Pizza is served on Tuesday, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays and is baked in their wood-fired oven.
  • Ulrike’s serves a daily menu which includes a starter, main and desert for 25 soles (Approx. US$9) which includes some of the café’s signature dishes like the quinoa soup. Stir-fried alpaca and carrot cake for those looking for a filling lunch or dinner.
  • The menu has some great options for vegetarians including the recently added quinoa and black bean veggie burger and the pecan, pear and blue cheese salad. Delicious!

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