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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 Uros, Taquile Island, and eat at the top restaurants in the gastronomical capital Lima. Or you may also enjoy a road trip from Machala to Tumbes.
So I highly recommend taking a look at the Lonely Planet Peru travel guide for more information, tips and inspiration!
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