Plaza de Armas in Lima, Peru is a wonderful place to enjoy site seeing around the old center of Lima. There are many attractions and tours in and around the plaza and it is probably my favorite place to visit in Lima.
The center is famous for the famous fountains at the center of the square located directly in from of the Presidential Palace, Lima’s Main Cathedral, The Catacombs, and plenty of shopping and dining options. Chabuca Granda is located just south of the Presidential palace and accessed via the walkway between the Presidential Palace and the modern fountain in front of the banco de credito.
Chabuca Granda is a fantastic place to visit on Saturdays. Settled atop what was once a major train station and later the old polvos azules, Chabuca Granda in Lima Peru offers fantastic views of the Rio Rimac as well as the old bridge leading to Rimac which is now a pedestrian walkway aside from the military vehicles accessing the Presidential Palace. Saturday afternoons beginning at lunch time there is normally a Peruvian Gastronomic Festival where you can enjoy nearly all of the classical Peruvian dishes prepared to perfection and at a very reasonable price. You will also find arts and craft booths set up selling all sorts of wares. From afternoons until they sell out you will also find licensed street food vendors here and this is where I go to get my Anticuchos and Pancita con choclo most evenings. They also have Gelado, ice cream, Picarones which are great and other sorted fare. All at typical street food prices but the food here is always prepared well.
Jiron de la Union is a pedestrian only street though the old district beginning in Plaza de Armas and leading all the way to Plaza Saint Martin. Here you will find many sit down restaurants from Rustica, Pollo a la Braseria’s, Pizza Palace as well as McDonalds, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Starbucks and a few others. There are many stores along the way including the larger department stores such as Saga Falabella and Oechsle. There are also 2 older movie theaters here one being in Plaza Saint Martin, which is a great place to change dollars. Be wary of the Tattoo artists hanging out in the middle of Jiron as most are petty thieves and not to be trusted. There are huge amounts of people here especially at night time just keep a close hold on your valuables or better yet dont take them. There are several banks and atm’s, money changers and places to get cell phones, sim cards and buy cell phone credit.
The Plaza de armas is also a departure point for the Mirabus and tours to Cerro San Cristobal. Many other shopping districts are close by as is a sodimac hardware superstore located in downtown lima and others as well.
I am not lying if you want to see a real shopping mall like in the united states in Lima, Peru then don’t worry. You have a couple of options!
Review of Jockey Plaza Lima , Peru
Jockey Plaza is the most upscale shopping and entertainment center in all of Peru if American style shopping is what you are after. Jockey Plaza houses large department stores and smaller boutique name brand stores in Lima, Peru. It is located close to the U.S. Embassy in Peru and close to the Polo Gardens, Hence the name, Jockey Plaza. Here you will find the finer name brand shoppings with many name brand outlet stores and dining. Jockey Plaza is not the only modern shopping mall in Lima Peru , however!
Located in Central Lima , Peru is the Mega Plaza . A Shopping and Entertainment facility containing many name brand large department stores, Boutique stores and outlets as well as Fine Dining, and a covered outdoor food court with weekend live entertainment. They even have a Chilis! There are a few nice restaurants, an HD movie theater and even a Coney Park Amusement Park with enjoyment for all ages with games, rides and prizes!
Plaza Norte , located close to Comas in Central Lima, Peru. This shopping center is complete with large department stores, food court, boutique stores and apparel, Movie Complex and Amusement Entertainment Facility with rides and games for all ages including Lima’s only Ferris Wheel!
Larcomar located in Miraflores Peru on the Costa Verde located above the Rosa Nautica Restaurant. They have a Tony Roma’s restaurant, many other fine dining establishments as well as a couple of cafes overlooking the sea and coastline. There is a coney park arcade, a movie complex , smaller boutique stores and nightlife with several nightclubs.
