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Shopping in Lima

Lima’s shopping scene is very much one of two sides. On the one hand, the city’s modern collection of sleek shopping malls are bursting with designer clothing, trendy home ware and high-tech gadgets; on the other, markets and small, independent craft sellers are in rich supply of traditional and beautifully made Peruvian handicrafts. Compared with other capital cities, Lima isn’t going to be classed among the greatest shopping destinations on earth, but it certainly isn’t bad at all.

Key areas

Miraflores has several handicraft shops around Avenida La Paz and in the large emporia on Avenida Petit Thouars 53-54, a block from the Miraflores roundabout. One of the best is Kuntur Wasi, Calle Ocharan 182, which has an English-speaking owner. Antisuyo, Javier Tacna 460, Miraflores, is an indigenous cooperative that sells pottery from all over Peru. A good place for fine crafts and indigenous painting is Agua y Tierra, Javier Diez Canseco 298, Miraflores.

Alpaca III, Avenida Larco 671, Miraflores, with other branches throughout the city, has a fine selection of woven or knitted alpaca goods, as does Inkantations, Avenida Larco 1180, Miraflores. All these shops offer a whole range of silver and gold artefacts, locally made woven textiles, alpaca goods, colourful ponchos, rugs, coats and blankets. 

Markets

Pretty Miraflores has a daily crafts market in Parque Kennedy, open 1700-2300. However Lima's biggest crafts market is Feria Artesanal, Avenida La Marina and Avenida Sucre in Pueblo Libre. It is open daily 1200-2000, sprawling along Avenida La Marina from the sixth to the 10th block.

Shopping centres

For more international shopping in Lima, visitors should head to the modern Ripley department store on Parque Kennedy, Miraflores and also at Calle Las Begonias 577, San Isidro. The biggest shopping mall, Jockey Plaza, Avenida Prado Este, Surco, has many top designer shops, while by the sea in Miraflores, embedded in the cliff side, is shiny shopping mall Larcomar (www.larcomar.com). Inside this retail emporium find trendy clothing and accessory boutiques, stylish home ware, restaurants, cafés, a multiplex cinema and even a 10-pin bowling facility. Its location means once you’re tired of shopping, there is plenty choice in restaurants overlooking the water for a picturesque post-purchase meal.  

Opening hours

On the whole, shops are open Monday to Saturday 0930-1230 and 1500-2000, with many shops open Sunday with restricted hours.

Souvenirs

Lima specialises in arpilleras: colourful hand-sewn fabric collages depicting typical Peruvian life. These are typically made by local women, and can be picked up at markets. Lima is also where arts and crafts from across Peru are sold, from the mountains to the jungle, so if you missed that special something from another Peruvian destination, there is a good chance it will pop up in one of Lima’s traditional craft hubs or on a market stall – from alpaca rugs and clothing to weavings, pottery and silverware. 

Tax information

At present there is no tourist rebate on the 18% sales tax, unless goods are bought at the international departure lounge of Jorge Chavez Airport.

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JW Marriott Hotel Lima

The Lima offering from this reliable international hotel chain is a comfortable concoction of well-dressed rooms with sea views. Eat in at the second floor restaurant La Vista, offering Peruvian and international flavours, or try the Sushi and Cerviche Lounge for fusion fish dishes. The hotel also has fitness facilities, a spa and pool.

Miraflores Park Hotel

This highly regarded hotel benefits from a stylish location overlooking the seafront and public gardens in Miraflores. Views don't come much better than from the rooftop pool and breakfast is also served sky high in the poolside Observatory Restaurant. An additional restaurant, swanky bar, an on-site gym and spa add further appeal to the luxurious experience. 

Hotel B

One of the newest additions to the luxury hotel scene, art-boutique Hotel B in Barranco has quickly earned a sparking reputation for its elegant suites and seamless service. Set in a stunning white mansion enlivened by well-curated artwork, rooms are individually decorated and come with plush linens. The intimate dining room is served by celebrated Peruvian chef Oscar Velarde.

Inka Frog

Young and old enjoy this funky bed and breakfast where rooms are kitted out with TVs, hairdryers and walk-in wardrobes. Books and DVDs are offered in the lounge area, internet is free and a travel desk that can help arrange transport and tours. Clean and welcoming, its location in Miraflores means restaurants, shops and amenities are all close at hand. 

Lima Wari Suites

This little-known gem of a budget stay feels like a real home-from-home. The attractive colonial house is kitted out with mosaic-tiled floors and Andean-patterned upholstery and there's plenty of opportunity to relax in the various tucked-away seating areas, draped in pot plants. Venture out and you're a short walk from the picturesque main square of Barranco.

Mami Panchita

This friendly lodging is run by Peruvian-Dutch owners and offers simple and serene rooms in a peaceful suburb between Miraflores and the city centre. Guests have the use of a comfy lounge, an attractive patio and a garden with bougainvillea cascading over the walls. The owners are generous with their local knowledge and can help with tours.