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The Barranco neighborhood in Lima is known for its laidback bohemian vibe and has quietly become the cultural epicenter of the city. Strolling through this neighborhood you’ll stumble upon colorful murals splashed along buildings, art galleries, cozy cafes, and boutiques in restored historic mansions. Barranco also has a much more local vibe than its neighbor Miraflores where most visitors stay and you’ll notice much fewer tourists walking around.

Whether you’re staying in Barranco or want to visit for the day to see what it’s all about, here are 16 things to do while you’re there.

 

Go on a food tour

Trying food is my favorite way to get to know a city and Barranco has some great hidden gems. On the Barranco Ultimate Peruvian Food Tour, you can sample more than 16 Peruvian foods and drinks. You will also meet local hosts to learn how to prepare the famous Peruvian style ceviche and pisco sour during two interactive workshops.


Sip on cocktails at 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!


Shop local designers at La Feria

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!


Eat ceviche at 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.


Make a wish at the Puente de Suspiros

Local legend has it that the first time you set sight on the Puente de Suspiros (Bridge of Sighs) you are entitled to one wish and you must hold your breath while walking across the entire 30-meter bridge for it to come true. Whether you believe in superstition or not, this is an iconic photo op in Barranco and has a great view of the surrounding colorful murals.


Get photos in front of vibrant street art

Barranco is covered in colorful murals that make a perfect backdrop for your next Instagram post. You can find most of the street art under the Puente de Suspiros (Bridge of Sighs) and on Calle 28 de Julio. But simply spend the day wandering around and you will stumble upon some hidden gems.


Relax at the beach

Summer in Lima (December – April) is gorgeous and locals love to flock to the beach to soak up some rays. Luckily in Barranco, you have easy beach access via the walkway under the Puente de Suspiros. So head to the beach and spend a day enjoying ceviche & cerveza!


Enjoy local theatre at Microteatro

Barranco is known as the arts district, which makes it a great spot to enjoy local theatre. Microteatro features 25 different mini-plays that are 15 minutes each and you can choose an 8 pm or 11 pm start time Thursday – Sunday. It will be in Spanish, but Microteatro is a fun spot to spend an evening even if you don’t speak the language.


Visit the Sunday farmers market

Every Sunday at Parque de Los Héroes, vendors set up shop for the weekly Feria Ecológica de Barranco. You can purchase homebaked goods, fresh fruits & veggies, artisanal soaps, and more.


Sip on coffee at 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 French press, v60, Chemex, or you can always have a classic cafe americano.


Get a hipster haircut

While traveling you have to eventually get a haircut and it can be difficult to find a good place to go. El Turco just opened in Barranco and is a great spot for a classic hipster haircut in Lima. The barbers are well-trained in the latest hair and beard styles and the barbershop also has its own line of male grooming products.


Listen to free jazz on Mondays at La Noche

La Noche de Barranco is a classic spot in the neighborhood for live music and every Monday you can go for live jazz. Shows typically start at 10 pm and I recommend getting there a little before that to get a good seat.


Visit The MATE Photography Museum

Photo via @museomate

The Mate Photography Museum was founded by Mario Testino and showcases some of his best work from the fashion world as well as local Peruvian culture. They are open Tuesday – Sunday (closed Mondays) from 10 am to 6:30 pm.


Have afternoon tea at Hotel B

Photo via @hotelblima

Hotel B is a fashionable boutique hotel in the Barranco neighborhood where you can enjoy a bougie late afternoon tea. The cost is 59 Soles (or free for guests staying at Hotel B), from 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm daily.


Drink at a local peña

Photo via Peña Don Porfirio Facebook by Photographer Omar Miranda

A peña is where you can experience local Peruvian culture with live folkloric music, drinking, and dancing. Peña Don Porfirio is a classic local spot in Barranco that is open on the weekends where you can get an untouristy peña experience.

 

Barranco Hotels

 

If you would like to actually stay in Barranco (I recommend you do) there are some amazing hotels you stay at ranging from budget hostels to luxurious restored mansions. 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.

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I'm Joey, a guy from Louisville, Kentucky that packed up and studied abroad in Panamá at the age of 20 and haven't moved back since. What started as a semester trip to Panamá has turned into 7+ years of living in Latin America and becoming a full-time travel blogger. Follow me on Instagram @joeybonura for more updates on my life abroad!

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