In Lima we have the honor of having the 5th, 8th and 33th best restaurants in the world.  Should we really have to book one of these to enjoy the great food we offer?

I talk constantly with travelers around the world that visit Lima and book one of these restaurants and I have mixed feedback: half say they where superb and spectacular, 25% of them say it was just fine and 25% rated them as really bad. I consider that a lot of that has to do with their expectations… as if you are aware you are visiting such a high recognized place, then, it should be an amazing experience in food and service.

Please, be aware that all Peruvian chefs have access to all the natural wonders of ingredients we can count on to cook delicious meals without the need of presenting them in a gourmet style.  There are several places in Lima, without need to be in a list, where yo can just stop by and enjoy. A usual tip: check if there are busy tables, an easy proof that it is a good place.

The market is a location where you can get to know the flavours of the several endemic fruits we produce, and to taste them in its natural phase, is wonderful. In Miraflores, if your hotel is around, I suggest: El Pez On and El Punto Azul for seafood and good ceviches. For creole food, I suggest: Las Brujas de Cachiche and Rincon Chami. For sushi and Peruvian-Japanese: Edo Sushi Bar; for Peruvian-Chinese:  Wa Lok… for Peruvian sandwiches and natural juices: La Lucha (in Larcomar and Parque Kennedy in Miraflores)…  if you need more recommendations.. list can be unlimited… explore the city and follow your instinct…

On the other side, if you would like to enjoy the gourmet restaurants in the list, please, book them in advance (month early to your visit). I have visited them as well, and I cannot deny the experience and proposal of each chef was really creative, innovative, elegant, delicious, and wonderful. I am sure I can give more adjectives if I would have more vocabulary.

Bon appetite!

You should proof yourself.  Is not only that its top restaurant, Central, has been in the last 3 years within the World 50 Best Restaurants; this year, Maido, in the 8th; and Astrid & Gaston in the 33rd place… but you can also go to any recommended restaurant in Lima and you can still have a great experience in your lunch or dinner, or, even in your breakfast at your hotel.
How, in the last years (about 10?), we have grown so far? Our food was not discovered? It seemed to. Peruvians are happy to thank Mr. Gaston Acurio for this achievements, as he was the leader of this movements when he moved to Paris to have culinary studies at Le Cordon Bleu. Once back, he developed the Peruvian ingredients with all new tendencies and glamour to offer the Peruvian dishes at a higher level. More chefs of course learnt and were involved after that.
Another big social movement involved in this culinary and restaurant stuff was all the process in having our ingredients grown in remote areas to arrive in a restaurant in the capital of Peru, Lima.  Peru is a very diverse country with difficult geography making transportation and logistics a big issue. All the farmers and workers involved in this chain were now moved to the big scene, and not behind… That also made all the population to move eyes and see the whole activity, acknowledging that there are several personalities in the process.
If you do not get a table confirmed at Central Restaurant, do not be dissapointed!  Lima and in general all the cities and towns in Peru have plenty of top qualified restaurants that I am sure you will be more than satisfied.  We are the mentors not only in Lima, but in all Peru, as we have visited most of the restaurants and hidden places to suggest the best.  As we are pretty sure that Lima is one of the best Food Cities in the World, we offer the travelers experiences including visit of markets, visit of towns to taste local deserts and traditional recipes, encounters with chefs, and getting to know more why Peruvian food is every day more and more recognised. 
 
I live in Lima and cannot stop trying different restaurants and new options to always suggest my guests, this includes a good coffee shop (the best ones are those offering grains brought from the Central and Northern cloudforest of Peru, areas like Cajamarca and Amazonas), the best cevicherias (for sea food), the best sushi bars (Lima is known as the best city to have sushi in South America), the best place to have a traditional Peruvian restaurant (with fried sweet potatoe, tamales, deep fried pork, etc), and so, on, I will not stop..
 
If you don’t like museums, archaeological sites, historic sites, cultural exhibitions, historic heritage, ocean views, architecture… you can still visit Lima for several days to enjoy its food!
It is hard to believe and painful to know how thousands had lost all their properties and hard work of years in just minutes.  The whole country has been alert to watch the news every day.  The constant dramatic scenes of severe flooding affecting people, roads, communities, crops, constructions, bridges and so on were part of our days almost during three weeks.  The Peruvian government, big enterprises, international cooperation, governments from around the world, small companies, families, and just every single person are still sending help. Under a hashtag originated by the government #unasolafuerza or “One United Force” we were all posting and commenting the events, the help, the actions taken, the forecast of possible future rains, etc.  The idea was to direct all the help under one big organisation managed by the government.  Under my impression a good work, with some flaws of course, but the private companies and organisations have been there supporting other areas and communities where help was not arriving.