Mercado de Surquillo: Gourmet Ingredients at a Budget Price
Fish and seafood, herbs for infusions and spices, birds and pigs, and fruits of the jungle. Gourmet items at a budget price. Can you believe it? You can find all of that and more in a visit to the Mercado de Surquillo, which has become a mandatory place for chefs from all over Lima and tourists. Peru by bus brings you a guide to this wonderful market.
Mercado de Surquillo
Markets are always a fairly accurate reflection of cities. Small and monotonous towns tend to have orderly markets, but with a reduced supply of products. In Lima, on the contrary, the coexistence of its thousands of inhabitants from all corners of Peru has generated marked contrasts that are felt in all aspects of life in the city. Including, of course, gastronomy.
The markets of Lima offer a wide variety of food from all Peruvian regions. The Mercado de Surquillo is a place especially suitable for culinary gourmets and potential chefs. If you do not settle for just tasting Peruvian cuisine in the restaurants of Lima and want to dare to prepare your own dishes, then Surquillo is a must.
Surquillo: a gourment destination
A gastronomic explosion changed the fate of the humble neighborhood of Surquillo in Lima. Now it accommodates ceviche bars, huariques, picanterías, chifas and popular markets. The famous Mercado de Surquillo has become something of a mecca for international foodies after the praises of the famous Peruvian chef Gastón Acurio, who elevated its status from a simple popular square to a top-level gastronomic center in Lima and Peru.
The market is open every day and the large amount of food and spices sold there includes exotic fruits and vegetables from the Amazon rainforest, potatoes and tubers from the peaks of the distant Andes mountains, fresh seafood from the coast and meats of different types, among them alpaca and the famous guinea pig.
In addition to the shops and fresh produce stalls, the Mercado de Surquillo has an extensive variety of small and modest restaurants that serve typical food from the market itself. El Cevichano (stall 191) is one of its most famous places thanks to its combinations of ceviche with squid crackling (chicharrón de calamar) or seafood chaufa (chaufa de mariscos). You can also find a delicious black shell ceviche (ceviche de conchas negras) in the popular restaurant Bam Bam, located behind the market.
The most distinguished cheffs go to the Mercado de Surquillo to stock up. There, you can also obtain flowers from Ecuador and Colombia. Touring the market is an exercise of the senses. You can smell strange aromas in the stalls of sauces and spices and taste fruits of exotic textures and flavors.
Interesting information to visit the Mercado
The market is located on block 53 from Avenida Paseo de la República. It is just a few blocks from Parque Kennedy in Miraflores, about ten minutes on foot along Avenida Ricardo Palma.
It opens from: Monday to Friday from 07:00 to 19:00. Saturdays from 07:00 to 17:00 and Sundays from 07:00 to 16:00 hours.
There is a gastronomic fair during the weekends. It includes a buffet of dishes from the amazonia.
If cooking is one of the things you enjoy the most, do not hesitate to visit the Surquillo market. You can immerse yourself in its universe of aromas and colors. After a long and quiet walk, you can return home with the best products around.