Rent an apartment in the quiet residential neighbourhood of San Miguel. Spend your days being lazy, visiting the market and getting to know the local shopkeepers.
Bring along some new friends who happen to be a superstar chef / sommelier couple. Rather than spending money in fancy restaurants (we very nearly made reservations for Central) cook up an awesome dinner with wine pairings in the apartment. Fraction of the cost, all of the taste & definitely more fun!
While you’re in San Miguel, head to the local square to watch the World Cup qualifying game against Chile. You’ll make a tonne of friends who want to know why four giant Scots & Canadians are in their neighbourhood and care about a South American football game!
Rent a ridiculously trendy apartment in the neighbourhood of Barranco, known for it’s bohemian vibes and brightly-coloured street art.
Invite your party-loving Australian friends to join you and book tickets to Resistance, a one-day dance music festival. Dance in the open-air stadium to world famous DJ’s like The Martinez Brothers, John Digweed and Jamie Jones until the sun starts to come up, and just hope that the hangover doesn’t last too long!
Book a trendy hotel that looks like it should belong to the Hoxton group. It helps to tell them that its your husband’s birthday so that room service deliver an Oreo cheesecake & some other tasty (complimentary!) treats.
In the afternoon, get out on foot to explore the parts of the city you haven’t seen yet, and create your own mini food-tour along the way. Avenue Mariscal la Mar is without a doubt the best foodie street in the whole city – start off with a falafel bao at bao? then make your way along to El Pan de la Chola for amazing breads, sandwiches and pastries.
Walk off all the (delicious) carbs along the boardwalk, admiring the costal views while watching surfers in the pacific below & hang gliders floating above your head.
There you have it – three amazing and very different ways to celebrate (or just enjoy) Lima!
We loved our time in the city so much that we returned for another three night stay before flying back to Colombia. This time we stayed in Barranco again and did the few things we missed on our first stay such as visiting the MATE Mario Testino gallery, indulging in Blu‘s incredibly creamy gelato, and eating fresh ceviche at the local market (this one was Martin obviously!).
Thanks to the warmth & friendliness of the locals Lima really began to feel like home, and I would visit again in a heartbeat. Hopefully we make it back one day!