19 Amazing Things to do in Miraflores, Peru
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Miraflores, Peru is a beautiful area in Lima with tons to offer visitors. Here’s everything you need to know about Miraflores including 19 amazing things to do in Miraflores, Peru!
Miraflores is a neighborhood in Lima, Peru and the area that you’ll likely stay while visiting Lima. This is where the majority of the cities hotels and hostels are, plus it is known as the safest area in Lima.
While you’ll need to venture out of Miraflores to experience the best of what Lima has to offer, surprisingly there is a ton to do right outside your hotel’s front door! That’s right, there are lots of fun and exciting things to do in Miraflores, Peru that will keep you busy.
Whether you can’t be bothered jumping in an Uber to explore another neighborhood or you just want to see what this area of Lima is really about, I’ve got you covered. I lived in Miraflores for over a month and did a hell of a lot exploring.
So here it is, the 19 amazing things to do in Miraflores, Peru!
About Miraflores, Peru
Before we get into the awesome things to do in Miraflores, I wanted to give you a little background information about this incredibly beautiful neighborhood.
Back in the day, this area was for fishermen. Since Miraflores sits right on the coast of the Pacific Ocean it was mainly a fishing village. However, rich people from further inland caught wind of this gorgeous area and starting vacationing in Miraflores, Peru and then it started to develop hotels and tourism.
Now, Miraflores is the tourist district of Lima as well as the neighborhood many upper-class Peruvians live. Many young, successful, business people call Miraflores home and this is apparent if you venture into local bars and restaurants in the evening or on the weekends.
Miraflores, Peru got its name from the beautiful flowers that are everywhere. In Spanish, “Mira” means “to look” and “flores” means flowers, so, “to look at the flowers.” Even today this name holds true and the government spends a lot of money on the gardens and parks around Miraflores making it an incredibly beautiful part of the city – flowers everywhere you look!
Miraflores looks like a gorgeous city even by Western standards. Between the tall sky scrappers, world-renowned restaurants, and upscale complex literally hanging on a cliff next to the ocean, Miraflores has made a name for itself and it’s really no wonder tourists continue to stay here and explore the many things to see and do in Miraflores, Peru.
19 Awesome Things to do in Miraflores, Peru
1. Eat Churros at Manolo
Yes, I am starting this list off with churros – don’t judge me until you try them for yourself!
Manolo is a cute little café and restaurant that has been around since 1968. In that time, it’s claimed its name to fame with the “best churros in Lima!” And I must say, I believe it’s true because the churros are delicious and every time I walked by (daily for an entire month) the place was packed!
Manolo is located only a 5-minute walk from Parque Kennedy on the main road Avenida Jose Larco in Miraflores, Peru.
2. Go on a Food Tour
Lima is one of the gastronomic capitals of the world! So, it’s no wonder that one of the things you need to do while in Lima is to go on a food tour!
The great thing is that you don’t need to venture far to experience amazing food in Lima, and many of the best food tours actually operate solely in the district of Miraflores!
We actually went on this incredible gourmet food tour of Miraflores and were blown away! It was the best tour we did and Lima, and arguably the best tour we’ve been on ever (and we do a ton of tours!) You’ll eat and drink at various places and try some of the tastiest food you could ever dream of.
Trust me, if you do one thing in Miraflores, Peru, let it be this food tour! It’s not only one of the best things to do in Lima, but one of the best things to do in all of Peru!
My recommended food tour is a little pricey (because it is so amazing!) If you’re on a budget, this food tour also comes highly rated and is much cheaper!
3. Explore the Larcomar
The Larcomar is the coolest shopping center ever. Not only does it contain hundreds of high-end shops and restaurants, but it is literally built in a cliff. That’s right, not on a cliff or under a cliff, IN a cliff and hanging over the edge with the best views of the ocean you could imagine.
Even if you’re not in the mood for shopping, this is a cool place to explore simply for the views or to admire the engineering (whatever you’re into!) There are also lots of nice restaurants and bars here.
Mangos is absolutely delicious and has amazing views. Popular, the name of another restaurant and bar that’s next door to Mangos, is another great place for a cocktail with an ocean view.
4. Hang out with Cats in Kennedy Park
If you’ve never heard of Kennedy Park in Miraflores before, then you’re probably wondering why I am telling you to “hang out with cats.” Well, Kennedy Park (or Parque Kennedy in Spanish) is home to dozens of stray cats.
Many years ago there was a rodent problem at Parque Kennedy so cats were brought in to take care of it. Well, the cats bred and bred and now the number of cats who live in and around Parque Kennedy is almost out of control. But don’t worry, these cats are fed and taken care of by many people and loved by visitors.
