Bar Cordano (esquina Jr. Carabaya y Jr. Ancash No. 202, Lima) – located near the Government Palace, this is one of Lima’s oldest bars (dating back from 1905, when Italian immigrants started the place up). Along with serving Pisco and other drinks, this place also serves sandwiches with the Portuguese rolls typically used to fill up such food with meats and lettuce & tomato. Because of its age, this bar not only has character, but the distinction of outlasting previous governments (including Peru’s political turmoil of the 1980s).
Ayahuasca (Prolongación San Martín 130, Barranco, Lima) – located within a former mansion, this tourist-friendly bar stands out for its Spanish colonial-style exterior, and its multi-color interiors. First-time visitors will be astounded to hear that this bar provides exotic drinks made with exotic plants, including coca leaves.
Aura (Larcomar Mall, Malecón de la Reserva, Barranco, Lima) – located in the hip Barranco district of Lima (within the popular seaside Larcomar mall), Aura is a large nightclub for the 20-something crowd, and plays a variety of dance music – from Latin rhythms like Salsa and Cumbia, to international Top 40 pop, House and Reggaetón.
Vivaldino (Larcomar Mall, Malecón de la Reserva, Barranco, Lima) – located within the popular Larcomar shopping center, this restaurant already has the distinct advantage of offering its well-heeled diners great seaside views. It serves a variety of seafood and international dishes, and gets points for its well-trained, multi-lingual staff.
Restaurante Chez Philippe (Av. Dos de Mayo 748, Lima) – the French food served here offers a refreshing change of pace from the typical ceviche-serving Peruvian restaurants. Items found here include flambéed mushroom tarts, hearty sausage choucroute, and almond trout with creamed potatoes. This, along with duck mousse with Cognac, country-style paté, foie gras, and pork rillettes. Some Italian dishes, including pizza, is also served here.
Restaurante Amoramar (Garcia y Garcia 175, Barranco, Lima) – the dishes here are a mix of Peruvian and international influences. Its drink — pisco sours with aji amarillo (yellow chile peppers) – is a crowd pleaser here. The décor fits in well with the hip Barranco area.
Rafael (Calle Sán Martín 300, Lima) – located in the chic Miraflores district, this restaurant is run by noted chef Rafael Osterling. Patrons here show up for his version of popular seafood dishes. One of his popular dishes is the Grilled octopus with pimento chimichurri, Kalamata olives and garlic confit. The restaurant’s fine interior is accented with Rafael’s impressive art collection.
Pescados Capitales (Av. La Mar 1337, Lima) – this is another seafood domain in Lima. Seafood served here ranges from ceviche, to swordfish, octopus, and tuna. The restaurant’s Spanish name loosely translates into the “seven deadly sins” – one of them being gluttony. With the dishes served here, including the grilled rockfish in garlic sauce and arroz con mariscos, the temptation to overeat is certainly there.í.
Mesa 18 (Miraflores Park Hotel, Av. Malecón de la Reserva 1035) – this restaurant, which serves dishes that have a fusion of Japanese and Peruvian influences, is run by the renowned chef and TV personality Toshiro Konishi. The tiradito is considered his award-winning dish. Conchas Toshi (fresh scallops) is another crowd-pleaser here. The restaurant’s elegant artwork, the ocean backdrop and fine tables add atmosphere. This is also considered one of Lima’s “see and be seen” restaurant.
Mangos Restaurant (Larcomar, Malecón de la Reserva 610, Miraflores, Lima) – located within the Larcomar shopping center, this is a fine restaurant that serves a variety of Peruvian and international dishes. No doubt, its expansive ocean view terrace helps draw in a well-heeled crowd.