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Food Lover's Guide to Lima

By Viator, February 2018

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Peruvian cuisine is typically South American, but with some surprises! Alongside indigenous and Spanish fare, you’ll find influences from China, Italy, Africa and Japan.

Based on the staples of corn, potatoes and beans, Peruvian food is generally highly spiced, though with chili served as a condiment you can usually control the heat. Other common ingredients include rice, wheat, maize, tomatoes, quinoa, kiwicha and peppers.

Street and market food is a highlight, and Western meals like pizza and pasta are served alongside grilled chicken and meat.

The first of those culinary surprises is cuy, or guinea pig. The cute furry creatures we keep as pets at home are served skinned and grilled in Peru, and of course taste a little like chicken.

Other more challenging dishes include a plateful of cow brains or grilled alpaca meat. Seafood ceviche is popular, marinated in lemon juice and considered something of an aphrodisiac.

Ceviche dishes are very popular in coastal regions of Peru. In Lima, you’ll also find cheese or meat empanadas, chicken with rice, ham rolls called butifarras and, as you’d expect, Lima bean salads. Northern areas might serve goat stew or pork soup, while the cuisine of the mountainous Andes regions remains based on maize and potatoes, just as it has for centuries.

Guinea pigs tend to be fried rather than grilled in the Andes, and the stuffed peppers (roccoto relleno) served here can be very hot, so beware. Festive dishes like pork are cooked on an underground bed of heated stones. In jungle areas, avoid eating bush meat and endangered critters like dolphins, tortoise eggs and monkey.

Sweets are Spanish-inspired, like alfajores pastries, nougat, fruity ice cream called lucuma, rice pudding, pumpkin fritters and milk puddings.

The national drink is the famous pisco sour, made from egg white, sugar, lemon or lime juice and brandy. In the tropical heat though, there’s nothing better than a locally brewed cooling beer.

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Cusco Night Walking Tour and Pisco Sour Lesson, Cusco, null
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Cusco Night Walking Tour and Pisco Sour Lesson

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 26 Reviews

Explore the ancient Incan streets of Cusco and then make the perfect pisco sour like a true Peruvian local. Begin your 2.5-hour night walking tour in Plaza de ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $36.00
Peruvian Cooking Class Including Local Market Tour and Exotic Fruit Tasting, Lima, Bar, Club & Pub ... 
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Peruvian Cooking Class Including Local Market Tour and Exotic Fruit Tasting

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 37 Reviews

This 4-hour tour includes a visit to the market and a cooking class perfect for people who love traditional foods and want to make learn to make these dishes ...  Read more

Location: Lima, Peru
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $80.00
Lima Colors and Flavors Walking Tour, Lima, Cooking Classes
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Lima Colors and Flavors Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 28 Reviews

This 4-hour walking tour will guide you through the colorful stately mansions and churches, as you make your way along the cliffs, while hearing about ...  Read more

Location: Lima, Peru
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $58.00
Lima Cooking Class with a Local Family, Lima, Walking Tours
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Lima Cooking Class with a Local Family

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 14 Reviews

Instead of dining out again, prepare and savor a home-cooked meal during your stay in Lima. On this 4-hour guided cooking class tour, discover the unique ...  Read more

Location: Lima, Peru
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $74.00
Lima Bar Crawl Including Drinks and Food Tastings, Lima, Cooking Classes
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Lima Bar Crawl Including Drinks and Food Tastings

4.5 star rating: Recommended 32 Reviews

Get a taste of Lima’s downtown on this evening walking tour. You’ll visit small bars and street vendors abuzz with locals to sample typical Peruvian dishes and ...  Read more

Location: Lima, Peru
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $45.00
Lima Food Walking Tour in Barranco Neighbourhood, Lima, Food Tours
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Lima Food Walking Tour in Barranco Neighbourhood

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Taste authentic Peruvian flavors in the historical and bohemian area of Barranco in Lima. Discover the authentic flavors of Peru’s world-famous cuisine during ...  Read more

Location: Lima District, Peru
Duration: 3.5 to 4 hrs

From USD $85.00
Food, Social and Cultural Tour of Lima, Lima, Food Tours
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Food, Social and Cultural Tour of Lima

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

If you've got a full day in Lima to spare, this unforgettable tour will take you to eat until you burst in the morning. In the morning you'll visit an ...  Read more

Location: Lima District, Peru
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $115.00
Lima Full-Day Combo Tour: City Tour and Cooking Class with Market tour and Pisco Sour Tasting, ... 
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Lima Full-Day Combo Tour: City Tour and Cooking Class with Market tour and Pisco Sour Tasting

The Peruvian culinary scene has grown tremendously in popularity over the past couple of years and here's your unique chance to find out why! Take part in an ...  Read more

Location: Lima, Peru
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $125.00
Larco Museum Restaurant Dining Experience with Transfer, Lima, Cooking Classes
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Larco Museum Restaurant Dining Experience with Transfer

Enjoy an unforgettable cuisine experience at Café del Museo Restaurant within the extraordinary framework of Larco Museum.

Location: Lima, Peru
Duration: Flexible

From USD $60.00
Bike, Boat and Food Tour in Lima, Lima, Dining Experiences
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Bike, Boat and Food Tour in Lima

The combination of a bike tour, boat tour, and different traditional food tastings with a delicious craft beer makes this tour a truly unforgettable moment. ...  Read more

Location: Lima, Peru
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $63.00

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