Gamara : Where to buy Clothes in Lima Peru

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If cheap bargains are what you seek when shopping for clothes then you might want to check out the Gamara in Lima Peru.  The Gamara is a 30 square block complex closed to traffic which is home to Lima’s fashion District.  This is where most of the garments are made and sold.  Here you will find everything from shoes to swimsuits and everything in between.

The Gamara is about a 10 minute taxi ride from the Plaza de Armas (s./5 fare).  You will have to pay an extra sole if you dont want to walk a block to the gates, recommended if you are without local guide.

This place really reminds me of New York City.  Upon entering the gates you will find tall buildings stuffed full of little boutiques or stalls filled to the brim with all sorts of clothing and accessories.  Most of the clothes are made here in the upper levels above the stores.  You will find anything from knockoff Lacoste Polos and Ed Hardy T-Shirts for about (s./20) to Brazilian style womens jeans ( the kind that ride up the butt crack of your girl friend) for upto s./80 depending on the brand.  But most of the clothes are super cheap.

Different buildings usually house different kinds of attire, so don’t be affraid to shop around.  A good area is near the Rocky’s Polloeria on the main drag.  Be aware of street salesmen as you will be offered Lacoste Polos every 20 feet or so.  Don’t settle on the first offer unless you know its bottom dollar.

If you are buying 3 or more of anything you should expect a hefty discount if you are good at bartering.  Larger quantities equal larger discounting.  Many of the stores make there own clothing and you will find lots of different brands which are usually created by the proprietors.  I usually just look for leather shoes and jeans for my wife, but there is plenty to choose from.

Chau!

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2 thoughts on “Gamara : Where to buy Clothes in Lima Peru

  1. RedandGonzo August 9, 2011 / 1:45 am

    Thanks for this post. I had no idea this existed, and plan on checking it out on my next shopping adventure.

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