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Av. Petit Thouars 5245, Lima 15074, Peru

A must-stop on the traditional handicraft circuit, this massive market—stretching four city blocks in Miraflores!—is home to stall after stall of kitschy bric-a-brac, pre-Columbian–style pottery, alpaca everything and an endless...

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Cajamarca 212, Barranco 15063, Peru
Mari Solari is one of the foremost authorities on native folk art. She has the most amazing showroom. It’s part shop, part museum. If you’re lucky, she will show you some of her private collection. —Mariana Tschudi
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Jr. Madre de Dios S/N, Cercado de Lima 15046, Peru
We got to play with water on our last day in Peru. This is a public park in Lima that from Wednesdays to Sundays put on a fountain show. There are a total of 13 different water fountains for the people to enjoy and to participate in if desired....
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Jirón Sáenz Peña 295, Barranco 15063, Peru

A contemporary arts and crafts shop with an attached café in a lovely restored casona in Barranco. Dédalo, the brainchild of an artistic couple that studied arts and literature in Florence, features unique, carefully curated...

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The Larco Museum is the starting point of your visit to Peru. It has the largest collection of pre-Columbian pieces in the Americas and tells the history of Peru without being tiresome. That’s a feat in itself, because we’re talking...
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Bajada de Baños 342, Barranco 15063, Peru
This square is surrounded by old Spanish buildings. Artisans’ fairs take place here, and weekend food stalls pop up. I like to buy picarones con miel, a dessert made of fried dough, usually containing sweet potato or squash, drizzled with honey. ...
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Jirón de la Unión 224, Cercado de Lima 15001, Peru
You need to make an appointment to visit, but cannot leave Lima without seeing this stunning historic home near Lima's main square. What is most astonishing is that the home has been in the same family since 1535, when Francisco Pizarro founded...
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Benavides 1566, Cercado de Lima 15082, Peru
Driving along the beautiful Lima coastline recently, our view was accented with this incredible sunset.
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Lima, Av. Pedro de Osma 301, Barranco 15063, Peru
A few years back, when Lima's Central Restaurante was closed because of zoning issues, Peru's celebrity chef, Gastón Acurio, was one of many who petitioned for it to be reopened. I knew that meant the young chef at Central, Virgilio...
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Jirón Carabaya, Cercado de Lima 15001, Peru
The Basilica Cathedral of Lima stands on the Plaza Mayor and its contruction started in 1535. It also hosts the remains of Francisco Pizarro, the Spanish conquistador of Peru.
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I‘m a sucker for the kitschy and macabre and the Museum of the Inquisition sounds like it’s both. Plus, the exhibit is a quick walk from the Monasterio de San Francisco in Central Lima. Entry is free and I wait only a few minutes for an...
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Jirón Carabaya, Cercado de Lima 15001, Peru
A city tour of Lima isn’t complete without visiting the catacombs of the Monastery of San Francisco. The basement of the working monastery reveals the bones of wealthy Limeños who believed they would be the last to rest in their expensive plots....
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Av Felipe S, Av. Gral. Salaverry 3103, San Isidro 15076, Peru
Ice cream is cheaper than air conditioning in Lima, and while the city doesn’t boast much of the former, it has the latter in spades. Despite ice cream’s wide availability throughout the city, however, there’s really only one great place for...
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Calle Manuel Bañón 260, San Isidro 15073, Peru
Not many know that Matsuei was the first restaurant with the great Nobu of international sushi fame at the helm. Back when he had both a first and last name, he met a man while working in a sushi bar in Japan who offered to stake his solo business...
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Av. Gral. Juan Antonio Pezet, San Isidro, Peru
La Crocante is an upscale Italian delicatessen, with preservative-free loaves and sweets as well as ready-to-eat artichoke tarts, quiches, sandwiches, empanadas, cream cheese mini tamales, Pisco and elderberry paté, pesto and pear-stuffed Brie,...
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Av. Rivera Navarrete 530, San Isidro 15046, Peru
Segundo Muelle is a San Isidro ceviche institution that also has an extensive menu of cooked criollo seafood specialties. The lime- and chili-marinated seafood dish is traditionally eaten at lunch, the main meal of the day, so come between noon...
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Av. Camino Real 101, San Isidro 15073, Peru
Voted one of the top restaurants in Lima, chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino’s modern Amazonian restaurant, Malabar, is worthy of the praise. From the à la carte menu, order the river snails with chorizo sausage and exotic, sweet-and-sour aguaje fruit,...
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Lima District 15001, Peru
Every day at noon at the Plaza de Armas (also called Plaza Mayor), trumpets blare, drums pound, and cymbals crash as the guard changes outside the presidential palace. Enjoy the Spanish fanfare like a local: from a plaza bench with an ice cream...
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Centro Empresarial Real, Av. Sto. Toribio 173, San Isidro 15073, Peru
La Locanda restaurant does refined Mediterranean-Peruvian cuisine. Starting with a beautifully plated amuse-bouche of foie gras and pressed pineapple gel on a solid stone plate, I was wowed by the meal's creative fusion. The tiradito of lime and...
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Leder, San Juan de Miraflores 15801, Peru
Leder’s leather-bound notebooks and laurel root photo albums are unique in a city full of gifts and souvenirs. The handmade items are available in dark earth tones, in homage to the Peruvian ground from which their materials came. The company is...
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Av. del Ejército 1324, Magdalena del Mar 15076, Peru
Finding a relatively affordable, healthy lunch in San Isidro isn’t always easy. Don Mario, however, rises to the challenge with its generous sandwiches on fresh baked bread, and salad bowls piled high with what seems to be more lettuce and fresh...
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Calle Miguel Dasso 131, San Isidro 15073, Peru
While much of San Isidro shuts down com sunset, it’s also one of the safest districts in Lima to be in at night. Delicass, however, is a popular evening spot with locals but under most travelers’ radar. It’s the ideal place for a coffee and an...
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Av. Los Conquistadores 695, San Isidro 15073, Peru
Unlike most of the shops on upscale Avenida Conquistadores, Atomika caters to a younger crowd of fashionistas. Run by Peruvian designers, the boutique’s womenswear has a cool, urban, and very feminine style. This is where you want to shop before...
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Calle Ernesto Plascencia 255, Ernesto Plascencia, Distrito de San Isidro 15073, Peru
For the exquisite gold-wrapped truffles, nougats, toffees, cookies, and candies at this chocolate boutique, it’s worth stepping off Avenida Conquistadores. Bestselling truffle flavors include sweet cream manjar blanco, Porto, and Peruvian dark...
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Av. Pardo y Aliaga 652, San Isidro 15073, Peru
Cuerpo y Alma is a soap and body products boutique with all handmade products. From lotions, shampoos, and scrubs to incense, pot pourri, and cologne, the two shop owners know how to make life smell good. Their Cuerpo y Alma (body and soul) line...
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Jr. Unión 146, Lima 15063, Peru

By Mariana Tschudi

Everyone in Lima knows Canta Rana—some consider it the best cevicheria in the city. The owners’ son has a spot in the main market called Canta Ranita where the ceviche is just as good, and even though it’s a stall, the place has...