District Guide – Miraflores Highlights

This guide is to go alongside my List on Google Maps, ‘A Slice of Peru’s Miraflores Highlights’. It just explains my choices in slightly more detail and shares any extra information I may have written previously. Links for the different locations are available through the map. I hope this helps give you some inspiration for your next trip to Miraflores!

This is the link to the map to check out my recommendations and their location – https://www.google.com/maps/placelists/list/1BGz-v0YZ6RQLcsXJd8nL8y3ODLQ

These locations have been added to the list in no particular order…

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A Slice of Christmas // A Few Festive Locations in Lima

a-slice-of-christmas-5 // A Slice of Peru

I know that Lima is not the first place you would think of when booking your Christmas holidays, but if you do happen to find yourself here over the festive period there are some locations that keep the Christmas spirit going throughout December!! It really helps being away from my family over Christmas if I can find places that fill me with seasonal cheer or remind me of home, so here are my picks for doing just that.

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Panchita // Traditional Peruvian Flavours with a Modern Edge

Another offering from acclaimed chef Gastón Acurio, Panchita centres around traditional Peruvian dishes, or, to use the Peruvian term, ‘criollo’ cooking.

panchita

Panchita is a stunningly decorated restaurant, utilising many traditional Peruvian design elements but with such a stylish and modern twist. Think colourful striped fabrics, fluorescent poster style graffiti signage, and traditional hand painted bulls on display.

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Lima Food Week // La Nacional

As I mentioned in this post, we have two weeks here in Lima called Lima Food Week. This is when around 25 restaurants offer a set menu of 3 courses for lunch (S/59) or dinner (S/79) to showcase what their restaurant has to offer to the people of Lima.

On of these restaurants is La Nacional.

La Nacional

Don’t you just love their logo!

Established as a deli in 1821, La Nacional has become a fully fledged restaurant. Located on La Mar, it has a prime location to attract foodies which head down the famous avenue looking for good food. And good food…no, wait,… fantastic food is what I found,

I went into La Nacional with no expectations and they absolutely wowed me.

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El Pan de la Chola

El Pan de la Chola is a bakery and café all-in-one and it is one of my favourites.

entrance

I first visited about 6 months ago, but my friend Vanessa had never been, so I took this opportunity to introduce her to the wonders of the freshly baked bread here.

Jonathan Day, the owner, honed his baking skills whilst living in London after finding breads there that were not like those to be found in Lima. He brought his knowledge back with him to Peru, eventually opening El Pan de la Chola, home to amazing bread, coffee, extracts and sweet treats.

His bread is made just using flour (ground on site), water and a starter. No yeast, just the natural starter to help it rise and it is left to do so for 24 hours.

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Biking to the Border (Part 1) // Perupa’ti

The title makes it sound much more epic than it was.

The border I refer to is the one between the districts of Miraflores and Barranco.

See. Not as epic.

However, the places we were heading to for a sunny Saturday afternoon happened to be on either side of this border.

The weather was sunny, but not too hot, so we had decided to bike.

bikes

^My bike is the red one at the front. How Cambridge is that?! Love!

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La Preferida

When I first moved to Peru, aside from one friend (an amazing girl I met on my flight home from Peru on my first trip), my boyfriend, and his family, I didn’t really know anyone. All my English friends existed on Skype & WhatsApp, plus being on a 5/6 hour time difference.

Pretty tricky.

Thank goodness I eventually met Vanessa. She is the sort of person that you just have to find if you move to a new country. We’ve not only become great friends, but also each others language teacher, therapist and food eating partner-in-crime!

This week we decided to catch up over lunch in La Preferida, an amazing hub for seafood dishes in Lima.

La Preferida

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Choco Museo

I was an honorary Oompa Loompa for the day, and it was brilliant.

OK, so I didn’t get to make a chocolate river or see geese that lay golden eggs, but I did learn how to make chocolate from ‘bean to bar’ at the Choco Museo.

choco museo sign

Through the workshop at the Choco Museo in Miraflores, and other locations, you learn about the production of chocolate and what you can do with the final product. You start with the cocoa pod and follow the process all the way through to making your own chocolates to take home.

Plus, you eat & drink an awful lot of chocolate products throughout, which is always a bonus!

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