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Peru

Lima

I’m traveling to Lima, Peru next week. I already have reservations at Central, Maido, and Astrid y Gaston. But other than that it’s pretty open at the moment. Are you able to recommend some other restaurants (with an emphasis on local and off the beaten path)? Also, some cool, authentic experiences in Lima that are not so touristy…

How very exciting! 

Let’s get straight into it with some spots for eating and drinking in Lima: 

  • El Mercado a cool seafood restaurant owned by esteemed chef Rafael Osterling who also owns the hip Rafael which serves a Meditarrean influenced menu, and is also worth visiting 
  • Canta Rana no frills local restaurant full of character
  • La Picantería friendly lunch-only spot where you can choose your fresh fish, have it prepared as you like, and pay per kilo
  • Cordano is an institution where you can eat Peruvian food in a century old dining hall
  • Isolina Taberna Peruana is a trendy hangout spot but here they keep it traditional family-style cooking
  • Barra 55 for cocktails
  • Ayahuasca is a resto-bar that also comes alive at night and has a quirky interior
  • La Rosa Nautica for a romantic meal on the water

Some things to do off the beaten track: