Ica offers the usual Peruvian restaurants and Chinese chifas, as well as decent Italian bistros, good sandwich shops and several vegetarian diners. Lots of cheap eateries are across from Iglesia San Francisco (Av de la Municipalidad, block 3). Along the Calle Lima side of the Plaza de Armas are several shops where you can try Ica‚Äôs homemade goodies: pisco and tejas. Other local treats are pallares (butter beans) and meats prepared in huarango (carob) syrup. Mercado La Palma (San Mart√≠n and Ayabaca) and Mercado Central (Calle Grau, between Amazonas and Tumbes) are open daily 6 a.m.-6 p.m., with eateries serving only until 2 p.m.