As a part of its process of growing and becoming a large, commerce-booming and tourist-friendly capital, Lima has many new shops, boutiques, commercial areas and shopping malls, suitable for almost any budget; from the very affordable street fairs to the most exclusive malls. Many international brands and boutiques have presence now in Lima’s shopping scene, but we are sure that you will prefer those places that focus in original, local creations, so you can get mostly stuff original from Peru.
Most tourists are looking for some small, easy to carry and affordable gifts for friends and/or family. If this is your case, you may want to explore the wide and almost ubiquitous world of street fairs, flea markets and “indian markets”, where you can find stuff like souvenirs, handicrafts, décor objects for your desktop or home, etc., as well as alpaca clothing. However there are certain spots specially recommendable due to their location, quality and prices; Mercado Indio (in Pueblo Libre), Indio’s Market (Miraflores). In these places you will find most of the traditional handicrafts from all over Peru, at very reasonable prices, and other option in this department is the Miraflores Central Park (or “Parque Kennedy”) where you can also enjoy of typical Peruvian desserts.
You may need some something extra domestic supplies; baby care or personal care stuff, some fruit or veggies, etc. In this case Wong and Vivanda supermarket may be your best choices. Other interesting option, if you are staying in the Lima Downtown or nearby, is Real Plaza shopping mall.
On the top side of the scale, some of the best and well-known shopping places are Larcomar and Jockey Plaza shopping malls; for valuable Peruvian silver jewellery, Ilaria; for the finest alpaca clothing, Alpaca 111 (currently changing its name to Kuna), and Dedalo, for Peruvian designers’ stuff.
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