BRUJAS DE CACHICHE
CALLE BOLOGNESI 472 MIRAFLORES
Although the name conjures up a haunted house, Witches of Cachiche is a modern space with huge windows, soaring ceilings, and modern art. The magic is in the cooking, which draws on Peru’s traditional cuisines. The results include such delicacies as corvina en salsa de camarones (sea bass in a roasted crayfish sauce), cabrito a la norteña (stewed kid), and pato al ají (chili stewed duck). The desgustación, a four-course meal with six items in each course, lets you sample an array of dishes. The wine list has some top South American vintages. The cozy bar in back is a good spot for appetizers or a light meal in the early evening, when most restaurants are closed.
CALLE SANTA ISABEL 376 MIRAFLORES PERUVIAN
Hidden on a residential street a few blocks south of the Larcomar shopping center is one of Lima’s hottest restaurants. The refurbished childhood home of chef Virgilio Martínez, it is now a chic, airy venue for his culinary talents. After years working in some of the best kitchens of Europe and Asia, Martínez returned to Peru to celebrate his country’s biodiversity by creating memorable meals using fresh, often organic ingredients. Martínez and his wife, chef María Pía Leon, change their menu every six months, but it always includes such local delicacies as corvina (a Pacific whitefish), arapaima (an Amazon fish), suckling pig, and kid stewed overnight. Eight- and 18-course menus take your taste buds on a journey from the coast to the Andes to the rain forest. Reserve at least two weeks in advance for dinner, one week for lunch.
EL SEÑORÍO DE SULCO
MALECÓN CISNEROS 1470 MIRAFLORES
The owner of this restaurant, Isabel Alvarez, has authored several cookbooks. The antique cooking vessels hanging on the walls reflect her passion for traditional Peruvian cuisine. Start with one of various cebiches or chupe de camarones (a creamy river prawn soup) if in season, then move on to arroz con pato (rice and duck with a splash of dark beer), congrio sudado (a tender whitefish in a spicy broth), or huatia sulcana (a traditional beef stew). Weekend lunch buffets offer an excellent opportunity to sample a variety of Peruvian cuisine.
CALLE GENERAL BORGOÑO AT AYACUCHO MIRAFLORES PERUVIAN
The view of the 1,500-year-old, pre-Incan ruins is reason enough to visit this beautiful restaurant, but the food is a close second. Rough-hewn columns hold up the dining room’s soaring ceiling, but the best tables are outside, with a view of the huaca (ruins), which are spectacularly lighted at night. Even if you dine elsewhere, have a drink at the outdoor bar. A 20-minute, partial tour of those ruins is available to restaurant customers from 7:30 to 10:30, except on Tuesday. The novo andino cuisine includes a crunchy quinoa salad with soterito (fresh cheese, tomato, onion, fava beans, corn, and rocoto chilis) and grilled alpaca in a porcino mushroom sauce with corn soufflé. House versions of popular dishes such as chupe de corvina (a creamy sea bass soup) and cabrito al horno (roasted kid) are simply works of art.
CALLE ELIAS AGUIRRE 179 MIRAFLORES PERUVIAN
When chef Ivan Kisic worked in prestigious European kitchens, he dreamed of returning to Peru to open his own restaurant, where he could celebrate his country’s culinary diversity and establish equitable relationships with local fishermen and farmers. Tragically, Ivan was killed in an automobile accident shortly before IK Restaurante opened, but his family keeps the dream—and his memory—alive by serving his recipes in the restaurant he designed. Walls covered with foliage and wood reflect the commitment to serving fresh, organic ingredients. Starters include Amazonian cebiche (wok-seared paiche marinated in lime juice with jungle spices) and a selection of native potatoes, tubers, and smoked tomato. Signature dishes include grouper sauteed with zucchini and portobello mushrooms and suckling pig stewed with dark beer and lentils. Save room for one of the amazing desserts.
