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:
- MATE Museum is quite a cool photography museum founded by Mario Testino (famous Peruvian fashion and portrait photographer)
- Mercado de las brujas (aka the witch’s market)
- The Brain Museum at the back of the Neurological Institute (a strange hidden museum with the largest display of human brains in Latin America).
- Chocolate museum where there are also some workshops
- Recharge in the idyllic Bosque El Olivar – an olive grove forest
- Dédalo Arte y Artesanía is a fun shop for local crafts and gifts, and the Miraflores Indian Market is a kaleidascopic market filled with antiques and typical Peruvian handcrafts and souvenirs.
- Did you know that there’s a John Lennon statue in Lima?
- Visit the Catacombs beneath the Saint Francis Monastery