While in Piura, be sure to enjoy typical norteĂ±o dishes like pato con arroz (duck served with seasoned rice with raisins and other delicacies) and cabrito (kid goat), both served mostly on Sundays. Cebiche is also a common plate, often coming as an appetizer to the daily special. Another Piura specialty is algarrobina (carob) sweets and liqueur.
Otherwise, expect chicken or beef and lots of rice. Restaurants serving this sort of food are on practically every corner. Some are better than others; use your best judgment and choose one that looks clean and popular. Don't be too picky, though; sometimes the holes-in-the-walls are the places with the best food. If you are craving something more exotic, a few diners offer pizza, sandwiches and novo-Peruvian fare.
The central market sprawls several square blocks east of Avenida Cerro SĂˇnchez, north of Avenida Sullana. There are several supermarkets downtown.