1 August, 2018

Lima: what to eat and where

In recent years, Lima has become a mandatory place to visit among the gastronomic destinations of the world. For this reason, many experts speak of this city as the gastronomic capital of Latin America. In Lima, you can find a great collection of all the dishes of Peruvian cuisine.

In this post, we will take you on a gastronomic trip through our capital. Enjoy it!


If we think about Peruvian food, the first thing that comes to our mind is ceviche because, without a doubt, this is the dish that most represents our country. In Lima, you will find hundreds of cevicherías where you can taste this and many other seafood dishes. We recommend you to complement the ceviche with chicharrón mixto, rice with seafood and causa.

It is impossible to talk about the best place to try this dish since there are countless restaurants that prepare a high-quality ceviche in Lima, so we leave you a list with one of them:

Canta Rana. Recommended dish: ceviche apaltado


Huáscar. Recommended dish: rice with seafood

Punto Azul. Recommended dish: Piqueo Punto Azul

Cevichería Beto. Recommended dish: chicharrón mixto

La Mar. Recommended dish: Trío de ceviche

Creole food

The creole food has its origins during the viceroyalty era and it is typical in the coastal areas of Peru. Among the most traditional dishes are lomo saltado, ají de gallina, stuffed rocoto, tacu tacu and stuffed potato.

To taste this type of food you can go to Isolina, a typical Peruvian tavern located in the district of Barranco and that offers filling dishes to share, or to the new restaurant of Gastón Acurio: El Bodegón.

Nikkei food

The nikkei food is the fusion between Peruvian and Japanese gastronomy and the main protagonists of this fusion are the makis.

If you are not on a budget and want to try the best of this type of cuisine, you have to go to Maido, recently crowned as the best restaurant in Latin America. If you do have some budget restrictions, Edo is the ideal place, where we recommend you to ask for makis acevichados.



We can not speak about the Peruvian food without name the chifas, another example about the influence of foreign gastronomy in the Peruvian cuisine. The chifas are one of the favourite places for Peruvian to eat daily. What to order in this type of restaurant? The basics are rice chaufa, dim sum or tallarín saltado.

Where to try this dishes? Again, we have to talk about Gastón Acurio, who presents a great version of chifas dishes at his restaurant Madam Tusan.

Jungle food

The jungle cuisine is, perhaps, the least common in Lima, but luckily there are very good restaurants where you can get to know the best of the Peruvian jungle gastronomy. One of them is Ámaz, from chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, located in the district of Miraflores.

Paiche, tacacho de cecina, patacones, juanes… the good thing about the food of the jungle is that they are unique and it has little-known dishes for foreigners, so it is perfect for those who like to experiment while eating.

Are you thinking about traveling to Lima and live a unique gastronomic experience? Then o any of our two hotels located in the district of Miraflores and close to a variety of restaurants. Book your room here: http://tierravivahoteles.com/peru/lima/