Eating at Markets
Breakfast & lunch
All markets in Peru have sections for meals separate from sections for buying fruits, veggies and other basics for home cooking. The section for breakfasts is usually near or the same as the section for fresh fruit juices and smoothies.
Breakfast sections serve basics like omelettes and sandwiches. You can get something as simple as avocado toast or a sandwich like the photo above with eggs, cheese, oyster mushrooms, broccoli, avocado and lettuce. In markets where the breakfast and juice sections are together, vendors usually work in pairs, with a juice stall paired to every breakfast stall. You can order food and juice together but usually need to pay each vendor separately.
Lunch sections are a variety of stalls that each have a set menu. Walk among the stalls until you see something you like and sit down there. The menu usually comes with a bowl of some kind of soup, followed by a main course and a “refresco” of some kind. The refresco could be hot tea but is more likely a cooled tea made from herbs or even fruit. They are always boiled, but if you’re being careful about drinking water you can ask to be sure.