of its lands and cultural diversity give Peru an exquisite and tremendously
varied gastronomy. Each city boasts its own regional dish with unique flavors.
Thousands of countryside products and tens of living cultures, which have
shared a single territory for centuries, create an offer that is practically
infinite. Let your taste buds to choose for you.
everyone who visits Peru stops over in Lima before traveling on to Cusco and
Machu Picchu, the Amazon, or other regions. In the past, visitors may have had
low expectations and stayed only a couple of days, not enough for a Colonial city
that’s almost 500 years old and whose rich cultural appeal includes pre-Inca
archaeological sites and artifacts that are many centuries older.
experiences in Lima can take you by surprise, because now there are even more
reasons not to shortchange your stay in this city. Besides old mansions transformed
into boutique hotels in recent years, chefs, designers, and other innovators
have launched an exciting evolution that has catapulted the Peruvian capital
onto all kinds of “best of” lists.
If dining at
world-class restaurants, shopping for fine fashion and beautifully designed home
goods, and being pampered at a great spa peak your interest, come see why Peru was named the world’s No. 1
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None other than renowned
French chef August Escoffier once ranked Peru’s food as the world’s third best gastronomy
behind French and Chinese. But it would take more than a century for Peruvian
cuisine to grab the spotlight on the global culinary stage. Much credit goes to
Gastón Acurio, a self-appointed ambassador of Peruvian cuisine, whose vast
restaurant empire made him the country’s most famous chef. His message was that
the foundation of Peru’s gastronomy is built on centuries-old family recipes and
the hard work of those who catch the fish, raise the animals, and grow the native
crops — including a whopping 3,000
different kinds of potatoes — that are the foundation of all this
amazing food. That strategy worked.
restaurants started popping up in food-centric world capitals, and a new
generation of Peruvian chefs drew travelers to Lima just for the food. Among dozens
of terrific restaurants, three consistently make the annual World’s 50 Best
Restaurants list: Astrid y Gastón, Central and Maido.
Astrid y Gastón, Acurio’s
flagship restaurant, occupies a beautifully restored 17th-century
hacienda in the San Isidro district, dishing up contemporary Peruvian cuisine. Led by Gastón Acurio, the kitchen team is
mainly made up by experienced and creative young people who are not afraid to
try new things. Their goal: that the food they serve meets the highest
standards of quality, while they keep researching about our resources and
maintaining a relationship of mutual learning with local producers.
Maido Restaurant © Karina Mendoza/Promperú