Peru, and Lima in particular, has one of the great culinary cultures of South America. There’s so much happening in the country gastronomically, from traditional Incan dishes to exciting new fusions inspired by the many peoples and cultures that make up modern Peru. Take, for example, the innovative Nikkei, or Peruvian-Japanese food, that has influenced restaurants across the Americas. Or just look to the many thought leaders who have called Lima a culinary capital for years, even before the city’s Central Restaurante, the highest-rated South American restaurant on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, opened.
Whether you’re looking for a multi-course meal or prefer street stalls and holes-in-the-wall, Peru has you covered. These are the 15 classic dishes you don’t want to miss in your exploration of Peruvian food.