Barrio Chino
Barrio Chino
3.5
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Like Chinatowns in other countries, Lima's two-block Chinatown is the place to go for Chinese cuisine. The area has undergone a renaissance in recent years after a 1997 renovation in preparation for the 150th anniversary of Chinese immigration to Peru.
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Branden E
3 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
I've never seen anything like it. I stayed in Miraflores but couldn't get a taxi to take me there. I assume because of traffic. I ended up taking the metro as a solo gringo who sticks out with blonde dreadlocks and blue eyes. I even was dressed in rather decent clothes but nothing flashy. To most that are accustomed to everything being clean and organized, this might not be a place for you but if you want to see authentic Chinese food with Peruvian twists, you'll find everything here and for very cheap.

This is the only place I've ever been alone that more than half of everyone I spoke to (In Spanish) said to "be careful it's dangerous and a lot of bad people come through here" or acted a little upset when I spoke to then. Even when asking where to buy a Peruvian flag.

To those who travel to see the cultural places like these, don't be afraid. Go during the day. The metro is easy transportation and just be mindful of your surroundings/belongings.
I would definitely go again.
Written 15 February 2024
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Carlos H
Swansea, UK86 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
One of the better Chinatowns that are dotted all around the world and pretty authentic. I live in China so have deep first hand knowledge of what a town/city in China is like especially a city centre - crowded, chaotic and full of life - this isn't anything like the sanitised versions of Chinatown you get in North America, it's more like the Chinatowns you find in South East Asia such as Kuala Lumpur, Manila etc so if you're a squeamish type who can't handle a bit of grime then stick to your Chinatowns in New York, Vancouver, Minneapolis of wherever.

Lima's Chinatown is well worth a visit for something different, Chinese food isn't hard to get hold of in Lima but in Barrio Chino you will find authentic Chinese (Cantonese) cuisine, shops, goods etc - best baozi I have ever had was here and I live and work in China and have don now for over 15 years, never had a baozi as good in China as I did in Barrio Chino.

It's in Cercado, the local government have invested into the place but it still keeps a historic feel and its authenticity - Liverpool could learn a few lessons from Lima on how to rev up its cultural heritage and make their Chinatown a booming prosperous place again in the heart of the city because that is what Barrio Chino is in Lima.
Written 6 February 2024
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Serafino P
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
If you are white do NOT come here. It is very dangerous and you stand out considerably. 3 men pushed me and tried to steal my phone and wallet because its so crowded. I had to run as fast as I was able. There really is nothing nice about this place. Dirty, crowded, homeless people everywhere, shouting. Honestly you are risking your life. Stay far away from here and the center of lima. If you do go to Center of Lima. Go during the week and in the morning hours before the huge crowds come at 12. Not a big enough police presense.
Written 13 November 2023
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Susysv
Paris, France190 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
Great place to visit to see the Chinese neighborhood in Lima, has lots of shops selling fresh produce, Asian products, etc and lots of Chinese restaurants. Try the traditional Chinese brunch “Yam cha” which is open as of early in the morning. As the traffic is quite dense in Lima, especially in the center where the Barrio Chino or Chinatown is located, go on a Sunday morning around 9/10 am. Parking lots available.
Written 13 February 2020
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LilianaYanez
Lima, Peru9 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2019 • Family
Difficult to get there if you go driving. People walking on the streets make it unsafe and chaotic. Once you get there, the place is dirty, crowded and to be honest, restaurants do not look clean. If you skip this place when visiting Lima, that’s OK, there are many other nice places to stop by and enjoy 🤗
Written 3 June 2019
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Roam309785
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2018
Great experience with food/very flavored and delicious. Good prices. Do not leave Lima-Peru without vising this Barrio and prices are good if you are in Lima y you have a budget.
Written 18 January 2019
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Mick Huerta
Cusco Region, Peru174 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018
Peking duck! Dim Sum! Chifas offering Peruvian-Chinese fusion plates that are colorful and fresh! Barrio Chino is not extensive but the menus push back the boundaries! If you're not there to eat not much reason to go...
Written 13 September 2018
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D17L
Marlow, UK17 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2018 • Solo
Not that easy to find as it is not signposted. I came on a dull day and found it busy with people, streets dirty, fairly daunting, old not very clean looking restaurants and nothing special. Thank goodness I found the Cerichino restaurant which is a clean trendy small place in the wilderness that serves up great food in a lovely atmosphere.
Written 7 July 2018
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Roamwhileyoucan
Three Rivers, CA50 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
Like anything chinatown is filled with unnecessary stuff and more plastic do-hickeys in which eventually will sadly end up in the garbage or ocean, however, my advice is if you want traditional dim sum and bao buns go here! Look to see where the asians are eating and choose a spot to sit down to chow down next to them.
Written 29 April 2018
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METRUN360
1,045 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Friends
Interesting place to walk around ... especially with all of the money changers in the streets, quite a spectacle.
Written 3 February 2018
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