Eat like a Local in Peru
Collected by Ana Paula Bedoya , AFAR Local Expert
Peru is praised for having one of the most compelling cuisines in the world. This is the product of three main factors: the considerably biodiversity its territory (providing such amazing and varied ingredients), the influence of foreign gastronomic traditions, and the limitless creativity of local chefs. From street food to fine cuisine, Peru has must-try dishes from the coast to the Andes to the Amazon.
Av Mariscal La Mar 456, Miraflores 15074, Peru
Seafood is a huge part of Peruvian culture. The Pacific Ocean provides a great variety of fresh ingredients, and the creativity of the local chefs transforms them into amazing dishes. You'll find "rice and seafood" (tasty, spicy orange rice with...
Choqechaka 384, Cusco 08000, Peru
If you are in Cusco, you can't miss the regional food. Head to the traditional "Quinta Eulalia," located inside a 19th-century house at the entrance of the San Blas neighborhood. The chefs here take full advantage of the local biodiversity, and...
Yanahuara Leoncio Prado 122, Arequipa 04000, Peru
Arequipa is well-known for its delicious cuisine, which is traditionally served in restaurants called picanterías. La Nueva Palomino is a local favorite. Try the rocoto relleno: spicy Andean peppers stuffed with minced beef and vegetables. Order...
Jr. Zepita 214, Barrranco, Lima 15063, Peru
The anticucho (Quechua for "cut stew meat") is a popular Limean street food. Anticuchos can be cut from any type of meat, but the most common version is "corazon": beef heart. This delicacy is usually marinated in lime juice, vinegar, and spices...
Av. La Marina 138, Iquitos, Peru
The jungle region of Peru is home to a rich culinary tradition, but the local food is still not as widely recognized as dishes from other parts of the country. Amazonia provides a vast array of interesting ingredients, beginning with tropical...
Jiron Arica 620, Urubamba, Peru
After a day exploring nature in the Sacred Valley, it's time for to treat yourself to delicious regional food. Huacatay is a favorite among locals in the Urubamba area. This charming restaurant serves fine Peruvian cuisine with fresh local...
374, Procuradores, Cusco, Peru
Pizza is popular around the world, and it is by no means indigenous to the Andes. However, the pizza in Cusco is a must-eat for both locals and visitors. Many Peruvian pizza-mongers substitute Andean salty cheese for the traditional mozzarella,...
Av Piura 316, Máncora, Peru
Ceviche is generally considered to be the signature Peruvian dish: an exquisite combination of local seafood cured in Peruvian lemon juice with fresh coriander, aji pepper, and onions. The dish is usually served with corn and sweet potato to...
Calle 26A, Bellavista 07011, Peru
For those of us used to seeing chicken cut into parts, wrapped in plastic, and cooling in supermarket refrigerators, a trip to a local Peruvian market is fascinating and a bit daunting. At the biggest market, San Pedro, just up the...
Calle Manuel Bañón 260, San Isidro 15073, Peru
Not many know that Matsuei was the first restaurant with the great Nobu of international sushi fame at the helm. Back when he had both a first and last name, he met a man while working in a sushi bar in Japan who offered to stake his solo business...
Av. Camino Real 101, San Isidro 15073, Peru
Voted one of the top restaurants in Lima, chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino’s modern Amazonian restaurant, Malabar, is worthy of the praise. From the à la carte menu, order the river snails with chorizo sausage and exotic, sweet-and-sour aguaje fruit,...
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