If you are looking for things to do in Miraflores or are still undecided, then this guide is here to save the day! Miraflores is by far one of the most popular districts in Lima. Although it cannot compete with Lima’s downtown in terms of baroque architecture, Miraflores has plenty of things to do. From surfing and paragliding to relaxing in a nice café, Miraflores offers foreign expats, travelers and locals something for every taste.
Walking along the boardwalk is the perfect way to take in the extraordinary cliffside views from Malecón, a long cliff top that stretches for about 10 kilometers. The Malecón is also a meeting point for people who like to do some yoga, cycling, jogging, rollerblading and other outdoor activities.
Paragliding will give you a bird’s eye view of the sea, green cliffs and the modern Miraflores district. Many local companies offer affordable packages for complete beginners and lessons for those looking to become experts.
The main two surfing spots in Miraflores are Waikiki beach, named by a Peruvian sugarcane business heir who returned from Hawaii in 1942 with a surfboard, and Makaha beach. Both beaches are suitable for beginners and you do not even need to bring a surfboard as there are many surfing schools which provide all the necessary equipment.
Stroll around Kennedy Park
It is a central location in Miraflores with many bars, restaurants, hotels and hostels nearby. Inside the park, you will find some curious cats, live performances, painters, a small children playground and food vendors selling some traditional snacks. Also, the frequently visited Pizza street, a very pretty lane that turns into a party boulevard at night, is just across the street.
ENTERTAINMENT TIP: If looking for fun at night, or to watch sports during the day, or even a taste of home, visit the Wild Rover Hostels Chain for great food, sports and beer! Entrance to their bars is free even for non-guests
Visit Huaca Pucllana
“Huaca” is the name by which many pre-inca ruins are locally known. In particular, Huaca Pucllana has been carefully restored and preserved. It also has an on-site restaurant serving some traditional Peruvian food. Moreover, the site is creatively illuminated at night and it even has some open-air movie projections every now and then.
Go shopping at Larcomar
Larcomar is a popular mall built into cliffs along the seafront. This multistory shopping mall has restaurants, cafés, bowling alleys, movie theater, boutiques, nightclubs and more. Major international brands as well as renowned local brands can be found here, allowing you to shop till you drop.
A few blocks away from Kennedy Park, along Av. Petit Thouars you can find a number of artisanal markets that are great for your last-minute souvenir shopping. If you are looking for some suggestions on what to buy and where to get good deals, check out our blog Top 7 Peruvian Gift & Souvenir Categories and Where to Buy Them.
The history and culture-oriented readers will be glad to know that although most museums and historical sites are in Lima’s downtown, Miraflores does have some museums worth checking out. For example:
Amano Museum established in 1964 by a successful Japanese businessman, who settled in Peru, is internationally renowned for its great collection of Pre-columbian textiles.
The Place of Memory, Tolerance, and Social Inclusion is a museum built in the memory of the Peruvians who died and disappeared as a result of the violence produced by Maoist guerrillas and national security forces during the 1980s and 1990s.
Experience the food
Peru is increasingly getting in the world’s spotlight for its food. Moreover, two restaurants, Maido and Central, in Miraflores have been ranked in the top 10 restaurants in the world by food experts. Other tasteful and more affordable options are also available near Kennedy Park. Plus, you can take part in food tours and cooking classes. If interested, check out findlocaltrips.com, a search and comparison website for tours across all of South America, to get the best deals on food tours and cooking classes.
Watch a play, movie screening or art exhibition
Miraflores is also home to cultural centers like Centro Cultural Britanico, Alianza Francesa, Centro Cultural Brasil-Perú and others that always have activities open to the general public either free or at a small entrance fee.
BONUS TIP: Chill by the pool – Enjoy both the sunshine and your favorite drink at Pool Paradise Lima. Conveniently located in Miraflores, this hostel also offers a relaxing atmosphere with a lounge, BBQ area and the opportunity to meet many other interesting people.