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Guide to find unique shopping and bargains in Lima, Peru.



There are many options for shopping in Lima. Some of the shopping options include- department stores, local fruit/food markets, craft markets, commercial centers or malls. Walking along any avenue, you will probably come across nice boutiques, small neighborhood bodegas, and street vendors pushing carts or peddling bicycles with their wares.
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Information about shopping in Lima

Upon arrival, a purchase of the national newspaper "El Comercio" can give an idea of the stores and items that might interest you, and perhaps an idea of prices. -

Items purchased in stores and restaurants have fixed prices and are not subject to bargaining. Items available in flea market-type locations may be negotiable, especially in the case of vendors with unmarked prices. Peruvian vendors will sometimes put up their prices when they see a tourist. If you think you are being taken advantage of, turn away. If they don`t respond with a lower price then you probably reached their lowest price. The best quality and value lies in handcrafted products, such as the quality textiles and gold, silver and copper items, and alpaca garments and woven tapestries. Many tourists also take home reproductions of pre-Columbian ceramics, and carved gourds also being a favorite.

Business Hours: Most stores are open from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm, except that panaderias open very early. Office hours are normally until 6pm with a half day on Saturday. Lunch time in Lima is at 1pm. (not noon). Businesses and doctors offices may take a lunch break between 1:00 pm and 3::00 pm. Generally, banks are open in the morning from 9 am to 1:00 and from 4:30 to 6:00 pm. However, banks have branches in supermarkets that are open to 9pm most every day. (Reminder, do not use a ATM on the street or where others are watching. Look around at who may be there.)


Alpaca Textiles

The alpaca products can be beautifully woven and are well worth buying. We've found them to be a soft wool that is not uncomfortable against the skin like some wools. Wearing alpaca, we've also found it incredible that the body temperature is so well regulated that we do not feel hot and uncomfortable. To properly care for an alpaca garment, it is best to hand-wash. Vendors will often tell you their goods are made from alpaca “bebé”. This refers to the wool taken from the throat of the animal, which is softer. Baby alpaca has a soft feel, and the more expensive vicuña wool feels like cashmere. We highly recommend it.

Woolen sweaters sold as alpaca can be a more hard-wearing mix of llama wool and synthetic fibers. There is a noticeable difference between softer baby alpaca wool and courser mixed wools just be the feel. Also, baby alpaca is a shorter fiber, standard alpaca will have longer fibers/hairs that are noticeable in the garment's fabric. Baby alpaca will not have these long hairs or fibers across the garment's fabric. A good test to know the difference between wool and a synthetic is to grab a bunch of the fabric in your hand and squeeze it for about ten seconds or so. If it begins to feel warm, then it is a synthetic. If it continues to feel cool, then it is wool, beacuse wool "breathes."

Alpaca garments are produced by knitted by hand or on a loom, made into cardigan, crew or V neck sweaters, gloves, scarves, socks, hats and blankets. Good quality and price can be found at the Indio Mercados craft markets. Upscale boutiques such as Alpaca111 offer their own designs and quality.


Designer alpaca fashion can be found at this boutique with five locations in Lima and at the airport, six in Cuzco, others in Arequipa and Puno. Alpaca111 also has stores in Argentina, Chile and Dubai, U.A.E. The Miraflores locations are: Kuna by Alpaca111, Avenida Larco 671, and another at LarcoMar mall.

(also see the Craft Markets section, which include stands of vendors of alpaca garments)


Found throughout Lima, bodegas (bo-deg-a) are like mini grocery stores, convenient for the local neighborhood. They carry a range of products, from fresh eggs to dry goods. Many are filled with shelves and refrigerated cases or just do not want many people to enter their small space, that they keep bars across the door, but are friendly and will serve you just the same.

Commercial Centers - Centro Comerciales

"Centro Commercial" is a whole building like a mall or a section of a neighborhood district devoted to retail related activity. A couple of newer malls may have exclusive boutiques, while all commercial centers have a wide variety of shops and businesses to fill any need of everyday life.

Lima Cercado, district

Centro Commerciales in Lima cercado - Plaza Mayor area

Close to the Plaza Mayor there are two commercial/retail areas for shoppers (pictured).

