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Things to See and Where to Eat in Lima, Peru

Updated on April 25, 2013
Cathedral and Episcopal Palace of Lima, Peru
Cathedral and Episcopal Palace of Lima, Peru | Source

Lima, the Peruvian capital is often overlooked by adventurous explorers looking to make their way to Machu Picchu or Lake Titicaca. I was amongst those tourists who stopped over in the desert city just for a day before starting the Inca Trail from Cusco to Machu Picchu and I'll be happy to share my research on things to do there.

So what's there to do during a 24-hour or so span in this ancient city? Keep reading!

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The Parliament buildingPalacio Arzobispal de Lima
The Parliament building
The Parliament building | Source
Palacio Arzobispal de Lima
Palacio Arzobispal de Lima | Source
Inside the Convento de San Francisco
Inside the Convento de San Francisco | Source

"Miraflores" is the nicest district in Lima

Miraflores is an upscale area where some of the best hotels are located. The area doesn't just have hotels and shopping though, there's also an archeological site - Huaca Pucllana, if you're into history.

Attractions in Lima

What better way to learn about a country and its people then to spend a couple of hours wandering the streets, seeing the sights, and eating the local food?

Below are some suggestions of things to do on your short trip to Lima:

  • Museo de Oro (Gold Museum): Check out gold items like masks, sacrificial knives and nose rings), weapons, and textiles dating back to pre-Inca times. Address: Alonso de Molina 1100, Monterrico, Surco; Hours: Monday to Sunday of 10:30am to 6:00pm; Price: 33 Nuevo Sol (about $13 USD).
  • Museo de la Nacion (The National Museum): Learn about Peru's rich history at the largest museum in the city which includes scale models of temples, ruins and archaeological sites and tells the story of Peru. Address: Av. Javier Prado Este 2465, San Borja; Free entrance.
  • Museo Larco: If you're interested in seeing an extensive collection of Inca pottery, this place is for you! Address: Av. Bolivar 1515, Pueblo Libre; Hours: Daily, 9am to 10pm.
  • Shop at the local craft market, Artisan Market: The Artisan Market is the place to go for hand-made crafts, ceramics and jewelry from all around Peru. Address: Av. de la Marina, Pueblo Libre.
  • Walk around the Historic Center and at noon, see the changing of the guards in the Palacio de Govierno.

Where To Go in Lima

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A markerMuseo de Oro (Gold Museum) -
Alonso De Molina 1100, Lima 15023, Peru
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B markerMuseo de la Nacion (The National Museum) -
Av Javier Prado Este, Peru
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C markerArtisan Market -
La Marina, Pueblo Libre, Peru
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D markerMuseo Larco -
Bolivar, Pueblo Libre, Peru
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E markerHistoric Center (Palacio Arzobispal), lima, peru -
Palacio Municipal, Conde De Superunda, Lima 15001, Peru
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The Best Restaurants in Lima

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Anna at the Costa Verde in Lima, PeruThe menu at Costa VerdeCosta Verde sets flags on the table for guestsLa Rosa Nautica Restaurant
Anna at the Costa Verde in Lima, Peru
Anna at the Costa Verde in Lima, Peru | Source
The menu at Costa Verde
The menu at Costa Verde | Source
Costa Verde sets flags on the table for guests
Costa Verde sets flags on the table for guests | Source
La Rosa Nautica Restaurant
La Rosa Nautica Restaurant | Source

Popular Foods of Peru

You're in Peru, so what's for dinner? How about some roasted guinea pig!

Guinea pig, called cui in Spanish is a typical dish in this part of the word. It actually tastes like rabbit and has a crispy skin.

Where to Eat in Lima

Regardless of being really short on time, you still need to eat. So choose your dining options from the restaurants below:

  • La Rosa Nautica - If you're looking for a fine dining experience with excellent food and a stunning oceanfront view, this is the place for you.
    Address: Espigon 4 Circuito de Playas, Miraflores.
  • Pescados Capitales is the spot to go for amazing Peruvian seafood. Have some ceviche and drink the "pisco Rubio".
    Address: La Mar 1337, Miraflores.
  • Astrid y Gaston - Often recognized as one of the top restaurants in the city and the # 35 on the list of The Best Restaurants of the World, this venue has superb Peruvian cuisine.
    Address: Cantuarias 175, Miraflores, Lima, Peru 242-5387
  • Costa Verde - For another fine dining option with great ocean views, try this establishment.
    Address: Playa Barranquito s/n Barranco, Circuito de Playas.
  • If you're looking for a vegetarian option, go for El Paraiso Bio Leben located at Alcanfores 453-416 in Miraflores.
  • For a burrito, stop by the Burrito Bar at 113 Av Miguel Grau in the Barranco district.

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A markerLa Rosa Nautica -
Circuito de playas, Lima 15074, Peru
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B marker Pescados Capitales -
La Mar, Miraflores District 15074, Peru
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C marker Astrid y Gaston -
Cantuarias, Miraflores District 15074, Peru
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D markerEl Paraiso Bio Leben -
Alcanfores, Miraflores District 15074, Peru
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E markerBurrito Bar -
Miguel Grau, Lima, Peru
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      Sylvia Gadea de Beer 5 years ago from Shoal Bay, NSW, Australia

      Congratulations, you wrote a great hub! I was born in Lima myself and returned in August this year after an absence of some 25 years! I found the city had grown a lot and that it was exciting and very challenging place now! I also found that the city inhabitants seem to have pride in their city now and many are proud to have some type of business now!

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      Philip Cooper 5 years ago from Olney

      Great hub...thanks for sharing this. Will definitely go one day.

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      hockey8mn 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Great to see someone not just highlight the Miraflores district in this awesome city. I spent sometime in Lima and had a blast just walking around. Some other cool places (both ruins) are Huaca Pucllana and Pachacamac. Both awesome places in their own right. Voted up and interesting.