They raved one evening about THE INSANELY GOOD JAPANESE FOOD IN LIMA!
Oh yes, the sushi, the chefs, the world renowned restaurants!!
"We flew there just for the food!" They said.
Could it be? Japanese food in LIMA??? How had we not heard of this?
But our mouths started to water a little.
And then, one day prior to heading to Peru, we met an American guy our age who said, "PLEASE tell me you have a reservation in Lima at Central!!! I would go to Lima just for Central."
What in the heck? We had never heard of Central.
Turns out it is THE #1 RESTAURANT IN ALL OF SOUTH AMERICA. Right there in Lima. A food scene, huh?! This was getting real.
Turns out that a handful of The World's Top 50 Restaurants are in Lima. It's a tasting menu heaven...
Our tastebuds were ready, and the food was indeed OVER THE TOP. We were so satisfied that we'll be dreaming about those meals forever.
We don't photograph our food too often. But you can see we couldn't help ourselves. The tasting menus were works of art!
Here are the top restaurants we were able to eat at over the two days. They were nothing short of spectacular. I really, really wouldn't miss these if you can pull it off:
- (Also visit Central. We weren't able to get in as they are booked many months out.)
And...see some more peeks below from our visit to Lima. Being the foodie geeks that we are, the restaurant scene was definitely our favorite part. But we also loved the neighborhoods of Mariscal and Barranco. If you visit, definitely book a stay in those neighborhoods!
A Few Other Lima Highlights We Loved:
- Renting Bikes to ride through Mariscal & Barranco. (There are several biking tour companies.)
- The Double Decker Bus Tour (so worth it as Lima is HUGE.)
- The tiny Parque Kennedy, where hundreds of cats live. They are VERY used to humans and you can see people everywhere reading the paper with cats on their laps. Apparently the locals bring food to the cats each day.
- Parque de Amor! (It's a lovely little spot, right on the water in Mariscal, where they have a mosaic wall covered in sayings about Love.)
- Downtown Near the Capital. STUNNING.
Have any of you visited LIMA - or any of the South American cities? I'd love to hear which cities you love the most!