Peruvian food showcases a true blend of cuisines—alongside indigenous and Spanish flavors, you’ll find influences from China, Italy, Africa, and Japan. Here are a few dishes and culinary experiences you won’t want to miss during your stay in Lima.
Peru’s national dish, fresh and fiery ceviche, has enjoyed worldwide popularity in recent years, and in Lima, you can sample it at the source. Chinese influence shows up in lomo saltado, a soy-seasoned and stir-fried beef dish served on a mound of rice and french fries. Equally hearty is aji de gallina, shredded chicken in a thick and creamy sauce made of cheese, walnuts, cream, and yellow aji. Any good meat dish needs some potatoes, and in Lima, that means papas a la huancaina. This unusual, delicious side dish features sliced potatoes smothered in tangy cheese sauce and topped with hard-boiled eggs.
Adventurous eaters won’t want to miss cuy (roasted guinea pig) one of the most popular street foods in the Andes region. Another popular food sold by street vendors, anticuchos de corazón, is made from marinated and char-grilled cubes of beef heart. Wash it down with Peru’s national drink, a pisco sour.
- Hit the pavement to learn more about Lima’s culinary landscape on a walking food tour of neighborhoods like Chorrillos and Barranco.
- Learn to prepare Peruvian dishes during a cooking class led by a chef or local family.
- Dive into downtown Lima’s nightlife scene on a bar crawl.
- Sit down to a 3-course Peruvian meal in the gorgeous gardens of the Larco Museum (Museo Larco).
- Experience the breadth of Peru’s food-and-drink culture, including its own craft beer movement, while biking and boating your way through the city.