4 LIMA

Epicure - - SPECIAL FEATURE -

“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”

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