best restaurants in lima

Best restaurants in Lima, the peruvian food mecca

Best restaurants in Lima, the peruvian food mecca

Lima, the capital of Peru has over 9 million inhabitants, making it the largest city in the whole country and at the same time a city full of contrasts. You can easily spend 3 full days visiting its main sites.

But, please do make some time to taste some of the delicious food as part of your itinerary. Lima is known as the gastronomical capital of the Americas, and it is a food mecca for all foodies, food aficionados and gourmands.

How to get there

As with most places in South America, it is best to book your airplaine ticket in advance  to get good prices! I personally recommend using Expedia to find the best rates.

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Peruvian gastronomy

Actually, Peru has received the award as the world’s best culinary destination by the ‪‎WorldTravelAwards‬ (The most comprehensive, the biggest, and the most prestigious awards program in the travel industry worldwide.)

This huge metropolis, is a center of immigration, thus the huge influence resulting in flavors coming from Africa, Europe, China, and Japan, and then also internally.

To get a better idea, it is a good idea to start by going to the Museum of Peruvian Gastronomy located in the main square, plaza mayor.


In Lima you can enjoy from chifas (chinese food), cebicherias (food from the coastal regions in South America, creole food, and even pollerias(places selling chicken)

From personal experience, the top restaurants offering Peruvian food that I recommend that you visit are:

1.- La Rosa Nautica restaurant

Located in the pier, in the district of Miraflores. This classy restaurant has one of the best ratings on Tripadvisor and I would have to agree with it.

They serve outstanding seafood with great service and some magnificent vistas of the Pacific Ocean.

Sunset in Lima, Peru
La Rosa Nautica in  Lima, Peru

2.- La Panchita restaurant

Located in the district of Miraflores. It is has a pretty good rating on Tripadvisor, this restaurant signed by Gastón Acurio offers excellent food and service.

3.- Mangos Restaurant

Located in the shopping center Larcomar, in the district of Miraflores. This restaurant also with a good rating on Tripadvisor, has good food, but what is pretty rewarding is the view.


In addition…

Another great attraction, but sort of a hidden gem of Lima is a spectacular show with water called the Magic Water Circuit.

– Read more about Lima

– Need more inspiration for your trip, read three weeks in Peru

During your visit to Peru, delight your senses with delicious food and an impressive water choreographed show.

Have you been to any of these restaurants? What dishes did you enjoy the most?


What to eat

Other dishes you may want to taste while you visit Peru are the causa rellena, or causa acevichada, chicha morada, aji de gallina, papa a la huancaina, and for dessert order some suspiro limeno. 

Where to go

Here are insider tips on what to do in Lima, you can also visit Machu Picchu, enjoy some top hikes, go to Iquitos, the island of the UrosTaquile Island, and eat at the top restaurants in the gastronomical capital Lima. Or you may also enjoy a road trip from Machala to Tumbes. 

If you are like me, you will probably want to know even more about all places to visit and enjoy the delicious gastronomy of Peru.

So I highly recommend taking a look at the Lonely Planet Peru travel guide for more information, tips and inspiration!


best restaurants in lima

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