The 7 Best International Restaurants in Lima, Peru

Lima is home to a delicious mix of international food intermingling with Peruvian styles and ingredients
Lima is home to a delicious mix of international food intermingling with Peruvian styles and ingredients | © Maido
Brandon Dupre

Ceviche, causa, pollo, anticuchos – as unbelievable as it may sound with so much delicious local cuisine, there might come a point during your trip when you’ll want a break from the traditional Peruvian dishes. Or will at least want to try some meals with Peruvian variations of other cuisines to switch things up a bit. Luckily, if you find yourself in Lima, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from to surprise your tastebuds. Here’s a look at the seven best international restaurants in Lima, Peru.

1. Mamma Lola

Pizzeria, Italian

Neapolitan Margherita
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Even from the outside of the building, you can tell what you’re getting yourself into: the best Italian food in Lima. From the façade to its interior décor, it’s all Italian. The moment you step foot in the restaurant, you feel like you’ve left Peru. The atmosphere is only outdone by its Italian dishes, especially the pizza.

2. Maido

Restaurant, Japanese, Peruvian, Fusion

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Though not entirely international food, Maido serves a mix of Japanese and Peruvian food called Nikkei, creating a unique fusion that’s all its own brand. For the first time customer, though, it will appear just like any high-end Japanese cuisine. Expect sashimi and some classic rolls all made with fresh, Peruvian fish. Maido is, according to the 2017 San Pellegrino rankings, not just Latin America’s second best restaurant, but also number eight in the world.

3. Madam Tusan

Restaurant, Chinese, Peruvian

Madam Tusan has established itself as the gourmet Chinese food option in Peru. This isn’t your typical Chinese take-out, but rather a sit-down culinary experience. Madam Tusan is a Gastón Acurio creation, pushing the boundaries of what Chinese-Peruvian food can do. You’ll recognize all the dishes, but they come with a slight Peruvian twist.

4. La Linterna

Pizzeria, Italian

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The title of the first Italian-American pizzeria in Lima goes to La Linterna. It’s everything you know about a classic pizza joint in Lima, so for those missing a little bit of the States, La Linterna is your place.

5. Wa Lok

Restaurant, Peruvian, Chinese

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Wa Lok is one of the original white-tablecloth chifa (Chinese-Peruvian) restaurants in Lima. It’s the gold standard of Chinese food in Peru against which all other must measure themselves. Expect large portions that help ease – at least a bit – the pain of the price tag.

6. Burrito Bar

Restaurant, Mexican, Peruvian

Not exactly located in the main hub of Barranco, you might miss this small restaurant even if you know where you’re going. Burrito Bar serves up the tastiest Mexican food in Lima. Expect burritos and tacos a plenty with your choice of al pastor, carne asada, fish or veggies. The flavors aren’t exactly Mexican, but the result is nothing short of delicious.

7. La Lucha Sanguchería Criolla

Sandwich Shop, Peruvian, American

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The best sandwiches you’ll find in Peru are from La Lucha. It’s the sort of sandwich you’ll be salivating about long after you’ve finished and left the restaurant. It’s perfect for a quick bite and a place you’ll surely make part of your Peruvian routine after eating one of their sandwiches. The food is a unique mix between Peruvian traditions and ingredients, with classic sandwiches and French fries. Sandwiches can include sweet potatoes and salsa criollo – marinated onions – and are best enjoyed with a big cup of chicha morada.

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