24 hours in Lima (a fashionable mini guide to the city)

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As I mentioned last week during my Peru #LTKTravelTakeover, I was working on a little guide from our time in Lima.  While I’ve been lucky enough to travel to Lima several times already (to visit family & vacation), this trip was the quickest.  Which isn’t uncommon for many tourists to Peru, especially if they’re on their way to Cusco + Machu Picchu.  However that trend is changing with an explosion of interest in Peruvian cuisine and the incredible restaurants the city hosts.  So here’s a little guide for what to do if you have only have 24 hours in Lima.

Where to stay…

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If you’re looking to spend some time exploring the city of Lima then the JW Marriott is a wonderful hotel to call home.  One of the most desired features of the hotel is its ideal location.  Being near all of our favorite spots in the city, it’s just perfectly situated for our needs.  Across the street from the hotel is the lovely outdoor shopping mall Larcomar, along with parks overlooking the Pacific Ocean.  Together they form an iconic landmark within the District/neighborhood of Miraflores which is home to Lima’s upscale residences and shopping.  From the hotel you’re easily within walking distance to many great restaurants, shops, and parks.  Lima is a big city, so make sure to ask the concierge for suggestions before leaving to explore.

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(Those shoes now 40% off!)

After our long flight it was so nice to finally arrive at the hotel.  We indulged in a little late night sushi snack before drifting off to sleep in our cushy bed.  The next day we took in an early breakfast before heading out to enjoy some of our favorite spots in the Lima…

Besides Miraflores, another fun area to visit is Barranco!

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If you’re looking for a bohemian and quaint kind of vibe, I would definitely recommend the District of Barranco.  This artsy neighborhood offers many great bars, restaurants, and shops filled with local flavor.  I enjoyed the charming street musicians and grabbing a bite to eat at one of my favorite cafes in the city.  While we only spent time there during the day, I would recommend going back at night.  Especially when it comes to dining or after dinner drinks.  Either way, give yourself several hours just to explore the Bridge of SighsMuseo Pedro de Osma, and Mate Museo (especially good for fashion lovers — it houses photographer Mario Testino’s most famous photos).

(Barranco is only a quick cab ride from the JW in Miraflores, so don’t miss it!)

Where to eat… everywhere!  But this place you can’t miss…

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World-renowned Chef Gastón Acurio is known for his role in elevating Peruvian cuisine during the past decade or so at his many restaurants.  His most famous, Astrid y Gaston, was our destination for dinner but, sadly the restaurant was closing for a party.  However, they did let us stay to enjoy a Pisco Sour on the balcony.

Note:  When in Peru you MUST have one.  It’s not only the national cocktail made from the country’s Pisco (Peruvian white brandy) and it is completely deliciously refreshing.  Yes, it has egg white it in, but just ignore it.  You’ll be fine… I always am!

Honorable mentions…

Looking for shopping, check out the Jockey Plaza for the widest selection of stores in the city.

Cosmo, a hip gastropub to catch a bite to eat and enjoy some wonderful cocktails.

The restaurant Central for cutting edge Peruvian gastronomy.  (Ranked one of the best restaurants in the world.)

Maido for amazing Peruvian Japanese fusion and incredible sushi.

José Antonio for traditional Peruvian cooking.

La Bodega Verda to relax with good food and coffee.  (I posted about it here!)


Blue dress c/o Yumi Kim, Tie waist dress in photo c/o Splendid, Fringe Dress c/o Ella Moss, Hotel accommodations provided JW Marriott

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