If you are around Miraflores and want to see some designer clothing from Peru, you have to stop by Trend Studio. The boutique is small and cozy and houses garments from the hottest designers in Peru. You will find pret a porter garments for men and women in baby alpaca, organic cotton, peruvian silver, wool and many other peruvian materials.
What to buy: Original designer clothing and accesories in baby alpaca, silver, leather, organic cotton.
What to pay: from $20 to $300
This is about 1/2 mile long street that is only for pedestrians with stores lining on each side. There are electronic stores, shoe stores, a Norky's, & clothing stores. This area is modern things, there is nothing traditionally Peruvian in this area.
What to pay: One of the most expensive areas for shopping.
The Polvos Azules "Shopping Center" (Blue Powders), on the Via Expresa (Paseo de la Republica) where it begins from Lima center, close to Plaza Grau.
A huge building, covers a whole block at least, where EVERYTHING is sold. Cheap. Noisy. Also hundreds of stalls that sell (pirated!) cd's and dvd's of all genres and styles. Mind the import-regulations of your home country though!
It is safe but beware pickpockets, as everywhere.
Every taxi driver knows where it is. From Miraflores expect to pay around 8-10 soles.
Info January 2009.
Avenida Petit Thouars, where it meets the Av. Ricardo Palma (continuance of Av. Pardo towards Via Expresa), 2 blocks from the Ovalo-Parque Central/Parque Kennedy. Many souvenir shops gathered together. Walk the Petit Thouars for 3 to 5 blocks up (direction centre of Lima, you'll also pass by the post-office) and there are many. Maybe a little, but very little, more expensive than in the centre of Lima.
From around 5 pm to 11 pm the Parque Kennedy has, in the middle a small local crafts market.
Around Parque Kennedy many department stores (Ripley, Saga Falabella) and bars/ restaurants.
Advantage here is that it's a relatively safe area.
The shops in Larco Mar are much more expensive. Window-shopping and good for a drink/meal with a great view over the Pacific.
Info January 2009
Larcomar is higher end cliffside shopping center similar to the malls we have in the US. It have everything you need. Theater, food court, bars, American chain such as Tony Romas and even a Hooters. Not my first choice but with the cool ocean breeze that blows over it...it is a great place to relax with a drink, get some food and maybe by a few gifts for some friends
What to buy: The views of the ocean are great here.
I kept seeing signs on the traffic lights and also in the median strips. In some cases, the signs indicated the section of the city that we were in (like Miraflores).
But one particularly outstanding red sign said WONG in white letters on it. I asked the tour guide and she said it was a grocery store.
Like many old cities there are little stores in the tourist areas to sell souvenir items
However there are also small places where you can access the internet. These are not always in the tourist areas.
A lot of people bought stuff at this shop, which probably made us a bit late on the tour. There was a wide variety of ceramic, metal and textile reproductions from all over Peru.
According to the website, the Museum has formalized the reproduction techniques for these pre-Columbian artifacts and assesses each piece to ensure quality.
HStern Jewellers and Kuna by Alpaca 111 also have storefronts at the Museum. I should really have bought some of the alpaca.
If you are around Barranco and like to see some really interesting designer items, you can't miss Dédalo. It's quite a big shop where you can find from furniture, to jewelry, clothes, accessories, toys... almost anything! It's all made by Peruvian designers, and you can find very different and modern things. I absolutely loved it!
What to pay: Since Dédalo has designer items, depending on what you buy some of them may be a little more expensive than the average, however you also can't get such original thing in many other places!
I thought the Bioferia was a very interesting place to visit if you're around Lima on a Saturday morning (it's only open that day). It's a street market where you'll be able to find many organic products, such as fruits and vegetables, herbs, or for example goat-milk products, but also some other things such as beauty products or accesories. It's about one block long, so it won't take too long to see everything. You can ask for samples if you're not sure whether to take something home, and make sure you stop by the food stands, as the have some delicious vegetarian/organic snacks!!
Also important to know, this market is only open on Saturdays, from 8 in the morning until 14:00!!
This market is where you'll be able to find all the souvenirs you might want to take back home! There are hundreds of little stands where you can find almost anything you might want... silverware, jewelry, alpaca things, etc.! You might need to take your time, as there is so much to see, and the place may seem like a labyrinth sometimes and you don't really know if you've already passed a stand or not!! In any case make sure to go with patience so you can find what you want, and also be ready to do some bargaining!!
If you are staying in Lima, the odds are you will be in Miraflores. Good shopping is in walking distance. If you are coming by cruise ship and not taking one of the tours, have a taxi take you to Miraflores (price about $20 USD).
Skip the shops by the Marriott, pass up the ones on the main drag, by the park. There is a little section of town that has a bunch of little stalls and can save you as much as 75% from the shops on the main drag.
Prices are negotiable. While American dollars & euros are accepted this is one place you want Sols in your pocket.
Since street addresses are almost worthless to tourists walking about in a strange city, I’ll give you directions by landmarks. In the heart of town there is a big park. Find the Burger King facing it. With your back to Burger King, go to your right. You will see a big circle (run-about), turn right. Go a couple of blocks, and you will see a couple of larger Handcraft shops across the street. Cross the street, but skip the shops facing the street, about a block behind them is where you will find the deals. These buildings rent stalls to venders, as a rule the further back you go in the building, the better the deals.
What to buy: Here you can pick up leather items, pottery, silver, gold, blankets, t-shirts, dolls…. you name it, they have it.
What to pay: I was able to buy a leather purse for 20, small blanket for 12, ceramic vases for 10 each, a very large hand embroideried wall hanging for 120, leather covered photo books for 10. This is in local currency not dollars! As a general rule real prices are 25 to 30 percent less than marked.
There you may buy everything for food. And drink. And they offer all drink tastings free! (In my country that is impossible.) Generally, the service is much beyond the service in Finnish department store!!!
It was that time!!! Now (Dec. 2007) the shop has been sold to a Chilean owner, and it is expected that the habits are changing. But there are still real Peruvian shops, as Plaza Vea.
What to buy: Fruits, vegetables, sea animals.
At Wilson you may get everything in computers, legal, or not. Here you may find all the computer programs which are somehow important, at low price. They told that that trading is now forbidden, but at least in the end of 2007 the business was still going strong.
What to buy: I bought the newest MS programs, and some graphics and acoustics programs. And a Spanish course, too.
What to pay: Prices are minimal compared to the legal ones.
This shop in Larcomar sells casual wear/outerwear, jeans, etc. in a similar fashion to the GAP in the US; however, this shop sells merchandise of assorted brands/name brands from the US or Peru.
I got quite cold while I was in the area--at Larcomar--where it is located by the ocean. I did not bring a jacket with me, so I needed to buy something that will keep me warm. I ended up buying this comfortable Peruvian-made vest called "Aerographic" for about $45 (140 Soles). For the price, it can't be beat since it did its job and kept me warm the whole time.
What to buy: Casual wear, jeans, warm clothing, sweaters, vests, shirts, etc.
What to pay: Depends what you buy