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Food Lover's Guide to Lima

Food Lover's Guide to Lima

Peruvian food showcases a true blend of cuisines—alongside indigenous and Spanish flavors, you’ll find influences from China, Italy, Africa, and Japan. Here are a few dishes and culinary experiences you won’t want to miss during your stay in Lima.

Must-Try Dishes

Peru’s national dish, fresh and fiery ceviche, has enjoyed worldwide popularity in recent years, and in Lima, you can sample it at the source. Chinese influence shows up in lomo saltado, a soy-seasoned and stir-fried beef dish served on a mound of rice and french fries. Equally hearty is aji de gallina, shredded chicken in a thick and creamy sauce made of cheese, walnuts, cream, and yellow aji. Any good meat dish needs some potatoes, and in Lima, that means papas a la huancaina. This unusual, delicious side dish features sliced potatoes smothered in tangy cheese sauce and topped with hard-boiled eggs.

Adventurous eaters won’t want to miss cuy (roasted guinea pig) one of the most popular street foods in the Andes region. Another popular food sold by street vendors, anticuchos de corazón, is made from marinated and char-grilled cubes of beef heart. Wash it down with Peru’s national drink, a pisco sour.

Must-Do Experiences

  • Hit the pavement to learn more about Lima’s culinary landscape on a walking food tour of neighborhoods like Chorrillos and Barranco.

  • Learn to prepare Peruvian dishes during a cooking class led by a chef or local family.

  • Dive into downtown Lima’s nightlife scene on a bar crawl.

  • Sit down to a 3-course Peruvian meal in the gorgeous gardens of the Larco Museum (Museo Larco).

  • Experience the breadth of Peru’s food-and-drink culture, including its own craft beer movement, while biking and boating your way through the city.

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Ceviche Cooking Class Including Pisco Sour Lesson

Ceviche Cooking Class Including Pisco Sour Lesson

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Savor two of Peru’s most iconic culinary specialties during this 2-hour cooking lesson making ceviche and a Pisco Sour cocktail in the home of a famous Peruvian chef. Head to Lima’s high-end Miraflores neighborhood, where you’ll meet the award-winning Peruvian chef Hector Aguilar Valle, who will lead your cooking session hosted in the outdoor kitchen garden of his home. Learn all the right ingredients and techniques to make the perfect Pisco Sour and the tastiest ceviche during your session, then consume your handiwork at the conclusion of class. You’ll also recipe a recipe e-book when you leave to help continue your culinary training.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD49.00
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Lima Market Tour, Cooking Class and Pisco Sour Lesson

Lima Market Tour, Cooking Class and Pisco Sour Lesson

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Treat your taste buds to the explosive flavors of Peruvian cuisine on a culinary tour of Lima. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of a typical fresh produce market on a guided tour; learn how to prepare delicious signature dishes like fish ceviche with an experienced gastronomical guide; and sip a sweet pisco sour cocktail, Peru’s national drink, in an ambient restaurant as you feast upon a freshly prepared meal. Convenient round-trip hotel transportation is included in the tour.
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  • 3 hours
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USD149.00
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Private Home-Cooked Experience in Lima

Private Home-Cooked Experience in Lima

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Pleasure your palate with the flavor and flair of Peruvian cooking on a 4-hour guided private cooking class tour of Lima. Discover the complex spice combinations used in typical Peruvian cuisine; explore a bustling market to purchase locally produced ingredients; then cook up a storm in the home of a local resident. Prepare delicious dishes such as zesty ceviche, chichi morada and causa limena as you sip a refreshing pisco sour. A personalized and intimate experience is guaranteed on this private tour.
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  • 4 hours
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USD85.00
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Cooking class and Market visit with Maido's former creative chef (+ transport)

Cooking class and Market visit with Maido's former creative chef (+ transport)

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Enjoy a morning or afternoon cooking class with Chef Hector former Michelin star chef and former creative chef at Maido After visiting with him the best market in Lima. Chef Hector. Enjoy a complete gastronomique experience full of Peruvian Top Cuisine History, Culture and Music great Tradition And Pisco sours. You will prepare and eat a delicious three-course menu. You’ll also learn how to make a pisco sour cocktail and finish your experience with a seasonal fruit platter. Your experience will be full of laughter, sensational food and great memories of a time you cooked traditional Peruvian food.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD100.00
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Full Day Tasting & Learning Tour of Lima

Full Day Tasting & Learning Tour of Lima

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Get a taste for the wealth of culture in Lima during this 8-hour trip covering the city’s one-of-a-kind culinary scene, history and popular art. Savor Peru’s many food delicacies at a Lima market and try ‘Chifa’ cuisine, blending Chinese and Peruvian influences in Chinatown. You’ll then visit the monuments of Lima’s historic downtown, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and enjoy a ceviche tasting and behind-the-scenes kitchen tour at a famous Lima eatery. Finish your day with handicraft shopping in bohemian Barranco. Your trip covers a driver-guide, round-trip hotel transport, all food mentioned in the tour details, all entrance fees and bottled water.
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  • 8 hours
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USD170.00
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Lima Private Culinary Tour: Local Market, Cooking Demo, Larco Museum and Lunch

Lima Private Culinary Tour: Local Market, Cooking Demo, Larco Museum and Lunch

Get a ample taste of Peruvian cuisine on a guided, half-day foodie tour through Lima. Visit a local market and later, test your skills at concocting two famous Peruvian treats: ceviche and a pisco sour. This wonderful intro to Peru's culinary world also includes a buffet lunch full of traditional and gourmet Peruvian dishes.
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  • 6 hours
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USD237.00
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USD237.00
Price varies by group size