The upper photo is of an old street of colonial period buildings that was enclosed with a protective ceiling to give an open-aire affect for year-round shopping. It is a "pasaje cubierto" (covered walkway) in the area near the Presidential Palace, at the Casa de Correos (central post office). There are a variety of shops and street vendors.

The lower photo is of a pedestrian walkway off the southern side of the Plaza Mayor, opposite side of the Presidential Palace. This street has many shops, boutiques and eateries. This is a popular area for local residents to shop or meet.

Location: vicinity of the Plaza Mayor in the Lima cercado district.
It is good for a morning or afternoon stroll. On the weekends, especially on Sundays, there may be more crowds at the pedestrian shopping area.


MALL - Centro Commercial Larco Mar

Well known as "LarcoMar," this is a very upscale mall (larger than pictured). LarcoMar is the newest shopping centre, which is located in a the very nice area of Miraflores overlooking the Costa Verde. There are outdoor cafés including a Hard Rock Café with sea view, multi-cinema, boutiques, bowling, restaurants, gelato/ice cream, etc.

Location: along the cliffs of Miraflores, near the last block of Av. Larco at
Av. Malecón de la Reserva 610 .

*Note- See the main photo at the top of this page, as the Larco Mar structure is visible in the exact center of the photo, built into the top of the cliff.

San Isidro

Centro Comercial- Camino Real

This is a large mall in San Isidro with three levels. It is an older one that was popular before the newer malls of Jockey Plaza and LarcoMar were built.
There are smaller, less ostentatious collection of shops. Not far from the financial district and hotels of Miraflores and San Isidro.

Location: Av. Camino Real, Av. Belaúnde 147, in San Isidro.

San Miguel

Centro Comercial- en Av. La Mar

Near the zoo, a few minutes by car or about 5 blocks walk, there is an area of cafes, boutiques, internet point, restaurants, and a 3 story mall with a Gold's Gym that is open in the center where there are small restaurants around the open-air courtyard. The options are many for a chance to try different dishes or daily "menu" specials while taking in the local culture. Adding to that; some cafes broadcast the soccer games being played around the country or Latin region. We found the area to be a good alternative than to larger commercial centers and high traffic areas of Miraflores.

Area Location: Av. La Mar, the block behind Plaza San Miguel, just north of the nearby intersection with Av. Universitaria.

Plaza San Miguel

Pictured here, this large, modern shopping center offers fashion boutiques, restaurants, local ice cream flavors, cinemas, banks and just about anything else you can imagine. Nearby are Pizza Hut, Dominos, McDonalds, Burger King, TGI Fridays, Chilli's, chinese food and dozens of excellent restaurants serving Peruvian cuisine and seafood dishes such as the famous cebiche.

(For those using taxis, the photo shows a yellow cab and two white cabs. The white cabs are preferred as they have more space and may be a safer vehicle. There are "call ahead" taxi services that use this white, station wagon style vehicle.)

At this commercial center and nearby are mega department stores of Saga Falabella, and Ripley; mega supermarkets like Tottus, Wong and Metro, large cinema chains of UVK, Planet and Cinemark, large fitness centers such as Gold's Gym and Planet Fitness. Nearby universities are the Pontifica Universidad Católica del Perú, and the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (the oldest of the Americas); major banks such as Banco de Crédito, Interbank, Continental, City Bank, etc.

There is an Apple "istore" here, with hours Monday to Friday 11 am to 10pm.

Plaza San Miguel is to the south of Av. Faucett, at the corner of Av. La Marina and Av. Universitaria, about 20 to 25 minutes from the airport.



MALL - Centro Comercial Jockey Plaza

Well known as "Jockey Plaza" this is an upscale mall (pictured). Jockey, pronounced as "yah-key," this is the first of the large indoor malls of Peru and probably the biggest. Most of the boutiques there are for clothing and jewelry. There are also restaurants, the large department stores of Ripley and Saga Falabella, multiplex cinema, ice cream/gelato and other foods. There is an Apple istore here as well. Mall hours- 11am to 10pm.

Location: Av. 4200 Javier Prado este, in Surco

Craft Markets

These markets are found in are several areas of Lima where producers or purveyors of hand-crafted items have retail outlets. Hand-crafted items are called "artesania" (ar-ta-sa-nia). These vendors may be densely located along a street of a neighborhood or they might be housed in a whole building devoted to artesania, such as the Indio Mercados along Av. La Marina.

