International chefs are discovering the charms of Pisco and Perivian flavors, while some lucky travelers enjoy them here in Lima.
Named to host the 2019 Pan American Games, Lima’s 9 million people will be sprucing up to showcase the Peruvian capital which is home to about one-third of that nation’s residents. Already popular as a tourism destination, as well as a major stopover for Macchu Pichu and the Incan Trail, the games are a great fit for sports-crazy Lima and fans.
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Lima is the Gateway to the Incan Trail
Visitors will be aware that JW Marriott, Hilton, Sheraton, Orient Express Hotels, Radisson are among the international brands represented in the capital city. The JW Marriott, in Miraflores, ranks as a 2013 TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Winner and a Condé Nast Traveler’s Best Places to Stay 2011 winner. Guests cite a great location overlooking the ocean directly across the street from LarcoMar, a shopping mall overlooking the Pacific. Ocean views from every guest room is hard to beat.
For a stay defined by comforts that visitors may crave after a few nights of camping on the Incan Trail, Hilton Lima Miraflores opened in 2013 to generally good reviews. Tip: consult the Summum Awards, a Peruvian version of Michelin, for mentions of the most outstanding chefs. Central Restaurant in Miraflores walked away with best restaurant, best wine list and best sommelier in addition to a place on the world’s best 50 list by S. Pellegrino.
Miraflores Park Hotel, the Orient Express entry, is a five-star in this fashionable area. In a location where the fifth floor of the building built into the ocean cliffs affords sweepting views, the Observatory Restaurant provides just that. Chef Toshiro Konishi uses a Japanese touch on such entrées as grouper in a light, sweet soy marinade topped with ginger julienne at the hotel’s Mesa 18 Restaurant. An outpost of the husband and wife enterprise, Astrid & Gastón and Amaz named best new restaurant 2013, further explain why this neighborhood is being called the gastronomic boulevard of Lima.
Explore San Isidro, where the Westin’s restaurant, Maras, has been named best in a hotel. Don’t leave without sampling the prize-winning pisco sour at the English Bar or Perroquet Restaurant at the elegant Country Club Lima, four times winner of the top Summum Award.