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17 Places You Must Eat At In Lima, Peru

Lima is the food capitol of South America — and for good reason.

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Hi! My name is Arielle, and I am currently doing Remote Year — which means I'm working remotely while traveling and living in a different country each month. My first stop was Lima, Peru, and the food was AH 👏 MA 👏 ZING. Here's a list of the best places to eat when you visit!

1. Isolina

Located in the artsy area called Barranco, Isolina is an AMAZING place for traditional Peruvian food. The concept of the restaurant is comfort food your Peruvian grandma makes. It's even named after the chef's mother.You've gotta try: Tallarín Saltado a la Criolla
Arielle Calderon

Located in the artsy area called Barranco, Isolina is an AMAZING place for traditional Peruvian food. The concept of the restaurant is comfort food your Peruvian grandma makes. It's even named after the chef's mother.

You've gotta try: Tallarín Saltado a la Criolla

2. Siete Sopas

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This is a place dedicated to soup. I mean, what's better than that? This is such a good spot when it's chilly out and you just want some comfort food. All soups come with a basket of bread as well. They've also got other options, like fried rice, lomo saltado, fries, etc.

You've gotta try: Sopa Criolla

3. Canta Ranita

This is located in a bustling outdoor market, accompanied by musicians and other entertainment while you dine. All your meals come with soup and toasted corn, and OMG the ceviche is fresh AF. If you don't go here, you're missing out.You've gotta try: Ceviche Apaltado
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This is located in a bustling outdoor market, accompanied by musicians and other entertainment while you dine. All your meals come with soup and toasted corn, and OMG the ceviche is fresh AF. If you don't go here, you're missing out.

You've gotta try: Ceviche Apaltado

4. La Rosa Nautica

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Honestly, the main reason to come here is because it's right on the water and it is BEAUTIFUL. The white and blue restaurant has beach vibes, and the best time to go is around sunset. Also, the pisco sours here are clutch.

You've gotta try: Calamari and sea bass

5. Central

This is the 6th best restaurant in the WORLD and it was also featured in an episode of Chef's Table. The entire concept is that the 16-course meal features ingredients from several different elevations of Perú, and it's all likely things you've never tried before. Make reservations far in advance!You've gotta try: Tasting menu
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This is the 6th best restaurant in the WORLD and it was also featured in an episode of Chef's Table. The entire concept is that the 16-course meal features ingredients from several different elevations of Perú, and it's all likely things you've never tried before. Make reservations far in advance!

You've gotta try: Tasting menu

6. Maido

This is the 7th best restaurant in the WORLD, and it's definitely worth going to. It's Japanese-Peruvian fusion, and they have some really unique dishes. Make reservations in advance.You've gotta try: Tasting menu
Arielle Calderon

This is the 7th best restaurant in the WORLD, and it's definitely worth going to. It's Japanese-Peruvian fusion, and they have some really unique dishes. Make reservations in advance.

You've gotta try: Tasting menu

7. Mercado 28

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This is a really cute food court-type place with several vendors and cuisines. Literally everything here is BOMB. Depending on how much time you have in Lima, you should make the effort to try lots of things.

You've gotta try: Arroz Norteño at Agalles

8. Barrio

Barrio came highly recommended to me as a place to eat Lomo Saltado, and it did not disappoint. It's also located in San Isidro, which is a neighborhood worth walking around in if you're in Lima.You've gotta try: Lomazo al Jugo
Arielle Calderon

Barrio came highly recommended to me as a place to eat Lomo Saltado, and it did not disappoint. It's also located in San Isidro, which is a neighborhood worth walking around in if you're in Lima.

You've gotta try: Lomazo al Jugo

9. Osaka

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Osaka has locations all over South America, and for good reason. The sushi is excelente! You really can't go wrong.

You've gotta try: Chirashi Causa

10. Maria Almenara

Oh man, there is no better place to get dessert than Maria Almenara. You walk in, everything smells like heaven, and you want to eat EVERYTHING. You've gotta try: Bruselina de chocolate con fresas
Arielle Calderon

Oh man, there is no better place to get dessert than Maria Almenara. You walk in, everything smells like heaven, and you want to eat EVERYTHING.

You've gotta try: Bruselina de chocolate con fresas

11. KO Asian Kitchen

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If you love ramen and Asian cuisine, definitely give this place a shot. You will be dreaming of coming back.

You've gotta try: Ramen Batayaki

12. Síbaris

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This is a really great place for cocktails, but the food is also legit. If you're looking for a good date night option, try here! Síbaris is also an AMAZING brunch spot.

You've gotta try: Arroz del Gallinero

13. Astrid y Gaston

Astrid y Gaston is the 8th best restaurant in Latin America, and is owned by the world-renowned chef, Gastón Acurio, and his pastry chef wife, Astrid Gutsche. This is a pricy place to eat, but the Peruvian cuisine is excelente.You've gotta try: Tasting menu
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Astrid y Gaston is the 8th best restaurant in Latin America, and is owned by the world-renowned chef, Gastón Acurio, and his pastry chef wife, Astrid Gutsche. This is a pricy place to eat, but the Peruvian cuisine is excelente.

You've gotta try: Tasting menu

14. Homemade

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If you're looking for a sweet breakfast, this is definitely the place! They've got muffins, cupcakes, French toast, carrot cake pancakes, etc.

You've gotta try: WAFFLES

15. Punto Azul

This is another amazing spot for seafood! There are a few locations, and you'll find some bomb ceviche at each one. I also recommend splitting the arroz de mariscos with friends because it is delightful.You've gotta try: Punto Azul Ceviche
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This is another amazing spot for seafood! There are a few locations, and you'll find some bomb ceviche at each one. I also recommend splitting the arroz de mariscos with friends because it is delightful.

You've gotta try: Punto Azul Ceviche

16. La Preferida

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If you haven't guessed by now, Lima is a hotspot for fresh seafood! La Preferida is a great place to get lunch in Miraflores.

You've gotta try: Leche de tigre

17. Anticuchería Doña Pochita

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Ok, not everyone will have the stomach for this, but a delicacy of Perú is anticucho de carazon... which is beef heart. Personally I am not a fan, BUT this place came recommended by many fellow Remote Year people!

You've gotta try: Anticucho de Carazon

Arielle Calderon is a writer temporarily based in Latin America participating in Remote Year. If you have any tips on cool places, events, or things to eat in Bogotá or Mexico City, email her at arielle.calderon@buzzfeed.com or DM her on Instagram.