Food Tour Lima
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Food tours in Lima
Street food tour in Market n° 1 from Miraflores
Price: 45 USD
6 plates & drinks
3-hour food tour in Barranco district in Lima
Price: 59 USD
7 plates & drinks
Private food walking tour in the historic center of Lima
Price: 99 USD
Live an excited time eating foods of your preference while learning about Peruvian culture
7 plates & drinks
Ceviche, the king of Lima’s cuisine
While ceviche is a classic dish, chefs in Lima are constantly innovating and adding their own twists. Some restaurants serve ceviche with exotic fruits, such as passion fruit or mango, or substitute the traditional fish with seafood like octopus or shrimp. The best way to experience ceviche in Lima is to visit one of the many cevicherias in the city, which specialize in this dish and offer a range of variations to satisfy all palates.
The explosion of flavors in street food
Another classic street food is tamales, which are made by wrapping corn dough around a filling of meat, vegetables, or cheese, and then steaming the packets until they are cooked. Tamales are typically served with aji, a spicy sauce made with chili peppers and herbs, and can be found in various forms throughout the city. Picarones, a sweet snack made of pumpkin and sweet potato dough that is deep-fried and served with molasses syrup, is another popular street food that is perfect for satisfying a sweet tooth.
Eating street food in Lima is not only an opportunity to experience the city’s flavors, but also to interact with its people and culture. Street vendors are often friendly and proud of their creations, and will happily share their stories and traditions with curious visitors.
Lima’s fine dining scene
Central, led by chef Virgilio Martinez, is known for its use of native ingredients from different regions of Peru, such as quinoa, coca leaves, and Amazonian fruits. The restaurant’s tasting menu is a journey through the country’s diverse landscapes, flavors, and cultures. Maido, headed by chef Mitsuharu Tsumura, offers a fusion of Japanese and Peruvian cuisine, combining traditional dishes like tiradito (a type of ceviche) and sushi with innovative twists. Astrid y Gaston, founded by the renowned chef Gaston Acurio, features contemporary interpretations of classic Peruvian dishes, such as ají de gallina (chicken in a creamy chili sauce) and causa (a potato-based dish).
Lima’s fine dining scene is not limited to traditional Peruvian cuisine, as many chefs are incorporating international influences into their menus. For example, Osso, a restaurant that specializes in grilled meats, offers a range of Argentinean-style cuts, while IK, a restaurant focused on Nikkei cuisine, combines Japanese and Peruvian flavors in innovative ways.
Beyond the food, Lima’s fine dining scene is also characterized by its stunning settings and impeccable service. Many restaurants are housed in historic buildings or offer breathtaking views of the city or the ocean. The service is often personalized and attentive, creating a memorable dining experience that goes beyond the food itself.