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You can spend two weeks exploring LIma and environs and still not see everything this amazing city has to offer. In three days, however, you can see all the highlights--pre-Columbian sites, colonial buildings, great museums, and enjoy wonderful Peruvian cuisine.

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  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Foodie

24 Places

7 City Tips

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24 Places

Day 1

Centro Historico de Lima

Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods

Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Fountains

Archbishops Palace

Architectural Buildings

Church and Sanctuary of Saint Rose of Lima

Sacred & Religious Sites

Plaza San Martin

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco

Churches & Cathedrals

Presidential Palace (Palacio de Gobierno)

Architectural Buildings, Government Buildings

Museo Larco

History Museums

Museo Larco Cafe Restaurant

Restaurants

La Tiendecita Blanca

Restaurants

Brujas de Cachiche

Restaurants

Day 2

Miraflores

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Neighbourhoods

Parque Kennedy - Parque Central de Miraflores

Parks

Huaca Pucllana

Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites

Attos

Restaurants

Huaca Huallamarca

Natural History Museums

Museo Nacional de Arqueologia, Antropologia e Historia del Peru

Speciality Museums

El Parque del Amor

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Parks

Costa Verde

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Restaurante Alfresco

Restaurants

Day 3

Pachacamac

Ancient Ruins, Sacred & Religious Sites

The Amano Pre-Columbian Textile Museum

History Museums

Caral Peru

Ancient Ruins

Astrid & Gaston

Restaurants

tsmada's City Tips

  • There are several good artisan stores on the street between the Plaza de Armas and the church of San Francisco and, for T-shirts, their prices are better than Miraflores.
  • Miraflores has several large artisan markets; however, look around before you buy--both for quality and best prices.
  • "Ceviche" (Say-VEE-che) is the national Peruvian dish. It is usually fresh fish marinated in lemon juice but octopus(pulpo), squid(calamares), or shrimp(langostino) are popular.
  • A "chifa" is a Chinese Restaurant. You will see these all over, from neighbourhood holes-in-the-wall to large, well-appointed restaurants.
  • A new, "Blue LIne"--the buses are blue--runs from Miraflores to downtown Lima and costs 2 Soles each way. On weekends, when crowds are thin, this is a great way to travel.
  • Miraflores, San Isidro and Barranco are the modern districts in Lima and are generally safe to walk around in. They also have the best Peruvian restaurants.
  • Hotels have licensed taxis outside whose drivers have to undergo 3-day training every 2 years. Many speak some English and all know the city well. Cost: about 35 Soles/hour.
    Day 1
  • Centro Historico de Lima
    Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods
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    tsmada Says:

    Lima's historic centre is its colonial heart. The cathedral, archbishop's palace (now a museum), Plaza de Armas, Church of San Francisco, and the University of San Marcos--the oldest university in the Americas--are all in walking distance of each other.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Do not wear shorts or skimpy tops in any church; you will be stopped at the door.
    • Some historic sites--like the cathedral and archbishop's palace allow non-flash photography. San Francisco church does not allow photography or video.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 320 things to do in Lima
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • It's not that Old 15/05/2019
    • Nice pedestrian walkways 09/05/2019
    • Centro Historico de Lima
    Phone:
    +51 1 4492575
    Other:
  • Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Fountains
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    tsmada Says:

    The Centre of historic Lima is surrounded by the cathedral, archbishop's palace, Palacio de Gobierno (presidential palace) and City Hall.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #21 of 320 things to do in Lima
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Impressive central Lima plaza 18/05/2019
    • Little charm 17/05/2019
    • Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)
    Address:
    Jr. Junin and Jr. Carabaya
    Lima
    Peru
    Phone:
    +51 980 048 502
    Other:
  • Archbishops Palace
    Architectural Buildings
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    tsmada Says:

    The former archbishop's residence has been turned into a wonderful colonial museum.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #28 of 320 things to do in Lima
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • With "beautiful rooms" inside :) 29/03/2019
    • BEAUTIFUL! 12/02/2019
    • Archbishops Palace
    Address:
    Plaza de Armas
    Plaza Mayor de Lima
    Lima
    Peru
    Phone:
    +51 1 4275790
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    09:00 - 17:00
  • Church and Sanctuary of Saint Rose of Lima
    Sacred & Religious Sites
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    tsmada Says:

