Enjoy Yourself: Lunch Time in Lima, Peru!

Lunch is almost a sacred word for Peruvians: in fact, it is still their main meal of the day, rather than dinner, despite the fact that the majorty of people cannot have lunch at home... because they are at work. Family gathering may have actually moved to dinner time, but lunch is the main meal and the opportunity to socialize with friends and co-workers. And sometime it is a good time for discussing businesses, too.

So, lunch is usually a nice experience in either top-class or budget places. We are suggesting some very nice restaurants, with memorable food, usually located near or within reasonably distance from touristic attractions.

Regarding seafood, which is very important in Lima since it is a coastal city, there are plenty of options. Some of them would be Embarcadero 41 Fusión, that blends Peruvian flavors with many international influences; Niqei and its distinctive Peruvian/Japanese fusion; or Cebicheria La Mar, that preserves the original creole Peruvian recipes and flavors.

Exploring another kind of Peruvian cuisines, there's Kamcha and its Andean flavors: T'anta and its homage to many Peruvian regional cuisines; or Pardos Chicken, for those in love with barbecued foods. Vegetarians have also some options, specially Alma Zen and El Vegetariano, both of them in Miraflores.


This is another haven for backpackers and travelers on a budget, since you can find excellent menus for lunch and dinner at ridiculous prices (from 6 to 8 soles for a three course meal: soup, a salad and a main course, including bread and an...  Read More

Alma Zen is a restaurant that claims to serve not only vegetarian meals, but also made with 100% organic ingredients, bought from certified organic producers and from farms affiliated to fair trade programs. Thus, the quality of the foods they...  Read More

El Vegetariano was founded by a group of experienced vegetarian chefs, who formerly worked at a similar place nearby. They pride in offering truly healthy and nutritive options, either as complete menus (general and special) or as a la carte...  Read More

This is another of the most traditional caf� places in Lima, Peru, with more than 50 years in the business. Undoubtedly this is the most popular caf� in Miraflores, among locals and foreigners as well: but more than that, it also...  Read More

This is an all-in-one place: bakery, pastries, cafe and restaurant, so will find a wide array of options to choose from. The name is a Quechua word meaning "bread", and yes, T'anta sells many sandwiches and casual meals "on the go", as well as...  Read More

San Borja

"Kamcha" is in Peru the name of a Peruvian snack, that is, toasted corn, that has always been part of the Quechua culture. This is a thematic restaurant, dedicated to Peruvian food and to all the cultural elements traditionally related to it,...  Read More

Owned and run by the popular Peruvian chef Gaston Acurio, this top-class restaurant is inspired in the Peruvian popular cebicherias, or restaurants specialized in cebiche along all Peru. If you do not have issues with the idea of enjoying some...  Read More

One of Peruvian most popular foods is the pollo pollo a la brasa, or "Roasted Chicken Peruvian Style"; you can find a poller�a in almost every neighborhood, and there's also different prices to fit every budget. Peruvians are very keen on...  Read More


Peru claims to have one of the best Japanese-fusion cuisines in South America, and since there's a big community of Peruvians from Japanese descent, there must be some truth in this. And you will feel inclined to believe it when you visit Niqei,...  Read More

If you are searching for seafood, then this is a place you cannot miss. Embarcadero 41 has evolved in only ten years from a single, neighborhood place to a valuable restaurant chain but preserving the quality and creativity of its culinary...  Read More


Meet Isabel Guerra

Isabel is a freelance Journalist, Writer, and Photographer born and raised in Lima, Peru, where she currently lives: in addition to her writing career and to her traveling almost all over...  More About Isabel