Few cultures have mastered the art of close relationships quite like the Peruvians. In fact, natives of the nation’s capital city exemplify this enthusiasm for togetherness through their deep-rooted love for outdoor parks and recreational spaces, beach getaways, top-flight gastronomy, dance halls, weddings, coming-of-age celebrations, and a host of other traditions. Consequently, this also makes it a prime location for courtship and budding romance, of all kinds. Here are some of the best date night ideas for Lima, Peru.
1. Parque del Amor
The first stop one any couple’s itinerary in Lima should be the popular Lover’s Park, Parque del Amor. Set in the vibrant Miraflores district, it is a well-known site for tourists, skaters, families, and pubescent couples to dreamily waste the day away. It is also home to colorful, light-reflecting Spanish mosaics and a famous statue, depicting two giant lovers mid-smooch. This spot makes for a nice place to sit and relax or kick things up a notch by stealing aerial views of your lover while on an unforgettable paragliding flight, over the park and the Pacific Ocean.
Parque del Amor
Address: Malecón Cisneros, Miraflores 15074, Peru
2. Beso Francés
Continuing on down the boardwalk, mere steps from the park is a charming, Parisian-inspired creperie, known as Besos Francés (French Kiss), where a mouth-watering selection of sweet and savory crepes await. Outdoor seating offers a spellbinding view of the scattered sunset over the water, while the sweet accompaniments of live violin music can be enjoyed most evenings.
Beso Francés Crepería
Address: Malecón de la Reserva 131, Miraflores, Lima, Peru
Website: Beso Francés Crepería (in Spanish)
3. Magic Water Circuit
Even the locals can’t resist a visit to this magnificent water park in downtown Lima. Much to the delight of onlookers, El Parque de la Reserva de las Aguas is filled with elaborate, interactive water fountains, whose droplets reflect an array of bright, colorful lights. The fountain visit is followed by a remarkable laser light show, which projects the Nazca lines, Amazon rainforest, and other emblematic images upon the mist of the fountains. Plus, at less than 2 USD per entry ticket, this magical attraction makes an ideal setting for stargazing, after a romantic evening stroll.
Parque de la Reserva de las Aguas
Address: Jr. Madre de Dios S/N, Distrito de Lima, Peru
Website: Magic Water Circuit (in Spanish)
4. Parque de la Exposición
A wise person once said that the couple that sees plays together, stays together. Fortunately for star-crossed limeños, dramatic plays, modern dance shows, and interactive pieces are common occurrences in Lima’s downtown exposition park and put on by the nearby performing arts center. Located mere steps from eclectic art museums and handicraft markets, it features both an outdoor amphitheater and a large concert venue for live performances. The park also occasionally serves as a gathering site for seasonal fairs and other events.
Escuela Nacional Superior del Arte Dramático
Address: Av. 28 de Julio, Distrito de Lima 15046, Peru
Website: ENSAD (in Spanish)
5. Parque de la Amistad
Because friendship and laughter are an important part of any great relationship, El Parque de la Amistad will be a fun, light-hearted date idea for new couples in the beginning stages of their courtship. After all, who wouldn’t enjoy racing with their significant other on giant motorized stuffed animals? Meanwhile, pedal-boating on the pond, feeding the fish, and taking a relaxing ride on the steam train that circles the park could be a great way for couples to spend quality time talking and getting to know each other better.
Parque de la Amistad
Address: Av. Caminos del Inca 33, Santiago de Surco 15039, Peru
Website: Parque de la Amistad
What could be sweeter than making decadent desserts alongside the person you love the most? With a handful of locations scattered about the city, ChocoMuseo invites participants to delve into the history of the Peruvian cacao industry through hands-on chocolate-making workshops. The absolute best part is taking home customized treats made from lots of tender love and care.
Lima Miraflores ChocoMuseo 2-Hour Chocolate Making Workshop
Duration: 2 hours
7. Parque Kennedy
Newly-renovated following a lengthy period of construction, Parque Kennedy is the main focal point of Lima’s Miraflores district. It is surrounded by food, shopping, and drinking establishments, on every side, and even welcomes local painters and artisans to showcase their work. Things get particularly lively here on the weekends, when small acting performances, Zumba, salsa, and fitness classes are offered by the Municipalidad de Lima.
Many would argue that Parque Kennedy’s mysterious cat population happens to be it’s most attractive quality. After all, fed, vaccinated, and cared for by volunteers, the furry animal friends are the reason why it is often referred to as the Cat Park.
Address: Diagonal, Miraflores Lima 18, Peru
Website: Parque Kennedy (in Spanish)
Set in the heart of Barranco, Lima’s trendy bohemian quarter, this lover’s bridge pays homage to that dreamlike feeling of falling in love. Rumor has it that any couple that can make it from one end to the next, while holding their breath, will be together forever. Also, besides being an exciting hub for local nightlife, the entire area becomes a satisfying delight for the senses–from the lovers’ fountain to the soft glow of night lamps illuminating the street art.
For best results, follow the moonlit path heading east towards the ocean, where you’ll find a romantic view of the water.
Parque de la Reserva and Barranco Evening Tour in Lima
Duration: 4 hours
9. Dance the night away!
The dance floor is the only surefire path to a Peruvian’s heart, so it’s only natural that it be included in this top 10 list of fun date night ideas to do in Lima. Unsurprisingly, salsa seems to be the local favorite, with limeños of all ages having at least some know-how. La Casa de la Salsa is a top pick for active couples who love to cut a rug but is also a suitable spot for good-natured people watching. Indeed, the music is sensational, the vibes are good, and the pisco flows freely here. There is one small caveat, however: despite being the best place in town for nonstop salsa, it is located just off the highway, in one of the more seedy areas of Lima. Never travel here alone, and always make sure to use a verified taxi service.
Meanwhile colorful peña shows, such as those that can be found at La Candelabra and del Carajo, boast live performances of traditional dances from various regions throughout the country, plus a three-course meal and cocktail, all at a fixed price.
Casa de la Salsa
Address: Jaime Bauzate Y Meza 169, La Victoria 15033, Peru
Website: Casa de la Salsa (in Spanish)
La Peña del Carajo
Address: Jirón Catalina Miranda 158, Barranco, Lima, Peru
Website: La Peña del Carajo (in Spanish)
Arguably the best cultural museum in Lima, El Museo Larco houses a very extensive selection of pre-Colombian Peruvian artifacts–from traditional Incan jewelry reserved for the nobility to complex funerary bundles, tapestries, and pottery works. Although the museum is perhaps best known for its raunchy collection of erotic statuettes, left over by the Mochi tribe, many are surprised to find a bountiful outdoor garden, with vibrant floral arrangements, a restaurant for fine dining, and two cute little gift shops, on site.
Experience Lima: An Evening at the Larco Museum with Dinner
Duration: 3 hours
Head over heels in Lima
Excitement. Passion. Adventure. Wonder. The best date ideas in Lima have a certain je ne sais quoi about them and the kind of charm that keeps you falling for each other, over and over again. No surprise then that the city’s parks and recreational spaces all seem to be filled with cheery, contented lovers. From fledgling romances to more serious commitments, just about every couple can find something fun and romantic to tickle their fancy.
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