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What To Buy In Lima, Peru

What To Buy In Lima, Peru
Isha
Isha
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Lima, the capital city of Peru, is home to more than a quarter of the country’s population. Lima offers wonderful food, excellent museums, beautiful beaches, and a vast array of shopping options. No trip is really complete unless you’ve shopped for souvenirs, antiques, and trinkets to take back home. In Lima, you will be spoilt for choice for shopping options. There are western-style shopping malls, boutiques, department stores as well as street markets, flea markets, craft markets and everything in between. At these markets and shops, there are vividly colored textiles that will bedazzle you and friendly vendors who will charm their way into your hearts. Whether you’re looking for a cozy poncho for your BFF, cute alpaca dolls for your niece or plush scarves for your mom, Lima’s varied shopping options have it all! Take a look at our guide on what to buy in Lima, Peru.

1. Ponchos


When it comes to shopping, the first thing that you are most likely to see everywhere in Peru is that the uniquely South-American article of clothing – ponchos! For the uninitiated, a poncho is an article of outer clothing made of a thick piece of woolen cloth with a slit in the middle for the head. In Lima, you can buy warm woolen ponchos in a variety of colorful patterns at the Mercados Incas market as well as at high-end boutiques in Larcomar shopping center at Miraflores.

Mercado Indio (Indian Market)

Address: Avenida Petit Thouars 5254, Miraflores, Lima

Opening hours: 10am to 8pm

Price: approximately USD 13.5

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2. Friendship bracelets


Did you know that friendship bracelets originated in Central America? The friendship bracelets in Peru are colorful and hand-crafted from wool, knotted into eclectic patterns like braids, chevron stripes, and even totem poles. In the markets of Lima, you can find these friendship bracelets in an assortment of colors, materials, and designs. While walking around in Lima, it is not uncommon to find tourists wearing a bunch of these friendship bracelets on their hands. They are the affordable, cheerful and ideal gift for friends, family, and colleagues. Be sure to pick a few up on your visit to Lima.

Inka Plaza

Address: Av. Petit Thouars 5330, Lima 15074, Peru

Opening hours: 9am to 9pm

Price: approximately USD 1.00

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3. Peruvian textiles


Textile weaving is a traditional Incan skill passed down through the generations in Peru. The textiles are rich in colors, patterns and most often depict some ancient cultural beliefs. Painstakingly handcrafted by the talented weavers, these textiles are guaranteed to add a bright touch to any room in your home. You can buy these textiles in the form of rugs, wall hangings, cushion covers, bags, headbands, etc. Peruvian textiles are easily available at the local markets, upscale boutiques or even local textile communities in Lima.

Inka Market

Address: Jr. Gonzales Prada 280, Miraflores 15074, Peru

Opening hours: 9am to 6pm

Price: approximately USD 30.00

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4. Chullo hat


Chullo hat is an Andean style woolen hat with earflaps that help insulate its wearer from the harsh elements. Chullo hats, just like all other Peruvian textiles, are colorful and woven into very distinctly Incan patterns. Worn by young and old, the Peruvians selling these chullo hats really are the best models for their products. You can find these hats at any market or souvenir shop in Lima. So, don’t forget to add these cute yet cozy chullo hats to your backpack for your next trek in the Andes!

Artesanías Las Pallas

Address: Cajamarca 212, Barranco, Lima, Peru

Opening hours: 10am to 7pm; Sunday closed

Price: approximately USD 5.00

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5. Dried sweetcorn


Peru grows more than 55 varieties of corn and in Lima, you can find it in just about any color including yellow, purple, white and black. This multi-hued dried sweetcorn is an essential ingredient in making the ‘chicha morada’ drink. In Lima, pick up some dried sweetcorn by the kilo and learn to make 'chica morada’ from a friendly local. The dried sweetcorn would also make for an excellent table decoration for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or a rustic-themed dinner party!

Mercado nro 1 de Surquillo (Surquillo Market)

Address: Mercado de Surquillo 15047, Lima, Peru

Opening hours: 11am to 4pm; Sunday closed

Price: approximately USD 2.00

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6. Peruvian dyed string


If you’re wondering how the Peruvians manage to give such vivid colors to their clothes and textiles, it is due to the ancient techniques of yarn dyeing based on Andean recipes. The Peruvian dyed strings are made from natural plant extracts and make a great gift or souvenir for those who enjoy sewing. Pick up a few bundles of these colorful strings and get started on making your own textiles!

Michell & Cía

Address: Av. Benavides 1730, Miraflores Lima - Perú

Website: Michell & Cía

Opening hours: 9am - 1:30pm / 2:30pm - 6:45pm

Price: approximately USD 2.00

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7. Alpaca dolls


When out shopping in the bustling markets of Lima, we challenge you to not buy an alpaca doll for yourself! These alpaca dolls are the fluffier, cuter and cuddlier versions of the real alpacas and are a perfect gift for children (and some adults too). Easily found in all markets and tourist areas of Lima, they are simply hard to resist!

Inka Market

Address: Jr. Gonzales Prada 280, Miraflores 15074, Peru

Opening hours: 9am to 6pm

Price: approximately USD 20.00

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8. Clay bowls


Pottery, like much else in Peru, is an ancient tradition. There are many museums all over Peru dedicated to clay work and pottery. In the local markets of Lima, you can shop for decorative clay bowls in a variety of shapes and sizes. Take these home to add a nice bohemian touch to your living room, bedroom or even your desk at work. These clay bowls are sure to be a conversation starter.

Amazonka

Address: Gral. Pershing 157, Miraflores 15074, Peru

Website: Amazonka

Opening hours: 10am to 8pm

Price: approximately USD 20.00

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9. Scarves


Made from luxurious alpaca wool, Peruvian scarves are a definite must-buy for any seasoned traveler. In combination with the Peruvian poncho and chullo hat, these scarves are guaranteed to keep you toasty and warm throughout your trek in the harsh weather of the Andes. Genuine alpaca wool scarves bought in Lima also make a great Christmas or birthday present for your loved ones.

KUNA Larco

Address: Av Jose Larco 671, Miraflores 15074, Peru

Website: KUNA Larco

Opening hours: 10:30am to 8pm

Price: approximately USD 30.00

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10. Cacao


Need an excuse to eat chocolate? It is said that cacao is a great remedy for altitude sickness and as such, it is abundantly available in Peru. You can buy cacao in various forms in Lima – cacao leaves, tea, cacao paste, candy, etc. To see the cacao beans being processed into various products, including chocolate, you can visit a cacao plantation near Lima or try your hand at making some delicious recipes from cacao at a local cooking class. But be sure you buy the yummiest souvenir in all of Lima – a bar of Peruvian chocolate.

La Ibérica

Address: Centro Comercial Larcomar, Tienda, Malecón del Parque Salazar 610, Miraflores 15074, Peru

Website: La Ibérica

Opening hours: 11am to 10pm

Price: approximately USD 2.50

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Shop till you drop in Lima, Peru

Shopping in Lima
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There’s no dearth of shopping options in Lima, Peru. From textiles to alpaca dolls to cacao, there’s just so many things that you can buy in Lima. All you need to do now is buy a bag big enough to carry all your loot home!

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Isha is a former corporate nobody. She is tired of hearing, “You’re not on social media? Why?!” She lives a quiet life of travelling, writing, and minding her own business.

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