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Govinda's

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    ( 13 reviews )
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Calle Saphy 584 (at downtown), Cusco, Peru, 084

Little veggie restaurant inside a corner stall at the Mercado San Blas. A complete comes with soup, hot drink, and main entree. A few tables for seating inside. Reported still here Apr 2015. Open Mon-Sun 8:00am-3:30pm.

Category: Lacto, Indian, Western, Hare Krishna, Peruvian

Reviews (13)

First Review by VeganTex

A Little Gem - Edit

Govinda's is a little place located in the corner of the San Blas market. Ive lived in Peru about 6 months, and Ive eaten there at least 15 times. The best thing about it is the price, you can get a meal and soup for 7 soles. The drawback, there is only one option, you eat what she cooks. However, this is a very common way of doing lunch at restaurants in Peru, most of the places you for lunch have a set menu. But it is always hot and fresh, and usually reasonably priced! Sometimes it's nice to be surprised by the entree ;) The food is touch and go. Some days I LOVE what she makes, and some days it is a bit more average. I highly recommend checking out this place at least once while you are in cusco! Its pretty authentic.

Pros: Cheap, Friendly Owner, Food is ALWAYS fresh!

Cons: Busy, not always a place to sit, Only one option


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real vegan food and cheap - Edit

The owner is a Hare Krishna. The food are simple but good. Most important is the price. For a complete vegan meal I only paid 6 soles, compared to the other vegan or vegetarian restaurants in Cusco where you will pay 15 soles up for a meal.

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eric 08 Apr 2015 - Hi takdeervegan, when were you there? Is it still open?

takdeervegan 11 Apr 2015 - Yes Eric. It is still open. I was just there 2 days ago.

good food - Edit

i am vegan and i went there for my first lunch in cuzco. i had the mixed salad and the veggie meat my husband took milaneza and we were very satisfied the food was tasteful and good and since they did not have a vegan dessert we asked for fried banana with honey and the result was very good. the very good price topped our positive experience

Pros: good food, good honest price

Cons: no vegan dessert, modest setting


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Lovely desserts! New adress - Edit

They are now (March 2012) located in the crossing Shaphi-Amargura, just next to the police station. Quit many seats and friendly and quick service this time a year. They some lovely apple and walnut pies! The food was traditional hare krishna with some peruvian touch. Price alright too.

Pros: Nice local, Big menu, Vegan friendly


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Just ok - Edit

Great location just off main plaza. Food was just ok, pumpkin soup was inedible but quinoa and veg soup were tasty but salty. Soy meat seemed more like gluten (which to a celiac was off putting). Fried potatoes and bananas were good. Total for 2 to eat was 60 soles.
Realised how expensive it was when we found another new veggie restaurant that offered soup and a main for 7 soles each! Cant remember the name but it is on Choquechaka(near the junction at San Blas). Much tasty food and nice funky athmosphere

Pros: Location

Cons: Expensive, Food just ok


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not worth it - Edit

Cusco is full of really great places you can eat veg*n.... this was THE worst place I went to. As others said, the food was bland... not flavored well at all. I didn't get my drink I ordered (tea) until after the meal. Cost was way too high for this food, too, but the set menu seems like it could be a less expensive option (though it still may not be worth it because the food wasn't great)

BTW, this is not a language barrier. I grew up bilingually, have lived in South America, and been to S.A. several times.

Pros: decent location

Cons: bland food


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Bland food, a little too expensive - Edit

Went here for a set lunch, which was ten soles for soup, entree, and tea. The food was relatively bland-- a plain veggie soup, and an odd potato and soymeat dish without much flavor. The a la carte options are more expensive than at other veggie places in Cusco, and the set menu itself wasn't as good a bargain as the ones at El Encuentro and El Arbol.

Cons: Bland food, Too expensive


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