Collectibles, Crafts and Antiques market in Miraflores

In the Parque Kennedy (Kennedy Park) in Miraflores, there is an outdoor flea market every evening (6-9pm) between Av. Diagonal and Avenida Larco.
(pictured). Also, in Miraflores, on Avenida La Paz (just a block or two off the main square) there are antique silver and jewelry shops, and a few unique artists with one who reproduces colonial paintings (in Cuzco School style) and hand-carved, faux-guilt frames.


Mercado Indio

The best places to shop for handmade products are markets called the Mercado Indio. This refers to a market of the products of the indigenious people or "indios." It is also referred to as an "Indian Market." These crafters are found as a group and have colorful stands to exhibit a wide variety of Peruvian crafts and souvenirs. (vendors of an Indio Mercado, pictured)


An area of craft stands is at the south end of Ave. Arequipa in the Miraflores district, which can make for a good walk. There are a few Indian Markets along this road and have many T-shirt stalls and a good selection of local handicrafts. It is more "touristy" in price and products, than the other larger markets in Pueblo Libre, below. Location: area of 5245 Avenida Petit Thouars, Miraflores.

Pueblo Libre

Head to these markets in Pueblo Libre for a good bargain on local craft items! Treat yourself to some Peruvian clothes and accessories, pick up carved wood items and leather cushions for back home. Beautifully made ceramic figures, dolls, paintings, alpaca sweaters, gloves and more. Copper and silver jewelry and amazingly crafted items. There are several of these craft markets, each about the size of a small supermarket. There are nice people, low prices, and most vendors take credit cards. Exploring these could be a half-day activity, with something to interest everyone.

Location: between 6th and 8th block of Avenida La Marina. These are along the busy route between the airport and hotels of Miraflores. Telf. +51 1 427 6080 (Tourist Information Center)

These indoor markets have dozens of stands or stalls with a large variety of items, such as silverware, clothing, ceramics, leather goods, alpaca woolens and paintings from all around the country. There are public toilets, telephones and parking. Two are:

-Centro Artesanal de Productores Machu Picchu, Av. La Marina 886 in Pueblo Libre. Hours- Monday to Saturday, 8 am to 7 pm. (We've found good quality of garments here)

-Gran Mercado Inca, Av. La Marina 884. Hours- daily from 10 am to 7 pm.

Note: Vendors can carry garments of specific manufacturers. If for some reason you are not pleased with one, check the garments of another vendor.

An important final word about buying at the Indio Mercados is that you are helping to employ the artesans that make the crafts, and, in turn, helping their families.

Department Store - Almacen

A department store is called an "almacen" (al-ma-sane), similar to the level of Macy's or Harrod's, having a mixed product line mainly of clothing and brand products from other countries, other large stores cater to one area such as electronics or appliances. The two best, and only, department store chains in Lima are Ripley's, and Saga Falabella. Where one department store is located, most often the competitor is not far away. They are located in Miraflores, San Borja, San Isidro, San Miguel and other districts.

Pictured here is the Saga store in Miraflores.

Flower Market - Mercado de Flores

For early risers, this morning market is a scene that is really awakens the senses with the vivid colors and unique tropical plants and flowers. Here, with the bargain prices, visitors buy flowers to have in their hotel rooms during their stay. (Good idea to visit the market soon after arriving to Lima.)
You have to be careful when going to the flower markets, but it is well worth a visit to see the great quantity of flower species and colors. It is easiest if you go with a local person, or ask at your hotel for someone to go with you.

Location: in Lima Centro, Av. Tacna near the corner of the highway Vía de Evitamiento, near the bridge ("puente" pwhen-tay) called Puente Santa Rosa which crosses the river Rio Rimac to the Rímac district. If you go by taxi, have him pick you up at a certain time and take his cell phone number. This is about 40 minutes to an hour from Miraflores, depending on traffic.


Local Food Markets - Mercados

Local Market- this is a generally a whole building where vendors own or rent stands or booths to market any products- food, flowers, clothing, household items, etc. Each district-municipality has at least one, plus many others that serve local neighborhoods. There are markets devoted to just one activity, such as for fresh fruit or for wholesalers. There are some 1,200 markets across Lima!

short visit to these markets is a good way to know more about the people, the food, and a sample of what is produced. If possible, go with a local resident in order to be explained about things you surely have not seen before.

