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Best of Lima, Peru

T+L shares where to stay, eat, and sleep in this vibrant South American capital.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: Multiple days

Overview:  Lima is a true metropolis—an energetic cityscape whose rich history could be felt on almost every corner. This urban landscape... more »

Tips:  The weather in Lima is warm year-round, though the dry season from June to August corresponds with an influx of tourists. If you do... more »

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Points of Interest

1. All Alpaca

Stock up on colorful and reasonably-priced sweaters, knee-length coats, and scarves, all made from downy-soft Peruvian alpaca wool sourced in the Andes.

Address:
375 Schell
Lima
Peru

Phone:
51-1-446-0565

2. Ara Joyas

Up-and-coming jewelry designer Anna Dannon creates the imaginative silver baubles sold at this shop on the lively Álvarez Calderón. You’ll find everything from sculptural cube-shaped necklaces to thick, gold-dipped arm cuffs.

Address:
130 Calle Álvarez Calderón, No. 2
Lima
Peru

Phone:
51-1-421-2039

Praised as one of the world’s most innovative chefs, Gastón Acurio has established outposts of his restaurants in Madrid and Santiago. In a colonial-era house, traditional dishes like roast suckling pig with tacu-tacu (Peru’s version of beans and rice) get a modern twist. Lima-born Acurio’s menu is full of surprises: a “shot” of sea urchin ... More

The 33-year-old Miraflores Cesar’s Hotel was the place to stay in its heyday, but a much-needed makeover transformed it into the more modern Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores. Despite its new look—bold artwork; a palm-fringed indoor pool—the hotel hasn’t completely done away with tradition: Wood-beam ceilngs and Peruvian ceramics decorate ... More

The 1927 Country Club is where France’s former president Charles de Gaulle once spent the night. The colonial-style building has been converted into the 83-room hotel filled with Peruvian art from Lima’s Museo Pedro de Osma, brocade-covered chairs, gilt mirrors, and mahogany armoires.

Address:
590 Los Eucaliptos St.
Lima
Peru

Phone:
51-1-611... More

6. Giuliana Testino

Mario Testino’s sister, Giuliana, is one of the most talked-about designers in town. Pick up her hand-crocheted clothes. If you don’t like your dress hems short (and these are short), there are also plenty of delicate cardigans, shawls, and capes.

Address:
610 Malecón de la Reserva, Fashion Center
Lima
Peru

Phone:
51-1-264-5619

7. La Mar Cebichería

You can’t come to Lima without sampling Peru’s most famous dish—ceviche. And this is the best place to try it. The bamboo-roof restaurant is a hot spot for Lima’s beautiful people and doesn’t take reservations. But it’s worth the wait for the house specialties, such as tuna, sesame, and tamarind, or sea bass and octopus with chile.

Address:
770... More

Owner Mari Solari stocks her shop, which doubles as her residence, with handicrafts from around the country. Multicolored candles from Cuzco and ceramic Christmas-tree ornaments painted with miniature Nativity scenes from Ayacucho start at $1; elaborate hand-carved Andean retablos (portable altars) go for $100 or more.

Address:
212 Calle... More

9. Miraflores Park Hotel

The hotel has one of the city’s best rooftop infinity pools and panoramic views of the Pacific from the private in-room balconies.

Address:
1035 Malecón de la Reserva Ave
Lima
Peru

Phone:
(800) 237-1236

The 15-table restaurant is housed in a 1940’s mansion. Don’t let the traditional atmosphere here fool you: The Asian- and Mediterranean-inflected Peruvian dishes, such as lomo saltado made with rice vinegar and pisco, are exquisitely prepared by the chef-owner Rafael Osterling Letts.

Address:
300 Calle San Martín
Lima
Peru

Phone:
51-1-242... More