We spent five weeks in Cusco, moving from hostel to hostel, but La Boheme was by far our favorite. As its name suggests, its run by a French expat, who opened the hostel doors six years ago. The links to the motherland don’t stop at the name; above the hostel is an authentic creperie.

The Creperie

As you enter from the street, the hallway splits into two stairwells. The Creperie is situated to the left, up the stairs. As you enter, a cozy, wood-paneled room greets you. On the walls is a delicate, whimsical design. If you’re lucky, you’ll get a chance to sit in the nook near the window, which affords a beautiful view of Cusco’s terracotta rooftops.

We ate at the creperie several times during our stay, and the food was always impeccable. After traveling in Peru for nearly three months, I was particularly impressed that they managed to acquire foreign cheese to use in their crepes.

The restaurant was also extremely accommodating of my food allergy (gluten). The owner, Sarah, gave me a crepe with just the filling (no pancake) and even added extra portions.

The Hostel

As you enter, to the right and down a few stairs is the entrance to the Hostel. Just past reception is a warm living room/ communal area, its walls lined with a low bench covered with cushions. There are a few tables, a fireplace, and a tv. Here is where they serve the included breakfast (your choice of jam or lemon sugar crepe with delicious fresh bread). Once again the hostel was very accommodating of my food allergy and was able to supply scramble eggs for a gluten free breakfast.

We stayed in the matrimonial room with a private bath; it’s a little more than we would typically pay in Peru, but for Cusco it was an incredibly reasonable price (most private rooms where 130 s/ and up). We stayed in La Boheme for Christmas, and it was the perfect home away from home. The rooms are just as cute and inviting as the rest of the hostel. They are a tad on the small side, but the decor and bedding are tastefully done and give the bedrooms both a touch of luxury and a homey feel. To book online or learn more about the hostel, visit their website.

All accommodation includes free breakfast.

  • 4-bed dormitories w/ shared bath – 30 s/
  • private w/ single bed w/ private bath – 50 s/
  • private w/ two single beds w/ shared bath – 70 s/
  • private w/ double bed w/ shared bath – 70 s/
  • private matrimonial w/ double bed w/ private bath – 90 s/

The Hostel is very conveniently located in the heart of San Blas neighborhood–the artsy tourist district–and just a couple of blocks up the hill from the Plaza de Armas. Within three blocks there are cute cafes, retail shops, laundries, restaurants, plenty of vegetarian food options, and even a couple of yoga studios.
To get there, the easiest landmark is first to locate to the Plaza de Armas. From the Plaza,