Lima street food is one of the best things about this city. There’s so many delicious street vendors dotted around the place, with local snacks for cheap.
From fresh ceviche to smokey meats, you’re sure to find something tempting on every corner of the city. Food vendors here are super mobile, popping up on one street for a few hours before moving somewhere else, and there’s plenty of food markets to try.
But which are the fool-proof dishes to try? Here’s our top picks of the best Lima street food eats. Get ready to drool…
Lima Street Food: Delicious Dishes To Try
Tamales can be sweet or savoury, and are all sorts of different colours (green, purple, white, yellow). It’s a tasty snack of corn dough (masa) and filling such as sweet rice or roast pork, wrapped in a banana leaf or corn husk, and then steamed.
This meat snack is one of the most traditional and popular dishes in some South American countries– in Peruvian and Bolivian cuisine especially. It’s essentially a meat skewer, marinated in a hot red pepper sauce. There’s various types of meat, but beef heart is the most popular.
3. Arroz con Leche
For a sweet treat you can eat on the go, this delicious rice pudding dish is a popular Lima street food option. It’s made with condensed milk, cinnamon and often raisons, and the rice is sometimes purple, giving it a pretty colour.
This iconic Peruvian dish is made from fresh raw fish cured in citrus juices, such as lemon or lime, and spiced with ají, chili peppers or other seasonings, such as chopped onions, salt and coriander.
Peru’s favourite late night snack are best eaten freshly friend from one of the local vendors in Lima. Made from squash and sweet potato and doused in a sugar syrup, they’re very tasty.
Go to Mary’s red cart in Parque Kennedy for the best ones in town.
6. Papa con Huevo
Simple yet super tasty, this dish is boiled or fried potatoes with a boiled egg on top and a hearty dash of green pepper sauce. It’s piled high in a container and you simply grab your fork and dig in!
This traditional Andes dish is cow’s belly, fried until crispy. It can be a little chewy, but the smokey flavour is seriously tasty. Give it a try and you might just find you love it!