It doesn’t matter where you are going…it’s who you have beside you. – Anonymous
We love LOVE! So, this month we thought we’d bring you some of our fave not-to-be-missed romantic spots to visit during your stay in Lima. XO, MLP
Historically, Lima has not exactly been known for romance, but recently this notion has changed—beautifully reimagined parks, restored colonial buildings, and the opening of world-class restaurants with equally impressive interiors and ambiance have made Lima a destination for lovers.
• Parque del Amor
Its name says it all, but this ‘Park of Love’ in the Miraflores district is an amazing place to catch the sunset over the Pacific Ocean, followed by a stroll along the malecon (esplanade) for sweeping views of the Lima coastline. Don’t miss the enormous sculpture of a couple locked in an embrace or the romantic quotes along the park’s mosaic walls.
• Astrid y Gaston (embed http://www.astridygaston.com/)
Gastón Acurio and his wife Astrid opened their first restaurant in Lima in 1994. Over time, Gastón has become a world-renowned chef lauded for his innovative creations that are continually reinventing the fusion of Peruvian and Continental flavors. After 20 years in their charming Miraflores location, the duo moved Astrid y Gaston into the beautiful historically landmarked Casa Moreyra in the San Isidro district, a beautiful hacienda-style house built in the mid 17th century. To say that dinner at Astrid y Gastón is a romantic experience is not nearly enough to do it justice—do not miss it!
• Puente de Los Suspiros
Taking its name from the Ponte dei Suspiri in Venice, Italy, the ‘Bridge of Sighs’ in the Barranco district has a history as the go-to evening gathering place in colonial Lima for poets and young lovers. Romantic lighting, beautiful surroundings, and the sound of ocean waves crashing in the distance always inspire, well, more than a few amorous sighs.
• Hotel B (embed https://hotelb.pe/)
And while you’re in Barranco, plan to spend some time at Hotel B, a luxury hotel housed in a restored Spanish colonial casona, with modern-contemporary interiors by celebrated Peruvian architect/interior designer Jordi Puig. Feel the glamour of Lima’s golden age as you sip their signature gin cocktails and enjoy the Peruvian-Mediterranean offerings in the romantic bar/restaurant, described as “an in-house eatery [that] feels like an Old World European Café where Hemingway would feel quite at home.”
• Museo Larco
Museo Larco is a museum in the Pueblo Libre district of Lima named as one of Trip Advisor’s ‘2018 Travellers’ Choice—25 Best Museums in the World’. Not only do they have an impressive collection of artifacts dating from pre-colombian Peru on, they have one of the best and tastefully exhibited collections of Peru’s celebrated erotic pottery. The gardens are equally impressive–lush and meticulously maintained—and are home to the museum’s highly-rated restaurant where you can dine al fresco (weather permitting) for a truly romantic day.