Grab dessert at La Despensa, Arequipa Peru

Set in a beautiful courtyard La Despensa is a lovely little café to grab a sweet treat – quite close to the Santa Catalina Monastery.

Sure, they have tempting pastries from all different places of origin…but I love to eat the local delicacies. When I saw suspiro de limeña on the menu I was sold, it’s something I’ve been dreaming about ever since first bite.

So what is the dessert, exactly? The name translates to Sigh of Lima and the base is a thick creamy helping of dulce de leche topped with gooey sweet meringue and sprinkled with cinnamon. It’s a coat your mouth decadent velvety experience, don’t miss out on this divine Peruvian delight!

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