AV. LA MAR 770 MIRAFLORES SEAFOOD
Chef Gastón Acurio’s reinvention of the traditional cebichería is not only one of Lima’s most popular lunch spots, but also the model for a franchise now found in six cities, including San Francisco. The decor is minimalist, with plenty of rock, bamboo, and palms along one wall, but the menu is kaleidoscopic. Start by sharing a desgustación de cebiche (various types of fish or seafood marinated in lime juice) or a chalana de causas (various mashed-potato appetizers with seafood and mayonnaise fillings). Then try the picante de mariscos (sautéed seafood in a spicy cream sauce), pez diablo al estilo nikkei (rockfish fillets fried and topped with an Asian sauce), or one of the other catches of the day. The servings tend to be large, so you may want to share. The place doesn’t take reservations, so arrive before 1 or you’ll wait an hour for a table.
LA ROSA NÁUTICA
CIRCUITO DE PLAYAS MIRAFLORES
One of the most recognizable landmarks in Miraflores, La Rosa Náutica is a rambling Victorian-style building perched over the Pacific at the end of a long pier. Its gazebo-like dining rooms have spectacular views of the water, where surfers ride the breakers by day. Stop by in the late afternoon for a drink and a snack and you may be rewarded with a stunning sunset. Signature appetizers include grilled octopus, scallops sautéed with hot peppers, and a mixed fish, scallops, and octopus cebiche (marinated in lime juice). Sea bass is served various ways, such as sautéed in a pernod sauce with scallops and shrimp, or grilled with a leek fondue sauce. The meat dishes include chateaubriand.
LA TIENDECITA BLANCA
AV. JOSÉ LARCO 111 MIRAFLORES
This old-fashioned eatery first flung open its doors in 1937, and little has changed since then. The fancifully painted woodwork on the doors and along the ceiling conjure up the Old Country. Rösti (grated potatoes with bacon and cheese) and three kinds of fondue, including a tasty version with ripe tomatoes, are among the traditional Swiss options. The kitchen also offers three-course meals, as well as sandwiches and other light fare. You may want to fast-forward to dessert, as the glass case is filled with eye-popping pastries. On a nice day the front terrace is a great people-watching spot.
LA TRATTORIA DI MAMBRINO
MANUEL BONILLA 106 MIRAFLORES
After a quarter century in business, this trattoria remains one of Lima’s best Italian restaurants. You can watch cooks stuff the ravioli and drape the fettuccine on long wooden rods in the kitchen. But the proof is on the plate: delicious dishes like artichoke ravioli and fettuccine magnifico (with a prosciutto, Parmesan, and white truffle sauce) leave you satisfied but not stuffed. Be sure to leave room for dessert. Co-owner Sandra Plevisani is one of the country’s most famous pastry chefs, so it would be a crime to leave without trying one of her creations. This is one of a few restaurants that serve dinner on Sundays.
AV. DEL EJERCITO 182 MIRAFLORES
This small restaurant on a busy avenue evokes the country with its rustic log walls and tables made from sliced tree trunks. It specializes in that favorite Argentine snack: the empanada. There are nine types on offer, from the traditional carne (ground beef) to cangrejo y queso (crab meat and cheese), as well as dozens of pizzas and pasta dishes. Another option is pastel de choclo (corn casserole with beef, raisins, and olives). The food and prices make this a popular nightspot.
AV. DOS DE MAYO 298 MIRAFLORES
Lima’s premier steak house is more than just a steak house, since in addition to prime cuts of beef, the menu features such Peruvian specialties as cochinillo (roast suckling pig) with tacu tacu (mixed rice and beans), and a sampling of six traditional dishes called the jarana criolla, which is enough food for two people. Beef lovers can choose between U.S. Angus sirloin and Peruvian lomo (filet mignon), which is less expensive. The salad bar is the most extensive in the city, and there are a few seafood items on the menu, too. The wine list has an excellent selection of Argentine and Chilean vintages. The airy dining room has minimal decoration, but the colorful bar in the corner has a wild collection of statues and handblown glass. The service is first-rate, and the desserts are to die for. It’s no wonder the place is usually packed.
AV. MARISCAL LA MAR 1337 MIRAFLORES SEAFOOD
This vast restaurant with a laid-back ambience is one of the best places in Lima for seafood, and it consequently gets packed at lunch. The name is a play on the Spanish term for the seven deadly sins, but the only one they’re promoting is gluttony—and quite effectively at that. Consider such starters as tequeños capitales (shrimp eggrolls), a causa (cold mashed potato cake) with shrimp, avocado, and cream cheese, or a cebiche called Generosity, with generous chunks of sole, tuna, and salmon and red onion and aji chilis marinated in lime juice. Lust—fettuccine with a mix of scallops, shrimp, and squid in spicy cream sauce—is a sin worth committing, but so is the quinoa de mariscos (the Andean grain quinua baked with seafood and served with a garbanzo bean–and-avocado salad). Toss morality to the wind, and dig in! Very close to San Isidro, this place is one of the only cebicherías that opens for dinner.
