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.

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Traditional Food in Peru To Try

  1. Ceviche – raw fish with lemon
  2. Lomo Saltado – meat with red bell peppers and onion
  3. Aji De Gallina
  4. Cuy – Guinea Pig
  5. Causas
  6. Chicharron
  7. Anticuchos
  8. Papas a la Huancaina
  9. Pisco Sour
Traditional Food in Peru

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.


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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