You have to start with the big three. The three restaurants that consistently show up on World’s Best lists, and initially caused the eyes of the culinary world to focus on Lima.
There’s Astrid y Gaston, chef Gaston Acurio’s iconic eatery that serves up contemporary Peruvian cuisine in a centuries-old hacienda. Virgilio Martinez recently relocated his world-renowned Central Restaurante to Barranco, where you can also find Kjolle, his wife Pia Leon’s restaurant. Rounding out the big three is Maido, where chef Mitsuharu Tsumura continues to evolve Nikkei cuisine, an irresistible cooking style that artfully blends many of the flavors and traditions of Japan and Peru.
Beyond the big three, Lima has numerous other restaurants offering a sweeping variety of both traditional and innovative cuisines.
Even though it’s only open for lunch, chef Rafael Osterling’s El Mercado is popular with seafood lovers across the city.
Another lunch-only establishment is El Rincón que no Conoces which specializes in traditional Peruvian dishes, including picarones—delicious pumpkin donuts.
One of Lima’s favorite chefs is Pedro Schiaffino, and his new restaurant Amaz is amazing diners with its recipes and ingredients from the Amazon region.
You can’t talk about Peruvian cuisine without mentioning ceviche. And these days ceviche aficionados are flocking to Chez Wong for their simple, but mouth-watering versions of this Peruvian classic.
The Ceviche de Mero (a Pacific whitefish) at La Paisana is just one example of the traditional delights served up at this unpretentious, lunch-only favorite.
La Lucha serves up classic Peruvian sandwiches and fresh fruit juices in the heart of the Miraflores district.
Got a group ready to share hearty portions of seafood and other dishes? Hector Solis’ new restaurant La Picanteria is the fun, casual place for you.
This, of course, is just a small sampling of the delights that await you in what many now consider to the Gastronomic Capital of The Americas. So when you come to Lima, bring your appetite, and to help you on your way, check out the discounted trips below.