    One of LIma's most beautiful churches is just 2 blocks from the Plaza de Armas.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • No shorts or bare midriffs.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #33 of 320 things to do in Lima
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • BEAUTIFUL! 10/02/2019
    • WELL MAINTAINED 05/01/2019
    • Church and Sanctuary of Saint Rose of Lima
    Address:
    Av. Tacna 100
    Lima L01
    Peru
    Phone:
    +51 1 4251279
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 13:00
    15:00 - 18:00
    Other:
  • Plaza San Martin
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    tsmada Says:

    General José de San Martín, the liberator of Argentina and Chile, was also the first independence fighter to arrive in Perú--the last Spanish-American colony to be liberated. He is duly honoured in this large plaza a 10 minute walk on a pedestrian street from the Plaza de Armas.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #41 of 320 things to do in Lima
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful central Lima plaza 18/05/2019
    • Historical square not to be missed 15/04/2019
    • Plaza San Martin
  • Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco
    Churches & Cathedrals
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    tsmada Says:

    The church is a repository of colonial history with a 25,000 volume--mostly hand written--books, and catacombs that contain the bones of 25,000 people. There are tours in English and Spanish. No photography is allowed.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 320 things to do in Lima
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Another Lima must 13/05/2019
    • not impressed 12/05/2019
    • Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco
    Address:
    Plaza San Francisco
    Jirón Lampa y Ancash
    Lima 15001
    Peru
    Phone:
    +51 1 4267377
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 20:15
    Other:
  • Presidential Palace (Palacio de Gobierno)
    Architectural Buildings, Government Buildings
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    tsmada Says:

    High noon every day brings the changing of the guard, a ceremony that begins 15 minutes before the hour with a concert by the military band. The changing of the guard is an elaborate ceremony that takes another 15-20 minutes.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • There are presidential security and police that keep visitors away from the fence in front of the palace--which is otherwise accessible.
    • Wear a hat.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #40 of 320 things to do in Lima
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Splendid palace, Changing of the guards ceremony was a bit too long. 03/05/2019
    • Presidential Palace 21/04/2019
    • Presidential Palace (Palacio de Gobierno)
    Address:
    Plaza de Armas
    Zocalo
    Lima
    Peru
    Phone:
    +51 1 3113900
    Other:
  • Museo Larco
    History Museums
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    tsmada Says:

    For my money this is the best museum in Lima--a city with several outstanding museums. Information is provided in 6 languages; non-flash photography is allowed. Renovated and expanded in 2010, the museum provides a trip through the pre-Columbian history of Peru, up to the Incas. Don't miss the storerooms just off the first gallery, where thousands of items are stored and grouped by category.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 320 things to do in Lima
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Stunning Museum - Inside and Out! 18/05/2019
    • Beautiful museum 17/05/2019
    • Museo Larco
    Address:
    Avenida Bolivar 1515
    Pueblo Libre
    Lima Lima 21
    Peru
    Phone:
    +51 1 4611312
    Price range:
    US$10 - US$10
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 22:00
    Other:
  • Museo Larco Cafe Restaurant
    Restaurants (Peruvian)
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    tsmada Says:

    The Larco Museum's Café is one of Lima's best. It offers a variety of typical Peruvian cuisine and something for every palate. I recommend lunch here before or after visiting the museum.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 2,880 restaurants in Lima
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Gem 13/05/2019
    • Great! 12/05/2019
    • Museo Larco Cafe Restaurant
    Address:
    Avenida Bolivar 1515
    Lima 21
    Peru
    Phone:
    +51 1 4611312
    Price range:
    US$10 - US$20
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 22:00
    Other:
  • La Tiendecita Blanca
    Restaurants (Swiss, Peruvian, European)
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    tsmada Says:

    If you are in the centre of Miraflores (Parque Kennedy) at meal time, La Tiendecita Blanca is a lovely restaurant on the corner.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #168 of 2,880 restaurants in Lima
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • This is a piece of swiss in Lima. 16/05/2019
    • Delicious food & amazing service 08/05/2019
    • La Tiendecita Blanca
    Address:
    Av. Larco 111 Ovalo de Miraflores
    Ovalo de Miraflores
    Lima 15074
    Peru
    Phone:
    +51 1 2411124
    Price range:
    US$20 - US$45
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    07:00 - 00:00
    Other:
  • Brujas de Cachiche
    Restaurants (Peruvian, Latin, Seafood)
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    tsmada Says:

