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The San Isidro district may be the financial center of Lima, but it’s also home to some of the city’s best restaurants, Pisco cocktails, locally made haute couture, jewelry, gifts, and a handful of urban oases—a rarity in the beautifully chaotic city.
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Calle La Republica, San Isidro Lima 27, Peru
One of the most beautiful parks in Lima, El Olivar is smack in the middle of San Isidro, where tourists and locals mingle to enjoy its scenery and activities. The story goes that in 1560, hundreds of olive saplings were imported from Spain, but...
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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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Neighboring parks, Pera del Amor, Gandhi, and Grecia in San Isidro, are three green stops along the scenic Costa Verde. Walk to the middle of the roundabout at the end of Avenida Salaverry and then follow the coastal path with its spectacular view...
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Jr. Madre de Dios S/N, Cercado de Lima 15046, Peru
The fountains at the Magical Circuit of Water are not up to the standards of the Bellagio fountains in Las Vegas, but the choreographed jets of water, light, and music at the multiple fountains in the giant park are captivating. There are three...
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Av. Dos de Mayo 748, Cercado de Lima 15073, Peru
The Alsatian chef at this rustic French restaurant serves up generous portions of comfort food in the form of traditional flambéed mushroom tarts, hearty sausage choucroute, and almond trout with creamed potatoes. Start with the charcuterie plate...
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Larcomar, Malecón de la Reserva 610, Miraflores, Lima 15074, Peru
Mangos Restaurant in the Miraflores neighborhood of Lima is a good place to take in the ocean views over breakfast. The restaurant has a big outdoor patio area and the food is decent, but you're really there for the view.
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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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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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Ovalo Gutiérrez-Primer Nivel Sótano, Miraflores 15073, Peru
To Limeños, nothing goes with fresh fruit juice better than sandwiches, at dinner, or after dinner, or in the afternoon, or even in the morning. In fact, sandwiches don’t have to count as a meal in Peru, while it’s perfectly acceptable to call a...
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Cajamarca 212, Barranco 15063, Peru

By Mariana Tschudi

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. Jr. Cajamarca 212, 51/(0)...

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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...