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Lima Cafes, A World Yet To Discover



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.


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A great place, with top quality a la carte dishes but its buffet options (for breakfast, lunch, brunch and tea-time) have become famous, too, due to their large wide selection of salads, sandwiches, fruit juices and desserts. Other great attraction of this place is its location, up in the Miraflores cliffs (at Larcomar Shopping Center), looking at the sea, which provides a beautiful scenery both from the terrace and even from the inside. The menu covers international and Peruvian dishes; cocktails and beverages are also available. A la carte dishes are definitely pricey for local standards, but the buffets are quite as good, and both food and service are excellent.

Local Expert tip: Mangos is spacious and can host large group reservations and even some parties and events. Some tour operators bring tourists here, so you may ask yours if this is the case: the views from here are stunning, so don't forget your camera.

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This is another of the most traditional caf� places in Lima, Peru, with more than 50 years in the business. Undoubtedly this is the most popular caf� in Miraflores, among locals and foreigners as well, due to its quality and cordial service. Besides coffee specialties, Hait� serves local and international dishes, desserts, cold drinks and cocktails; and is still one of the favorite meeting points for politicians, businesspeople and local TV celebrities. The place preserves many of its original 1960s d�cor, with bamboo furniture and warm colors: it's a place perfect to enjoy some of the local cuisine, pamper your internal coffee-lover and taking a look at the street life.

Local Expert tip: If you need some more "real" food, you may want to try some of these: ceviche (fish fillets marinated in lime juice), lomo saltado (marinated strips of steak over rice and potatoes) or sopa criolla (Creole soup). There is also a good selection of teas and herbal infusions, as well as digestive liquors.

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Established in 1937, this restaurant and caf� has become a widely known landmark in Miraflores, which combines the best of Swiss and other European cuisines with Peruvian gastronomy, plus offering a superb pastry and desserts offer, including of course cakes, rolls, cupcakes, breads, and of course quiches and the typical German apple pies. A sensible choice if you are in the mood for coffee, sweets, chocolates and fondues; but the options of lunch or dinner are also more than enjoyable. A charming place good for having either breakfast, lunch or dinner, maybe a bit pricey but it's worth a try.

Local Expert tip: The service is excellent, as well as the food. We recommend the Gnocchi, or the Sirloin Tips With Rice and Chips. This is a very original and classy place; but if you really want to enjoy a conversation with your friends, take one of the tables inside, since it can be really noisy outdoors due to Lima's heavy traffic.

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With some more than 15 years operating in Peru, News Cafe is a thematic place that recreates the world of newspaper press and journalism; the format has been so successful that currently it has four branches in Lima and one in Arequipa. The atmosphere is welcoming and invites to stay reading some of the magazines and newspaper they always have, or working with your laptop since they have free wi-fi. The menus include a large selection of salads, sandwiches, desserts, beverages and drinks. The service is excellent, there are facilities intended for handicapped customer and most of the staff speaks decent English.

Local Expert tip: Try the Thai Salad, which is excellent, or the Fish with Artichoke Sauce. For desserts, the choice is more difficult, but you may want to indulge yourself with any chocolate-based one. As for credit cards, News Cafe accepts almost all of them.

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Cafe de la Paz


This is a lovely and cozy thematic place, inspired in the old French street cafes: "paz" in Spanish means "peace", so, the d�cor features many symbols of peace: it even has a white dove in their logo. You will see many famous quotes related to world peace in the decoration, stationery, table clothes, wall art, etc. Their wide menu offers many choices: sandwiches, desserts, veggie, French, Delicatessen, Mediterranean, International, as well as many coffee-based specialties and some pretty good wines. The desserts selection is really excellent, and we strongly suggest the Sauco Cheesecake, prepared with local exotic fruits, or the "Tres Leches" (a local dessert).

Local Expert tip: Service is good and friendly, and the menu includes translations of many dishes names, but most waiters do not speak English, so it may be a good idea to carry your pocket Spanish-English dictionary. If there's nice weather (e.g. if it is not drizzling) you will undoubtledly enjoy more if choosing a table outside.

