Peru鈥檚 capital is a bit of a riddle. Lima鈥檚 main oceanside road feels strikingly similar to LA鈥檚 famous Pacific Coast Highway. Head inland, and the rows of colorful colonial homes feel reminiscent of Havana. But slip into one of the city鈥檚 famed cevicher铆as, and you鈥檙e in for an experience that feels distinctly Peruvian. With most visitors making a beeline straight for Machu Picchu and the sky-high city of Cusco, Lima is often overlooked by the tourist boom the country is currently experiencing. Coming in at a whopping 1,032 square miles, Lima is also huge, so don鈥檛 try to don鈥檛 bite off more than you can chew. If you only have a few days to take in Lima, start by exploring the ultra-trendy neighborhood of Barranco (the city鈥檚 famed bohemian district). With the help of tour company Chimu聽Adventures, we did just that. Teeming with street art, live music, and ultra-trendy shops, this hip pocket of Lima is the perfect place to round out your Peruvian adventure.

Where to Stay

casa republica, barranco lima peru

Casa Republica: Travel back in time to Peru鈥檚 Republican era with a stay in this 22-room converted 1920s mansion. Casa Republica is situated directly across from a pristine plaza (a great place to spot local doggos out for a walk or young lovers enjoying the afternoon). It鈥檚 also just a half-block away from some pretty epic ocean videos. Grab one of the hotel鈥檚 free bikes and explore the neighborhood鈥檚 stunning architecture, or hang back and take in the scenery from the rooftop lounge. (Photo via Casa Republica)

Av. S谩enz Pe帽a 208, Barranco 15063, Peru

Where to Eat

Canta Rana barranco lima peru

Canta Rana: If you鈥檙e a local in Barranco at lunchtime, you鈥檙e probably eating at Canta Rana. The famed cevicher铆a is one of the most beloved haunts amongst neighborhood residents. You may find a few tourists, but mainly this place is packed with Peruvians enjoying their favorite lunchtime meal: ceviche. In addition to the house specialty, we recommend ordering some chicharr贸n de pescado (assorted fried fish), and a pitcher of chicha morada (a sweetened purple corn drink with spices) for the full experience. (Photo via Cortney Clift)

Genova 101, Barranco 15063, Peru

Coffee with Rowie. June, 2017. Peru.

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Twins Cafe GF: Gluten-free friends, listen up: Twins will likely be your oasis during your stay in Barranco. Whether you鈥檙e looking for a quick coffee and pastry situation or a heartier lunch, this charming and centrally located spot has your back (and your belly).

Colina 108, Barranco 15063, Peru

Colonia & Co, barranco lima peru

Colonia & Co: Should you find yourself in need of a midday pick-me-up, the folks at Colonia & Co can sort you out. Expand beyond your usual afternoon latte and try the espresso tonic, a surprisingly refreshing blend of espresso and tonic water. Just remember to ask for it without ice if you鈥檙e not accustomed to the country鈥檚 tap water. (Photo via Cortney Clift)

Av. San Martin 131, Lima 15063, Peru

Otros buenos helados en Barranco; @boscomagicogelato

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Bosco Magico: In the same building as Colonia & Co you鈥檒l find this charming shop with gelato waiting to be scooped out from under opulent golden lids. The shop prides itself on combining organic ingredients into unusual flavor combinations.

San Mart铆n Prolongacion 131, Barranco 15063, Peru

*Honorable mention*Astrid & Gaston: While this fine dining restaurant isn鈥檛 actually in Barranco, it should be on your list if you鈥檙e a foodie or if you鈥檙e in town for a special occasion. Gast贸n Acurio is world-renowned Peruvian chef and his wife Astrid Gutshce is one of the best pastry chefs in all of Latin America. Together they鈥檝e created a menu that feels authentically Peruvian with an elevated twist.

Av. Paz Soldan 290, San Isidro 15073, Peru

Where to Drink

Microteatro Lima: Soak up some of the district鈥檚 artistic spirit at this bar and performance space that features multiple 15-minute shows a night. If you don鈥檛 speak Spanish, you may be a little lost during some of it, but, hey, that鈥檚 part of the experience!

Ayacucho 271, Lima 15063, Peru

#tbt #mixologyart #barra55 #barranco

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Barra 55: Sidle up to the bar at Barra 55 to find yourself in one of the hippest spots in Lima. The decor is slightly Nordic-inspired, but not so much that it loses its Peruvian flair. Barra 55 is known for its gin selection, but if your time in Lima is limited, a refreshing pisco sour is a must-have.

28 De Julio 206, Barranco 15063, Peru

#cumbia #peru 鉁

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La Noche de Barranco: If you鈥檙e itching for an evening of live music, La Noche鈥檚 where it鈥檚 at. Almost every night of the week, all kinds of bands play at this beloved local haunt.

Sanchez Carrion 199, Barranco 15063, Peru

Where to Explore

Bridge of Sighs, barranco, lima peru

Bridge of Sighs: Find the Bridge of Sighs (Puente de los Suspiros), and you鈥檒l also find yourself in the most picturesque parts of Barranco. The eponymous Bridge of Sighs is a famous landmark that鈥檚 inspired many a folk song. In this general vicinity, you鈥檒l also find dozens of street art murals. Head up to the start of the Bajada de Banos walkway to see a handful of them, then wander in almost any direction to find more around every corner. (Photo via Cortney Clift)

Jr. Batall贸n, Ayacucho 271, Barranco 15063, Peru

Plaza de Armas Barranco, lima peru

Plaza de Armas Barranco: This stunning plaza is the beating heart of the city鈥檚 most vibrant neighborhood. On any given day, it鈥檚 filled with people. On the weekends, you may even run the risk of not finding a seat. If the gastronomy fair is open while you鈥檙e there (in the east end of the park), grab a local snack, find a seat, and watch the citizens of Barranco enjoy their communal living room. (Photo via Cortney Clift)

Plaza de Armas Barranco, Barranco 15063, Peru

Miraflores Bioferia, barranco, lima peru

Miraflores Bioferia: Okay, technically this organic market is in the neighboring district of Miraflores, but it鈥檚 so close to the Barranco action, we鈥檙e including it anyway. Consider this Lima鈥檚 version of the farmers鈥 market. Here you鈥檒l find dozens of small stalls stocked with organic and natural goods. (Photo via Cortney Clift)

Parque Reducto Nro. 2, Av. Benavides y Via Expresa, Miraflores 15047, Peru

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