In Peru there is a great variety of fruits and veggies. I liked to buy a couple of avocados and keep them in the sack for in between hours. You just have to have a knife to open them and a small spoon to eat them.
I finally didn't try it, as I discovered it on my last days and didn't want to take chances, but many people seem to like this "spiritual" drink to begin the day properly.
There are many street vendors offering this drink around, at least in Cuzco.
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Corn was born here, Incas had a great tradition in growing and using corn as food. In local markets you will find a wide variety of sizes, colors, species...
You will find boiled corn in kernels sold by street vendors (they call it "choclo"), sweet, soft and cheap: 1sol (about 30 cents)
Many dishes are made out of corn, specially the delicious corn soups, and you will find a lot of popcorn (huge variety here also) in streets and markets.
Coca is not cocaine. I mean, when you hear "coca" you think, oh drug, forbidden and so. No, coca plant leaf have always been well considered in this land back in the Inca times, when they used it as medicine and had an important social role. The problem is that part of that coca leaf go to produce the drug called cocaine :-((
People in Peru chew coca leaf against altitude illness, as a way to fight tiredom... and you can buy it legally in markets and stores. You can find teas in cafeterias, or people chewing it by the streets... even candies made out of coca!
I had never walked 3 days to a bar before and no beer ever tasted so good as the Cusquena beer that I got at this little hostel/restaurant on the Inca Trail. After hiking up and down steep stairs...this little hostel was a blessing. The cloud covered views from this hostel are beautiful. All the sore and tired hikers are in celebration mode when they reach this destination!
One of my favorite evenings in Peru was dinner at La Retama. This candlelight restaurant overlooking the Plaza de Armas is a special spot. The food is wonderful, but it's the nightly dance and music show that makes this place really stand out. I got pulled out of the audience and with embarrasment, had to attempt my version of a Peruvian dance! Highly recommended spot!
Manos Morenas, Lima (tel. 01/467-0421): The best place for dinner and a show in Lima, this sleek Barranco restaurant serves good criollo cooking and features peña and Afro-Peruvian music and dance nightly. It's housed in an elegant early 1900s house, very appealingly converted. The show's not inexpensive, but it's usually a great evening out.
Restaurante Illary, Cusco (tel. 084/243-820): Cusco's top fine-dining option is within the exclusive confines of the best hotel in town. Even if the hotel is out of reach, the restaurant makes the perfect splurge date in Cusco. Whether you sit in the glassed-in corridor overlooking the colonial patio or the main dining room that very much looks the part of 16th-century monastery, dining here is a true treat. The Peruvian specialties, like the discreet service, are impeccable.
Inka Grill, Cusco (tel. 084/262-992): A popular place on the Plaza de Armas, Inka Grill serves Andean cooking with a fresh twist in relaxed surroundings -- perfect for Cusco. Try something spicy and new, or an international standby, such as pizza, pasta, and risotto.
MAP Café, Cusco (tel. 084/242-476): Cusco's newest and most chic restaurant is tucked into the colonial patio of the city's great new pre-Columbian art museum. It quietly makes a dramatic statement with its understated, minimalist design: a glass and steel box. The food, nouveau Andean, is every bit as elegant and cleanly presented. With a super wine list and the opportunity to stroll through the museum after dinner, it's a perfect, sophisticated date restaurant.
Greens, Cusco (tel. 084/243-820): A small and stylish restaurant in the cool San Blas district, Greens has a creative menu and funky decor, including low, comfy sofas and hipster tunes. The excellent, surprising menus of international and Peruvian dishes are reasonably priced.
Killa Wasi, Huicho (tel. 084/201-620): Now that La Casa de la Abuela is open only part-time, my next favorite spot in the valley is the restaurant of Hotel Sol y Luna, the best hotel in the Sacred Valley. The restaurant is elegant but relaxed, and the menu is full of creative criollo and nouveau Andean dishes. The pub upstairs is a good spot for a pisco sour late in the day.
Indio Feliz, Aguas Calientes (tel. 084/211-090): The town at the bottom of Machu Picchu is a little scrappy, so this Peruvian-French restaurant really stands out. In an attractive and very popular two-level dining room, it offers a great-value three-course menu. If by chance you just completed the 4-day Inca Trail trek, treat yourself to a meal here.
Sol de Mayo, Arequipa (tel. 054/254-148): This is the best place in town for traditional Arequipeño cooking, which has quite a reputation in Peru. The setting, around a courtyard garden where strolling musicians play, is delightful. It's a perfect place to sink your teeth into local Peruvian specialties and is a great place to splurge.
Zig Zag, Arequipa (tel. 054/206-020): This cute, chic, and inviting restaurant has a unique specialty: stone-grilled ostrich. Healthier than other meats, ostrich is really good, as is another popular dish served here: alpaca (which is also healthier than red meat). In this two-level space with sillar walls and vaulted ceilings, the grilled meat is not the only thing that makes this a memorable dining experience.
