Lima, Peru: The “Culinary Capital”

Known as the “culinary capital of the America’s”, this city really lived up to its name, amazing fresh seafood, ceviche and desserts…Buenos Aires for the carnivorous foodie’s, and Lima for the pescetarians…

LUNCH SPOT

  • Pescado Capitales- my favorite spot for what I thought was the best ceviche in town…keep in mind many cevicheria’s are open for lunch-time only, so unlike Argentina you could look forward to your lunch as much as, if not more than, your dinner…

Ceviche, Pescado Capitales ©MK

  • Brujas de Cachiche- high-end traditional Peruvian food, delicious well executed dishes….

Brujas de Cachiche

Delicious pasta dish of langostas smothered in mozzarella

DINNER SPOT

  • Astrid y Gaston- with a spot on this years coveted list of top 50 restaurants in the world, renowned chef/restauranteur Gaston Acurio and his wife Astrid (master at  desserts), whip up a menu of true world class cuisine at its best using indigenous ingredients…from the perfect wine pairings with every dish, amazing service and inventive dishes, this is an experience not to be missed when in Lima

Astrid y Gaston

Suckling lamb

Astrid y Gaston

Melt-in-your-mouth eel

Astrid y Gaston

Simple yet elegant finish

DESSERT

  • La Bodega de la Trattoria- run by the South American television dessert diva Sandra Plevisani, I had one of my all-time fav dessert dishes here…

La Bodega de la Trattoria

Bocanera de Chocolate @ La Bodega de la Trattoria, gooey chocolate filled dome = heavenly

  • Hostels- Finally, a tip for lodging, I highly recommend Albergue Miraflores House which is a sort of hostel/bed-and-breakfast run by a Peruvian family. The owner, is one of the most helpful rad guys I came across, loves his city, loves food, and loves to help you love it as well! It was a quiet comfortable stay in a nicer neighborhood, much needed after a few crazy youth hostels.
  • Also make sure to check of Convento de San Francisco, or Monastery of San Francisco which is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage site and is home to creepy yet oh-so-cool underground catacomb crypts…

Catacombs, Convento de San Francisco

Around 70,000 burials in this crypt alone

 

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