Are you planning a trip to Peru? You’d like to know what the best, most famous Peruvian foods are ? Keep reading!
I was already craving for ceviche weeks before the trip. In fact I told my boyfriend, finding a good place for ceviche would be a priority on on our first day in Lima, Peru. I fixated on it for a few weeks, getting midnight cravings cravings thinking ceviche would be the only thing that could satisfy me in this moment.
But leading up to the trip, ceviche was really the only food I knew of from Peru. Due to my work constraints, I hadn’t really had the time to do research about the kinds of foods we would find in Peru. I figured we could just figure that one out when we got there, which ended up added an element of surprise to our travel.
However, if you’re unlike me and would like to be well-informed about a countries food before going, read on. I listed the top, most famous Peruvian foods that you MUST try during your trip to Peru.
Peruvian Guinea Pig (Cuy)
First up is guinea pig! Guinea pig is very popular and is called cuy in Peru. For many people around the world, the guinea pea is a domestic pet but to Peruvians, it’s a delicacy.
Throughout our trip to Peru, we inquired to many people about the best guinea pig in Peru and we’re convinced by the recommendation of a tour guide in Cusco. We decided to go to El Meson de Don Tomas, a restaurant located a few steps away from the city square of Cusco, Plaza de Armas.
I totally recommend you eat guinea pig in Peru. If you’re in Cusco, I do recommend you try El Meson de Don Tomas. However, if you’re not planning on going to Cusco, there are many other restaurants for you to find in other cities of Peru. I would suggest you get recommendation from city locals.
This list of the most famous Peruvian foods with would go incomplete without ceviche. Ceviche is one of my favorite dishes which is popular in Latin America and a national dish in Peru. They even have a holiday dedicated to ceviche. Now that’s some serious stuff!
Ceviche is a cold served dish made with raw fish that’s been marinated using lemon or lime. Peru is known for having a great variety of corns, so you’ll typically see corn added to the dish as well. In my experience, I always had ceviche as an appetizer at restaurants or a tapas at bar, never as a main dish but I’ve heard of it being a thing.
You should totally have some ceviche at least once during your trip. Just a common-sense tip, just make sure you go to a decent restaurant since ceviche is made with raw fish, so the fish has to be fresh. So avoid sketchy restaurant and avoid stomach problems later on.
I don’t have any recommendation for restaurants in particular. I had ceviche in almost every restaurant I’ve been too in Peru and they all they all tasted great.
Pisco sour is a type of drink that is extremely popular in Peru. So even though this is a beverage, I believe it deserves a spot on this list of famous Peruvian foods. While on trip to Peru, we found ourselves being offer pisco sours at almost every turn.
We stayed at the JW Marriot in both Cusco and we’re given a voucher for two free pisco sours every day. So each night, after a day of trekking, we would end up at the at the bar, drinking our free piscos and then some more. We we’.re even given a mini-course on how to do a pisco sour by the bartender, which was pretty cool I have to say.
Chicha is a purple drink usually non-alcoholic. Chicha’s based ingredient is a purple corn called culli. You can find it in most restaurants,
I totally fell in love with alpacas during my trip to Peru. So when in Cusco, I felt a tiny bit sad that I was going to eat one of them. But I have to say their meat was delicious! The taste of alpaca meat is similar to that of lamb, however not quite. I recommend you give it a try and see for yourself.