    This is one of Lima's best restaurants: fantastic Peruvian food, lovely setting.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #145 of 2,880 restaurants in Lima
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A very traditional Peruvian Resturant 16/05/2019
    • Incorrect bill and charge for complimentary 23/04/2019
    • Brujas de Cachiche
    Address:
    Calle Bolognesi 472
    Miraflores
    Lima
    Peru
    Phone:
    +51 1 4471133
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 - 16:00
    Mon - Sat
    12:00 - 00:00
    Other:
  • Day 2
  • Miraflores
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Neighbourhoods
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    tsmada Says:

    This is the heart of modern Lima and is a beautiful, safe area to wander around. Miraflores has everything: traditional artisan markets, modern malls, great restaurants, fast food, museums and two pre-Inca archaeological sites.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 320 things to do in Lima
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Would not stay here agsin 18/05/2019
    • Best part of Lima 17/05/2019
    • Miraflores
    Address:
    Miraflores District
    Lima
    Peru
    Phone:
    +51 1 6177272
    Other:
  • Parque Kennedy - Parque Central de Miraflores
    Parks
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    tsmada Says:

    Every weekend there is art in the park where juried artists sell their creations. During the week, it's a nice place to sit and people-watch.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #37 of 320 things to do in Lima
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice place to stroll 15/05/2019
    • Enjoying Miraflores Lima 10/05/2019
    • Parque Kennedy - Parque Central de Miraflores
    Other:
  • Huaca Pucllana
    Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites
    See more photos
    tsmada Says:

    The largest excavated pre-Columbian site in Miraflores, you must take a guided tour--in English or Spanish--of this Lima Culture site.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Some parts of the site are difficult for people with mobility issues as it involves climbing many steps.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #27 of 320 things to do in Lima
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Archeological Site in Miraflores, Lima 18/05/2019
    • A Short Walk from Our Lima, Peru Hotel 18/05/2019
    • Huaca Pucllana
    Address:
    Calle General Borgono Cuadra, 8
    Miraflores
    Lima 15074
    Peru
    Phone:
    +51 1 6177148
    Hours:
    Wed - Mon
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
  • Attos
    Restaurants
    tsmada Says:

    Attos is a low-cost restaurant with typical--and delicious--Peruvian food. It is a half-block from the large indigenous markets (see map) in Miraflores.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • At lunch time get the daily special, which costs 9.5 Soles--or about $3.00. And, don't be surprised is there is a line waiting at the peak of lunch hour.
    From the community
    Ranked #1,710 of 2,880 restaurants in Lima
    • Great place for lunch 25/05/2015
    • Authentic, Peruvian home-style cooking 29/03/2015
    • Attos
    Address:
    Gonzalez Prada 365-371
    Lima
    Peru
    Phone:
    241-4825
  • Huaca Huallamarca
    Natural History Museums
    See more photos
    tsmada Says:

    This small Lima Culture site has a lovely museum with artifacts found during excavations.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #51 of 320 things to do in Lima
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nothing Compared to Pucllana 23/04/2019
    • Not as impressive as the Pucllana but nice 09/03/2019
    • Huaca Huallamarca
    Address:
    Av. El Rosario
    corner Av. Nicolas de Rivera 201
    Lima 15073
    Peru
    Phone:
    +51 1 2224124
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
  • Museo Nacional de Arqueologia, Antropologia e Historia del Peru
    Speciality Museums
    See more photos
    tsmada Says:

    Plan on an awe-inspiring trip into Peru's past at South America's greatest archaeological museum. In addition to covering all the major and several minor cultures and civilizations of pre-Columbian Peru, there is an adjacent building with memorabilia from the War for Independence,

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #23 of 320 things to do in Lima
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • CLOSED FOR RENOVATIONS 09/05/2019
    • Out of the Way and Uncrowded 28/04/2019
    • Museo Nacional de Arqueologia, Antropologia e Historia del Peru
    Address:
    Plaza Bolivar S/N Pueblo Libre
    Lima
    Peru
    Phone:
    +51 1 4635070
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:45 - 17:00
    Other:
  • El Parque del Amor
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Parks
    See more photos
    tsmada Says:

    On a clear day the park offers a spectacular view of the Malecón--the costal highway--and Pacific Ocean.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #36 of 320 things to do in Lima
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • nice park 12/05/2019
    • Beautiful green space along the coast 11/05/2019
    • El Parque del Amor
    Address:
    Malecon de la Reserva
    Miraflores
    Lima 18
    Peru
    Other:
  • Costa Verde
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
    See more photos
    tsmada Says:

    A drive along the Costa Verde--a long section of the Malecón or costal highway-- on a clear day gives you a great view of the ocean, the parks that have been finished and those still under construction. There are also two great restaurants: the Costa Verde and the Rosa Nautica (compass rose for all you sailors).

