“Lima is a vibrant city obsessed with food with a no-fuss dining culture that showcases traditional local ingredients and cooking techniques,” says Virgilio Martinez Véliz, one of Peru’s most celebrated chefs. For a country to be voted Best Culinary Destination in the World for the sixth consecutive year in last year’s World Travel Awards, Peru is one culinary powerhouse indeed, and Lima is its epicentre.
Modern Peruvian cuisine is as multilayered as its history, largely influenced by Chinese and Japanese immigrants and African slaves, where chifa, nikkei and Creole fusion are traditional mainstays. All culinary paths from Arequipa, Chiclayo, the Amazon and the Andean meet in Lima, with each region bringing its own unique flavour to the table, be it ceviches, lomo saltado or a pisco sour.
Leading the revival of Peru’s novoandina movement - the modern transformation of traditional Peruvian cuisine and local produce – are top chefs like Véliz, Gastón Acurio of Astrid & Gastón, Pedro Miguel Schiaffino of Malabar, Rafael Osterling of El Mercado, and Mitsuharu 'Micha' Tsumura of Maido. Tip: a visit to the district of Miraflores is essential for any true foodie.
And Lima is not just about the food. Lima is also a rich cultural and architectural stop, home to iconic landmarks such as Plaza San Martín (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and Plaza Mayor (also known as Plaza de Armas de Lima). Miraflores is also a top notch shopping destination, and the Barranco District is fondly dubbed Lima’s cultural hotspot, especially when it comes to Peruvian-creole traditions and music.
“Lima is a vibrant city obsessed with food with a nofuss dining culture that showcases traditional local ingredients and cooking techniques”