Anyone who has experienced the better parts of Lima Peru after dark has surely enjoyed the smells coming from the Anticuchos grilling around town. Anticuchos and Pancita are a favorite night street food around Lima. My favorite stands are the ones in the local areas you will know a good place when you see alot of the locals chowing down.
Anticucho is marinated beef heart thinly sliced served on bamboo sticks seared on a hot metal grill on top of mesquite wood. It is spiced as is the pancita or cows tripes seasoned in hot spice and grilled as well.
Sideds include papas and choclo if you are up for a completo. Copleto is s./8 and solo anticuchos go for s./5 for three sticks. Do not forget the add your own chile aji bar on the front of the carts. I pour the red hot ricotto aji all over my beef and the yellow aji for the papas. Kids can also enjoy as they usually have ponchas or hot dog on a stick grilled as well.
Anticuchos are popular night food in Lima after dark. You can find them in Alemeda Chabuca Granda or in Barranco near the bars. Most shopping districts surrounding the center of lima have lots of street vendors just look for the carts with anticucho pancita written on them and enjoy
I want to start off with saying I am completely disgusted with my entire experience with Cruz del Sur. Unless trouble is what you want on your journey I suggest that you try another bus line. While traveling through Peru with my Peruvian wife and our 3 kids we have taken many bus trips. Normally we try to get the best deal for the best service.
After a fun filled week in Vichayito Beac, Mancora, Peru we had to get home. We were unable to get seats on Civa Exclusiva and decided to try Cruz del Sur for the first and last time.
I have always compared the rates for Cruz del Sur and until now always chosen to take a more affordable bus line. They charge 12 soles that most of the other bus lines, and from the english website…
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…
Tourists should check out the Pulvos Azules shopping center in Lima, Peru. Close to Downtown and the bus stations off of the highway.
There are many places to find clothes to buy in Lima Peru. Pulvos Azules is a great place to shop for a bargain and find many name brand items for purchase.
Pulvos Azules offers lots of shopping options for visitors as well as locals. Moved years ago from the now chabucka area Pulvos Azules is made up of hundreds of small vendor booths like you see all over Gamarra. Nike Shoes , Fake Rolex? They got it. Video Games and a video game playing area where you can battle friends and make new ones as well. Although shopping in Peru is what most people come for.
Looking for DVD s for your trip they have them all here. If you see one you like ask the vendor to play it for you and they will be glad to show you the quality. Its like the peruvian version of Netflix. Actually I know of several DVD markets around lima and this one is ok. The best I just cannot give out as it is way better than the rest and as a Traveler I must keep some things for myself.
All different types of Jeans , Pants , Tops , Shirts , Polos , Sweatshirts , Shoes , and accessories are available for purchase. Lots of brands mostly name brand whether they are real or not I am uncertain but the prices are more than right. Although better deals are had in Gamarra Market this is the place for the higher quality items.
Changing currency is possible with the guys in the yellow vests. Imagine that. Its the norm.
So you are stuck in Peru and you are thinking of all the great things back in the old USA. What would you choose to look for to remind you of home?
American Beer, no reliable sources
McDonalds, available in Lima and Cusco but Bembo is a much better Burger and Aji Sauce
BK Burger King, located in Parque Kennedy
Kentucky Fried Chicken, KFC, Near Lima Center and Parque Kennedy
If its only a Burger Craving check out Bembo I love the place I go there instead of the US places the meat and fries kick butt and all have Aji Sauce Man I love Peru.
Hot Wings, Check out the Old Pub on Calle de las pizzas in Miraflores.
Pizza Dominoes is everywhere in Lima although super expensive last time I checked like 15 bucks US for a medium two topper.
If its only Pizza you seek check pizza palace plaza de armas or any Rustica I like Rustica great parrilla and salads. Chop of Beer for S./18 steep but not in the clubs around lima. The new Rustica near olschle Lima Center has music and dance floor too. Nice little spot much closer to us than the one at Calle de las Pizzas.
Check for NFL football at the local casinos in downtown Lima on Sundays.