Montecarlo, Iquitos (tel. 065/232-246): The northern Amazon city of Iquitos has a handful of good restaurants serving Peruvian and jungle specialties, but this new upscale place -- glitzy on the outside but relaxed and elegant on the inside -- is the best. Fish dishes are excellent, as is the service. If you want, you can gamble downstairs at the casino.
Club Colonial, Huanchaco (tel. 044/461-015): An unexpectedly chic and stylish restaurant in the low-key beach resort of Huanchaco, this Belgian-French place has the kind of ambience you'd look to find in Barranco in Lima, not the north coast. The candlelit dining room is like a cool expatriate's house, and the menu is a tantalizing mix of Peruvian and Franco-Belgian items. Whether you order meat or fresh fish, or even a Belgian standard, you're in for a treat.
Pueblo Viejo, Chiclayo (tel. 074/228-863): Chiclayo might not be the dining capital of Peru, but its best restaurant is very good. An attractive two-story eatery that serves traditional but creative Chiclayano cooking and comida criolla, Pueblo Viejo really stands out in the north of Peru.
El Querubino, Cajamarca (tel. 076/830-900): A brightly decorated restaurant just off the Plaza de Armas, El Querubino is refined and stylish, but relaxed enough to be popular with locals. Dinner often features live but low-key music, and at lunch there's a nice daily list of value specials.
Astrid y Gastón, Lima (tel. 01/444-1496): One of the coolest restaurants in the country is this stylish modern place serving a creative brand of creole-Mediterranean fare. Behind a nondescript facade in the Miraflores district, a husband/wife team cooks and runs the colorful colonial dining room and cozy bar, favored by Limeño regulars.
La Hamaca, Lima (tel. 01/445-4042): A mansion stuffed to the rafters with priceless Peruvian art and antiques, and a maze of spectacularly decorated small dining rooms is a cinematic experience. Imagine you're the dueño of a sprawling hacienda while you dine on classic Peruvian preparations. Retire upstairs for an elegant evening of dancing on weekends.
Las Brujas de Cachiche, Lima (tel. 01/447-1883): Celebrating 2,000 years of local culture and pre-Columbian Peruvian cuisine with ancient recipes and ingredients, this sophisticated place is a favorite of local businesspeople and diplomats. It serves classic Peruvian dishes, such as ají de gallina (chile cream chicken), with innovative twists. For a treat, check out the daily lunch buffet and frequent gastronomic festivals.
Restaurant Huaca Pucllana, Lima (tel. 01/242-7978): One of the best places for dining in the capital has the most unique location: within the compound of a 1,500-year-old adobe pyramid. The restaurant is both hip and relaxed, with a covered terrace looking out over the low pyramid and illuminated excavation walkways. The creative Peruvian menu offers new twists on classic comida criolla (creole cooking).
I do not have a picture, but the taste remains a memory. This is a picture from the corner steps of the cathedral side of the main plaza in in Lima. If you take the street the little yellow taxi is going on for a block (or it could be 2) you will come to an old place with authentic churros from Spain. There are cheaper imitations on the same street, but buy the best. (These are not Mexican churros.) The history and pride of the lady who owns this shop is wonderful.
On my return visit in 2010, the churros were just as good as I remembered them from 6 years before.
Favorite Dish: Churros famous and fresh made from the best ingredients.
In Restaurant "Jose Antonio", you will find an excellent atmosphere, friendly service and highest quality in Creole Cuisine.
Delicious typical dishes makes the best gastronomic experience you can ever have. The ambience dates from Colonial time, when spaniards conquered Peru. It is located in San Borja, one of the best residencial areas in Lima.
Many tourist people comes to the restaurant, from United States, Europe, Asia and other countries from Latin America.
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Favorite Dish: Piqueo "Jose Antonio" is one of the best, just try it, you wont be dessapointed. Lomo saltado is one of the favorites and also you must try Cebiche, very typical food.
Don?t forget popular drink Chicha morada
made from a purple corn.
And a Pisco Sour is a must, its the national drink made of peruvian pisco.
Peruvian food is nothing to write home about. But in Iquitos, on the lively Plaza de Armas, there are several ice cream parlors where you can relax and get somewhat refreshed (remember, it's hot and humid there).
Remember, hold on to your paperwork. The fans are so powerful all loose paper will fly away.
The restaurant L'Eau Vive is located in an old colonial mansion across from the Torre Tagle Palace in central Lima, and the specialties are excellent international and French-country dishes. This restaurant is run by a French order of nuns. All the food is prepared by nuns and the profit from the restaurant is given to the local poor. And they finish the evening off with a chorus of Ave Maria.
We went to this restaurant our last evening in Lima and Peru and this restaurant is an absolute plus, food and wine is superb, atmosphere is great and the profits go to the poor.
:-)) I´m german and they say germans have a lot of good beers..and this is absolutely right!!
We also know a bit about beers and we like to drink beer..:-)) ....ok, enough words..the peruvian Cusqueña is a really good beer I can recommend!! ...and by the way, it´s manufactured by "Rostocker Brauerei Germany" :-))
We did not stay here, but it was pointed out to us as the hotel used for some of the VIPs that came...more
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