The markets show a lot about the local conditions of the different countries. So who wants to learn more about the traditions, the cultivated foods and the habits of the population? They must visit a market. The fruits and vegetables that are offered, or other things that are not so easy at home, leave a strong impression. For example, Peru is known for its potato varieties, ranging from yellow to violet and black. The situation is similar with corn cobs. Some varieties are almost white, others red to purple. The markets of Lima are distributed in different neighborhoods and, therefore, depending on where the starting point is, sometimes on foot or by taxi or bus. As a general rule, foods are cheaper in the market than in supermarkets. That and the variety are sometimes a small problem: he would like to try everything.
For fish lovers: the terminal Pesquero Callao
Lima is next to the sea; A fish market is not surprising at all. But what is surprising is the variety. Lima’s largest fish market is located in Villa Maria del Triunfo, on the outskirts of Lima. Here, in addition to the Peruvian housewives and restaurants and supermarkets in large quantities. It does not matter if it’s shark, octopus, crab or clam, everything is there, brought fresh from the big and small fishing boats. Amazing what species of fish frolic in the oceans in this part of the world. Some of the creatures seem quite strange … It is not surprising that another national dish in Peru marinated ceviche, raw fish or seafood in lemon juice and chili. And maybe it’s interesting: more than 70,000 tons of fish are sold in the Pesquero terminal every year.
Address: Av Pachacutec / Ecke Av. Maria Parado de Bellido, Villa María del Triunfo Each day Mo-So 07:00-13:00
Small but nice: the Jesús María market
This market in the district of Jesus Maria is known for its stalls selling fresh ceviche. By the way, ceviche is prepared differently in each home, according to the family recipe or the existing ingredients. There is no specific rule, only fresh fish is mandatory. The market is relatively small and only known by the locals. Puro Peru, and a place worth seeing.
Address: Av República Dominicana 194, Jesús María, Opening hour Monday – Sunday 09:00 – 18:00
Tip for the market purchase
Always ask for a better price, like “something menus”. Soon you will notice that the price can go down to 30%. Especially if you are clearly recognizable as a foreigner.