Street Food & Old Taverns Tour in Lima’s Historic Centre

Historic Centre, Lima
  • 4 hours
  • 14 Flavors
  • Adult $59 USD
  • Under 18 $49 USD
Shared & Private Groups options available

Street Food & Old Taverns Tour in Lima’s Historic Centre

Adult $59 USD
Under 18 $49 USD

Urban flavors surrounded by colonial landmarks

During this walking food tour, you will sample more than 14 Peruvian foods and drinks. All are popular on-the-go dining options among locals. Watch out, this is not the typical pisco sour and ceviche tour! We take you slightly off the beaten path food wise, while going through the Historic Center of Lima. You will discover Peru’s capital main square (Plaza de Armas) and many historic buildings! The best tour to connect with Peru's history and local culture.
This experience received a rating of 5 stars on TripAdvisor
  • 4 hours

    Shared Groups (English-only)
    - 11:00-15:00
    - 16:30-20:30

    Private Groups
    - Anytime
  • Local Expert Guide

    You will be paired with one of our licensed tour guides. All are very knowledgable and passionate about their food, country and culture.
  • Free Cancellation

    Cancel for free up to 24 hours before the tour' start time, no questions asked. For last minute requests, we will do our best to find a win-win solution.

Urban yum

Your adventure begins here. Are you ready?

  • 14 Flavors
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    This 4-hour Lima food tour will allow you to discover the Historic Centre of Lima, including Mercado Central, which is Lima's largest market. Your guide will take you to a variety of places filled with locals, which will allow you to connect with the true and authentic way of stimulating your tastebuds in this part of the Peruvian capital.
    While strolling through the history-rich streets of Centro de Lima, you will have the opportunity to taste typical street food and visit two popular taverns among locals. These will include an ample variety of tasty bites and drinks that are highly consumed by locals but sometimes not that easy to come by as tourists.
    Aside from discovering new flavors, another important component of this food tour is to discover the story, the cultural background, and the current context associated with each bite. That's correct, "yummy" reactions are not enough for us, we aim at creating those "wow" and "oh interesting" moments too.
    It's a walking food tour, with 5 to 20 mins of walking between each stop, but to make this more interesting and dynamic, we included some very historical stops on the way so you don't get bored in-between bites.
    Throughout this food tour, you will be accompanied by a specialized licensed tour guide, who will act as your new local best friend, ready to answer all your foodie questions and beyond. Don't hesitate to throw historical, cultural and political stuff into the ring, we trained them well for pretty much any battle.

Testimonials

  • The day was so much fun and one I wont forget

    I had never been on a food tour before and this certainly wont be my last, thanks to Johana I learnt so much in on day about Lima and its amazing cuisine and got to sample some of their amazing dishes! The day was so much fun and one I wont forget - thanks Johana and Exquisito Peru!
    Alexandra – Apr, 2022
  • This is the BEST tour!

    We felt like we were experiencing all of the best parts of downtown Lima, and John was full of interesting parts of Lima’s history and architecture as well. We learned so much and loved getting to see Lima from a local’s point of view. 10/10 would recommend. Food was amazing, guide was amazing - definitely book this tour asap!
    Rebekah – Feb, 2022
  • Fantastic tour!

    Some light walking and lots of food like churros, pan con chicharron chilcano (better than pisco sour!), and street food stands similar to what we are used to in Asia, but with different flavours of course. Good way to experience Lima like a true local
    Poh – Sep, 2021
  • This tour lived up to the reviews!

    With so many tours to choose from, I based my decision on the reviews which had been written about the Lima Historic Center Street Food Night Tour. This tour lived up to the reviews! An amazing evening with the most perfect guide, Alberto. Lots of laughs, learning, some emotional moments and great food. Thank you again for an evening which I will take with me for the rest of my life.
    Kevin – Sep, 2021

Additional information

What is included

  • Tasting of 11 Peruvian foods
  • Sampler of 3 Peruvian drinks
  • Licensed expert tour guide
  • 2% donation to the Impact Eat Foundation to support small local producers
  • 1% donation to the Stripe Climate initiative for carbon removal
  • Dedicated travel support while you are in Peru
  • For Private Groups only: pick up and drop off
  • For Shared Groups only: pick up and drop off not included

Additional data

  • This tour is not recommended for people with reduced mobility (walking distance)
  • Please note that our Shared Tour is guided in English only. For non-English speakers, please book a Private Tour. For the comfort of the group, guides will not be providing their service in multiple languages simultaneously, even to those who speak Spanish.

