Shopping in LimaEdit This
If you’re looking for sophisticated fashions, fine fragrances and the like, the place to head for is the well-heeled suburb of Miraflores. There are lots of good eating and accommodations here too, making Miraflores a good place to base yourself during your stay in Lima. Malls are liberally scattered around the neighborhood, and shoppers can pick up everything from handbags to handicrafts. One of the sleekest shopping centers is Larcomar, at Avenida Larco, which overlooks the ocean and houses a plush multiplex cinema, bowling, bars and restaurants as well as hundreds of shops. A large handicrafts market takes place each evening at Parque Kennedy until around midnight.
For a more authentically Peruvian approach to shopping, head for downtown Lima. There are street vendors aplenty here, and lots of slightly rundown stores selling imitation designer goods and secondhand books, vinyl and collectibles. The main shopping street is the bustling Jr. de la Union, which is also lined with fast food joints. Don’t be surprised to see people holding monkeys – the idea is that you pay to have your photo taken with the animal. An altogether less appealing kind of cheeky monkey, the pickpocket, is also no stranger to the streets of Centro, so keep an eye on your valuables. Close to Avenida Grau is Polvos Azules, a market selling everything from electrical goods to clothes, make up and toiletries. Again, keep an eye on your wallet and don’t flash cameras or phones around the market.