There is an incredible gastronomy scene in Peru. Lima is the only capital in South America located on the coast, and the ceviche here is top-notch. Traveling to Peru? From Lomo Saltado, Aji de Gallina and the classic Pisco Sour drink, check out the best traditional food from Peru.
Traditional Food in Peru To Try
- Ceviche – raw fish with lemon
- Lomo Saltado – meat with red bell peppers and onion
- Aji De Gallina
- Cuy – Guinea Pig
- Papas a la Huancaina
- Pisco Sour
Restaurants in Lima
We ate at Panchita and sampled the classics with a twist. A piqueo filled with tamalito, papa rellena, ocopa, choclo a la huancaina, causa limena, anticucho de corazon, chicharron, camote y salsa criolla. We followed it up with the seven colors of the criolla kitchen. The small portions were just the right size to sample it all. Dishes include mollejitas a la limena, aji de gallina, carapulcra, cau cau, sangrecita, patita, frejoles con jugo y arroz.
When in Lima, visit El Malecon, situated along the cliffs above the Pacific Ocean. I caught up with a friend from Hawaii at Larcomar, a shopping center in the Miraflores district of Lima. and we tasted Peruvian craft beer in Miraflores. I ate at Tanta twice, once in Miraflores and a second time at the airport. Panchita and Tanta are the brainchildren of chef Gastón Acurio, who is widely known for putting traditional Peruvian food on the map.
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Where to Stay
Pariwana Hostel Lima – Adults-only accommodation with a restaurant, a bar, and a shared lounge in Miraflores.
Best Western Plus Urban Larco Hotel – Located in Miraflores and ideal for travelers interested in coastal walks, parks, and gourmet food.
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