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Most visitors coming to Lima, Peru ends up staying in the famous Miraflores neighborhood, but Barranco is where the cool kids in Lima come to hang out. Known as the bohemian area of the city, you’ll find colorful murals and renovated 1920’s mansions that are now home to art galleries, boutique hotels, cozy cafes, bars, and amazing restaurants.
Here’s where to stay, eat, shop, and party like a local hipster in Lima’s Barranco Neighborhood.
Where To Stay
Barranco has some amazing hotels to stay in ranging from budget hostels to luxurious mansion hotels. Here are the best places to stay no matter what your budget is.
Hotel B: Hotel B is a fashionable boutique hotel in the Barranco neighborhood where afternoon tea is included for guests staying here. The hotel is situated on a gorgeous courtyard where you’ll be steps away from the best art galleries, cozy cafes, bars, and restaurants. View Hotel Rates.
Casa Nuestra: Casa Nuestra is an affordable option if you are looking to stay in the Barranco neighborhood. The house is artistically decorated and has cozy common areas for guests to hang out. You also have a knowledgeable host there that can give you great restaurant recommendations and things to do. View Hotel Rates.
Villa Barranco: Villa Barranco delivers an eclectic design with luxury finishes in the Barranco neighborhood. Amenities include free breakfast and a stunning rooftop terrace with an ocean view. View Hotel Rates.
Second Home: You’ll feel right at home at Second Home in Lima’s Barranco neighborhood. The home has uninterrupted ocean views, a swimming pool, and breakfast included. This is also the house and studio of Victor Delfin, one of the most known artists in South America so the house is filled with his creative artwork. View Hotel Rates.
La Unsha Hostel: One thing that Lima is missing are hip, well-designed hostels, but La Unsha Hostel is the highest rated hostel in Barranco and offers dorm rooms starting at 30 Soles ($9USD) / Night. View Hotel Rates.
Lima’s Barranco neighborhood has an array of cozy coffee shops & cafes that are perfect to spend a day working online or chatting with friends. Plus Peru is known for growing some flavorful specialty coffee.
La Bodega Verde: La Bodega Verde has two locations: one within the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo and one closer to the main square of Barranco. Both are great to pass the time but I like the one near the square a little better. It has a great outdoor space and the indoor area is cozy with minimal decor. They also have tons of vegetarian options on their menu. Address: Jiron Mariscal Jose Antonio de Sucre 335A, Barranco
Colonia & Co: Colina is a stylish space with great food (lots of vegetarian options) and great lighting that I feel inspired to work in. The building also has a clothing boutique with items from Peruvian independent designers and an amazing ice cream shop. Address: Av San Martin 131, Barranco
Twins Cafe: Twins Cafe has a rustic European feel to it as well as delicious food and coffee for a reasonable price. They specialize in a completely gluten-free menu in Lima so you can order their all-day breakfast, pasta, or sandwich items without worry. There is also a store in the cafe stocked with local and imported organic goods. Address: Colina 108, Barranco
Tostaduria Bisetti: Tostaduria Bisetti is the oldest cafe in Barranco and they even roast their own coffee on site. They offer several brewing methods like a French press, v60, Chemex, or you can always have a classic Cafe Americano. Address: Pedro de Osma 116, Barranco
Amaru Centro Cultural: Amaru is a mixed-use cultural space with an art gallery and cafe. I love coming here to work online because the space is open with high ceilings, comfy couches, and is usually not crowded. Be sure to order the berejena (eggplant) sandwich and a cup of local coffee. This is also a great spot to purchase Peruvian coffee to take back home! Address: Jr. Sucre 317, Barranco
Where To Eat
Eating out in Barranco is much more casual (and affordable) than you’re going to find in Miraflores or San Isidro but there are some amazing local eateries that will satisfy any foodie. Besides the below options there are tons of spots you can eat a menu del día for 10 Soles ($3). Here are the places to eat like a hipster in Barranco.
