Lima, also known as the City of Kings, has plenty to offer to satisfy the keen traveler’s appetite. Whether it’s the nightlife, world-class food, colonial-style architecture, or surfing, the gem of Peru does provide something for every person.
Food in Lima
Lima has become the gastronomical capital of South America. It boasts famous chefs such as Virgilio Martinez, who received the Chef’s Choice Award in 2017, and Gaston Acurio. Lima is also the city to have two restaurants raking in the top 10 of the Worlds’ Best Restaurants, Maido and Central.
Nightlife of Miraflores
If people want to go out and experience the nightlife in Peru, Lima is surely a must-visit. While there are bars all over the city, most of them are in Barranco, Miraflores, and the historic center. Plenty of music and dancing places can be found in Pizza Street in Miraflores or La Plaza in Barranco. Peruvians don’t go out until about 11 pm, so plan on staying out late. The city also has fancy boutique bars such as Ayahuasca, which is an old colonial-style mansion that’s turned into a carnival-fun-house bar on three stories.
Surf 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. People who are fans of short boarding can enjoy a day at Punta Roquitas, with its punchy crossed-up sections, while longboarders will want to head down to Playa Waikiki. If these places are not enough for you, you can also catch bigger waves in Chorrillos, which is the home of La Herradura, a world-class point break.
Beautiful Architecture at Plaza de Armas
Standing in the Plaza de Armas, staring at the large colonial-style buildings, travelers who chose Lima, Peru can feel the history of the City of Kings and be transported to the past when the city was Spain’s capital in South America. If they head east from the plaza, people can also find Palacio Arzobispal, which has ornate Moorish-style balconies. It’s surely something unique in Peruvian architecture. In the northeast is Palacio de Gobierno, which is a grand Baroque-style building that is also the residence of the president of Peru.
Museo del Pisco
When visiting Peru, you should try pisco. That said, why not go to a museum and learn all about the Peruvian spirit while enjoying the famous cocktail? One part bar, one part museum, Museo Del Pisco is a must-visit.