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A Colombian spot in Lima, a good choice to enjoy the best food, drinks, coffees and music from that country: the eclectic decor (which and features antique pieces and handicrafts, as well as some modern design furniture) evocates the hospitality and warm friendliness of Colombian people. But obviously the most important thing is food: traditional dishes like the bandeja paisa, picada rumbera, cazuela de frijoles, among many others. Of course, they serve 100% Colombian coffee, too, and there's live music on weekends. In addition, they have a small art and antiques shop, and sell some Colombian liquors, handicrafts and coffee machines.

Local Expert tip: Cafe Colombia also serves BBQs and grilled meats: ask the waiter for the options. This is also a good place to enjoy a quiet conversation with a few friends if you arrive early enough (around 6:30pm). And there they have a good selection of fresh fruit juices, too.

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Established in 1979 by Hector and Isabel Oldani, this restaurant serves pizza an other Italian specialties and some fusion with Peruvian flavors. The owners pride in offering "home made flavors" but more than that �they have become known for their warm and friendly welcome to all their guests. The owners' sons and daughters run the place nowadays, and some of their new creations are the Lasagna de Anchoveta (Anchovies Lasagna) and the Sorrentino (ravioli stuffed with five cheeses). The star of the house are sill the pizzas (Mozzarella, Ham, Margarita, Caribe, Genovese, Bacon and Anchovies, etc.) and very specially the Mavery Pizza.

Local Expert tip: Other of their specialties are the "empanadas", stuffed with Peruvian typical dishes like Lomo Saltado, Aji de gallina and Crawfish. Their Osobucco is also memorable, and don't forget to give a try to the desserts. Live music on weekends.

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This nice, quite rustic cafe is not a night club nor a dance spot, but does schedule some live music shows regularly, and in a few years has become quite a referent regarding bohemian coffee places, especially among young people. Run by the Keenan family, Caf� Z offers breakfasts, menu options for lunch, sandwiches that can perfectly fit as lunch or as an on-the-go dinner: but you can also find salads, pizzas, and empanadas (stuffed with beef or poultry). Of course, they serve many Peruvian coffees, freshly brewed, and many tea blends, as well as fruit juices, soft drinks, wines and cocktails.

Local Expert tip: Check their Facebook page for information on their live music shows and their schedules. When you buy any coffee or tea you can ask for a loyalty card (buy 9 drinks to get the 10th for free). And be patient, service can be a bit slow sometimes, especially at nights.

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Established a few years ago by a Cuban immigrant, this thematic bar has become a referent in Miraflores' nightlife; it also hosts some music events and temporary art and handicraft exhibitions. The owners pride in serving "the best traditional Cuban cocktails in Lima", so this is the perfect place in Lima to try a Mojito, a Cuba Libre or a Pina Colada; but the bar serves Peruvian drinks, too, that you can enjoy by the nine meters long bar. The menu at Café Bar Habana Cuban specialties, tapas and sandwiches and many dishes from Cuban cuisine: the music is also Cuban, and the art on the walls is mostly created by Cuban artists. Spending a night here will feel like a one-night trip to Cuba, while enjoying your friends' company.

Local Expert tip: In case you prefer just enjoying a nice conversation with friends or with a date, you can also come here; just try arrive, so that it's not crowded yet (and you may also find some special offers). In any case, we suggest to try the Tostones, Montadito or Revoltillo for snacks.

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This a two-floor large café that you can enjoy at any time of the day; you can have breakfast, lunch or even enjoy the evening with friends here; the diverse menu includes more than 25 types of sandwiches, pizzas, salads, desserts, and of course, lots of cocktails and specialty coffees. But there are also some larger options in case you need a real dinner or a complete combo. Conveniently located beside Miraflores Central Park, close to hostels, hotels and shops, its prices are also very convenient, and it is a place mostly visited by young people, who gather here after working hours.

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