Shopping in Lima is a very rewarding experience, with a vast
selection of both local and international goods on offer; alpaca
wool garments are a prized souvenir from Lima. The most popular
shopping areas are Miraflores and Lima Centro, and most shops are
open Monday through Saturday from 9:30am to 12:30pm, and from 3pm
to 8pm. There is no tourist rebate on the 18 percent sales tax
charged in Peru.
Alpaca sweaters, ponchos, rugs, coats, blankets, and other
popular Peru souvenirs are available from Alpaca III in Miraflores.
Other handicrafts, including woven items and ceramics, can be found
at markets in the main squares of Miraflores and Barranco, in the
shops on Avenida Ricardo Palma, and in Centro Comercial El Suche.
There''s a good selection of silver jewellery and antique stores on
Avenida La Paz in Miraflores, while La Casa Azul on Alfonso Ugarte
specializes in colonial furniture and religious art. Those looking
for traditional Peruvian instruments like quenas or charangos will
find good stores on Calle Cantuarias near Astrid y Gastón. Several
will even help you find someone to teach you!
There are a number of markets and malls to browse for bargains
in Lima. The Feria Artesanal (Artisans'' Market) has a great
selection of local handicrafts, and Mercado Central and the Río
Rímac flower market are also worth visiting. The Jockey Plaza
Shopping Center in Surco and the Larco Mar mall in Miraflores offer
a vast array of high-end shops, restaurants, cinemas and
entertainment. Good supermarkets in Lima include Metro, in Lima
Centro, and the Vivanda supermarket chain.