Visiting Barranco in Lima is much like visiting a magical place from a fairytale – from mural-drawn buildings to amazing food treats and a very vibrant and rich culture – visiting Barranco is a must for anyone visiting Lima. It is said to be the most happening and lively place in Lima. You can expect colorful street arts, rustic and cute little coffee shops and bars, summer houses, and beautiful museums.
Here’s a guide to exploring cities gems to make sure your trip to Barranco covers all the must-see places.
Explore the Culture in Barranco Here
Start your trip by embracing the city’s vibrant culture. The first spot on the list to visit Bridge of Sighs – one of the most famous landmarks of the neighborhood – also do not forget to make a wish and then hold your breath to cross this 100-foot bridge -because legend has it that your wish will come true. To experience the street art – just take a walk down the neighborhood. To immerse yourself a little deeper in the culture, visit the MATE museum housed in a 19th-century mansion. To carry some souvenirs with you, visit Dédalo Arte y Artesanías – and explore their amazing collection of Peruvian crafts, jewelry, decor, furniture, and more.
Where and What to Eat in Barranco
Start your gastronomic journey by visiting El Muelle to eat some lip-smacking ceviche, a local dish, and they also offer ceviche-making lessons. Also, try out some local cuisines here like causa – a local cold dish of yellow mashed potatoes with fillings inside. Don’t miss out on chicha morada while you are there – a traditional nonalcoholic drink made out of purple corn and pineapple with added species like cinnamon and clove. Also, pay Juanito de Barranco a visit to try out drinks like pisco sour. Make sure you don’t skip Isolina, an eatery keeping the forgotten recipes from past generations alive.
Where to Stay Near Barranco
The AC Hotel Lima Miraflores offers ocean views and dining on the rooftop – making it one of the best places to stay during your visit. It is also located at a walkable distance from all the famous eateries and retail shops.
If you want to enjoy the city view and twinkling lights at night – then Westin Lima Hotel is also a very good option.