Food and Restaurants in Peru

Peruvian food has been influencing global cuisine for centuries, but Peru’s culinary scene has only recently in the past few years started getting the attention in really deserves and that it’s a destination that you must visit if you enjoy great food.

Ingredients for Peruvian food are sourced everywhere from the Andes Mountains, the vast Amazon Rainforest, to the depths of the Pacific Ocean. The variety and depth of the ingredients native to this country is quite simply astounding.

Not only does Peruvian food get its inspiration from the Incas, but it also has influences from China, Spain, Japan and Italy.

Here we can offer you dishes you might want to try in your trip to Peru.



Peru’s flagship dish. Cured raw fish classic with lemon juice and a touch of Peruvian peppers (ají). You can find this dish pretty much anywhere in the country, from humble street vendors (huarique) to fancy restaurants.

We recommend the following restaurants:

Cala, Lima
Circuito de Playas, Barranco. Lima, Perú.

La Mar, Lima
Avenida La Mar 770, Miraflores, Lima

Punta Sal, Lima
Av.Conquistadores 948, San Isidro

Traditional Peruvian dishes

Calle 2 de Mayo 298, Miraflores

Tanta, Lima
Malecon de la Reserva 610 Miraflores
Larcomar, Miraflores – beautiful shopping area overlooking the sea. This place has other restaurants, bars and shops
Lima Airport – upstairs where all the restaurants are before you go through the security check

Huaca Pucllana Restaurant, Lima
Cdra 8, Calle General Borgoño, Miraflores

Peruvian Nikkei fusion cuisine

Maido, Lima
Calle San Martin 399, Miraflores (esquina con Calle Colón), Lima
To get in to this place you also need reservation in advance, as it is also one of the best restaurants in Lima


This super food grows in the Puno and Andean regions.

Central Restaurant, Lima
Calle Santa Isabel 376 Miraflores
Central’s Virgilio Martínez also uses Quinoa in his Master Elevation tasting menu. To get a table in this restaurant, you need to make a reservation in advance because it is the best restaurant in Lima and one of the best in the world.

Peruvian Sandwiches

The most traditional Peruvian sandwich is called “Sanguche de Chicharron”, which is made with pork meat and a special onion salad with fresh lemon squeezed on top. You can add sauces as well, like mustard, mayonnaise or spicy sauce.

La Lucha, Lima
Parque Kennedy Avenida Diagonal 308, Miraflores
Larcomar, Miraflores
Ovalo Gutierrez, Miraflores

Cuy Chactado (deep fried guinea pig)

Deep-fried Guinea Pig, is a popular way of serving this rodent, which tastes very similar to rabbit.

Astrid y Gaston Restaurant, Lima
Avenida Paz Soldan 290, San Isidro
Reservation is required for this restaurant due to its popularity

Maido, Lima
Calle San Martin 399, Miraflores (esquina con Calle Colón)
To get in to this place you also need reservation in advance, as it is also one of the best restaurants in Lima


The causa limena is made with mash potatoes and a touch of yellow Peruvian pepper and filled with things like avocado, chicken, tuna fish, shrimps boiled egg and tomato.

La Mar, Lima
Avenida La Mar 770 Miraflores


If you want to try a traditional Peruvian dessert and you have a sweet tooth, you must try Picarones. Made from sweet potatoes and a large green squash called “zapallo macre”. They are flavoured with aniseed and cinnamon then covered with fig, passion fruit or sugar cane syrup.

There are huariques dedicated to making picarones under the Bridge of Sighs (Puente de los Suspiros) in Barranco (next to Miraflores). You can also find them in Miraflores Parque Kennedy and in most major cities in Peru

Bodega de la Trattoria, Lima
Calle General Borgoño 748, Miraflores
Armendariz 299, Miraflores


Lomo Saltado

A delicious typical Peruvian dish made with beef, stir fried vegetables and delicious fried Peruvian potatoes and soy sauce.

Calle 2 de Mayo 298, Miraflores

Tanta, Lima
Malecon de la Reserva 610 Miraflores

Fusion and traditional Italian food

San Ceferino, Lima
Av Dos de Mayo 793, San Isidro
Amazing food in there where we recommend to try carpaccio from fish called Paiche and for pasta try with the special salsa “Ceferino”.

Mediterranean and Peruvian fusion food

Rafael Restaurant, Lima
The tapas here are amazing and we recommend the mini hamburgers and huevos reventados Spanish style

Places to drink traditional Peruvian cocktails

Bottega Dasso, Lima
Calle Miguel Dasso 155, San Isidro 15073

Open Bar
Francisco de Paula Camino 280, Miraflores

Huaringas, Lima (above Brujas de Cachiche restuarant)
Bolognesi 460, Miraflores


Cicciolina Restaurant, Cusco
2nd Floor, Triunfo 393
Food in here is delicious, we recommend you try Alpaca and if you are vegetarian they have many dishes with quinoa. You may need to make a reservation here, as it is one of the most popular restaurants in Cusco.

Inka Grill, Cusco
Portal de Panes 115
Relaxing environment, delicious food and many options on the menu. Sometimes they have live
music to enjoy. We recommend Asado de tira, Canilla or any meat, as they cook it to perfection.

Fallen Angel Restaurant, Cusco
Plazoleta Nazarenas 221, Cusco
This is a very artistic and colorful place with an Angelic theme that is worth seeing. You can eat and drink there aswell and at night it becomes a disco, which is alot of fun.

Chicha Restaurant, Cusco
Heladeros 261, Cusco
Really nice Peruvian fusion food. Here we recommend that you try papa rellena (potatoes filled with beef, raisins, boiled egg and onions)

Limo Restaurant, Cusco
Portal de Carnes 236
We recommend that you try the makis (sushi rolls) and for drinks their cocktails with exotics fruits such as, aguaymanto (Physalis peruviana) and maracuya (passionfruit).


Zig Zag Restaurant, Arequipa
Calle Zela 210
Considered to be the best restaurant in Arequipa. Very relaxing restaurant with jazz music in the background. The speciality is the meats and fish that they serve on boiling hot volcanic rocks sourced from the many volcanoes in the Arequipa region. We recommend you to try Alpaca and/or Paiche on volcanic rocks and also the carpaccios.

La Nueva Palomino, Arequipa
Leoncio Prado 122
A “Picanteria” restaurant with traditional food from Arequipa with a fresh and relaxing environment. We recommend that you try the traditional dish rocoto relleno (stuffed Peruvian pepper), if you like spicy food. Other tasty dishes are pastel de papa, camarones reventados, chicharrones (pork)

Chicha por Gaston Acurio, Arequipa
Santa Catalina 210
Very beautiful restaurant. The fish dishes are very good but we definitely recommend that if you have a sweet tooth to try the traditional Arequipean Ice cream “Queso helado”, which is the best you can find.

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