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My name is Francesca (@franbarua) I'm in a constant state between Lima and LA.
As breakfast is traditionally seen as a light meal in Peru, I usually grab light fare and coffee from La Bodega Verde, Colonia & Co, or Twins Coffee. I highly recommend these places for an adorable ambience, laid-back feel, and smoothies / juices / bowls!
Mercado 28 in Miraflores is the perfect place for lunch! It’s an outdoor food market with tables, a bar, public restrooms, and all kinds of Peruvian fare you can imagine! Sometimes they even have live music. What more could you want?
My ideal afternoon in Lima consists of walking around Barranco: along the path (El Malecon) with its ocean view, shopping at artisanal & local clothing stores like Dedalo, El Closet De Mi Hermana, popping in for a gluten-free pastry at Las Vecinas, browsing the pottery selection at Polen Ceramic Studio, and for my art lovers, visiting Museo Mate which supports local fashion designers and artists.
If you want to try modern, avant-garde, and sophisticated Peruvian fare, you need to check out world famous chef Virgilio Martinez’s restaurant called Central (BUT book far in advance). If you’re looking for bigger portions and hearty Peruvian cuisine then I recommend Isolina in Barranco (walk-ins welcome). And of course, the chef who put Peruvian cuisine on the map, Gaston Acurio, has two delicious restaurants in Lima called Panchita and Astrid y Gaston in Miraflores & San Isidro respectively. (Book ahead)!
In the evening, Barranco comes alive and I find myself heading towards that area of the city — grabbing a drink and appetizers at the bar in Hotel B, attending a Peruvian Peña (traditional dancing and singing) at La Oficina, or meeting up with friends for drinks at Barra 55.
In terms of chilling, I would recommend the public parks. My favorite parks in Lima are El Olivar and Alfred Salazar Park. El Olivar is off the beaten path in San Isidro — a more residential and quiet area of Lima. Meanwhile, Alfred Salazar Park boasts a panoramic ocean and city view of Miraflores. Safe to say it’s always busy when the weather is nice!
If you’re interested in seeing the historic parts of Lima and learning more about Peruvian culture, you can visit Lima district (downtown Lima) and check out La Plaza de Armas as well as visit Museo de Arte de Lima or Larco Museo.
Barranco or Miraflores — two young, trendy areas of Lima. I would recommend Barranco if you enjoy the nightlife and rambunctious activity, or Miraflores if you prefer something quieter.
Remembering that the seasons in Peru are different than your own, I recommend late March - early April. That is the best time to travel around Peru and enjoy the nice weather as it’s not too hot or cold.
Any! Whether you’re with friends, family, or a partner, you will enjoy what Lima has to offer. There’s something for everyone.