What to Eat in Peru
Collected by Maureen Santucci
Praised as one of the world’s most compelling cuisines, Peruvian fare owes its reputation to biodiversity, foreign influence, and the creativity of local chefs. From street food to ceviche to haute cuisine, the must-try dishes are endless.
140,, Av Imperio de los Incas, Aguas Calientes, Peru
Chullpi is a top choice for haute cuisine Peruvian-style. Its chefs insist on Cuzco-adjacent ingredient sourcing that supports local economies, at the same time keeping traditional dishes like cuy (a regional guinea pig species) relevant through...
Portal de Carnes 236, Cusco 08000, Peru
Limo offers Peruvian fusion par excellence that uses typical ingredients in daring new ways. It’s particularly known for fish, including many types of sushi, as well as a variety of entrées that feature tuna, shrimp, octopus, crab, salmon,...
Calle Palacio 121, Cusco 08000, Peru
Offering traditional Peruvian dishes as well as others with more of a gourmet-fusion twist, this restaurant is an object lesson in using a country’s gastronomical variety to the very fullest. In particular, it’s one of the best places...
PLAZA MAYOR, CENTRO DE, Cusco 08000, Peru
There are a number of Cuzco restaurants that offer traditional Peruvian, served buffet-style, along with music and dance. One of the best is Ayasqa, specifically because they limit the number of dishes on the table and focus on providing the...
Calle San Agustin 275, Cusco 08000, Peru
You probably didn’t think of traveling to Peru for world-class French cuisine, yet here it is. The minute you walk in, you leave the Andes behind in favor of a European vibe, reflected in music, decor, and, of course, what’s on the...
Lima, Jirón 2 de Mayo 253, Barranco 15063, Peru
If you have time for just one gourmet blowout in Lima, chef Virgilio Martinez’s Central is among the very top choices. Named number one on Pellegrino’s list of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants (and a whopping number five on their global...
Av. Paz Soldan 290, San Isidro 15073, Peru
While some say Gastón Acurio’s flagship restaurant may have lost ground to Virgilio Martinez’s Central, Acurio has been instrumental in putting Lima on the map as South America’s culinary capital and has promoted its cuisine...
Calle San Martin 300, Miraflores 15074, Peru
It’s hard to believe master chef Rafael Osterling was a lawyer before he chose to study at the Cordon Bleu. But be glad he did, because Lima’s food scene wouldn’t be the same without him. Rafael uses native ingredients, yet...
Av. Almte. Miguel Grau 340, Barranco 15063, Peru
This tight dining room does everything right, from plating up delicious Peruvian-Basque fare to offering some of the friendliest service in Lima. Opt for a tapas tasting (you’ll get to choose six items) or order from a tempting menu of...
Av Mariscal La Mar 770, Miraflores 15074, Peru
If you’re picking just one place for ceviche, many Limeños would recommend La Mar. Coming in at number 12 on the Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants list, La Mar derives its fame from a creative approach to the classic dish, as...
Av Hipólito Unanue 203, Miraflores 15074, Peru
The open-kitchen, low-key vibe at El Mercado is Rafael Osterling’s take on the traditional cevichería, but he offers some modern twists guaranteed to keep taste buds active and delighted. The restaurant’s name—Spanish for...
Av. la Paz 646, Miraflores Lima 18, Peru
In Quechua, saqra means a devil or a mischief-making scamp. Here, the name refers to the playful, inspired ways the kitchen uses ingredients from all over Peru to create its dishes. Start out with trout tartare, featuring a touch of...
Av. Petit Thouars 5390, Miraflores 15074, Peru
When you’re ready for a proper pisco, Miraflores’s PiscoBar is a capital choice, both for traditional cocktails as well as heady new creations. As is to be expected, owner Ricardo Carpio is a celebrated pisco expert, which makes this...
Jirón Grau 323, Urubamba, Peru
No matter how adventurous you are about local cuisines, there still may be cravings for back-home tastes. Everything at Uru Gastropub is spot-on and delicious, including the smoked chicken, fish ’n’ chips, wings, mac and cheese, and...
Jirón Grau, Urubamba, Peru
Curries, pastas, pizza, and a pepper steak with gnocchi to die for all find a place on the chalkboard menu at Kampu. Hidden away on the street behind the cathedral, this garden spot has not only exuberant greenery but some of the best curries in ...
Paradero Puente Pachar, Pachar, Peru
Craft beer is hardly exclusive to Peru, but aficionados crow about the suds on offer at Cervecería del Valle Sagrado. The menu features some perennial brews as well as a continually rotating portfolio of new creations; their products have...
calle ventiderio, Redondel de Ollantaytambo, Ventiderio, Ollantaytambo, Peru
Wander down from the Plaza de Armas toward the entrance to the striking hillside ruins of Ollantaytambo and you can’t miss Apu Verónica on the left-hand side of the street. The real highlights of this restaurant, which serves typical...
Estación de Tren, Av Ferrocarril 1, Ollantaytambo, Peru
A delicious and varied menu awaits at the restaurant in the Albergue Hotel. The kitchen uses fresh local ingredients, including organic vegetables from the hotel’s own gardens, and the pasta is always homemade. A thoughtfully prepared...
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