I recently took a trip to Peru to meet with our local kimkim operators and explore the Andes. With a one-night stopover in Lima, I booked a place on Airbnb in the heart of Miraflores, a trendy neighborhood popular with travelers.
Luckily, it was a great apartment on the top floor with balconies overlooking the streets below. Better yet, the hosts, Cyril & Alicia, had left me with a great list of local restaurants highlighting the amazing food scene growing throughout Lima. Little had I known that Peru had become the capital of gastronomy in South America.
A big thanks to Cyril and Alicia for sharing their recommendations. Most places are open for both lunch and dinner, with a great breakfast spot listed at the end.
Maido (which also recently opened in NYC) is one of the best Nikkei (fusion Japanese/Peruvian) restaurants in Lima. You will certainly enjoy the sushi but it’s also worth trying the warm elaborated plates. Reservation is highly recommended, and they also offer take-away. 12:30 to 16:00; 19:00 to 23:00
Casa Moreira is the restaurant created by Gaston Acurio, the famous Peruvian chef that participated in making the food revolution here in Peru. They have three ambients with a traditional restaurant a la Carte, one with a discovery menu (highly recommended for the price/experience) where you’ll sit for 3-4 hours trying some great fusion of Peruvian food. 13:00 to 16:00; 19:00 to 23:00.
Punto Azul is a popular and touristic Cevicheria (ideally go just before 12:30 pm to avoid having to wait as they don’t take reservations) where you can try not only a good ceviche but also some traditional plates, such as the various Arroces or Tacu Tacu, with decent prices for the zone. They are also open at night with a more traditional offering including meats (but less recommended). 11:00 to 24:00.
Cala, a nice gastronomic restaurant in the Costa Verde on the shore of the pacific with a great view over the ocean. A nice choice of Peruvian food with a gastronomic touch. 12:00 to 24:00.
Peru Pa Ti
Peru Pa Ti is a new restaurant with a nice twist (each room offers a distinct kitchen style where you chose your type of food) and a nice sitting place in an inside nation. It’s not gastronomic, per say, but for a quick business lunch is a perfect place. 8:00 to 23:00.
Brujas de Cachiche
Brujas de Cachiche is a very nice place to have lunch or dinner with either A la Carte or a large but delicate buffet where you can try different foods from different regions of Peru. They also have a nice choice of wines and good piscos. 12:00 to 24:00.
Ayahuasca must be one of the most known bars in Lima with a great location and beautiful colonial house where you will enjoy, more than anything, great cocktails of macerated pisco as well as various house specialties. They also offer a limited but tasty choice of side dishes that fit for a late dinner night. 20:00 to 03:00.
Central has been named as the best restaurant in Latin America for the third consecutive year, and was listed as the fourth best of the world. The chef Virgilio Martinez works with ingredients of different heights ecosystem of Peru. Central opens at lunch 12:45 to 4:30 and dinner 7:45 to 11:30. For both times, best that you make a reservation. Closed: Saturday (for lunch), Sundays and holidays.
Barranco Beer Company
In BBC (Barranco Beer Company) you will discover one of the nascent restaurants in the growing scene of artisanal breweries. Not only do they have a great beer specialities, but they can be enjoyed with one of their delicious pizza. Great mix, nice place, and great atmosphere. 11:00 to 24:00.
Amor Amar is located in a popular place of Barranco where you will enjoy one of the rare terraces of the city. It’s a bit expensive (in comparison of other local restaurants) but the food is great and you’ll get excellent service. Besides some delicious ceviche, they have a great carte and some delicious, simple but elaborated fresh plates. 12:30 to 23:00.
Hotel B is an upscale boutique hotel, set in a Belle Époque style mansion in Barranco. Maybe one of the best hotels of Lima. Inside the hotel, you’ll find a cozy stylish restaurant that can accommodate a very nice and comfortable dinner for a small group, with a good variety of wines that will perfectly fit the dishes.
Victoria Bar is a stylish Bar in the heart of Barranco within an old victorian mansion. With a diverse choice of atmospheres and music styles, this is a good place to begin your night with a few drinks and quality sides dishes between friends.
Glotons may offer less refined dishes, but if you’re keen to try a kebab of marinated beef heart (at any time of day or night) with delicious fresh orange juice or a jar of pisco sour, this is your place. You’ll have a full stomach for a reasonable price and will have tried a Peruvian favourite.
La Lucha & La Republica
Near Kennedy Park (or “park of the cats” due to its dozens of stray cats), you will find La Lucha and La Republica, two Peruvian “fast food” joints, but with delicious and freshly cooked plates that you can take home, eat in the nearby park, or just in the same local shop. Open until 02:00.
True Artisan Cafe
For an early morning coffee and breakfast with fresh French-style croissant and chocolate bread, check out the True Artisan Cafe. It’s a specialty coffee bar that offers a large choice of extraction methods with some of the best locally sourced coffee. 7:00 to 22:00.
La Balanza is a great place for lunch with a nice concept of organic/healthy food which is nicely located in San Isidro, close to the park of the Olive Trees which makes a nice walk nearby. 12:30 to 23:00.
If you’re looking to cook/eat at home, here are two great places to check out:
Bocadio is a new offering of home delivery chef food (Munchery-like) that you can warm up at home. They have a very good selection of signatures dishes available anytime from 11:00 to 23:00, with delivery within 50 minutes.
Foodboks is a cook-at-home service which delivers (with 24 hours of anticipation) all the ingredients in exact quantities to cook really delicious dishes in less than 30 minutes. You’ll enjoy having everything from a fresh homemade pizza to an amazing oven salmon with the pleasure to cook it yourself, even if you don’t know how to cook :)