CALLE COLÓN 161 MIRAFLORES
On a quiet street a block and a half from the busy intersection of Larco and Benavides, this small restaurant in a nicely renovated house is known for its authentic southern Italian cuisine. The Peruvian owners worked at a couple of Miami’s best Italian eateries before deciding to serve their favorite dishes to the folks back home. The menu includes homemade pasta dishes, including linguini in pesto with gamberi (shrimp) and fettuccine alla boscaiola (in a mushroom cream sauce), a small selection of risottos, and a traditional osso buco.
AV. LA PAZ 646 MIRAFLORES PERUVIAN
The name of this attractive eatery is a Quechua word for “mischievous child,” which explains the decor of antique toys and eclectic art. It also refers to the playful variations on Peruvian cuisine, such as gnocchi served in a huancaina (spicy cheese) sauce, or panko-crusted prawns with a passion fruit–ginger-pisco sauce. Start with cream of artichoke soup with smoked trout and fennel or quinoa tabouleh on a tomato pesto with goat cheese. Then try the Adobo arepiqueño (pork loin stewed in a chili sauce), octopus on an olive risotto, or wok-fired chicken, tomatoes, and mushrooms with spaghetti. Desserts are equally inventive, such as pineapple picarones (fried doughnuts) with fig syrup and coconut ice cream, or carob-raisin cream pastries with an elderberry sauce.
LOS CAROLINOS AT MALECON DE LA RESERVA MIRAFLORES
The patio tables at Tragaluz, which overlook lush Parque Domodossola across one of Miraflores’s quietest streets, rank among Lima’s most pleasant spots to enjoy a meal. The bright and airy dining room is decorated with wild murals by Lima artist Mateo Liébana. The food runs a close second to the ambience, with an international fusion menu that ranges from grilled calamari with quinoa tabouleh to Thai tuna curry linguini with sauteed vegetables. The most Peruvian dish on the menu is the classic lomo saltado (tenderloin strips sauteed with onion, tomato, and ají peppers). Located in the Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel, Tragaluz is a branch of one of the most popular restaurants in the beach town of Asia.
Malecon Balta 790, Miraflores, Lima, Peru
Edo Sushi Bar
Berlin 601, Miraflores, Lima, Peru
Malecon de la Reserva No 610 Tda. 4-02 Miraflores
Av. 28 de Julio 888, Miraflores | Larcomar Shopping
La Bodega de La Trattoria
Gral. Borgono 784, Miraflores | Frente a la Iglesia N.S. de Fátima, Lima, Peru
399 Calle San Martin | corner Calle Colon, Lima
La Red – Miraflores
Av. La Mar 391 Santa Cruz – Miraflores, Lima, Peru
Sightseeing in Miraflores
EL FARO DE LA MARINA
MALECÓN CISNEROS AND MADRID MIRAFLORES
Constructed in 1900, this little lighthouse at the north end of Parque Antonio Raimundi, a short walk from the Parque del Amor, has guided ships for more than a century. On sunny weekends, the large park is one of the most popular spots in Miraflores, with paragliders floating overhead and bicyclists and skate boarders rolling along the ocean-view Malecón (promenade). Children of all ages play on the lawns and playground.
CALLE GENERAL BORGOÑO MIRAFLORES
Rising out of a nondescript residential neighborhood is this massive, mud-brick temple. You’ll be amazed at the scale—this pre-Inca huaca, or temple, covers several city blocks. The site, which dates back to at least the fourth century, has ongoing excavations, and new discoveries are often announced. A tiny museum highlights some of the finds. Knowledgeable guides, some of whom speak English, will lead you around and over the pyramid to the area that is being excavated. This site is most beautiful at night, when partial tours can be arranged through the adjacent Huaca Pucllana restaurant if you dine there.
