Most Unique Experiences to Have in Lima
Plaza de Armas | © Art DiNo / Flickr
Don’t leave Lima before getting a chance to try everything on this list. Be sure not to miss out on some amazing experiences that make Lima the City of Kings and the proud capital of Peru.
Eat ceviche in an odd place
Ceviche is probably Peru’s most famous dish and can be ordered at many amazing restaurants throughout Lima, but – if you want a novel experience – try eating this traditional dish on a busy street corner, on an old dock in Chorrillos, or in a busy market with hundreds of people milling around.
Mercado Surquillo, Surquillo, Lima, Peru
One thing you’ll notice anywhere in Peru, is that they love their sandwiches, in both high and lowbrow forms! As night descends on Lima and hundreds of sandwich stands get carted out to the street corners, treat yourself to a sweet potato sandwich like a local Peruvian.
Leche de Tigre | © FOTOS M / Flicker
As ubiquitous as the Lima traffic are the people selling emoliente on street corners. With their range of mysterious ingredients, they’ll ask if you have any aches or pains in your body, before creating a herbal tea concoction. After some pinches from this pouch and that jar, a bit of mixing, whipping and pouring, you have a surprising delicious drink.
Eat at one of the best restaurants in the world
The city is home to world-renowned chefs such as Gastón Acurio and Virgilio Martínez, who recently received the Chef’s Choice Award, a title that makes him the best chef in the world. Lima is also the only city to have two restaurants ranking in the top 10 of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants.
Central Restaurante, Santa Isabel 376 Miraflores Lima, Peru
Drinking some delicious and fresh Peruvian coffee at one of Lima’s many coffee shops is a must. Check out Biscetti or La Bodega Verde in Barranco.
At the Miraflores boardwalk you can paraglide over the upscale beach city and the Pacific Ocean. If the sun is out, you’ll have a beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean and Lima’s beach neighborhoods. Expect to pay around $70 for 10 minutes.
Take a long bike ride along Miraflores’ boardwalk, enjoying the Pacific Ocean and the neighborhood’s many beautiful parks.
Malécon de Miraflores | © Juan Carlos Martins / Flickr
Here you’ll find Lima’s most stunning colonial architecture. Take a walk around the plaza and its surrounding streets or take a guided tour and see the history-rich historical center of Lima.
Streets of Lima | © Art DiNo / Flickr
Watch a soccer game at Estadio Nacional
If the national team is in town, you must go and experience the rabid fans at El Estadio Nacional. The excitement and energy around the stadium on game day is unparalleled. Watching a soccer match in South America is always a must.
Estadio Nacional, Calle José Díaz s/n, Distrito de Lima, Lima, Peru
Experience a Peña
Peñas are music venues or restaurants (or even someone’s house) where traditional Peruvian music is played by a live band. Sit back, enjoy some traditional Peruvian dishes and watch a Peña. There are many venues/restaurants that offer the spectacle, but La Candelaria feels the most authentic.
La Candelaria, Av. Francisco Bolognesi 292, Barranco, Lima, Peru