Lima; unexpected foodlovers heaven in South America

Most travelers skip Lima and continue straight to their final destinations; Machu Picchu or Cusco but they don’t know what they miss! and I will tell you why!

For me, as Traveladdict, nr 1 on my travelbucketlist is tasting local food. Why? My confession: I love food! and food tells so much about culture. But it’s also an easy way to make contact with locals.

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Lima is the capitol of Peru and with 7 million habitants the biggest of the country. The city is divided in different barrios (districts). Some better to avoid but Miraflores and Barranco are really worth visiting. You can discover the city by foot but at night it’s better to take a taxi. Or use the uber taxi.

Miraflores

Miraflores is the most well maintained rich neighborhood of Lima. The streets are very clean and it has a pretty view over the sea. It’s build on the foundation of the pyramid Huaca Pucllana (the pre inca temple)

Parc del amor
Feel the love vibes in Parque del Amor. This parc is built in Gaudi style. You can enjoy the stunning view of the Lima Bay. Walking through the parc you’ll find halfway the statue ‘El Beso’ which means the Kiss and is made by Victor Delfin.

Hungry after the romantic walk and stunning view? Stop at beso frances crêperia to taste the delicious crepes with sweet or savory toppings.

For the adrenaline junkies you can go paragliding or take a wave surfing lesson. Lima is famous for the long waves.
Finish your day at restaurant “Mango’s” to enjoy the sunset sipping your pisco sour (local cocktail).

Gastronomy
My selection of restaurants to experience the top-noche gastronomy of Lima

Restaurant Amaz
Travel to the amazone in this restaurant from Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino. He added a jungle touch to the peruvian dishes with his knowledge of the Amazone region. The menu is designed for shared dining and perfect for small groups.

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Rosa Nautica
This restaurant is located on the pier in the lima bay. This restaurant maybe doesn’t have the best food but the locating and atmosphere is more than worth going there. Book a table some days in advance because it’s populair specially in the weekend. If you are lucky you get a table next to the window where you can hear and sea the waves rolling in like having dinner on a sailingboat.

Cosme
This new restaurant opened his doors in January 2015. Cosme is named after the first favela (slum) in Lima. The interior is designed with sustainable furniture. The roof is decorated with bottle caps. And the tables are made of recycled wood. And the food? No worries this is not recycled ofcourse! The plates are global orientated with an peruvian twist. The fine chose of ingredients have the perfect balance between the flavors. And don’t forget to try here the irrisistble Pisco sour. But warning! Its very strong.

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Jose Antonio
This traditional restaurant in San Isidro is very populair under the locals. The interior is old school and classical and that is the same for the menu.  Perfect if you are not looking for a gastronomic evening with small dishes but really want to try the local peruvian dishes in good portions.

Looking for the high end restaurants of Lima? Try to make a reservation some weeks in advance at Maido or Central Restaurant.