Lima is a wonderful city – people are friendly and hospitable, there’s plenty of things to do and see, huge local markets, and an abundance of extraordinary Peruvian food.
I loved visiting Lima, and here’s a short list of the best restaurants in Lima that I tried, and that are included (most of them) in my Peru video series.
Mark Wiens ate:?Caldo de Gallina – extremely popular place to eat this delicious Peruvian chicken (hen) soup with noodles, and separate plates of chicken and sauce.
Notes: Thanks to Acomer.pe for taking us here.
Don Tito – Pollo A La Brasa
Mark Wiens ate: Pollo a la brasa – classic Peruvian roast chicken, and their fries are also delicious. Very nice family restaurant and the place to eat pollo a la brasa.
Sangucheria El Chinito
Mark ate:?Chicharron sandwich with sweet potato, it’s so good, the pork just melts in your mouth with a crispy edge. Also try their pork ribs with fried sweet potato (Costillitas del Chinito), and their fried rice was surprisingly tasty (Chaufarroncito).
Mark Wiens ate: Fries – some of the best you’ll have anywhere on earth, and their chicharron (fried pork) sandwich stuffed with pickled onions is something to rave about.
Mark Wiens ate: Ceviche made from fresh Peruvian sole (flounder), stir fry of flounder and tangerine slices. There’s no menu, you just eat what Chef Javier Wong cooks for the day.
Notes: Reservations required, only open from 1 pm – 3:30 pm on Tuesday – Saturday, to ensure fish is extremely fresh, ate here with Timour
Anticuchos Do?a Manuela
Mark Wiens ate: chicken wings, beef heart anticuchos
Notes: Anticuchos are the ultimate of all Peruvian street food in Lima, and they are something truly extraordinary that you don’t want to miss.
Mark ate: Lomo saltado, tamales, arroz con pollo, ají de gallina
Notes:?María Zu?iga is a master of traditional Peruvian food and she serves private meals out of her kitchen. She’s an amazing person, and her food shines. Send her a message for reservation. Thanks to Timour for arranging.
Mark Wiens ate: seafood, ceviche of a few kinds, and fried rice
Notes: Not the best ceviche in Lima, but pretty good, and great location for seafood in Miraflores
Jank’a Café – Coffee
Mark Wiens: I had a chance to try quite a few coffee shops in Lima, and my favorite is?Jank’a Café. They roast their own beans from Cuzco, and they serve an amazing cup of coffee.?Puku Puku Café is also a good option, but nowhere to sit.