INSTITUTO CULTURAL PERUANO NORTEAMERICANO
AV. ANGAMOS OESTE AT AV. AREQUIPA MIRAFLORES
The large gallery in the lower floor of the Instituto Cultural Peruano Norteamericano primarily exhibits the work of contemporary Peruvian artists, with a new show every month. Each year in July or August, however, it exhibits a collection of traditional Andean folk art, which is well worth seeing.
CALLE RETIRO 160 MIRAFLORES
Although only two rooms, this museum packs a lot into a small space. The private collection of pre-Columbian artifacts includes some of the city’s best ceramics. Imaginative displays reveal how cultures in the northern part of the region focused on sculptural images, while those in the south used vivid colors. In between, around present-day Lima, the styles merged. A second room holds an impressive number of weavings, including examples from the Chancay people, who lived in the north between 1000 and 1500. Call ahead to reserve one of the two daily Spanish-language tours, which last an hour and start at 3 and 4.
BETWEEN AV. JOSÉ LARCO AND AV. DIAGONAL MIRAFLORES
What locals call Parque Miraflores is actually two parks. The smaller section, near the roundabout, is Parque 7 de Junio, whereas the rest of it is Parque Kennedy. To the east of Parque Kennedy stands Miraflores’s stately Iglesia de la Virgen Milagrosa (Church of the Miraculous Virgin), built in the 1930s on the site of a colonial church. The equally young colonial-style building behind it is the Palacio Municipal de Miraflores (Town Hall). Several open-air cafés along Parque Kennedy’s eastern edge serve decent food. At night a round cement structure in front of those cafés called La Rotonda fills up with handicraft vendors, and the park becomes especially lively. Street vendors sell popcorn and traditional Peruvian desserts such as mazamora (a pudding made with blue corn and prunes) and arroz con leche (rice pudding).
SALA LUIS MIRÓ QUESADA GARLAND
AV. JOSÉ LARCO AND CALLE DIEZ CANSECO MIRAFLORES
On the southern end of the Municipalidad de Miraflores (town hall), around the corner from Parque Miraflores, is the Sala Luis Miró Quesada Garland: one of the district’s most popular galleries. It exhibits the work of Peruvian painters, sculptors, and photographers, with a new artist exhibiting each month.
SHOPPING in Miraflores;
AGUA Y TIERRA
DIEZ CANSECO 298 MIRAFLORES
Ceramics, hand-painted fabrics, and other handicrafts of the country´s Amazonian Indians decorate the windows of this small shop two blocks east of Parque Miraflores.
AV. SCHELL 377 MIRAFLORES
One of several shops specializing in alpaca clothing, All Alpaca sells sweaters and other items in sophisticated styles. There’s a second shop in San Isidro at Avenida Emilio Cavenecia 209.
AV. JOSÉ LARCO 859 MIRAFLORES
This colorful store in the heart of Miraflores’s shopping district has some lovely clothing, as well as a small selection of handwoven tapestries.
AV. LA PAZ 676 MIRAFLORES
Set slightly off the street on an interior courtyard, El Detalle holds an incredible variety of antiques, including many smaller items.
AV. LA PAZ 551 MIRAFLORES
Brooding saints dominate the walls of El Frailero. Most of those small statues and paintings were made for private homes.
AV. LA PAZ 646 MIRAFLORES
One of several small antiques shops in the Pasaje El Suche (a colonial-style complex), El Nazareno has a good selection of small statues and religious art, among other things.
AV. LARCO 671 MIRAFLORES CLOTHING
Lots of stores stock clothing made of alpaca, but Kuna is one of the few to also offer a few articles made from vicuña. This cousin of the llama produces the world’s finest and most expensive wool. They offer an excellent selection of scarves, sweaters, shawls, and coats in an array of colors and fashionable styles. Other locations include Avenida Jorge Bassadre in San Isidro and in the Larcomar shopping center in Miraflores.
AV. LA PAZ 644 MIRAFLORES
The tiny but charming La Floristeria, in the front the Pasaje El Suche complex, is packed with quality handicrafts: retablos, jewelry, weavings, candles.
LA PORTADA DEL SOL
AV. PETIT THOUARS 5411 MIRAFLORES
Excellent quality goods can be found at La Portada del Sol. In this miniature mall the vendors show off their wares in glass cases lighted with halogen lamps. Some even accept credit cards.