Meeting point

Where do we meet?

  • Gran Hotel Bolivar, Centro de Lima
  • Shared (English-only): 11 am & 4:30 pm - Private: anytime
Remember that
Your guide will be waiting for you in Gran Hotel Bolivar's main entrance – facing Plaza San Martin. Don't be late, we have a 5-min tolerance policy!

Questions?

  • 01 What if I have dietary restrictions or allergies?
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    If you suffer any allergy o dietary restrictions, make sure to inform us in the checkout notes or via email once you completed your booking so we can take all the necessary precautions. While this food tour can technically cater for people with any allergy, those with severe gluten allergy should be mindful that many Peruvian dishes can have small traces of gluten and that food options will therefore be quite limited. This food tour, including for those who book the Shared Group service, can be adapted for people on a vegetarian diet. Vegan options are limited. While our goal is to be as inclusive as possible, we are unfortunately unable to offer halal and kosher alternatives at the moment due to the difficulty for some Peruvian restaurants to acquire and stock item with such characteristics.
  • 02 Do we eat a lot during this food tour? Does it constitute a meal?
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    Definitely! We recommend not eating too much in the hours preceding this food tour. This tour constitutes an average-sized lunch/dinner with lots of carbohydrates.
  • 03 Can you pick me up and drop me off from/at any location?
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    Pick up and drop off is not included in the Shared Group price, but it can be arranged at an extra cost from/to pretty much anywhere in the city. Of course price will vary depending on the distance and the type of vehicle you need for your party. If you want to be picked up or dropped off in your hotel, at the airport, the Callao cruise port, the historic center of Lima or a museum, please reach out to us and we will send you a quote in no time!
  • 04 Do I have to book in advance?
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    We recommend to book at least 1 week in advance to make sure it's not sold out, but we accept bookings up to 12 hours before the tour starts.
  • 05 Is this food tour physically demanding?
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    Depends on you! Between each stops there's a 5 to 20 minutes walk. We do not recommend this walking food tour to travelers with reduced mobility and who are not comfortable standing up for several hours.
  • 06 I’m a solo traveller. Can I book a food tour too?
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    We encourage it! This food tour will allow you to meet other travelers who are passionate about gastronomy. Do not be afraid to book, even if you are solo. We could have other reservations for that same day so you can share the experience with other foodies.
  • 07 Is this food tour family friendly? If I'm bringing an infant/very young child, do I need to purchase a ticket for them?
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    If you are traveling with infants or children under 6, you would only be required to purchase a ticket and pay the "Under 18" rate if you'd like them to have access to their own food servings. If you prefer to share your food with your little ones and/or if you want them to eat the food you prepared for them before the tour, there is no need to purchase a ticket for them – they can participate for free. However, please let us know in the booking comments if non-paying children are going to be present so our guide knows and will be prepared for it.
  • 08 Can I book this food tour as a private tour?
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    Absolutely! You can book a private food tour for your party as is (via the "Book Now" button), or you can customize this tour so it caters to your needs and expectations (reach out to us via email). We are used to design tailor-made experiences for small and big groups – back in 2019 we went up to 150 people at once!
  • 09 What if I don’t drink alcohol?
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    If you do not drink alcohol, don’t worry! We will provide non-alcoholic drinks instead. Please make sure you add that information in the "Additional comments" section when finalizing your booking. No alcoholic beverages will be served to our guests under 18 years of age.
  • 10 Is this tour wheelchair accessible?
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    This tour is 100% wheelchair accessible.
  • 11 Do you offer any other tour?
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    Yes, we have several food tours in the bank. Each of them offer a different perspective on Peruvian gastronomy. We like to think we have an option for all budgets and interests! Although we specialize in food tourism, if you'd like to visit a museum, or another area of Lima not covered by one of our tours, please do let us know – we will for sure be able to arrange something with the help of our trusted partners.
  • 12 Is Lima safe?
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    Just like in any big city, you have to be careful with your belongings in crowded areas. Of course, Peru being a country with big inequalities showing off the latest smartphone or an expensive watch in the street could unfortunately make you a target for thieves. But if you keep a low profile, you should be more than fine!
  • 13 How likely am I to get sick?
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    With our tour, extremely unlikely. All the stops are carefully vetted by our team and we run regular checks to make sure they maintain the same standards, both in terms of quality of the food as well as hygiene. Food poisoning is of course something that shouldn't be ignored in Peru, so we always recommend to eat or drink at places that were recommended by at least one local person, combined with positive online reviews.