Canta Ranita: Canta Ranita is one of my favorite hole in the walls for ceviche and beer in Barranco. It’s located inside a local fruit and vegetable market (enter on the left side and go all the way to the back) and is a favorite hangout for Barranco locals. Order a classic ceviche con todo and it will run you 30 Soles for a huge portion. Address: Jr. Unión 195 (Inside Market), Barranco
Juanito de Barranco: Juanito de Barranco was established in 1937 and is still a favorite neighborhood hangout. Be sure to order the famous Causa Acevichada for 24 Soles and it will be one of the best causas you have ever had. Av. Almte. Miguel Grau 270, Barranco
Isolina: Isolina is a family style restaurant that specializes in Criolla Peruvian dishes with reasonable prices and HUGE portions. The Seco de Asado de Tira (Roasted Beef) is their specialty and it is amazing. The amount was enough for 3-4 people and cost 70 Soles so it’s not bad if you are splitting it with people. They also offer smaller portions of their items if you want to try more dishes on their menu or have a smaller group. Address: Av San Martin 101, Barranco
Barra Mar: Barra Mar is an awesome spot to try local ceviche and other Peruvian dishes in a casual environment. The restaurant has two floors, the portions are great, and the prices are reasonable. Address: Av. Almte. Miguel Grau 201, Barranco
La 73: La 73 is a hip spot with creative Peruvian cuisine in the Barranco neighborhood. I love their spin on a classic Tukey Sandwich, but they are most famous for their churro dessert. Address: Av. El Sol 175, Barranco
Where To Drink
Barranco is home to an array of historic mansions that have been converted into decadent cocktail bars. Whether you’re looking to sip on cocktails or party into the wee hours of the night, here are the best spots to go.
Ayahuasca: A huge historic mansion from the late 1800’s has been restored into a gorgeous cocktail bar known as Ayahuasca. There are so many ambiances to explore so I recommend ordering a flight of their Pisco cocktail sampler and finishing each drink in a different spot! Address: Av San Martin 130, Barranco
Victoria Bar: Victoria Bar is another hipster staple in the Barranco neighborhood. They have a beautifully lit garden area outside as well as an indoor area with live music or DJs. Address: Pedro de Osma 135, Barranco
DaDa: Just down the street from Ayahuasca, you’ll stumble upon Dada, another beautifully converted mansion in Barranco. DaDa is known for their specialty gin cocktails and a young & trendy crowd. Address: Av San Martin 154, Barranco
BarBarian: If you want to try local craft beer in Lima, Barbarian has one of the largest selection of beers on tap. They are located in the heart of Barranco and have an open-air area in the back to hang out. Address: Pedro de Osma 144, Barranco
Fuga: Fuga is currently pioneering the underground electronic music scene in Lima. They are open on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday where you’ll find Lima’s alternative crowd dancing until 5 am. Address: Av. Almte. Miguel Grau 701, Barranco
Where To Shop
Lima has a booming scene of independent designers and you can snag some unique clothing, accessories, and household items to bring back home. Besides visiting one of the below spots I also recommend simply walking around on a Sunday as tons of pop-up flea markets tend to happen.
La Feria de Barranco: On Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays you can pass by La Feria de Barranco for flea market stands from independent designers, food, health goods, and more! Address: Av. Almte. Miguel Grau 346, Barranco
El Clóset de Mi Hermana: El Closet de Mi Hermana is an entire store with their own branded clothing line. You can shop unique women’s clothing, shoes, and accessories as well as household decor. Address: Jirón Centenario 162, Barranco
Vernacula: Vernacula is a concept store with tons of artisanal items from local designers in Peru. They have clothing for men and women as well as unique souvenir items to bring back home. Address: Ayacucho 269, Barranco
Dédalo: Dédalo has a massive selection of locally made artisanal goods, clothing, accessories, house decor, and more in Barranco. They also have a gorgeous open-air cafe in the back of the store. Address: Jirón Sáenz Peña 295, Barranco
Pórtico: Alpaca yarn is one of the lightest materials that can keep you warm! At Portico you can buy a high-quality Alpaca sweater that they actually make in the store. Address: Jr.Batalla De Junin 358, Barranco
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