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From relative obscurity to international adoration, Peru’s national cuisine has come a long way in the past two decades. Pioneered by restaurants like Astrid y Gastón, modern Peruvian cuisine combines European technique with Peru’s natural bounty of indigenous ingredients. Today, thanks in part to this revalorazation of its local dishes, Lima is a top culinary destination, having repeatedly topped the list of Latin America’s 50 best restaurants.

Lima’s relatively recent rise to culinary fame satisfies a curiosity for the unknown and the yet-to-be-discovered. While ceviche has been elevated from a local stable to a global foodie favorite, other,
less-known Peruvian dishes and ingredients await the novelty-seeking palate, drawn from Peru’s diverse range of ecosystems to the plates of its finest restaurants and streetside stands.

Peru’s national drink, the pisco sour, is the fruit of a 400 year tradition of wine production dating back to the Spanish introduction of the first grapes to South America. Pisco can only be made in five coastal regions, including the area surrounding Lima, making the city an excellent place to sample the national favorite.

Chef Gastón Acurio traveled the Peruvian countryside to discover all the flavors the country has to offer so you don’t have to—a food tour of Lima will give you a feel for the country’s diverse culinary heritage. Visit Central Restaurante for meticulous plating or one of Lima’s coastal cebicherias for the freshest no-frills seafood.

Ciro Watanabe
Latin American Chefs Pay Tribute to Ciro Watanabe
The world of gastronomy is in mourning after the passing of Peruvian chef Ciro Watanabe who passed away in Lima last weekend due to complications surrounding stomach surgery.
Coral de Cacao
Why Lima is hotter than ever
The consolidation of Peruvian cuisine shows that not only famous chefs are doing their thing: a new local scene is blooming with new concepts in Peru's liveliest city.
SPYC 2019 Latin America Winners
S.Pellegrino Young Chef: Here are all the winners of the Latin America's 2019 final!
Cynthia Xrysw Ruelas Diaz takes wins the title of the Best Young chef in Latin America and will represent the region at the global final. Find out all the award winners from the day.
More than a chef devoted to Peruvian cuisine, Gastón Acurio is a watershed for the projection of the culture of his country in the world.
Still smiling after 25 years: Astrid y Gaston's special birthday
Still smiling after 25 years: Astrid y Gaston's special birthday
Top chefs from all over the world gathered in Lima to celebrate the restaurant and also Peruvian cuisine's recent history. Take a look at the unique dishes!
29 New Dishes from Gaston Acurio in 2017
Gaston Acurio, the powerhouse of Peruvian gastronomy, shares a look back at his 2017 creations: 29 wonderful new dishes in one year.
Maido Wins Latin America's 50 Best 2017
Watch the moment Maido restaurant in Lima, Peru is revealed as Latin America's Best Restaurant 2017, plus chef Mitsuharu Tsumura's accepatance speech.
One of the plating at Central restaurant in Lima
6 ALTURAS at Central in Lime
Watch some amazing plating at the Central restaurant in Lima, Peru. 
Virgilio Martinez Explains The Philosophy Behind 'Central'
Watch Peruvian chef Virgilio Martinez explain the eco-friendly cuisine at his award-wining restaurant Central, one of the World's 50 Best Restaurants.
Martinez' Central is the Best Restaurant in Latin America 2014
The Central restaurant in Lima Peru has been picked as the Best Restaurant in Latin America on Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants List.