The little town of Chosica has long been a top choice for people looking to escape the drab skies and traffic chaos of Lima. Limeños have been coming to the town for decades, but it isn’t just a Lima escape. Chosica, one of the last stops before the Andes begin, is also known for its delicious food, and offers a fascinating mixture of Andean and Coastal culinary traditions. If you’re going on vacation from Lima, go to a place with great gastronomy. Here are the best restaurants in Chosica, Peru.
This restaurant doesn’t look like much from the outside, but the menu is sure to keep you coming back. Most patrons love the bisteck a lo pobre, Peñoncito style – the dish includes rice, French fries, a hot dog, and sweet plantains which are topped off with steak and an egg – but really, everything on the menu is good. Choose from the Peruvian classics or one of the unique Peñoncito dishes, which are a Chosican take on Peruvian food.
Ancora has all the grilled Peruvian classics such as pollo a la brasa and anticuchos, served in a very family-friendly environment. Like most barbecue places in Peru, they have a fast-food atmosphere, from the decor to their front signage, but don’t let that fool you. Try their delicious, glazed rotisserie chicken, done the Peruvian way.
From the outside, this looks like a coffee shop that serves up the occasional cocktail – which it is, and does – but what will surprise you is that they also serve one of best pizzas you’ll find anywhere in Chosica. Come for the coffee and stay for the pizza (and a couple of cocktails) is the usual routine practiced by locals.
If you’re in Chosica and miss the smell and taste of fresh seafood, head to Rincón Marino, where they serve fresh ceviche that can rival any restaurant along the coast of Peru. They offer some of the best ceviche in all of Chosica and it is delivered daily from Lima. Of course, ceviche is a favorite menu item, but you’ll find that leche de tigre is another very popular option. You aren’t next to the Pacific Ocean, but Rincón Marino is the next best thing.
No trip to Peru is complete without visiting a chifa (Chinese–Peruvian fusion) restaurant. They’re so beloved by Peruvians that they aren’t hard to find, but this one is especially worth making time for. Their specialties are aeropuerto (fried rice with noodles) and chaufa con chanco (fried rice with pork). The restaurant is right across from the Plaza de Armas, so you can stop in for a meal after strolling in the park.