Lima, The gastronomical capital of the Americas.

In Peru, the gastronomy has a lot of tradition and a great variety of products.  According to Ferrán Adriá, owner and chef of the Spanish restaurant “El Bulli” and recognized as one of the best chef in the world:

“What is traditional for Peruvians may be modern for us; the combination of sweet, salty and sour tastes is also something different. This makes it a very personal cuisine, with lots of tradition but which is also open to change. I believe that Peruvian cuisine will offer a lot to talk about.”

Very true…When a country wins World’s Leading Culinary Destination you take notice. Peru won World’s Leading Culinary Destination four years in a row from 2012 through 2015, and if you are a foodie like me is when you know it’s definitely a place to visit.

The focus here will be on the food you can’t miss, and a spotlight of unique drinks you must try when visiting Lima.

Lima, Peru – Food

Ceviche: Fish fillet cut into pieces cooked with lemon, onion and hot Limo chilies.

Escabeche (pickle): Fish or chicken, marinated in vinegar and slow-cooked in a pot crammed full of onions.


Cau-Cau: Stewed mondongo (tripe) cut into small pieces with potato, ‘palillo’ and mint.

Choros a la chalaca: Mussels with onions and a pinch of chili pepper, seasoned with lemon juice.


Causa rellena: Yellow potato dough seasoned with ground chilies and filled with tuna or chicken.

Carapulcra: Steamed dried potatoes stewed with pork and chicken, ‘Panca’ and ‘Mirasol’ chilies, garlic and other spices.

Choros a la chalaca: Mussels with onions and a pinch of chili pepper, seasoned with lemon juice.


Anticuchos: Brochettes of cow hearts marinated in vinegar and ‘Panca’ chilies, roasted on the grill.

Tacu-tacu: Refried beans tossed with rice and accompanied with breaded or coated beef and an onion sauce.

Lima, Peru – Top 3 Drinks

 There are 3 tops drinks that you cant miss while visiting Lima.

1.Pisco Sour

2. Chilcano

3. Inca Kola


Pisco Sour: Is considered the national drink of Peru and it even has its own national holiday. National Pisco Sour Day is celebrated on the first Saturday in February. Pisco Sour is made with Peruvian Pisco-liquor and the addition of lime juice, syrup, ice, egg white, and Angostura bitters.

Chilcano: Like the Pisco Sour, the Chilcano also uses Pisco as the base liquor. Is made of Pisco with lime juice, ginger ale, ice and Angostura bitters. While the Chilcano may not be as popular as the Pisco Sour, it is a refreshing and lighter alternative. The Chilcano also has its own week long festival that takes place in mid-January.

Inca Kola: Is the most popular soft drink in Peru. It is a yellow fluorescent colored soda that is super sweet and tastes like bubble gum. Inca Kola was born. Marketed as the “Pride of Peru” this drink is everywhere.

Lima, Peru – Other Drinks

Peruvian Beers: Although Pisco Sour is the national drink, beer is the most popularly consumed alcoholic beverage. There are three major beer brands Pilsen Callao, Cristal and Cusqueña.

Emoliente: Is one of the most unique drinks you will find. Sold at street corners by vendors, it is popular in the cold season. Is a mix of herbs that usually includes barley, dried horsetail, flax seed, plantain leaf and alfalfa sprouts.


Chicha Morada: Chicha Morada is a unique drink that is made with purple corn. Purple corn is native to Peru and has a long history that dates back prior to the Inca Empire. There is also Chicha de Jora and Chicha de Frutilla, also known as Frutillada.



Jugo Especial: Peru is a fruit lover’s paradise. The secret Peruvian juice speciality is the “Jugo Especial”. It is a mix of several fruits, one egg and Cusqueña beer (optional). The fruit choices are endless and include bananas, papayas, pineapples, guavas, maracuya (passion fruit) and more.

Now I’m very hungry (10pm) and craving some Peruvian food…hahaha

So, which one had you tried? or which one calls your attention? Leave a comment!

Until next!





  • Chef Mireille

    Peruvian cuisine is one of my favorite of South American cuisines as I love their use of spicy chili pastes. I am lucky we have a great Peruvian restaurant here in NYC called Urubamba where they served up some great Peruvian food – like anticuchos, amazing ceviche and for dessert I always get picarones and helado de lucuma. However, I am also a HUGE FAN of chicha morada and make it often.

    Thanks for this guide – Now I am going to make some of the other dishes I am yet to try like the Causa Rellena. Until I can get to Peru, I will just have to make these delicious dishes myself.

    • Joannay

      Well I’ve had it in a Peruvian restaurant in Punta Cana, DR. Owners were Peruvian I thinks that’s why they had all kind fo options and not just Pisco and Ceviche that you can find anywhere that serves Peruvian food.

  • Jackie S.

    A few years ago we had a quick stopover in Lima and ate delicious ceviche and fried chicken. Would love to do a return trip back to Peru to try the other delicious foods and the chicha morada. I’m intrigued on how the purple corn drink tastes.

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