Barrio Chino (Chinatown)
The mixture of Chinese and local flavours has a surprising result that's worth tasting.
One of the curiosities of multiculturalism in Lima is their way of naming the mix between Chinese and Peruvian food: chifa food (originating from how the 'limeños' (people from Lima) used to say the expression 'chi fan', which is 'eat rice'), which mixes foreign flavours with local products in a surprising combination. The best place to immerse yourself into the eastern world, as if you had suddenly changed country, is to visit the city's Chinatown, which is a touristic and commercial centre. Crowds are common in this area so it's best to watch your wallet and not to carry valuable items. In order to enter Chinatown, you'll have to cross the so-called 'Arco' (arch) or 'Portada China' (Chinese facade), inaugurated in the seventies and restored at the end of the twentieth century, which will lead you into a street where the street peddlers intermingle with the neon lights and the imported goods shops.