Larcomar is a brand new shopping mall in Miraflores. Unlike brazilian shopping centers, Larcomar is almost an open air mall, but the stores are all duly covered.
If you are staying in Miraflores it is a nice place to eat (there are many good options, even international places such as Hooters and Starbucks), buy some stuff you need or even go to the movies (the rooms are great!!!).
And there is an amazing view of the Green Coast from there. Don´t miss it!!!
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Calle Capon: Chinese Market Street
This walking street is full of Chinese shops and restaurants. Originally the Chinese people here are decendants of the slaves brought here for working on the farms (haciendas). Later have come others, too. We have to thank the Chinese for the great diversity of food in Peru, because they have brought their knowledge of making food here. On this streets there are some non-chinese food shops, too.
What to buy: Here you have everything for eating. For small hunger you may have min paos with chica morala, which is chica made from specia corn, morado. Min pao is like pilmenies in Russia, but much bigger here.
- Budget Travel
- Food and Dining
Mercado del Indios: Fantastic find for all your gifts
Wasn't going to stop here wile in Peru, but I had some free time on my last day so I took a walk over and boy was I glad. This turned out to be my biggest shopping spree yet. I got everyone gifts here. It is a collection of stands/shops that sell everything imaginable. I
What to buy: Buy all your gifts!!!
What to pay: Because there are so many shops it is important to price shop first, look around and compare prices. You can also try haggeling.
- Arts and Culture
Dédalo: Peruvian Designers
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!
Museum Gallery Shop: Carefully Selected
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.
- Arts and Culture
I bought new sun-glasses. The old ones were stolen in Amsterdam, and since summer 2004 I did not have sun-glasses. Nice glasses, with my diameters and 75% browned for 80 soles (20 euros) at Abencay street.
Larcomar: Shop by the sea
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.
- Historical Travel
Wilson: Pirate CD's
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.
- Study Abroad
- Budget Travel
Metro: Food Shopping Store
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.
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Plaza dos de mayo: Many music instruments
The plaza dos de mayo is surrounded by music shops. It's great to look at all the different musical instruments. Some of em look quite weird.
I bought myself a charango and a booklet to learn the basics of playing it. It's a great souvenir.
On La Paz: Antiques on La Paz
As I stayed at the Maria Angola hotel on La Paz in Miraflores I got to walk up and down the La Paz.
There are a number of fine ornament, jewellery and antigue shops on La Paz.
The price is up to your negotiation skills and depending on how bad the shopkeeper want to sell.
However I found it to be an intersting and safe area to window shop.
What to buy: Mostly Antiques and fine collectibles.
Santa Isabel: Grocery Shopping
I don't know how widespread this supermarket is, whether it's just in Miraflores, just in Lima, throughout Peru or anywhere else in S. America.
Anyway, it was right next door to our hotel, so we found some quick and easy meals here, as well as ample supplies of bottled water. A very clean, modern supermarket, with a great selection of breads, produce, meats, and nonperishable grocery items, as well as a liquor aisle for that last-minute bottle of Pisco.
- Budget Travel
Metro: The way of shopping
The traditional way of shopping is going to the local market (Mercado). However, that way of shopping is going to change, as during the last 5-10 years a number of supermarkets have grown up like mushrooms in Lima.
The greatest one is Metro, whose greatest shop, the great 'Hypermercado' is located in Chorrillos.
Metro has a number of supermarkets in Lima. Competition come from other supermercados like Wongs, Ripley, Saga Falabella etc.
What to buy: Shopping in Polvos Azules (a conglomerate of small shops of doubtful character) and Polvos Rosados etc have its charm. You can buy anything to good prices (but with the risk of being cheated or robbed).
The supermarkets have in general good quality, good prices and a huge(!) sortiment. Just look at these outstanding tables for vegetables in Metro! The greatest fruits and vegetables you have ever seen, and fruits you have never heard of. Try them, they are delicious! (tip: Ask how to eat them!)
The supermarkets have a great assortment of all things, food, clothes, house equipment, furniture etc. Take for instance a look at the assortment of rice (different types) or milk (different types)!
What to pay: Generally speaking you presumably will find prices average or less than average,
Bioferia: Organic & healthy!!
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!!
Jiron de la union: Street of Stores
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.