If you’re looking for things to do in Miraflores, we have the perfect list for you! This vibrant district is full of restaurants, bars, and shops – plus some of the best views of the Pacific Ocean. Here are 14 things you won’t want to miss when visiting Miraflores!
1) Walking along the Malecon:
Miraflores is well-known for its beautiful coastline, and the best way to enjoy it is by taking a stroll (or running) along the Malecon. This oceanside walkway stretches for almost five miles, making it the perfect place to get some fresh ocean breeze and take in the stunning sunsets and views.
PRO TIP : Get a rental (through Airbnb or other providers) near the Malecon de Miraflores. This way you’d be able to jog along the coastline every morning, or simply take a daily walk to help you relax and unwind. Also, apartments near the Malecon de Miraflores are a better choice for light sleepers, as they are located far from noisy avenues or streets with traffic.
2) Eat at some of the best restaurants in South America:
One of the best things about Miraflores is its food scene. There are countless restaurants to choose from, serving up everything from traditional Peruvian cuisine to international dishes. Be sure to try some ceviche – it’s a Lima specialty!
In fact, amongst all neighborhoods in Lima, Miraflores has the largest concentration of restaurants not only loved by locals but also internationally awarded amongst the best in the world. Some of the restaurants you shouldn’t miss while you travel to Lima are:
- El Bodegón (Criollo food) ($$)
- Panchita (Criollo and grilled food) ($$)
- El Mercado (Criollo food) ($$)
- Ámaz (Amazonian food) ($$)
- Belisario (Peruvian roasted chicken) ($)
- La Lucha (Peruvian sandwiches) ($)
- Maido (Creative Peruvian sushi fusion) ($$$)
- Madam Tusan (Peruvian Chinese “Chifa’’) ($$)
- EDO (Peruvian sushi/fusion) ($$)
- Tanta (Peruvian criollo food) ($$)
- La Grimanesa (Peruvian anticuchos) ($$)
- Rafael (Peruvian/Mediterranean fusion) ($$$)
- Fiesta (Northern Peruvian) ($$$)
3) Visit the Huaca Pucllana:
The Huaca Pucllana is an ancient archaeological site that dates back to the Lima Culture of the 200s AD. Today, it’s one of Miraflores’ most popular attractions. Visitors can explore the ruins, which include a pyramidal structure and several residential buildings.
PRO TIP : Make a reservation for dinner at the Huaca Pucllana restaurant. Food is solid, but the best part is that you’ll get to enjoy dinner with a fantastic view of the Huaca Pucllana lit up at night.
4) Shopping, eating, or just drinking a coffee at Larcomar:
Larcomar is a large and modern shopping center with amazing views of the Pacific ocean. It’s the perfect place to find souvenirs, clothes, and other items to take home with you. There are also several restaurants and cafes if you need a break from shopping.
PRO TIP : Enjoy a drink at a restaurant terrace just around sunset time (such as Mangos restaurant)
5) Take a surfing lesson:
Surfing is one of the most popular activities in Miraflores, and there are plenty of places to take lessons. Even if you’ve never surfed before, it’s worth giving it a try – you might just fall in love with the sport!
6) Paraglide above the ocean:
If you’re looking for an adrenaline-filled activity, paragliding is definitely for you. You’ll get to enjoy stunning views of the coastline as you glide above the waves of the Pacific Ocean. It will be an unforgettable experience!
PRO TIP : Several companies offer paragliding in Miraflores (it takes place at the Malecon de Miraflores, very close to “Parque del Amor”). Be sure to do your research and choose a reputable company with experienced instructors ahead of time, as availability usually fills up quickly because of limited capacity.
7) Visit the Parque del Amor:
The Parque del Amor, or “Love Park,” is a small park located on the cliffs of Miraflores. It’s a popular spot for couples, who come to enjoy the views and take photos in front of the large “Love” statue.
8) Check out the Parque Kennedy:
No visit to Miraflores is complete without stopping by Parque Kennedy, located right at the heart of Miraflores. This park is home to a variety of trees, flowers, and birds – plus, lots of cats! Yes, you read that right. In fact, many locals call it “The cat’s park” because you’ll be able to find hundreds of cats living here (don’t worry, as luckily there are lots of good souls and organizations that care for them and feed them daily).
PRO TIP : At night, there are also lots of street food carts selling traditional “Butifarras”, “Arroz con leche”, and much more delicious food, besides a small flea market in the middle of the park where you’ll be able to find many beautiful handmade things, from suede shoes to earings.
9) Take a cooking class:
One of the best ways to immerse yourself in Peruvian culture is by taking a cooking class. You’ll learn how to make traditional dishes like ceviche, lomo saltado, and arroz con pollo. And of course, you’ll get to eat what you cook!
At our Spanish School in Lima, we offer affordable cooking classes to all our students learning Spanish in Lima (around US$15-19) where you’ll be able to learn how to cook an entire traditional Peruvian meal that includes an appetizer, a main course, and popular drinks made with Pisco (such as Pisco Sour, Algarrobina, etc).
10) Sign up for Spanish class:
All the best Spanish schools in Lima are located in Miraflores, so if you’ve been wanting to learn Spanish for a long time, this is your chance!
Learning Spanish in Lima has several advantages, including unbeatable quality of instruction, affordable prices, and a neutral accent, meaning you’ll not only be learning Spanish in a faster way, but also you’ll learn a versatile Spanish that you’ll be able to use in any situation or for any purpose (work, educational, etc).
Our Spanish school in Lima offers several affordable and effective Spanish programs, from small group lessons to private classes you can take for as little as 1 day, you’ll be able to find a Spanish program that will match your learning expectations, availability, and budget.
11) Do some shopping at “Mercado Indio”:
From alpaca scarfs to fine jewelry, you’ll find at “Mercado Indio” all the souvenirs and unique gifts you’d want to bring back after your trip to Peru. The “Mercado Indio” is in fact not only one single market but a conglomerate of small stores and independent artisans that sell their products in one large place, making it very convenient for shoppers to get everything they need in one single place.
12) Enjoy the nightlife:
One of the best things to do in Miraflores at night is to enjoy its vibrant nightlife. The district has a wide variety of amazing bars, clubs, and restaurants to suit all tastes, so you’re sure to find something to your liking.
One of our favorite places to go out for a drink or a snack is “Mercado San Ramón,” located at the brand new “Calle de las Pizzas”, right next to Kennedy Park, which has an impressive selection of Peruvian and international restaurants and bars.
13) Visit the “Mercado de Surquillo”:
Although the “Mercado de Surquillo” is not technically located in the district of Miraflores, we felt the need to include it due to its proximity to Miraflores (located right next to the district of Miraflores and only 3 blocks away from Kennedy Park).
This is one of the very few “traditional” markets left in the city where you can shop around different stalls and get to try interesting and exotic fruits from the jungle and all over the country, such as lúcuma(especially good when eaten as a smoothie with milk) , pacae, aguaymanto, camu camu, tuna, and chirimoya (this last, has been described by many of our students as “the best” fruit they have ever tasted).
14) Bike along the Malecon:
One of the best ways to enjoy the scenery and get some exercise is by renting a bike or joining a bike tour. Many companies offer bike rentals and tours in Miraflores, such as “Biking Lima Tours” and “Lima Bike Tours”.
Our Spanish school in Lima offers free bike tours to anyone studying Spanish at Peruwayna to bike around popular landmarks in Miraflores and along the Malecon de Miraflores.
These are just a few of the many things to do and see in Miraflores. With so much to offer, it’s no wonder this district is one of Lima’s most popular tourist destinations. So what are you waiting for? Start planning your trip to Miraflores today!