It started with our dear friends in Colombia.
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.
So off we went, determined to eat at as many top restaurants as we could in two days to make up for all the crappy bland food we’ve eaten in Ecuador (sorry, Ecuador!).
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.
- (Also visit Central. We weren’t able to get in as they are booked many months out.)
- 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.
P.S. One of Lima’s top chefs, the owner of Astrid & Gastón, also opened a restaurant in Chicago called Tanta. My sis-in-law sent me the link and I’m now dying to go.