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Genie Tran

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Must-try foods in Lima, Peru?

A friend of mine and I are going to Machu Picchu at the end of our South American backpacking tour and have decided to check out Lima for a few days. We're curious about what the local food is like there and what we should try. Can anyone give us an idea of what some of the local delicacies are there? We're both pretty adventurous when it comes to food so the more unusual it is, the better. 

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  • Carina Wetzlhütter

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    Hey Genie! Did you go to other places in Peru before coming to Lima? Like Cuzco for example?

    What's totally Limeño though is:

    Ceviche: Raw Fish & other seafoods which are marinated in citrus (mostly lime) juice and then seasoned with aji and spiced with chili. The acid in the juices kind of "cooks" the raw ingredients, which is why they all kind of have a chewy consistency. It mostly comes with corn and sweet potatoes! Delicious, and a bit different from Ceviche in other South American countries!

    Causa: As potatoes are super-popular in Peru (there are like millions of types), causa is a dish made out of mashed potato layers with either avocado, tuna or some kinds of meat. You can get it as a first course or main course, depends on the restaurant!

    Cuy: If you haven't been to any Andean places around Peru where you most likely have tried guinea pig - do it in Lima still. Cuy were "holy" during the Inca reign and still today they make a very special meal!

    Do you need more? Let me know! :)



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    • Genie T.

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      We weren't planning on stopping by Cusco, but we could if there are cool things to see there! I mean, it's not every day we're in Peru! Thank you so much for sharing these dishes. I can't wait! :) · (1 likelikes)

    • Carina W.

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      Great! Well, Cusco is the go-to-point if you want to venture to Machu Picchu and it's also a beautiful city (total mix of Inca and Colonist history). :) · (0 likelikes)

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  • Brew Johnson

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    Carina W hit the major food items. Not sure what your budget is, but if you want to try a world class Peruvian-Fusion restaurant, Maido is one of the best restaurants in the world and amazing.

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      Thank you, Brew! I will look into Maido! · (0 likelikes)

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  • Kelly Roth

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    My favorite dish is lomo saltado, basically meat with rice, tomatoes, onions and French fries!

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      These sound so good! · (0 likelikes)

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  • Marietta Uribe

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    You must try Ceviche, it is a typical peruvian food prepared with fish, lemon, oinion, some chili. You may go to Pescados Capitales in Miraflores in Lima

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      Thank you Marietta! I will definitely have some ceviche :) · (1 likelikes)

    • Marietta U.

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      Genie...try to go to Barranco, is very close from Miraflores...is really nice little place...enjoy it. · (1 likelikes)

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      Thanks again! · (0 likelikes)

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  • Kurt Holle

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    Try ceviches and tiraditos for fish.

    Anticuchos and lomo saltado for beef.

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      Yum! Thank you Kurt! · (0 likelikes)

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  • ivannia zuzulich

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    You should try :


    ceviche and tiraditos (try to ask them not too spicy ! unless you like it a lot!)

    causa limeña, very good !


    And if you are going to Lima, try the restaurant " La Lucha Sanguchería Criolla " in Miraflores, Lima, really is excellent !!!!!!

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      Yum! Thank you Ivannia! · (0 likelikes)

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  • Jonathan Camere

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    One of my personal favorites is Cau-Cau which is tripe served with potatoes with a yellow aji sauce. Which is not spicy.... but very tasty. You can also try Causa...

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      Yum! I will try to look for this. Thank you Jonathan! · (0 likelikes)

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  • Gustavo Andrés Ibarra

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    Hi Genie, a similar yet super useful answer was posted here:

    http://www.trippy.com/question/Lima-Peru-What-are-some-great-unmissable-spots-in-Lima

    I'm sure it will complement all of the above.

    Have a nice trippy :)

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      Thank you Gustavo! · (0 likelikes)

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