The unexpected shopping delights of Lima

The capital of Peru is one of great contrasts. Gleaming modern seaside homes sit beside sprawling shanty towns, the city is situated in the centre of the desert but is widely known as the garden city, it is the only major city in the world with golf course in the middle of the financial district…The list goes on, but these contrasts only serve to make the city more fascinating. Perhaps these disparities are the result of Lima’s vastness; it is made up of 43 quite distinct districts and is home to over nine million people. It may not be Peru’s most famous city, but Lima is by no means bereft of things to do.

There’s no finer way to spend time in Lima than by indulging in the cuisine and exploring the variety of churches, temples, palaces and museums. And for those likely to feel the sudden need for some retail therapy, we have gathered a selection of some of the local’s favourite shops and markets that celebrate Peruvian designers and produce.

Trend Studio You will find a selection of the most sought after designers in Peru here. The boutique is intimate and inviting and includes an array of goods made from baby alpaca, Peruvian silver, organic cotton, wool and other quality Peruvian materials.

Dédalo market The Dédalo market has everything from furniture and jewellery to clothes, accessories, ceramics and art. The goods are crafted by a mix of burgeoning and established local designers and artisans. The stock is unique and modern, and excellent quality – making the market a favourite among travellers. When you’ve finished hunting for treasures, you can sit back in the courtyard café.

Bioferia Bioferia is a Saturday market (from 8am-2pm) dedicated to organic, locally sourced produce. You can find everything from fruit and veggies to goat milk and beauty products here. You can usually try the products before you buy them and the atmosphere is perfect for a lazy Saturday stroll. Probably the most alluring part of the market is the food stalls though. They turn out an array of beautiful vegetarian and organic morsels to snack on as you wander.

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