cajun jamie wrote:OK, let's have it. I want to know about nooks, crannys and dives. In my opinion, some of the best places in Lima are little holes in the wall. Places to go with ambiance, but not all the crowds.
Want a sandwich and a wine or beer - Juanitos in Barranco. Want a little tourist flare, but not the crowds - the restaurants in Puente de los suspiros in Barranco. Good music, but smoky - Tayta in Parque Kennedy.
Want to be floored by a Pisco? La Calesa in San Isidro.
Cajun Jamie - Here are some of my picks as well for your topics - I also added others as well with some of my thoughts:
cajun jamie wrote:Want a sandwich and a wine or beer
- El Peruanito - Angamos (Miraflores); El Enano in Miraflores is also great (no beer) but to die for juices and sandwiches.
cajun jamie wrote:Want a little tourist flare, but not the crowds
- I'll take Cafe-Cafe off of Diagonal and Parque Kennedy. Cold beer, with tables outside. I was there on Sunday afternoon since it was a great day outside washing back some cold ones with some friends.
cajun jamie wrote:Good music, but smoky crowds
- Tayta is good (I was there last weekend!).
- Another good place for live music; definitely a large hole in the wall and cover bands - El cuarto gato in Lince - Av. Arequipa on the corner where the Norky's is). Same rustic, bohemian type place.
cajun jamie wrote:Want to be floored by a Pisco?
I agree with Jamie. La Calesa in San Isidro. Samy and his famous Pisco Sours. My favorite for Pisco Sours places in Lima. Also very good is Huaringas in Miraflores. They have a variation of Pisco Sour drinks. Very good. After two of them, you'll notice the sensation in your knees weaken.
Best Pizzeria with ambiance: La Antica - Dos de Mayo - Brick oven pizza. Thin crust. Nice candlelit ambience. Nice wines, great postres.
Italian Food without breaking the bank but fresh homemade quality - Danica...Av. Conquistadores - San Isidro
Nice place for a drink and appetizers on a first date on a Friday - Bravo Bar - Av. Conquistadores
Best place to have a coffee - Starbucks...just kidding... The coffee at Cafe Verde on Santa Cruz and General Cordova in Miraflores is very good...Place is always dead there, but the coffee is good. Cafe with ambience - I'll take Manolo's on Larco. Always bustling with people after 7 pm...good people watching.. Little more expensive, but good if you are in the mood for noisy cafe in Miraflores.
Also, La Baguette - Pardo y Aliago/Conquistadores in San Isidros
Great pastries as well.
Best place to get a Shwarma - Tierra Santa - Schell...next to the BCP..right off of Larco
Best place to get a cheese burger - Sorry to say it but since choices are limited - TGIF - Ov. Gutierrez
Best Chocolate Shake - 4D (Salaverry in San Isidro across from Pharmax)
Best place to eat from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. in the morning after a night out:
Caldo de Gallina - Calle Arambiru
Super Rueda - Avenida Pardo
El Enano (Closes at 2 or 3 a.m.) - One block from Angamos, near Suiza labs.
Vivanda/Metro - Miraflores - Open 24 hours (desperation)
Best Hidden cevicheria in Miraflores (Clean, nice and affordable)
Isla de Mono - Two story house converted into a cevicheria - San Martin/Pasaje Sucre in Miraflores) - I lived down the street from there. Consistant ceviche, won't break the bank
Best Ceviche in Lima - Mi Barrunto. (mibarrunto.com)
Best place to sit at the bar, eat ceviche and drink interesting pisco variations - La Mar (Avenida La Mar) - Owned by Gaston
Best Ceviche de Conchas Negras - Emilio y Gladys - (Brena)
Best place for Chicharron/Desayuno Lurin - Avenida Universitaria in San Miguel before getting to La Marina. I like all of them of that street to be honest