Basically, the key to finding the nice nomad-style cafes in Cusco is to head to the San Blas area. This is about 10 minutes walk east from the main plaza, and up some stairs on the way. San Blas is kind of the hip, artsy part of town, and probably the best part to stay in as well.
My first pick, and the cafe I went to most often in Cusco was Cafe Laggart. I know, kind of a funny name for a cafe to work at. Anyways, it’s a very hip and artsy cafe, with a variety of seating, a nice mini-balcony overlooking the street, power outlets, and a decent selection of cakes and pastries as well. It’s a very comfortable cafe to work at, which is why it’s my first pick. I believe the hours are from 9am-9pm every day.
The Meeting Place Cafe
Just nearby is a quite busy cafe, The Meeting Place Cafe. It’s run by a British expat, and is directly on San Blas Plaza. One big point is that you can get a regular cup of coffee here, as opposed to only espresso drinks. On the other hand, the place is not so large, as you can see from the picture. Nevertheless, there are often people in there doing stuff on computers. Sorry, I can’t remember if it had outlets. The other thing is that it is maybe more of a breakfast place, and therefore shuts quite early. The hours are 8:30am-4pm, every day except Sunday, when it is closed.
The next cafe, Cocoliso, is kind of in the middle between San Blas and the main city plaza. It is situated in a charming little inner courtyard, off the street. It is the place to the right in the picture above. It is not so large, and I don’t remember seeing any outlets. But it’s kind of a cute place, and I like little courtyards like this. Sorry, not sure what their hours are.
The other two cafes I will mention are over to the west of the main plaza, literally like 2 minutes walk, on Plaza Recocijo. The first is Panam Cafe. This is a fairly typical kind of cafe for nomads, and a safe bet. It has a respectable loft area with a number of tables, which can be seen in the picture, a good food selection, and outlets too. The hours, I believe, are 6am-10pm every day.
Tikay Cafe & Pizzeria
My final place is Tikay Cafe & Pizzeria, about 50 feet away from Panam. They are more of a pizzeria than a cafe, but in the afternoon it is quiet, and you may well have the place to yourself. They will do you a large cappuchino (not one of the tiny ones), they have outlets, good wifi, and don’t seem to mind you working there for a few hours in the afternoon. Sorry, not sure about the hours here. But I’m pretty sure they are open every day from lunch to dinnertime. Incidently, I should mention that this is where I came when the Internet went down in Urubamba. I had a deadline, so I gave it 2 hours to come back, and then rolled out. Obviously, I couldn’t make a new hostel reservation from Urubamba, and had to go somewhere in Cusco. So this is where I came. Taxi can pull up right outside, no stairs to carry my bags up. I had some lunch, made a new hostel reservation, had a cap and got some work done, and then caught a taxi right outside to get to my new hostel. Yes indeed! Not a problem!
Finally, I’m going to put in some honorable mentions for Cafe Loco and Pantastico Bakery, both by San Blas, the artsy area I started out with. I have a principle of not doing write-ups about cafes I didn’t actually go to. But I walked by these a number of times, and they looked alright as well.
Enjoy your stay in Cusco!