I got a lot of really helpful suggestions on where to eat and what to do from local Peruvians.  Since it was my birthday, we decided to fancy it up and go to Astrid y Gaston, which is ranked as one of the top 100 best restaurants in the world. With the US dollar so strong, the overall bill was VERY reasonable. I’d highly recommend that you make a reservation for it. Each entree was only about $15- $20 dollars. Definitely one of the best meals I’ve ever had and I’m a total foodie. We started off with  Ceviche, Lechon (Suckling Pig), Organic Cuy (Guinea Pig), and Tiramisu. The food was absolutely amazing. The Ceviche came with fresh creamy uni which really brought out the flavors of the dish. The winner of the night was the Lechon which has spoiled me to no end that I now cannot eat suckling pig without cringing. The crispy skin and tender meat would turn any vegetarian into a ravenous carnivore. Must. Go. Please!

Restaurants to Eat in Lima (recommended to me by a local):

  • Astrid y Gaston
  • La Red- Address: Av. La Mar 391, Miraflores, Lima, Peru
  • CeLa Mar (Miraflores):  recommended- ceviche, tiradito and causa sampler for apps, suspiro limeño (really sweet) and derrumbado de chirimoya (local fruit) for dessert.  Address: Av. La Mar 770, Miraflores, Lima, Peru
  • Los Pescados Capitales: Recommended- grilled baby octopus. Address: La Mar 1337, Miraflores, Lima, Peru
  • Hierbabuena – organic cuisine
  • La 73- Address: Av. El Sol Oeste 175, Barranco, Lima, Peru
  • El Tarwi
  • Embarcadero 41- Peruvian food. Address: Calle Fleming 181, Surco, Lima, Peru
  • Señorío de SulcoAddress: Malecon Cisneros 1470, Miraflores, Lima, Peru
  • Las Brujas de Cachiche– Jr. Bolognesi 460, Miraflores, Lima, Peru
  • Food Park de E. Wong (second floor)- Peruvian food
  • Pardo’s Chicken– Address: Av. Benavides 730 – Miraflores


Recommended Peruvian Flavors:

  • Pollo a la Brasa: rotisserie chicken. Served with Yukon golden potatoes, it’s everywhere!
  • Anticuchos: marinated, grilled cow heart on a stick- It’s a local dish, so just ask for an anticucheria and they’ll tell her where to find one.  Picarones is the dessert that goes with anticuchos, similar to sweet potato donuts
  • Comida Criolla- creole food comfort food.
  • Lucuma ice cream
  • Drinks:  chicha morada, maracuya, cuzqueña (beer), pisco sour and leche de tigre (with ceviche usually).
  • Queso and pan serrano (the local bread and cheese of Cuzco)- baked in humongous stone ovens
  • Cuy- Guinea Pig. It’s really not that strange at all. The BF and I both thought it tasted like a cross between pork and chicken. Very tasty.

Additional Reading and Resources:

Who Needs a Club When Everyone is at a Cafe? – New York

La Buena Mesa – (spanish)

Peru – mmm-yoso!!! (food blog)

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