The cats at Kennedy Park have become a tourist attraction on their own and definitely one of the most popular things to do in Miraflores, Peru.
Kennedy Park is also a beautiful park to just walk through and explore. Surrounding the park are tons of shops and restaurants to check out too.
5. Go drinking on Calle Berlin
Calle Berlin (or Berlin Street) is the place to go if you want to drink or party. Any time of day and any day of the week there are tons of bars to choose from lining the street. Late at night, you can find nightclubs, but there are also Irish pubs, nice restaurants, and trendy bars to check out too.
6. Bike or Scooter the Malecon
The Malecon is the boardwalk in Miraflores along the water. From here, you will get incredible views of the ocean and coastline.
If you go to the Larcommar you will see plenty of electric scooters that are operated with an app. Alternatively, you can rent a bike or join a bike riding tour! On a bike, you’ll be able to see lots of the best things in Miraflores all within a couple of hours!
7. Join a Free Walking Tour
Free walking tours are very popular in Lima. You can choose between a variety of companies and tours offered. Most free walking tours are of downtown Lima or the neighboring area of Barranco, but there is this one free walking and food tour in Miraflores.
However, if you want a little bit more adventure you can join a free walking tour of downtown or Barranco (both I highly recommend) that actually start in Miraflores. The tour companies will guide you on public transport from Miraflores to either downtown or Baranco to go on your tour – how convenient!
8. Drink Craft Beer
You might be surprised to find out that Lima has some great craft beer breweries popping up all over the place and Miraflores is really in the center of it. Go to BarBarian or Lúpulo Peruvian Draft Bar in Miraflores to drink some local craft beer is definitely one of the best things to do in Miraflores.
If you want to venture a little further, head to the Barranco Beer Company in Barranco (a 10-minute drive from Miraflores.) Their beer is delicious!
9. Try Paragliding
Paragliding along the coast is one of the activities that Miraflores, Peru is famous for. Along the Malecon you’ll find a large grassed area where paragliders are consistently going for a ride! You can sign up at the booth right here and join a professional for a tandem paragliding adventure with views of the Pacific Ocean and Lima – what more could you ask for?!
Paragliding prices do vary based on the season but expect to pay around $80 USD for a ride.
10. Visit the Huaca Pucllana Ruins
You actually don’t even need to leave Miraflores to see ancient ruins. Huaca Pucllana is a historical site consisting of clay pyramids with seven different platforms. While it isn’t a massive site, it is still impressive especially considering it is right in the middle of the modern city!
You can visit on your own and pay the entrance fee or go on a guided tour. There are also restaurants next to the ruins which actually look out over the ruins and make for a unique dining experience in Miraflores, Peru.
This tour is a dining experience over looking the ruins! It includes a driver to pick you up and drop you off, a three course meal, a cocktail, and of course, views of the ruins!
11. Go to the Market
The Mercado Municipal 1 is only a 5-minute walk from Parque Kennedy in Miraflores. Here, you’ll find tons of fresh produce for amazing prices. The variety of fruit available at this market is incredible and chances are you will see plenty of fruits you’ve never seen before!
Daniel and I actually made an effort to try lots of new fruits and we found some we loved and others not so much!
You can also purchase fresh seafood at this market. If you have a kitchen in your accommodation this market is a great place to come to purchase fresh local ingredients for cooking!
For the exact location of the market, check out Google Maps here.
12. Visit Parque del Amor in Miraflores, Lima
Parque del Amor in Miraflores is one of the most beautiful parks in Miraflores. The entire gardens are filled with flowers and the interesting statues are sure to catch your attention.
At Parque del Amor you can relax on the grass and enjoy the views or get a crepe at the nearby creperie. Regardless and relaxing walk at Parque del Amor in Miraflores is a great activity on a beautiful day!
13. Make Chocolate
Peru grows some of the highest quality cocoa beans (used to make chocolate) in the world! So, why not learn about the entire process while making your very own chocolate bar? In Miraflores, the Choco Museo offers chocolate making workshops.
We did their Bean to Bar class which taught us about the entire chocolate-making process as we made chocolate paste from scratch used to make the best hot chocolate ever! We also made chocolate bars that we were able to take home afterward.
The workshop was also really good value at only 79 soles per person. I’d say we left with close to 30 soles worth of chocolate each anyways. The entire experience lasted for just over two hours.
14. Eat traditional Ceviche at Rustica
One of the food items you simply must try while you’re in Peru is ceviche, and there is no better place to try it than in Miraflores! Nearly every restaurant you go to in Miraflores will offer ceviche, but speaking from experience, not all ceviche is created equal. Some ceviche I’ve had is amazing while some is well, not so amazing.
