As mentioned from Arequipa we took a 16h night bus directly to Lima.
We really enjoyed Lima even though we stayed in the fancy Miraflores district which isn’t exactly representative of Peru.
We visited the historic city centre, the Barancco quarter which is very bohemian and arty as well as the ruins of Huaca Pucllana. All in all not that much as we spend most of our time eating 😂😂😂 I’ll still leave you with a few pics before getting into our most recommended eateries!
As usual we very much enjoy local places as it’s a great way to interact with people, we try to avoid touristy places – if I want to meet Europeans I’d just travel there ^^. But obviously Lima is known for their fusion cuisine and there are great places!
1. Mercado tres – Don Cevichero
THE place to have seafood – go to Don Cevichero and try the grilled seafood platter with pulpo and the Amarillo something – Ceviche with sweet potatoes, a dream!
2. Mercado Cooperativa de servicios, on calle General Mendiburu or Any local market
Next to the usual fruit&veggie stalls you’ll always find am area where food is served, there are daily specials for lunch and you can get a starter, main and drink at 8-10 soles (3$)! Here you can definitely interact with the locals 😉
3. Tok Le Pez
A 8-seat food joint with only a handful of dishes. The best is the “combinado”- a plate with seafood fried rice, Ceviche and fried squid. We went back twice! Sometimes you have to queue but it’s worth it.
This is located in the North West of Miraflores and a spot likened by the young locals as well as foreigners. Bao are steamed Chinese buns filled with a multitude of meat, shiitake and veggies, rounded up by incredible sauces and herbs. A must try!
5. Venezuelian Arepa
We tried 2 eateries but preferred Arepa Cafe, run by Venezulanos – our favourite is Pabellon, I mostly replace the beans with avocado, I would give a leg to have one right now 😂
6. La Postreria Cafe
Located right next to our Airbnb in Calle Enrique Palacios. I went back daily for the cakes. We had breakfast once and it was good but nothing special, the cakes however are to die for!
This might gross lots of people out – beef heart skewers. I knew that I liked liver but was a bit wary myself…but it turned out to be really yummy! This place is THE place, a must among locals when they’re asked about anticuchos. 20 soles the skewer but the size and the delicious sauce make it worth.
8. Salon de la Felicidad in Chinatown (next to historic centre)
Come here to eat the dumplings (everything else is just typical sweet,saucy Chinese food). The best I’ve ever tried – coming from somebody who’s not a big dumpling fan you can believe me when I say these are really good!
I definitely got my seafood and ceviche fix in Lima but there is so much to chose from and for any budget. Lima is also great for a splurge on a gastronomic restaurant, a lot of South America’s best ones are here and it’s still cheaper than in Europe, most of them would have tasting menus to offer with prices starting at around 120 USD p.p. We didn’t to any of these fancy places as we already went to Gustu in La Paz and to Salamante in Arequipa but for travellers with deep pockets Lima is the place to flex your waistline.
From Lima we took off directly to Colombia so talk soon about the next great country!