Lima is the largest city and the capital city of Peru. It is located in a valley where several rivers meet and sits on the coast in the central part of Peru. It is a very large city and has a population of over 10 million people, making it the third largest city in the Americas after Sao Paulo and Mexico City. Lima is often forgotten about when talking about South America, but it is in fact a very fascinating city with rich history and culture. It is home to the oldest education centres in the world. The National University of San Marcos was founded in May 1551 and is still functioning today. It was also the host of the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference and will host the 2019 Pan American Games. With these privileges of hosting such prestigious events comes the responsibility to provide for the influx of tourists that comes with them. Due to this Lima has great accommodation and now some great restaurants as well. Here are a few of the best ones that you can check out when you are in Lima, Peru.

Central

This restaurant, run by Peruvian chef Virgilio Martinez, has earned a spot on the Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurant list. The chef creates creative dishes that show off Peru’s diverse ingredients and traditions and has ranked him one of the best in the country. He uses fresh Peruvian ingredients from the highest mountains to below sea level to create gastronomically amazing dishes. His modern twist on classics and beautiful presentation makes for a fantastic dining experience. As this restaurant is so popular you will need to make a reservation week possibly months in advance.

El Senorio del Sulco

This restaurant has the prime location! It is on Lima’s Malecon, a boulevard that runs along a clifftop overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The restaurant is most well-known for hearty Peruvian “criollo” dishes. These classics combine Spanish and native influences. Always come hungry as they will serve up plenty of delicious meals to keep you full yet somehow asking for more.

Osso

This upscale steakhouse is the place to be for anyone who likes all things beef. It was originally an exclusive butchers shop. Chef Renzo Garibaldi would invite friends to enjoy private events as he experimented with aging different meats and various recipes. He then got requests from strangers who wanted to get in on the experience. The original location with the chefs table remains open although you must book months in advance to get in. He has since opened a second location so that more can enjoy the amazing experience that is Osso. It is not Peruvian in the slightest, in that it does not serve traditional dishes, but it does serve fantastic foods that will not disappoint.

When visiting Lima, Peru be sure to plan ahead of time so that you can get into one of these world’s known restaurants and experience some of the greatest food in all of Peru.