MALECÓN DE LA RESERVA AND AV. JOSÉ LARCO MIRAFLORES
Right in the heart of things is Larcomar, a surprisingly appealing open-air shopping center in Miraflores. It’s built into the cliff at the end of Avenida José Larco, so it’s almost invisible from the street. The dozens of shops, bars, and restaurants are terraced, and some of them have impressive views of the coast and ocean below.
ARTS in Miraflores;
AUDITORIO LOS INCAS
AV. JAVIER PRADO ESTE 2465 LIMA
The Orquestra Sinfónica Nacional performs frequently in the Auditorio Los Incas in the Museo de la Nación.
CENTRO CULTURAL JUAN PARRA DEL RIEGO
AV. PEDRO DE OSMA 135 BARRANCO
In the heart of Barranco, the Centro Cultural Juan Parra del Riego sponsors exhibitions by local artists, as well as ocassional plays.
CENTRO CULTURAL RICARDO PALMA
AV. JOSÉ LARCO 770 MIRAFLORES
There is always something going on at the Centro Cultural Ricardo Palma, a municipal cultural center three blocks south of La Municipalidad de Miraflores. It hosts nightly concerts, plays, and performances at very affordable prices.
INSTITUTO CULTURAL PERUANO NORTEAMERICANO
AV. ANGAMOS OESTE AND AV. AREQUIPA MIRAFLORES
The Instituto Cultural Peruano Norteamericano offers frequent concerts ranging from jazz to classical, as well as dance and theater.
ART DECO LOUNGE
MANUEL BONILLA 227 MIRAFLORES
This popular bar in an early-20th-century home a few blocks east of Parque Miraflores has a very cool vibe, with smooth house music and groovy lighting.
FRANCISCO DE PAULA CAMINO 226 MIRAFLORES
Two blocks west of Parque Kennedy, Cocodrilo Verde features some of Peru’s best musicians and visiting acts that play everything from jazz to salsa to bossa nova. Shows start anytime from 9 to 11, depending on the night.
DOWNTOWN VALE TODO
PASAJE LOS PINOS 160 MIRAFLORES
After midnight, head to one of Lima’s most popular dance clubs, Downtown Vale Todo, which draws a young, largely LGBT crowd. A balcony filled with comfy couches overlooks the cavernous dance floor, where revelers move and mingle. Not only do they open early (9 pm), but they close late, with drag queens performing around 3 am on weekends.
Gay and Lesbian
AV. JOSÉ LARCO 421 MIRAFLORES
On the second floor of an old building across from Parque Kennedy, El Tayta has live guitar music, mostly Latin. It also serves appetizers.
MALECON DE LA RESERVA 610 MIRAFLORES
Down several flights of stairs from the lower level of the Larcomar Shopping Center is this cavernous dance club, one of Lima’s top spots for electronic music. The club, and the shopping center, are built into a cliff, so if you need a dance break, step out back and you’ll enjoy a sweeping view of the Lima coast. It’s open Thursday to Saturday from 11 pm to 5 am, and the cover charge is S/50.
OVALO BOLOGNESI 460 MIRAFLORES
Occupying several floors of a lovely old house next to the restaurant Brujas de Cachiche, Huaringas is a pleasant place for a drink, though it can get packed on weekends.
AV. LA PAZ 656 MIRAFLORES
It’s easy to miss the Jazz Zone, hidden in a colonial-style shopping complex called El Suche. Head up a bright red stairway to the dimly lit second-story lounge for performances of everything from Latin jazz to blues, with salsa or other dance music on weekends. Shows start at 10:30.
CALLE BERLIN 363 MIRAFLORES
With its big dance floor and convenient location a few blocks west of Parque Miraflores’ southern end, Legendaris is a popular weekend spot, drawing a young, mostly gay and lesbian crowd.
PASAJE SAN RAMÓN 260 MIRAFLORES
One of a dozen spots on the famous Calle de las Pizzas in Miraflores, Marcelino has the distinction of being the only one to offer live musica criollo (traditional Afro-Peruvian music). The show starts at 11 pm on Friday and Saturday night.
MURPHY’S IRISH PUB
SCHELL 627 MIRAFLORES
If you’re longing for something familiar, or a pint of Guinness, head to Murphy’s Irish Pub. It only gets busy on weekend nights, when local rock bands play there.
