8 Food Tours Around The Vibrant City Of Lima, Peru - Updated 2024

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Welcome to Lima, the capital of Peru! This piece of land has a long history, including being ruled by the Inca Empire in the 15th century, several devastating earthquakes, an occupation by Chilean forces during the War of the Pacific, and finally, gaining independence from Spain after the Peruvian War of Independence.

Like its history, Peruvian cuisine is also a mix of indigenous influences, with imports from immigrants, over time. Learn more about the multicultural history of Peru and its unique cuisine through one of these eight fascinating food tours!

1. Half day culinary tour with buffet lunch (from USD 287.0)

This half day tour begins with a tour through a local market, where your guide will introduce you to local produce and some very friendly vendors. Move on from fruit and vegetables to a seafood restaurant, for an easy to follow lesson on ceviche preparation. This is a refreshing cocktail of fresh fish, shrimp, and other types of seafood, with a tangy and delicious marinade.

After working up an appetite, you then get to enjoy a buffet lunch, featuring traditional Peruvian dishes and desserts. The last bit of your tour is a cocktail making class, during which you will learn to make the famous pisco sour. Yum!

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Lima Private Culinary Tour: Local Market, Cooking Demo, Larco Museum and Lunch

Duration: 6 hours

2. Culinary and historical tour of Lima (from USD 170.0)

This eight-hour tour packs a number of must-see attractions and eateries into one day, giving you a great introduction to Lima’s history, culture, as well as its culinary landscape. First, head to a local market and Chinatown to sample different morsels and fresh produce. After these light bites, you will get to tour historic downtown Lima and learn how to make ceviche, first hand, from an expert local chef.

This tour also includes some shopping at the bohemian district of Barranco. To top it all off, your guide will bring you to try the traditional dessert picarones, a deep fried circular treat made of squash and sweet potatoes. After this exciting day you, you will be dropped off safely at your hotel, with absolutely no hassle at all.

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Lima Historical and Culinary Small-Group Full-Day Tour

Duration: 8 hours

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3. Peruvian fine dining amidst the ruins of Huaca Pucllana (from USD 71.0)

If you aren’t already blown away by the majestic Huaca Pucllana, take your adventure in the sacred ruins to the next levels with this three-course dining experience. Here, you will have a choice of six menus, featuring traditional Peruvian cuisine, including a vegetarian option.

Some of the dishes available for your selection include Seco de Lomo (beef filet with cilantro sauce) and Suspiro de Limeña, a caramel dessert with a rich port meringue. Your palate will be amazed by all the different tastes, flavours and textures – sour with sweet, acidic with creamy, delicate with robust.

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Huaca Pucllana Peruvian Dining Experience in Miraflores, Lima

Duration: 3 hours

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4. Traditional food tour by bike and boat (from 65 USD)

This four-hour tour is simply perfect for visitors without much time to spare in Lima. By bicycle, you will explore a local fisherman’s market for some super fresh seafood. From there, move on to an adventure on the water with a 20-minute, leisurely boat trip.

Finally, you will visit the neighbourhood of Barranco, for a look at the shops and for plenty of photo opportunities with its unique street art. End the tour with some yummy handmade ice cream or a craft beer.

Traditional food tour by bike and boat

Price: from 65 USD


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5. Market tour with cooking class in a local family's home (from USD 85.0)

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Your tour begins in the lively neighbourhood of Miraflores. At a local market, you will find fruit seldom seen in other parts of the world, such as mini avocados, cherimoya, and lucumas. Your guide will also give you a crash course to some of the Andean spices and vegetables, but don’t worry if you can’t remember all the 300+ species of chilli peppers on display! After purchasing and sampling these exotic fruits and vegetables, travel away from the well-trodden tourist attractions to your host’s own home in the Chorrillos neighbourhood.

Here, your guide will teach you the secrets to making some staple Peruvian dishes, as well as a special corn drink called chichi morada, which is made from purple corn and seasonings like pineapple, cinnamon, clove and sugar. This drink has been made and consumed in Peru all the way before the Inca empire and the purple pigments of the corn are said to have extensive health benefits, including anti-inflammatory properties!

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Lima Cooking Class with a Local Family and a Pisco Sour

Duration: 4 hours

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6. Bar crawl and street food tasting tour (from USD 68.0)

Downtown Lima (3913099716)
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Francisco Anzola used under CC BY 2.0

On this small group tour of twelve persons or less, you will embark on an adventure around downtown Lima. In the evening, you will see first hand how the city comes to life in a different way. One of the stops on your tour is a bar frequented by Peruvian high-fliers, including presidents!

Another bar on the itinerary is a little spookier – the former owner is said to have a penchant for revisiting the bar’s piano and playing a little melody, from time to time. Apart from good drinks, delicious street snacks are also readily available. You have to try the anticuchos, meat skewers which usually feature beef heart and pieces of potato. There are also plenty of vegetarian snacks, including picarones, the Peruvian doughnut made from squash.

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Lima Bar Crawl Including Drinks and Food Tastings

Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes

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7. Food tour with visit to immigrant neighbourhood and NGO (from USD 120.0)

This full day tour promises to bring you off the usual tourist track and to feed you generously with authentic Peruvian cuisine. In the morning, find your guide in Miraflores for a walk around a local market, tasting fruit, cheese, drinks and sweets and speaking to the affable stall owners.

In the afternoon, your guide will bring you to see a more sobering side of Lima. At the Pueblos Jovenes (the local term for low-income urban housing settlements), you will feel humbled by the perseverance and optimism of the children in this challenging environment, and learn a little about some positive initiatives being implemented to improve their lives.

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Food, Social and Cultural Tour of Lima

Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes

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8. Chocolate tour and truffle making workshop (from USD 25.0)

Peru has a renowned chocolate industry and with this tour, you will get to learn a little more about it with the aid of workshops and delicious samples. Your tour guide will break down the basics of making chocolate truffles by hand, from preparing a ganache to tempering chocolate to decorating your handiwork. Let your imagination run wild with your chocolate concoctions – you can even prepare liquor-infused truffles if you wish. The biggest challenge is making sure you don’t eat them all before you leave the workshop!

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Advanced Truffle Workshop in ChocoMuseo Miraflores

Duration: 2 hours

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Experience the unique cuisine of Lima, Peru

Best Ceviche Ever (Lima, Peru)
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We hope you have a wonderful adventure in Lima and leave with great memories of the food, the culture, and the people!

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