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Top ChoicePeruvian in Lima

Central

Central

Part restaurant, part laboratory, Central reinvents Andean cuisine and rescues age-old Peruvian ingredients not used elsewhere. Dining is an experience, evidenced by tender native potatoes served in edible clay....

Top ChoiceJapanese in Lima

Maido

Maido

True artistry and exquisite flavors make Maido an excellent stop for top-notch nikkei (Japanese-Peruvian) fare that has put it on World's Best lists. The menu of chef Mitsuharu ‘Micha’ Tsumura ranges from sushi...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Lima

Museo Larco

Museo Larco

In an 18th-century viceroy’s mansion, this museum offers one of the largest, best-presented displays of ceramics in Lima. Founded by pre-Columbian collector Rafael Larco Hoyle in 1926, the collection includes...

Top ChoiceChurch in Lima

Iglesia de Santo Domingo

Iglesia de Santo Domingo

One of Lima’s most historic religious sites, the Iglesia de Santo Domingo and its expansive convent are built on land granted to the Dominican friar Vicente de Valverde, who accompanied Pizarro throughout the...

Top ChoiceFusion in Lima

Astrid y Gastón Casa Moreyra

Astrid y Gastón Casa Moreyra

The standard-bearer of novoandina cooking in Lima, Gastón Acurio’s flagship French-influenced restaurant, run by Lima native Diego Muñoz, remains a culinary tour de force. The seasonal menu features traditional...

Top ChoicePeruvian in Lima

Isolina

Isolina

Go old school. This is home-style criollo (spicy Peruvian fare with Spanish and African influences) food at its best. Isolina doesn't shy away from tripe and kidneys, but also offers loving preparations of...

Top ChoiceChocolate in Lima

El Cacaotal

A sustainable chocolate shop with delicious bars and connoisseur expertise. It's the perfect opportunity to appease friends and family back home, and it offers fair-trade compensation for small-scale farmers...

Top ChoiceBistro in Lima

El Bodegón

Dimly lit with polished hardwood and offering snappy service, this corner taverna feels more Buenos Aires than Lima; we're just thankful it's here. This Gastón Acurio enterprise recaptures home-style Peruvian...

Top ChoiceCeviche in Lima

Barra Chalaca

This casual ceviche and seafood bar combines masterful cooking and playful rapport for the win. Watching the prep cooks from your bar stool, order curatodo (cures everything) – a fishbowl of tropical juices and...

Top ChoiceFountain in Lima

El Circuito Mágico del Agua

El Circuito Mágico del Agua

This indulgent series of illuminated fountains is so over the top it can’t help but induce stupefaction among even the most hardened travel cynic. A dozen different fountains are capped, at the end, by a laser...

Top ChoiceAmazonian in Lima

ámaZ

ámaZ

Chef Pedro Miguel's wonder is wholly dedicated to the abundance of the Amazon. Start with tart jungle-fruit cocktails and oversized tostones (plantain chips). Banana-leaf wraps, aka juanes, hold treasures such as...

Top ChoiceCultural Center in Lima

Monumental Callao

Superstar graffiti artists are helping to revive the rough neighborhood surrounding Casa Ronald, a 1920 architectural masterpiece. Now a center for creatives, Monumental Callao incorporates restaurants and...

Top ChoiceBar in Lima

Museo del Pisco

The 'educational' aspect of this wonderful bar might get you in the door, but it's the congenial atmosphere and outstanding original cocktails that will keep you here. We loved the asu mare – a pisco martini with...

Top ChoiceCocktail Bar in Lima

Dada

This chic mansion with themed rooms and a gorgeous patio is Barranco's newest hot spot. You know those locales that are described not as a place but a feeling, perhaps like hugging a friend? That's Dada. Come...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Lima

Fundación Museo Amano

Fundación Museo Amano

The well-designed Fundación Museo Amano features a fine private collection of ceramics, with a strong representation of wares from the Chimú and Nazca cultures. It also has a remarkable assortment of lace and...

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Museo de Arte de Lima

Museo de Arte de Lima

Known locally as MALI, Lima’s principal fine-art museum is housed in a striking beaux-arts building that was renovated in 2015. Subjects range from pre-Columbian to contemporary art, and there are also guided...

Top ChoiceArts & Crafts in Lima

Las Pallas

For special gifts, check out this handicrafts shop featuring a selection of the highest-quality products from all over Peru; it’s even on the radar of Sotheby’s. Ring the bell if the gate is closed during opening...

Plaza in Lima

Plaza de Armas

Plaza de Armas

Lima’s 140-sq-meter Plaza de Armas, also called the Plaza Mayor, was not only the heart of the 16th-century settlement established by Francisco Pizarro, it was a center of the Spaniards’ continent-wide empire....

Fair in Lima

Mistura

This weeklong event is one of South America's premier food festivals, attracting international visitors and well-known chefs, showcasing the culinary diversity of Peru. Many small Peruvian businesses have earned...

Peruvian in Lima

IK

IK

Combining ancestral traditions with the Peruvian vanguard of molecular gastronomy is a tall order, but most feel that IK pulls it off with style. The restaurant is a tribute to a well-known local chef and its...