Lima, also known as the City of Kings, has much to offer to satisfy the appetite of the eager traveler. Whether it’s the nightlife, world-class food, colonial-style architecture, or surfing, Peru’s Pearl has something for everyone.
Food in Lima
Lima has become the gastronomic capital of South America. It boasts famous chefs such as Virgilio Martinez, who won the Chef’s Choice Award in 2017, and Gaston Acurio. Lima is also the city with two restaurants that have made it into the top 10 worlds’ best restaurants, Maido and Central.
Nightlife in Miraflores
If you want to go out and experience the nightlife in Peru, Lima is certainly a must-visit. While there are bars all over the city, most are located in Barranco, Miraflores, and the historic center. Many music and dance venues can be found on Pizza Street in Miraflores or La Plaza in Barranco. Peruvians don’t go out before 11 p.m., so plan to stay away for a long time. The city also has fancy boutique bars such as Ayahuasca, an old colonial-style mansion that has been transformed into a carnival fun bar on three floors.
Surfing at Punta Roquitas
Surfers should not miss the opportunity to spend time in a capital city with some of the best waves in the world. Fans of short boarding can enjoy a day at Punta Roquetas with their punchy, crossed sections, while longboarders should head to Playa Waikiki. If these places aren’t enough for you, you can also catch bigger waves in Chorrillos, home to La Herradura, a world-class pointbreak.
Beautiful architecture in the Plaza de Armas
Standing in the Plaza de Armas and staring at the large colonial-style buildings, travelers who choose Lima, Peru can feel the history of the City of Kings and be transported to the past when the city of Spain was the capital of South America. If you walk east from the plaza, people can also find the Palacio Arzobispal, which has ornate Moorish-style balconies. It is certainly something unique in Peruvian architecture. To the northeast is the Palacio de Gobierno, a magnificent Baroque-style building that is also the residence of the President of Peru.
Museo del Pisco
If you are visiting Peru, you should try Pisco. So why not go to a museum and learn all about the Peruvian spirit while enjoying the famous cocktail? The Museo del Pisco is partly bar, part museum, and a must for every visitor.