Puno has an overabundance of chicken joints, chifas and pizzerias. Tourist-oriented restaurantsâ€”complete with English-only menus and high pricesâ€”are on JirĂłn Lima. To browse for cheaper diners, go two blocks east, to JirĂłn Moquegua, where meals can be had for less than half the price and three-course menĂş del dĂa are served at lunch and dinner. To pick up groceries, hit the Mercado Central (Jr Oquendo and Jr Tacna) or the Plaza Vea supermarket a block away (Av Los Incas, just past the railroad tracks). On Saturday, the full length of Avenida San MartĂn is a massive outdoors market.
Local dishes to try are chuĂ±o (a freeze-dried potato), chalona (dried mutton) and chairo (a soup made of beef or lamb, potatoes, beans, squash, cabbage and chuĂ±o). The local fish are also excellent, particularly trucha (trout), pejerrey and ishpi. People of the region often eat potatoes with chaâ€™co, a fine clay stone dissolved in water.