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A Quick Guide To Barranco, Lima

Barranco Flowers

So here we are, In Lima! We made it! 26 hours of travel later and we find ourselves in the vibrant, bohemium suburb of Barranco. Barranco sits like a hotch-potch of colour on the cliffside of Lima. Situated a twenty-minute walk away from Miraflores and a twenty-minute bus ride from the Centre of Lima this vibrant suburb is a welcomed oasis of calm in an otherwise boisterous and grey city.

Initially founded by Spanish settlers and awarded the nickname of the “City of Windmills” (due to dwellers using windmills to draw water from their wells), Barranco later went on to become a fashionable seaside resort for the rich. By the time Lima was awarded independence, Barranco was a thriving destination for Lima’s wealthiest teaming with ornate summer houses and attracting some of Peru’s most famous writers and artists.

Barranco Blue Building

Today the artistic heritage of this small suburb shines through. The former art-deco buildings are slowly being restored to their former glory in the most luminescent colours creating a patchwork of colour that stretches down the highway to Miraflores. These grand buildings are sandwiched between large swathes of highly detailed and eclectic styles of graffiti. Equally as vibrant as the neighbouring buildings these giant canvases signify a new era of artistic expression with nods to Spanish surrealism.

Graffiti Barranco

One of the reasons we chose to stay in Barranco was for its acclaimed “foodie” scene. Barranco is thriving with independent coffee shops, eateries and bars. There is a keen vegetarian and Gluten free strain to a majority of the coffee shops such as La Panadera who source all of their ingredients from local Peruvian farmers.  La Bodega Verde is another popular choice, a garden cafe, it offers simple yet delicious organic light lunches and dinners.

Bodega Verde

If coffee is more your bag then there are an abundance of incredibly high-quality coffee houses (excuse the Starbucks in the central plaza). Our favourite and by far the most popular for Peruvians and tourists alike is Cafe Bisetti. With its own laboratory, Bisetti roast and grind their own beans in house creating some of the best coffee, I’ve had. Their bitter chocolate tart is a must.

For affordable evening meals try Burrito Bar which offers incredible and sizeable Burrito’s for around £2.50 or for something a bit different try El Chinto who creates phenomenal sanguche de chicharron. Lima’s number one sandwich of choice, they are essentially roast pork belly with Peru’s most important salsa, Salsa Criolla. The meat is stacked between a crispy french roll and topped off with slices of sweet potato! An absolute must at any time of the day!

If you’re looking for a slightly more formal meal La Canta Rana is a throwback to a typical Peruvian food hall with walls completely filled with family photo’s and ceilings adorned with international flags. A great Cevicheria, La Canta Rana offers an endless traditional Peruvian menu. You will rarely find English versions of the menu’s in Barranco so if you’re not that hot on your Spanish it’s worth downloading Google Translate to hover over your menu.

A trip to Lima wouldn’t be complete without a Pisco Sour and in Barranco there is only one place to go, La Posada Del PiscoThis dark, gothic bar is jam packed with an odd combination of religious relics and jars of pickled vegetables (Sounds odd but it’s strangely romantic). The menu provides a lengthy concoction of Pisco shots and Pisco cocktails as well as light tapas.

Pisco Sour, barranco

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    6th October 2015 at 6:43 pm

    Hey – stumbled upon your blog when looking for some holiday inspiration and already I’m very jealous of your trip. Ceviche and pisco sours …yum! We were in Lima last year and enjoyed the Mario Testino gallery MATE so I recommend it if you have time… Look forward to seeing how your travels go, have fun!

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      7th October 2015 at 12:57 am

      Thanks Hannah, so lovely to hear from you and thank you for your recommendation! MATE is actually only a couple of doors away from our flat in Barranco! Would love to hear any other tips you have for any of the other places we’re venturing to, should you have visited already. Take Care, Lyndsay and Jake

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