Lima, capital of Peruvian gastronomy
We left Lima for the last days of our trip to Perú, we wanted to visit it and specially eat at the fantastic and award-winning restaurants that this beautiful city has to offer.
What to see
Miraflores beach boardwalk and Parque del Amor (Love Park). We stayed at Miraflores Hilton Hotel located 5 blocks from the beach and 2 from Larco Ave. We walked to the beach boardwalk and Parque del Amor, a really nice place to watch the sunset and take nice pictures.
San Isidro and Bosque El Olivar. For me, this one of Lima´s cutest neighborhoods, with manorial homes and quiet streets. El Olivar is a really peaceful park, ideal for a picnic, Reading a Good book or just relax away from the city horns.
Lima´s historical center. If you’re a history fan like me, you can’t miss this place. The central square surrounded by the Cathedral, the Governmental Palace and other buildings from the 1,600… My favorite? Casa Aliaga, home of one of the Spanish conquerors that came along with Francisco Pizarro. It’s perfectly preserved and open for visits.
Parque de la Reserva. This is one of the HOT spots in the city. Why? Because it’s a super instagramable place. It has many water fountains and bushes cut in different shapes to get amazing shots. From 7 p.m. visitors can enjoy a music and light show in the fountains. The entrance is 4 soles, a little bit more than 1 dollar.
Larco Museum. It has an incredible pre-Columbian art collection. Don’t miss on the erotic hall with ceramic pieces representing the desire and fertility.
Huaca Pucllana. Can you imagine a big pyramid in the middle of the city? Well, located in Miraflores neighborhood, Huaca Pucllana is an important archeological site with more than 1,500 years of history.
Monumental Callao. This is another trendy and instagramable place of Lima. A neighborhood that mixes art and history to perfection. The streets are full of color due to more than 60 graffiti that dress them up.
Where to eat
Astrid & Gastón. Located in the wonderful state Casa Hacienda Moreyra, this restaurant by the well-known chef Gastón Acurio offers Peruvian high cuisine dishes. Both cocktails and food are a delight.
Osaka. When Peru meets Japan. The best presented sushi I’ve ever seen! I do not like fish (my husband and daughter love it), but it was so tempting to the eyes that I tried a few pieces and they were delicious. If the weather is nice, there’s a cozy garden to dine.
Maido. This Nikkei restaurant requires for you to reserve a few days in advance. Why? It’s listed n° 7 of the 50 best restaurants in the world.
La Mar. If you’re ceviche fans, this is the place to go. It’s only open for lunch, by night there are only private events.
Cala. Ideal for lunch with incredible Pacific Ocean views, you may also book an early dinner and witness an amazing sunset.
Other trendy options to taste the best of Peruvian gastronomy: Central, El Mercado and I.K.
Larcomar. An open ceiling shopping located in front of the sea. Big brands and cafes with the best ocean view. What else could you ask for?
Jockey Plaza. One of the biggest shopping malls in Lima, it’s not close by the touristic circuits but it’s worth going if you’d like to do some heavy shopping.
BONUS TIP: Taxis don’t have a taximeter or a fixed rate, you have to negotiate the rate depending on where you want to go. Always set the rate first with the driver, before jumping into the cab. You don’t want any nasty surprises.