I lived in Surco for one month and enjoyed my stay in the a suburban Lima neighborhood. It’s near Miraflores and Barranco, and a great place to stay for a longer term trip to the city.
Of course, while I was here I ate way too much and found some amazing restaurants in Surco along the way. Next time you’re in town, don’t miss my favorite restaurants in Surco!
1. Guru Indian & Pakistani Cuisine
If you read any of my food posts here on Slight North, you know I’m in love with Indian food and have been on the hunt for a great Indian restaurant in South America.
While trying restaurants in Surco, I’m happy to say I finally found one! I’m not really surprised, because Lima is one of the food capitals of the world, and luckily Guru Indian & Pakistani Cuisine didn’t disappoint.
Best of all, the restaurant has a happy hour from 5 to 7 on weekdays where all their curries are half off, meaning we got a butter chicken curry for only 15 soles / 5 usd. That’s an amazing deal.
We also shared a large garlic naan (seriously it was huge) and a side of white rice and splitting one meal was definitely enough for two.
What was the total cost for a dinner for two here during happy hour? Only 40 soles / 12 usd without drinks. Not too bad at all!
2. Shimaya Ramen
Ahh this place is so good!
If you’re into Japanese cuisine, definitely add Shimaya Ramen to your list of restaurants in Surco to try. So far, we had the sushi (20 soles / 6 usd for a roll of 10 pieces) and two of their different ramen bowls and all of it was pretty dang good.
The ramen is made with homemade noodles and comes as small, medium, or large. For me, the small was definitely enough for one serving, and only cost 15 soles/ 4.50 usd per bowl.
The ambiance is also great at Shimaya Ramen and the place was packed when we went on a Sunday afternoon. The restaurant was so delicious, we ate there more than once during our month long stay. Oops 🙂
3. Quintessence Tea Shop
I don’t talk about tea too often, but in the past few years I’ve become a major tea lover.
Coca tea is super common in Peru, especially on the treks and tours, but I personally prefer the sweeter, fruitier blends. That’s why I was so happy to discover the Quintessence Tea Shop.
To start, the ambiance is amazing. The shop is small, cozy, and well lit, and best of all, smells so good. They also have cute products and books lining the walls to browse, but personally I was distracted by the menu. It had a seriously extensive list of different tea types to try in every imaginable flavor, which you can get either by the cup or by the pot.
Tea lovers in Lima, definitely don’t miss this unique shop!
Visit These 3 Restaurants in Surco!
My three favorite restaurants in Surco all have pretty much nothing to do with traditional Peruvian cuisine or seafood, but hey, it is what it is.
If you’re only passing through Lima and want to try the most famous restaurants and dishes here, this list is probably not for you. However, if you’re planning to stick around for awhile and want to try something new in the neighborhood, check out my three favorite restaurants in Surco!
PS looking for more to do in the city? Check out what to do for a day in Barranco. Then, escape on a weekend trip from Lima to see wild penguins and sea lions, go sand boarding, and visit the oldest winery in the Americas!