Holiday Center

holiday Centre

Latin American Restaurants Score Big at World's Best Awards

  • Written by Lena Froelich

Eight Latin American restaurants are amongst the world's best, as revealed at last night's World's 50 Best Restaurants awards.

Peru's Lima stays the indisputable culinary capital of Latin America with three Lima restaurants - Central, Maido and Astrid y Gaston - featured on the top list.

Two Mexico City restaurants, Pujol and Quintonil, also made the list as well as São Paulo's D.O.M. and Santiago de Chile's Borago.

A new entrant to the top list is Argentina's Tegui restaurant in Buenos Aires.

Chad Carey, co-founder of Australia's leading Latin America specialist Chimu Adventures, said Latin America was a dream destination for foodies with Latin American cuisine perfectly reflecting the destination's cultural diversity.

“Latin America is an absolute mecca for foodies with flavours combining traditional Incan culture with a variety of Indian, European and African influences.”

But according to Carey, Latin American cuisine goes way beyond the well-known culinary icons.

“Beyond Feijoada and Ceviche, there is a whole world of flavours and foodie experiences to be explored. Food is of vital importance in Latin American cultures, it's a way of life reflecting cultural heritage and tradition” he added.

According to Carey, these are Latin America's top food & wine hot spots:

Lima, Peru
Head to Surquillo market for the most extensive variety of fresh produce including a huge variety of Peruvian fruit, fish and seafood. Head to one of the renowned districts of Miraflores or San Isidro for a ceviche demonstration in one of the city's most exclusive restaurants.

Maipo Valley, Chile
Maipo Valley is Chile's oldest and most famous wine producing area and Concha y Toro winery is one of the most famous vineyards, producing excellent wines from the noblest French vines.

Mendoza, Argentina
Mendoza, in a region of foothills and high plains, is the heart of Argentina's wine country, famed for Malbecs and other red wines. Beyond the wines, Mendoza's food scene is thriving with the city being home to some great traditional Argentinian restaurants.

Mexico City, Mexico
Mexico City truly is the heart of spice, colour and flavour. For the best foodie experience, visit one of the city's numerous food markets. Mercado San Cosme is one of the most traditional markets renowned for its traditional and beautifully decorated candies.

São Paulo, Brazil
São Paulo is a hot spot for foodies that has been praised over and over again over the last years. It is also Brazil's most multicultural city, with long-established immigrant communities from Portugal, Spain, Italy, Japan and the Middle East. The Vila Madalena neighbourhood features some of the city's best restaurants, bars, art galleries and shops.


Founded in 2004, Chimu Adventures is an Australian owned company offering fully flexible, guaranteed itineraries to Latin America, plus cruises to Antarctica. Catering to clients of all ages, Chimu's philosophy is simple, “use specialised knowledge to work with our clients, accommodating their individual needs at reasonable prices”.

Our team is committed to the destinations which we operate in and are proud members of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO), the Council of Australian Tour Operators (CATO) and International Galapagos Tour Operators Association (IGTOA).  For more information visit 

Holiday Centre Travel

Noosa Food & Wine Festival

The Noosa Food & Wine Festival is happening 16-20 May 2019 and the line-up includes a range of events that will delight anyone interested in gin...

ARIA Resort & Casino Announces Major Upgrades to Fitness Center

Modernized Workout Facility Includes Tech-Forward Fitness and Recovery Equipment   LAS VEGAS — ARIA Resort & Casino is “pumping up” the guest...

Peppers Silo Hotel's Grain of the Silos wins New Restaurant of the Year

Peppers Silo Hotel’s ‘Grain of the Silos’ restaurant has won Gault&Millau Australia’s New Restaurant of the Year award, further cementing the ne...

New World Millennium Hong Kong Hotel Presents Exciting New Menus, Premium Ingredients and Dining Promotions

New World Millennium Hong Kong Hotel launches a line-up of exciting new food promotions at Café East, La Table French Brasserie and Sagano, to delig...

How Millennials Travel Habits have Changed Over the Years

While young Australians would once hop on a plane to Bali for a cheap getaway, or even stay on their own territory and travel for miles to reach t...

Nusa Dua Bali Latest Beachfront Full Moon Dining Experience

The award-winning beachfront resort, The Mulia, Mulia Resort & Villas – Nusa Dua, Bali, recently introduced a unique, once in a lifetime bea...

Travel Ideas and Inspirations For Luxury Holidays & Short Breaks

At Holiday Centre, we use our travel media insider knowledge to collate and showcase World and Australian travel opportunities. As travel writers, we are well placed to assist with information and priority bookings. We’re specialists in package holidays, short breaks, exciting activities, and accommodation choices. Our deals and travel products originate directly from travel providers as well as travel consolidation partners such as Rezdy and are always up to date. Book holiday elements that are selected by Holiday Centre's accredited travel journalists and their support staff? Choose from unbeatable bonus value offers on accommodation, flights and transfers, spas, tours, exclusive experiences and more. Take a look around or contact our Holiday Experts to find out more. Holiday Centre holidays are just a few clicks away or call!

1300 205 504

Book Adventures & Holiday Activities