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    Peruvian goods easy to find in Miraflores, Lima

    by AKtravelers Written Mar 5, 2005

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    Searching for Valentine gifts in Lima

    The Inka markets in Miraflores have a wide variety of products from the Andes that are excellent souvenirs of Peru. After a while, many of the stuff in the shops looks the same. Still, there are some interesting things to be had, and we made plenty of purchases. I bought Andrea an interesting alpaca cape/scarf combo for Valentine's day at the shop in this picture. Andrea later found some excellent jewelry and a nice watercolor. On the whole, the vendors are extremely friendly and Sarah ended up exchanging e-mails with one. That adds to the pleasure of shopping here.
    Remember, you must bargain for everything. More than once, a shopkeeper muttered to me that andrea drives a hard deal.

    What to buy: Certainly, one should buy alpaca products, such as sweaters, capes and blankets-- they are very warm on cold damp nights. Silver is the local metal, and turquoise is also native of Peru, so look for jewelry with those combinations.

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    Cheaper by Plaza De Armas than the Inka Market

    by AKtravelers Written Mar 1, 2005

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    A vendor in downtown Lima

    We shopped in two ditinct areas of Lima. The first was in the shops around the Plaza de Armas in downtown and the second was at the Inka Market and nearby shops in Miraflores. Many times, the same items were cheaper downtown than in Miraflores. Probably because Miraflores has more money.
    Still, the Inka Market and other Peruvian malls in Miraflores have a greatyer variety and higher quality of Peruvian goods. We found an exquisite silver and coral necklace in Miraflors as well as an beautiful watercolor by an up-and-coming artist who wasabout to exhibit in Puerto Rico.
    On balance, things were much cheaper than they are in the U.S. and the price difference is about 5-20 soles (2-7 U.S. Dollars). In the end, it's not much to worry about.
    By the way, you should bargain for everything in these markets.

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    Supermercados...: Markets, Malls...

    by christian99 Written Nov 15, 2004

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    Shopping Essentials

    Near Barranco there are two big supermarkets, Plaza Vea on Av. Republica de Panamá (taxi s/.3), and Metro in Chorrillos (taxi s/.4).

    For quality clothes, books, etc. try shopping in Miraflores. There is a Ripley´s convenience store on Schell in the corner of Parque Kennedy.

    Polvos Azules - Lima´s official black market - is a good place to find cheaper clothes, boots, music, cameras, etc. It is situated near downtown in the beginning of Via Expresa, on av. Grau.

    Another similar market, Gamarra, is situated in La Victoria.

    Arts & Crafts Souvenirs

    Best place to go shopping artesanía is Av. Petít Thouars between blocks 51 and 54, near Ovalo Miraflores. The street is lined with handicraft markets and smaller shops. For more expensive art, try shops around Av. Larco in Miraflores.

    There are also big craft markets on Av. La Marina y Sucre in Pueblo Libre (taxi s/.8 from Barranco).

    Mall Hopping in Lima

    Larcomar, overlooking the sea in Miraflores, is the most popular and central shopping centre. It hosts a range of chic shops, several restaurants and fast food places, a movie theatre, bowling and arcade halls and some of Lima´s most popular night clubs: Gotica, Aura and Mama Batata.

    Other big mall - Jockey Plaza - is situated in the richer residential suburb of Monterrico. Nothing cheap here and it gets really crowded here with shoppers on weekends. Just next here is the hipódromo de Monterrico, where horce races are held every weekend.
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    What to buy: anything

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    Malls

    by christian99 Written Nov 15, 2004

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    Arts & Crafts Souvenirs

    Best place to go shopping artesanía is Av. Petít Thouars between blocks 51 and 54, near Ovalo Miraflores. The street is lined with handicraft markets and smaller shops. For more expensive art, try shops around Av. Larco in Miraflores.

    There are also big craft markets on Av. La Marina y Sucre in Pueblo Libre (taxi s/.8 from Barranco).

    Mall Hopping in Lima

    Larcomar, overlooking the sea in Miraflores, is the most popular and central shopping centre. It hosts a range of chic shops, several restaurants and fast food places, a movie theatre, bowling and arcade halls and some of Lima´s most popular night clubs: Gotica, Aura and Mama Batata.

    Other big mall - Jockey Plaza - is situated in the richer residential suburb of Monterrico. Nothing cheap here and it gets really crowded here with shoppers on weekends. Just next here is the hipódromo de Monterrico, where horce races are held every weekend.

    What to pay: $40

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    Harapos: Need more outerwear/casual wear or warm clothing?

    by risse73 Updated Dec 13, 2007

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    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

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    Cafe Britt: Need to buy more gift items? Buy at the airport!

    by risse73 Updated Dec 13, 2007

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    I saw this shop at the airport in Costa Rica also and I am not sure if Cafe Britt is designated as a duty-free shop in Latin America/South America. It is catered to tourists, foreigners, and visitors in the country, so the items you will find are for mainstream tastes with the associated mainstream prices. In my case, I had to stop by as I forgot some gift items during my tour of Peru. Among the many offerings are Peruvian cigars, arts/crafts, jewelry, souvenir t-shirts, postcards, other little trinkets, etc.

    What to pay: The sky is the limit!

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    Gamarra

    by chancay Written Apr 22, 2003

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    in the district of Gamarra in Lima you can buy almost everything but especially clothes´for very cheap prices. Next to a lot of lower quality ware you´ll find also lots of dress maker there who can make for a really great price your personal trousers or whatever.

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    Santa Isabel: supermercado

    by chancay Updated Nov 29, 2004

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    Santa Isabel

    Sasnta Isabel is a discounter you find in evvery destrict of Lima various times. You´ll find there everything you need to live (food and beverage) to normally good prices, often surprisably cheaper than on the market...but this depends, you have to compare, at least you can confess a bit more in the quality sometimes.

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    Miaflores Indian Market

    by travelife Written Jul 14, 2005

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    souvenir at Inca market, Miroflores, Lima

    Very close to Miraflores roundabout you find a Inca market many different shops under a common roof (sorta Bazar arrangement)and there are few of them. But if you plan is to go to Cusco don spend money here. Prices go up 30-40% here understandably locating in a upper-class neighborhood.

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    Inca-themed market: Souvenirs

    by acemj Updated Sep 16, 2006

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    Right next to our hotel (mostly along Avenida Petit Thouars) there were a bunch of shops selling handicrafts and other gift items. We walked through here and saw lots of good stuff, but since it was the very beginning of our trip we didn't feel like carrying too much excess weight.

    What to buy: Alpaca products, silver, etc.

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    Mercado Central: Market Hall

    by hartti Written Jan 1, 2006

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    Surrounding of Market Hall

    on Ayacucho Street, close to the Congress Hall is the shopping center, where you may buy almost everything. Its a big area, where the sellers have their small or bigger shops. The imagination is not preventing the procucts sold here.

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    Downtown marketplace

    by shdw100 Written Oct 1, 2002

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    Marketplace

    This downtown marketplace was cool in the fact that it was enclosed on top and the shops lined the buildings on either side. The marketplace was located near the Presidential palace area, but I believe is no longer there as it had a recent fire which gutted most of the shops.

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    Miraflores mall: Ocean front shopping

    by acemj Updated Sep 16, 2006

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    At the end of Larco in Miraflores, you'll find a beautiful mall built into the cliffs overlooking the ocean. There are a few restaurants, a movie theater and plenty of shops here to occupy your time for a couple hours.

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    Major savings on Handcrafts

    by Robin922 Written Mar 16, 2008

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    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.

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    Inka Markets: For the souvenirs

    by Urzu Written Jul 7, 2008

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    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!!

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