SON DE CUBA
CALLE DE LA PIZZA 277 MIRAFLORES
There are plenty of places to dance in Miraflores, but this Cuban-owned bar is among the most entertaining. On weekends, it offers salsa classes from 7 to 9, and a live band plays Cuban beats from 11:30 to 2:30. A DJ spins Latin dance music the rest of the time.
CARRETERA PANAMERICANA NORTE CARAL
Few people realize it, but the oldest urban site in the western hemisphere is just 220 km (120 miles) north of Lima. Caral was first settled around 5,000 BC, long before the rise of ancient Egypt, though Caral’s squat Pirámide Mayor is slightly younger than Egypt’s Great Pyramid of Giza. It may not be as spectacular as other Peruvian sites, but Caral has some interesting structures that evoke a well-developed people, who archaeologists have dubbed the Caral-Supe Culture. It takes nearly four hours to drive to Caral and it is not easy to find, so the best way to visit it is on an organized tour.
Museo de Oro
When you see examples of how Peru’s pre-Columbian societies manipulated gold—from a mantle made of postage-stamp-size pieces worn by a Lambayeque priest to an intricately designed sheet that once decorated an entire wall of the Chimú capital of Chán Chán—you begin to imagine the opulence of the cities that the Spanish conquistadors plundered. The Gold Museum has other interesting items, including a child’s poncho of yellow feathers, a skull with a full set of pink quartz teeth, and several mummies. The main floor holds a dull museum of military uniforms and weapons, so most visitors head straight downstairs. None of the displays are particularly well marked, so you may want to rent a recorded tour or visit the museum as part of a city tour.
MUSEO DE LA NACIÓN
AV. JAVIER PRADO ESTE 2465 LIMA
If you know little about the history of Peru, a visit to this museum may leave you overwhelmed. The number of cultures tracked over the centuries makes it easy to confuse the Chimú, the Chincha, and the Chachapoyas. The museum is more manageable if you focus on a specific interest—for example, if you’re planning a trip north to Chiclayo and want to learn more about the Moche people. The museum occupies several floors of the massive Ministry of Culture. At this writing the museum is under renovation, so some exhibits may be closed.
CARRETERA PANAMERICANA SUR LIMA
Dating back to the first century, this complex of plazas, palaces, and pyramids was for centuries a stronghold of the Huari people. Here they worshipped Pachacámac, creator of the world. It was a pilgrimage site, and people from all over the region came to worship. In the 15th century the city was captured by the Incas, who added structures such as the Accllahuasi, the Palace of the Chosen Women. When the Spanish heard of the city, they dispatched troops to plunder its riches. In 1533, two years before the founding of Lima, they marched triumphantly into the city, only to find a few remaining objects in gold. The extensive ruins are spread across a desert ridge with views of the verdant Lurin River valley, the Pacific Ocean, and Pachacámac Island. The site has both pre-Incan temples and several that were built by the Incas, such as the Templo del Inti (Temple of the Sun), with its grand staircase leading up to colonnaded walkways. There is a small but excellent museum and some resident llamas and Peruvian hairless dogs. The easiest way to visit Pachacámac, located 31 km (19 miles) south of Lima, is on a half-day guided tour offered by several Lima agencies. If you prefer to hire a taxi, there are knowledgeable guides available at the entrance (S/20).
An Historical Walk Through Lima
Almost all of Lima’s most interesting historical sites are within walking distance of the Plaza de Armas. The fountain in the center can be used as a slightly off-center compass. The bronze angel’s trumpet points due north, where you’ll see the Palacio de Gobierno. To the west is the neocolonial Municipalidad de Lima, and to the east are the Catedral and the adjoining Palacio Episcopal. The cathedral, one of the most striking in South America, should be given a look inside. Head north on Jirón Carabaya, the street running beside the Palacio de Gobierno, until you reach the butter-yellow Estación de Desamparados, the former train station. Follow the street as it curves to the east. In a block you’ll reach the Convento de San Francisco, which has one of the city’s most spectacular colonial-era churches. Explore the eerie catacombs.
