The best hidden spots to try Peruvian food in Lima, Peru

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Lima has many restaurants where you can try the most delicious dishes. Some are expensive and are located in the most fancy areas of the city. However there are also small restaurants, usually family owned, which locals call “huariques”, where you can find equally delicious food for a lower price.

Keep reading to find our recommendations of the best hidden places or “huariques” to experience Peruvian gastronomy like a true local!

1.Ricardo’s Restaurant

Jirón Carabaya 508, Cercado de Lima

In the ‘Chino Ricardo’ huarique, you will find Peruvian starters like “Huevo a la rusa”, “papa a la huancaina”, causa or stuffed potato combined with a main course. Here you can also try the famous “chaufa” rice, “ají de gallina”, carapulcra, green noodles and beans. The cost is around 6.50 soles.

2. Al Sazón de Walter

Jirón Junín 401, Cercado de Lima

Here you can enjoy for the same price entries such as northern ceviche and “causa”  along with“milanesa” with a special sauce, roast beef or other typical fish dishes.

3. El Farolito

Av. Prolongacion Iquitos 1500, Lince

Do you want to enjoy a typical Peruvian breakfast? Then this is your place! Here you can try “chicharron” sandwich, which consists of friend pork served with sweet potatoes. If you want to eat a full breakfast you can also order “tamales” and delicious coffee from the Chanchamayo region in Peru.

4. Los Sanguchones de Kike (sandwiches)

Av. Colombia 509, Pueblo Libre

Here you will try the most consistent sandwiches ever. One of our favorites is the “Brutal” sandwich made of a fried egg, ham, ground beef, cheese and bacon. And if you are really hungry you can try the “Mega Kike”, a giant 11 pound sandwich filled with 24 burger meat, 10 eggs, potatoes and fried banana. All of this served with 6 sauces for you to pick from! You can order this special sandwich 3 days in advance. 

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5. Al Toke Pez (seafood)

Av. Angamos 886, Surquillo

This is a small seafood place with only 6 seats. However, people usually eat on their feet or order take out. This place has been included in gastronomic guides in Europe and has appeared in the magazine “Condé Nast Traveler”. Here you won’t find a huge variety of dishes but you will remember this meal for the rest of your life! Try a ceviche, “leche de tigre” or “chicharron de pescado”.

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6. La Sopería (soup food truck)

Corner of Av. Dinthilac with Av. La Marina, San Miguel.

This foodtruck’s specialty is soup! Every day you can ind 3 different types of soup like “menestron”, “sopa criolla” or peruvian pumpkin soup. Each soup comes with a warm piece of buttered bread and if you are too cold they can serve you the soup inside your car. 

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7. La Tía Ceci

Av César Canevaro 537, Lince

Here you can try the best “chanfainita” in Lima. This famous dish consists of stew prepared with cow lung and potatoes. It’s inspired in a Spanish dish and it’s served with “mote” (boiled corn grains)  and “cancha” (a special kind of corn. 

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Lima has many restaurants where you can try the most delicious dishes. Some are expensive and are located in the most fancy areas of the city. However there are also small restaurants, usually family owned, which locals call “huariques”, where you can find equally delicious food for a lower price.

Keep reading to find our recommendations of the best hidden places or “huariques” to experience Peruvian gastronomy like a true local!

1.Ricardo’s Restaurant

Jirón Carabaya 508, Cercado de Lima

In the ‘Chino Ricardo’ huarique, you will find Peruvian starters like “Huevo a la rusa”, “papa a la huancaina”, causa or stuffed potato combined with a main course. Here you can also try the famous “chaufa” rice, “ají de gallina”, carapulcra, green noodles and beans. The cost is around 6.50 soles.

2. Al Sazón de Walter

Jirón Junín 401, Cercado de Lima

Here you can enjoy for the same price entries such as northern ceviche and “causa”  along with“milanesa” with a special sauce, roast beef or other typical fish dishes.

3. El Farolito

Av. Prolongacion Iquitos 1500, Lince

Do you want to enjoy a typical Peruvian breakfast? Then this is your place! Here you can try “chicharron” sandwich, which consists of friend pork served with sweet potatoes. If you want to eat a full breakfast you can also order “tamales” and delicious coffee from the Chanchamayo region in Peru.

4. Los Sanguchones de Kike (sandwiches)

Av. Colombia 509, Pueblo Libre

Here you will try the most consistent sandwiches ever. One of our favorites is the “Brutal” sandwich made of a fried egg, ham, ground beef, cheese and bacon. And if you are really hungry you can try the “Mega Kike”, a giant 11 pound sandwich filled with 24 burger meat, 10 eggs, potatoes and fried banana. All of this served with 6 sauces for you to pick from! You can order this special sandwich 3 days in advance. 

Image result for los sanguchones de kike

5. Al Toke Pez (seafood)

Av. Angamos 886, Surquillo

This is a small seafood place with only 6 seats. However, people usually eat on their feet or order take out. This place has been included in gastronomic guides in Europe and has appeared in the magazine “Condé Nast Traveler”. Here you won’t find a huge variety of dishes but you will remember this meal for the rest of your life! Try a ceviche, “leche de tigre” or “chicharron de pescado”.

Image result for al toke pez

6. La Sopería (soup food truck)

Corner of Av. Dinthilac with Av. La Marina, San Miguel.

This foodtruck’s specialty is soup! Every day you can ind 3 different types of soup like “menestron”, “sopa criolla” or peruvian pumpkin soup. Each soup comes with a warm piece of buttered bread and if you are too cold they can serve you the soup inside your car. 

Image result for la soperia san miguel

7. La Tía Ceci

Av César Canevaro 537, Lince

Here you can try the best “chanfainita” in Lima. This famous dish consists of stew prepared with cow lung and potatoes. It’s inspired in a Spanish dish and it’s served with “mote” (boiled corn grains)  and “cancha” (a special kind of corn. 

Image result for chanfainita


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