There are few cities in Latin America that pride themselves on cuisine as much as Lima. It’s not uncommon for the taxi driver whisking you away from the airport to launch into small talk about his favorite spots to eat sudado or ceviche. Many Limeños simply love to talk about food.
“Some might describe Lima as a sad or nostalgic city because of its gray sky and sea,” says food and travel writer Liliana López Sorzano, who splits her time between the Peruvian capital, Bogotá, and Mexico City. But, López Sorzano adds, hearty seasoning and colorful cuisine make up for any unattractive weather. In this kingdom of potatoes and tubers, the city also boasts plentiful seafood, creating a uniquely broad pantry. The extensive catalog of ingredients, along with the juxtaposition of cultural influences — Spanish, Arabic, African, Chinese, Japanese, and Italian — make Lima an exciting place to eat.
From avant-garde restaurants to thriving street carts, here are the most essential ways to experience the unmistakable taste of Lima.
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