Time can be spent by browsing at the small, open-air “markets” outside certain shopping centers, where vendors gather, or at the larger, well-stocked municipal markets. The variety of fruit and vegetables is amazing, and the vendors are always happy to assist in choosing just the right papaya or avocado that is ready to eat today or best eaten tomorrow. At any vegetable stand the vendor will be happy to provide you with all the ingredients you need to make a meal or recipe.

Surquillo, near Miraflores

To see a good "exhibit" of fruits available in Peru, go to the Mercado de Surquillo in the morning or early afternoon. It i
s in the district of Surquillo, several blocks from Av. Arequipa, Miraflores. (the market and stands are pictured here)

This market is well stocked with a variety of breads, fruits, cheeses, meats, dried beans, nuts, seeds, herbs, fish and many of the natural products that Peru can offer. Much of it is organic, and unique! The prices are very affordable and people are very friendly. Try one of the unqiue fresh tropical fruits. The vendor can slice it open for you. Here, it is normal to see women from the country wearing their colorful skirts selling herbs from a basket. The tourists take photos and remark about the unique flavor of a Lucuma fruit, and the surprising variety of potatos.

During 2009, the market will be transformed into a meca of food tourism, a gastronomic paradise. Three floors will be converted for theme of "good food." The elaborate project is considering to open a school for chefs, with a top quality kitchen-classroom. Local popular chef Gastón Acurio had the good idea to convert this space that will have boulevards, take-out foods and craft and flower shops.

At present, it continues to be the market of choice for the gourmet chefs of Lima. You may see them here buying their supplies. However, as in any place where there may be locals or crowds, keep your wallet in your front pocket, carry a copy of the passport instead of the original.

Location: "Mercado de Surquillo" (Sir-key-yo)
From Ovalo Gutierrez in Miraflores, take Av. Ricardo Palma for several blocks, cross over the highway Via Expresa. The Mercado building will be visible from there, on the road just after crossing the bridge which is the Av. Paseo De La Republica that runs above and along the Via Expresa.

Other Markets:

La Molina

La Universidad Agraria- this agricultural university has good beef, lamb, goat, as well as vegetables, grains and honey., Location: at Av. La Universidad in La Molina. Commonly known as "La Agraria" by taxis and combis which take about 30 minute to an hour from Miraflores, depending on traffic.

La Victoria

Mercado de Frutas- this is quite an experience, Only if you are going with local people, and an interesting place to visit. The Mercado de Frutas is in the La Victoria district. Fruits from all over Peru come into this market by the truckload. Very interesting to see and sample, but only with local people who can also explain and get you through the busy aisles of wholesalers.


Mercado de Santa Cruz- This is a local market in Miraflores. Location: Av. General Mendiburu and Choquehuanca, in Miraflores, just a block up from the 11th block of Av. del Ejercito.

Growers' Market- held outside, early on Saturday mornings. Organic foods are the specialty, with good variety. Location: on the sidewalk behind the Parque Reducto at Av. Benavides and the expressway in Miraflores.

San Isidro

Mercado de Productores- This is the municipal market of San Isidro. Location: 15th block of Av. Ejercito, San Isidro, next to the access down to the Costa Verde road on the beach.


In the Monterrico area of Surco- Here, there is a good choice of lamb, mutton, goat, and some very good specialty shops. Location: on Av. Primavera and Av. Encalada.


Street Vendors

Everyday vendors pushing carts will make their way through the neighborhoods of Lima. They work hard for their daily wage. Their carts are filled with products such as fresh fruit, vegetables, household items, and fresh coconut treats (as pictured). Also, across the city there are salespeople peddling ice cream treats for the manufacturers, on red or yellow bicycles built with a cooler-chest. The ice cream treats are about s/1.00 to s/2.00.

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If you are looking for dairy items, processed or manufactured food products or would like prepared, hot foods to take out, then supermarkets may be the place to go. The supermarkets in Lima are many, including mostly newer and very nice operations. They are well staffed with ample checkout lanes and as modern as you would find in North America or Europe or Australia. Supermarkets are open every day and until late. Wong, Metro, Vea, Vivanda (pictured), and Tottus are some of the largest chains. There are numerous supermarkets in La Molina, Miraflores, San Borja, San Isidro, San Miguel, Surco and other districts.

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