National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History
Plaza Bolivar s/n Pueblo Libre, Lima, Peru
Address: Av. Larco 345 Of. M9, Lima, Peru
Circuito Magico Del Agua
Address: Jr. Madre de Dios s/n, Lima, Peru
Close to the apartment:
Miraflores Boardwalk or Malecón
The Miraflores ‘malecón’ or boardwalk is possibly the most emblematic attraction in Miraflores. This six mile stretch of board walk starts with Malecón de la Marina in the north, then becomes Malecón Cisneros, and ends as Malecón de la Reserva in the south. This stunning cliff-top walk offers fabulous views of the Pacific Coast and is a great place for people watching.
You will find a series of parks along the board walk including the famous ‘Parque del Amor’ or Love Park which is a favourite spot for lovers to meet. It houses the famous ‘El Beso’ statue of lovers embracing by Peruvian artist Victor Delfín.
Bring a picnic if you want to take some time out in one of the many green areas along the boardwalk or rent a bike if you feel like something a little more energetic.
Parasailing over the Pacific Ocean
Paragldiing in Miraflores, Lima Peru.Head to the Antonio Raimondi Park on the boardwalk to find Lima’s premier paragliding spot. Watch the pros take running jumps off the cliffs and soar into the skies high above the Pacific.
Tandem paraglides are available if you feel like an adrenaline filled activity. No previous experience is required and most glides take place in the afternoon when weather conditions are better. A ten minute glide costs US$50.
Larcomar Shopping Centre
Larcomar is a stunning feat of architecture located on the boardwalk in front of the JW Marriott Hotel. You can’t see this multi-level food, entertainment and shopping complex from street level as it is tucked away in the cliff face boasting stunning views of the Pacific Coast.
You will find a lot of big brand stores here like North Face, Adidas and Banana Republic but you will also find Peruvian stores like Ilaria Jewelery, Kuna Alpaca as well as the great gift store Dedalo.
Larcomar has a western feel and is usually packed with well-heeled Limeños and international travelers but it is a good place to enjoy sunset cocktails with an unparalleled view, a bite to eat or a great coffee at the Arabica espresso bar. It also has a cinema and bowling alley.
Lima Mall Hours: Block 6 of Malecón de la Reserva, Miraflores.
Opening hours: 11.00 – 22.00 Seven days a week.
Another emblematic attraction in Miraflores is the bustling ‘Parque Kennedy’. This park sits in the centre of the Miraflores shopping and restaurant district and is a central point on most tourist circuits. Named after U.S. President John F. Kennedy in thanks for the aid he sent Peru during his presidency, Kennedy park is now most famous for its population of over 100 stray cats.
The cats have been living here for over 20 years and are now protected by the Municipality of Miraflores. There is even a non-profit organization that looks after the feeding and well-being of the cats that can be seen stretched out enjoying the sun during the day.
There is a small market area most evenings selling souvenirs and handcrafts and several snack carts selling typical delicacies like warm churros and picarones with honey.
Mercado Indio in Miraflores, Lima Peru.Indian Market
Located on Avenue Petit Thouars the Indian Market or ‘mercado indio’ is the place to come if you want to pick up typical Peruvian handcrafts and souvenirs to take home. Colourful alpaca scarves and sweaters, engraved pumpkins, woven bags and wallets, silver jewellery and colourful baskets the Indian market is a good place to pick up souvenirs from all over Peru at a good price.
Opening Hours: 09.00 – 18.00 Seven days a week.
Address: Block 52 to 55 on Avenue Petit Thouars, Miraflores.
The Huaca Pucllana is an adobe and clay pyramid built on a series of seven platforms and was an important administrative and ceremonial structure for the Lima Culture which existed between 200A.D. and 700 A.D. This is one fo the few archaeological remains open to the public in Lima.
Entrance Fee: S/.10 (Approx. US$3.20).
Opening Hours: Open from 09.00 to 17.00 Wednesday to Monday. Closed on Tuesdays.
Address: Calle General Borgoño, Block 8, Miraflores.
Eco – Feria de Miraflores
The small Farmers Market in Miraflores takes place every Saturday from 08.00 to 16.00 next to the ‘Parque Reducto’ and is the place to be for anyone interested in organic produce. You can buy fresh organic fruit and vegetables as well as superfoods, snacks, olive oil, coffee and herbal tinctures and teas.
There is also Farmers Markets in San Isidro on Miguel Dasso Street, Blocks 1 & 2 on Sundays from 08.00 to 16.00.