Cafes in Lima are, literally, a world yet to discover. As a traveler, you are discovering a new city and a new culture; either you are already a coffee lover or if you simply want so sit and relax for a while, you will discover new flavors and new ways of enjoying coffee, too.
First of all, most cafes in Lima are thematic; some good examples are Café bar Habana (Cuban-themed), Café Colombia, Café de la Paz (peace-themed), News Café (journalism-themed), La Tiendecita Blanca (Swiss-themed), or Haiti (Caribbean-themed). Cozy atmospheres, friendly service and some glimpse to other cultures and traditions will add a new dimension to your coffee experience.
Second, the recent and growing boom of Peruvian cuisine is influencing most cafeterias. They are not only “coffee shops” or “cafes”. You can tell that most of them offer more than just plain sandwiches; they offer deli, gourmet sandwiches, a la carte dishes and buffets, or even openly call themselves “Café Restaurant” or “Café Bar”. And some of them even offer live shows and exhibitions. This is obviously a marketing strategy: Peruvians have a rich gastronomic tradition, while their romance with coffee (even with the excellent Peruvian specialty coffees) is still brand new. Joining the best of both worlds, Lima cafes can position themselves in the market while expanding the culture of cafes and turning more and more customers into coffee lovers.