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #31 of 320 things to do in Lima
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Views go on forever! 27/04/2019
    • Nice ocean view 25/04/2019
    • Costa Verde
    Address:
    Beach Road
    Lima
    Peru
    Phone:
    +51 953 105 722
    Other:
  • Restaurante Alfresco
    Restaurants (Peruvian, Seafood, International, Soups)
    See more photos
    tsmada Says:

    About a 5 minute walk from the Parque Kennedy, Alfresco has wonderful food and semi-outdoor dining.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #56 of 2,880 restaurants in Lima
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Tasty Seafood 18/05/2019
    • Peruvian flavours 18/05/2019
    • Restaurante Alfresco
    Address:
    Av. 28 de Julio 331
    Lima
    Peru
    Phone:
    +51 1 2428960
    Price range:
    US$12 - US$20
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 - 23:00
    Other:
  • Day 3
  • Pachacamac
    Ancient Ruins, Sacred & Religious Sites
    See more photos
    tsmada Says:

    Located a 40 minute drive south of Lima, Pachacamac is the largest archaeological site in the area. Originally built by the Lima Culture, it was taken over by the Incas, added to and made a ceremonial centre. Be sure to visit the museum before touring the site.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Pachacamac is very large so driving between palace or pyramid is highly recommended. Otherwise, you will be here all day and there are no facilities except at the entrance.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #29 of 320 things to do in Lima
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • old buildings with nice museum but not a lot to see around 16/05/2019
    • Quite the set of ruins on the edge of Lima 07/05/2019
    • Pachacamac
    Address:
    Autopista Antigua Panamericana Sur km 31
    Close to Lurin
    Lima 16
    Peru
    Phone:
    +51 1 3215606
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
  • The Amano Pre-Columbian Textile Museum
    History Museums
    See more photos
    tsmada Says:

    This is a small, private museum that offers tours only in Spanish or Japanese. It has an extraordinary collection of pre-Columbian textiles, many in perfect condition. One must make a reservation for a tour, which can be arranged through your hotel.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • You must climb a flight of stairs to the museum; there is no elevator. The museum was closed in March 2015 for renovations and will be open later in the year.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 320 things to do in Lima
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Under the Radar 14/04/2019
    • Educational and Great Tapestries 07/03/2019
    • The Amano Pre-Columbian Textile Museum
    Address:
    Calle Retiro 160
    Miraflores
    Lima LIMA 18
    Peru
    Phone:
    +51 1 4412909
    Price range:
    US$10 - US$10
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 - 05:00
    Other:
  • Caral Peru
    Ancient Ruins
    See more photos
    tsmada Says:

    This is an alternative to Pachacamac and is an all-day trip. It is a 2.5. hour drive north of Lima and leaving by 7:30 a.m. is strongly recommended. Caral is the oldest city in the Americas, contemporaneous with the Egyptian pyramids. It is built entirely of adobe but they used bamboo for "rebar" and made "gabian" walls using nets woven from cotton. It is entirely flat walking but it is a large area and will take at least two hours to complete.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Wear comfortable walking shoes and a hat.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 320 things to do in Lima
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great piece of history 28/04/2019
    • Amazing day trip from Lima! 22/04/2019
    • Caral Peru
    Address:
    Av. Las Lomas de la Molina 327
    Km. 184 Panamericana Norte - Valle de Supe.
    Lima 01
    Peru
    Phone:
    +51 1 2052517
    Price range:
    US$4 - US$4
    Hours:
    Mon - Thu
    09:00 - 16:00
    Fri - Sun
    09:00 - 18:00
    Other:
  • Astrid & Gaston
    Restaurants (Peruvian, Seafood)
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    tsmada Says:

    This is the way to end your three days in Lima. Astrid y Gaston is one of Peru's premier restaurants and there aren't enough superlatives to cover either the food or the service.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • Make a reservation, which is usually easy to do.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #67 of 2,880 restaurants in Lima
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Excellent! 18/05/2019
    • Everything you would expect from a top 50 restaurant in the world 18/05/2019
    • Astrid & Gaston
    Address:
    Av. Paz Soldan 290
    Lima 15073
    Peru
    Phone:
    +51 1 4422777
    Price range:
    US$25 - US$100
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:30 - 15:30
    Mon - Sat
    13:00 - 15:00
    19:00 - 23:00
    Other:
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