Surf, shops, and bars: Find fun things to do in Miraflores during the day and at night
Gazing out across the Pacific Ocean, Miraflores is one of Lima’s ritziest suburbs, set high on dramatic cliffs above a sweeping stretch of spectacular beaches. This trendy neighborhood buzzes both day and night, with eclectic boutiques and a hip dining scene that encompasses no-nonsense spots for causas rellenas (a layered potato casserole) and acclaimed restaurants serving Japanese-Peruvian fusion cuisine.
For one of the top things to do during the day, stroll the Miraflores boardwalk, known as The Malecón. The city’s most picturesque path curls along the coastline for nearly six miles, winding through several lush parks and affording panoramic views far out to sea. For inland fun, head to Kennedy Park, a popular hangout named after the former US president and home to more than 100 friendly stray cats. On weekends, the park fills with dozens of art vendors and street performers. At night, slip into a stylish bar to sip Peruvian craft beer and gin cocktails or dance till the early hours at one of the music clubs on the district’s liveliest street, Calle de las Pizzas.
Reasons to go:
- Larcomar shops: Perched atop cliffs with spectacular ocean views, this modern outdoor mall has plenty of things to do, from browsing at high-end fashion retailers to chilling under a parasol with ceviche or ice-cream from an alfresco eatery. Look out for the painted statue of Paddington Bear and wander palm-lined paths in Parque Alfredo Salazar, the tranquil park surrounding the mall.
- Indian Market: Crammed with little shops selling traditional handicrafts, this popular market on Avenida Petit Thouars is the place to go for brightly painted llamas, colorful woven blankets, and intricate silver jewelry. While you shop, you can listen to live Peruvian bands accompanied by folk dancing.
- Huaca Pucllana: Dating back 1,500 years, the ruins of this pre-Incan clay and adobe pyramid sprawl across several city blocks. Learn about the sometimes grisly history on a guided tour of Huaca Pucllana and check out the museum to see excavated artifacts like musical instruments and ceramics.
- Paragliding: Miraflores’ location atop coastal cliffs makes it the perfect spot for paragliding. On a tandem guided flight, you can soar high above the neighborhood, swirling past apartment towers, verdant parks, and the rugged Pacific shoreline.
- Surfing: Thanks to its gentle swell and steady breeze, laid-back Makaha Beach is a great place for beginner surfers. You can rent a board and sign up for single or multiple lessons on the spot. When you’re ready, paddle into the Pacific to master your moves.
When to go
Summer lasts roughly from December to April, and the days are mostly warm and sunny, with temperatures in the mid-70s and 80s. The rest of the year remains fairly mild, though sea fog often flows in from the ocean.
If you’re visiting in January, join locals in celebrating the Foundation of Lima (January 18), a traditional festival with fireworks, Peruvian food and drink, and dancing. In February, Carnival season brings festivities of all kinds throughout Lima. Watch for neighborhood parades with colorful floats and limeños decked out in elaborate costumes.
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