For several years now, it has been common to say that Peru has become the world's leading destination in terms of gastronomy. Yes, but why? What is it that shapes the success of this gastronomy that is found nowhere else?
One answer lies in the impressive mix of Peruvian "fusion" cuisine, which combines and harmonises the culinary cultures of Japan, France, African countries and Creole traditions. A second track is the variety of products grown on Peru's vast agricultural land.
Peru is the world's largest exporter of quinoa and also has 3,500 varieties of potatoes (or more!). Beyond these basic ingredients, there are regional and Andean specificities, such as those of the Amazonian forest, which are still unknown to the world.
Here are some of our Best restaurant selection just for you :
1- Tanta Restaurant, Lima
Tanta is a restaurant located in Lima, Peru. It serves up delicious local cuisine and is a great place to go if you want to experience the local flavors of Peru.
The food at Tanta is known for being very fresh and made from scratch every day. Their menu includes dishes like ceviche, anticuchos (marinated beef heart), and chicharron de pollo (fried chicken). The atmosphere is very casual, but the service is excellent and makes for a great dining experience.
2- Mi Barrunto, Lima
This family restaurant is run by three brothers and needless to say, you will feel right at home! On the plate, it's hard to get much fresher, the fish dishes are exquisite, especially their famous ceviche. Its location is somewhat isolated, but don't be surprised to see a lot of people when you arrive. Reservation in advance is highly recommended!
3- La Cusquenita Tradicional Picnteria, Cusco
Probably one of the most authentic restaurant in Cusco, you will see only locals there, what announces the color, it is not a tourist catcher but well a local restaurant! La Cusqueñita, a pikanteria (traditional restaurant serving meat) in Cusco is a rustic restaurant, popular with locals, specializes in traditional dishes from the region.
4- Ámaz, Lima
If you are looking for an amazing restaurant located in Peru, look no further than Amaz. This restaurant is known for its excellent food and service, and it will definitely not disappoint. The menu features a wide variety of dishes, so there is something for everyone to enjoy. And, the prices are very reasonable. So, if you are ever in Peru, be sure to check out Amaz – you won’t regret it!
5- Marcelo Batata Restaurant, Cusco
Begin with one of the many house-made pisco infusions before moving on to the Peruvian fusion that is Batata's specialty, particularly the delectable alpaca steaks. The vibe here is upscale-but-friendly and romantic, with a rooftop terrace and a quiet internal dining space. The wine list is always evolving, and if you inquire ahead of time, you may be able to schedule a wine or pisco tasting. The restaurant also offers cooking classes that include a trip to the local market for the freshest ingredients.
6- Green Point Vegan Restaurant, Cusco
Green Point Vegan Restaurant is a family-owned vegetarian restaurant in Cusco, Peru. They offer food and beverages that are organic, vegan, and gluten-free.
The restaurant has a variety of options including pizza, burgers, fries and other fast food style dishes. The menu also includes many traditional Peruvian dishes with vegan adaptations such as Lomo Saltado.
7- Restaurant Sumaqcha, Cusco
Ernesto, the manager of the restaurant will welcome you with a sincere smile. His restaurant, Sumaqcha, is popular with the locals and you are sure to enjoy an authentic evening by the fire with delicious Peruvian food, including the famous grilled guinea pig.
8- Nuna Raymi, Cusco
Nuna Raymi, located next to the Cathedral of Cuzco, is a restaurant that should convince food lovers from all over the world. If you're brave enough, you can try the local speciality 'Cuy' or guinea pig.
9- Chicha por Gaston Acurio, Arequipa
Chicha is the restaurant of renowned Peruvian chef Gaston Acurio (owner of many worldwide restaurants), named after a traditional Peruvian drink composed of corn. The restaurant is housed in an old building with a courtyard, near the Plaza de Armas, and its Spanish/Peruvian décor gives the place a classy yet casual atmosphere. Chicha is among the priciest restaurants in Arequipa, but most of the dishes are still affordable, as the servings are large and you can share many items from the menu.
10- Zig Zag, Arequipa
The upscale Zig Zag restaurant is set in one of the old colonial buildings in the historic center of Plaza San Francisco, spreading over two floors. This intimate restaurant features an antique iron staircase made by the architect of the Eiffel tower, and has seats that offer views of the plaza. They serve modern takes on the classic Andean and European Alpine dishes, using only the freshest local ingredients, with modern culinary techniques.
Why you should try one of the best restaurant in Peru ?
Peruvian geography undoubtedly contributes to the country's status as one of the world's emerging gastronomic destinations. In order to experience the depth of Peruvian food in all its vibrant and rich beauty, you must get your airline ticket right away. During your visit, dare to discover Peru's top eateries. Travel Differently’s Team hope that we have been useful to whet your curiosity, and make you want to go and try one of these restaurants!
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