In Miraflores, the restaurant Rustica in Parque Kennedy does really tasty fresh ceviche served with traditional sides. Trust me on this, just go try it!
15. Try Surfing
If you head to the beach in Miraflores you can go surfing! There are literally dozens of vendors renting surfboards or offering surfing lessons. You can opt for a private or group lesson and give surfing a go if you’ve never tried it before.
You can either book a surfing lesson online in advance that includes hotel pick up, or just head to the beach and negotiate your own price with an instructor.
Just be warned, the ocean water in Miraflores is not warm and you will definitely want to wear a wetsuit (they come with the lessons) to stay warm!
16. Pisco Tasting Tour
Pisco is the national spirit of Peru. It is a clear alcohol that is typically very strong (upwards of 38 %.) Pisco can be drunk on its own or made into a variety of cocktails including the very famous Pisco Sour.
The best way to try the best Pisco and Pisco cocktails is with a professional who knows where to go and what to order. On a Pisco tasting tour not only will you get to try the best Pisco and a wide variety of it, but you don’t need to worry about getting back to your hotel after you’ve had a few too many thanks to your trusty guide!
It’s a fun way to spend a night and get acquainted with Peru’s national cocktail. Easily a very fun activity in Miraflores, Peru!
17. Eat at San Martin “Market”
San Martin Market isn’t a market like the one I mentioned before with produce, it is actually a market of restaurant stalls all serving different food. The idea of a place like this is that you can go out with a group of people and all order the type of food you want from a selection of several different restaurants. In fact, you can order your starter from one place, your main from another and dessert from another.
To me, it is kind of like a food truck market, except it isn’t outside and is a permanent market!
18. Enjoy a sunset cocktail at Boulevard Bordemar
Boulevard Bordemar is a beautiful little strip along the ocean offering a variety of restaurants and bars. It is trendy with some of the best views of the ocean in all of Lima.
Boulevard Bordemar isn’t necessarily in Miraflores, but actually right beside it in Barranco. However, it is still well within walking distance (although down a hill so you may want to catch an Uber back to your hotel afterward.)
My best advice would be to come to watch the sun go down. Then after, stroll the boulevard under the fairy lights and find somewhere tasty to eat!
19. Eat Seafood at La Rosa Nautica
From the Larcomar if you look down at the ocean you will see a large building at the end of a pier – this is a restaurant called La Rosa Nautica. It is the only restaurant in Lima with this unique setting literally in the middle of the ocean.
La Rosa Nautica is famous for, you guessed it, seafood! And surprisingly when we went there, we discovered it wasn’t too expensive either. You can get a main for around 30-40 soles including fresh seafood.
It is a casual restaurant but be warned, they will not let you in if you’re wearing “beach attire.” So, no flip flops, swimsuits, or board short.
Where to stay in Miraflores
Selina Miraflores – Selina have hostels all over Latin America and I’ve personally stayed in lots of them. The Selina in Miraflores is a beautiful hostel in a great location with dorm beds starting from $7 USD per night.
Puriwasi Hostel – Puriwasi Hostel is the most popular and famous party hostel in Miraflores. It’s the perfect hostel to let loose and meet other travelers.
Larq’a Park Rooms – This beautiful hotel is almost a budget option that’s great value for money and has amazing reviews. The location is right next to Parque Kenedy and the rooms are modern, clean and comfortable.
Tierra Viva Miraflores Centro – This hotel is my top pick in Miraflores, Lima. The hotel has a 9.5 on Booking.com, is perfectly located, comes with either a king bed or two singles, is clean, includes breakfast and is only $60 USD per night.
JW Marriott Hotel Lima – The Marriott Hotel Lima is located right behind the Larcomar shopping center with amazing views of the ocean. The location is perfect! The rooms are luxurious and has everything you’d expect from a Marriott Hotel.
Belmond Miraflores Park – This hotel is located near the Marriott and has the same amazing sea views. The rooms are very luxurious and well furnished. This place is pure luxury but that is reflected in the price tag!
Before you go…
So there it is, 19 fun things to do in Miraflores, Peru that prove you don’t need to venture far from your hotel to have a good time in Lima! If you have any questions or comments, be sure to leave them below and we will get back to you!
Be sure to also read the rest of our Peru blogs. Some, in particular, you might like are:
- Puerto Maldonado, Peru – Visiting the Amazon
- 15 Peru Highlights to add to your bucket list!
- Ultimate Guide to Trekking in Peru
- The BEST Tours in Lima
April 28, 2020