Lima boutiques are known for their wonderful mix of folk traditions and modern flair. Look for stylish housewares, colorful accessories and alpaca wool and pima cotton clothing with beautiful embroidery. Here is our insider guide to Lima shopping, including 10 can’t-miss boutiques.
“Devoted to Design” and “Committed to Heritage” are the mottos of Escudo’s founders, Chiara and Guiliana Macciavello. The two Peruvian sisters, who studied design in London and worked for European fashion companies before returning to Lima to open Escudo, are fiercely committed to creating stylish modern clothing that is based on exceptional Peruvian alpaca and cotton fibers and the master craftsmanship of their team in the rural mountains of Huancavelica province. Their designs blend a trendy fashion sense with folkloric charm, so you may find a jean jacket with traditional Peruvian embroidery or soft alpaca ponchos in traditional neutral colors and with a bright vivid trim.
Housed in a former residence on a quiet street in San Isidro, this lovely boutique sells high-quality crafts from around Peru displayed in small rooms, each devoted to a different category: jewelry, handbags, alpaca scarves and shawls, and pillows and housewares.
Dédalo’s home—an attractive colonial-style mansion in Barranco, with wide columns and massive wood doors guarded by Botéro-esque cow statues—signals the high-quality of the goods inside. What it doesn’t indicate is just how large the store is. Dédalo is really a mini department store purveying the best of Peru’s products, including colored glass and woodwork, textiles, leather and fashion from up-and-coming Peruvian designers. One room is dedicated to Recurseo, a regional enterprise that uses recycled materials in all its products, from purses decorated with balloons to chairs constructed from corrugated cardboard. In the jewelry room, look for the stylish horn rings. If you have time to hit only one shop in Lima, make it Dédalo since they carry items from many of the top independent brands such as Escudo and Jallpa Nina.
The boutique at the Mario Testino Museum is not to be missed for those who love fashion and design. Tucked into a wing of the villa that still has its original colonial tile floors, the shop displays Testino’s photography books but also super stylish accessories and clothing from the region including woven baskets and clutches, gold and silver jewelry, embroidered shawls and kaftans and more.
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Peruvian pima cotton is among the best in the world, and at this boutique in Barranco, you will find stylish designs, including summer dresses and cover-ups, as well as classic but flirty staples like off-the-shoulder blouses and hip-hugging long skirts. There are also some lovely accessories including metallic sandals, superfine alpaca shawls and straw basket bags on offer. The shop shares an entry with the art gallery Centro Colich, so you can combine your shopping with art appreciation.
This fabulous concept store was opened in 2014 by French designer Thibault van der Straete, who lives in Peru and works with local artisans to create alpaca and pima cotton clothing and housewares, ranging from ceramics to furniture. He began creating fine Peruvian products to export to Europe, which he still does, but this former colonial house now serves as a wonderful showcase for his work.
A chocolate tasting room and boutique, El Cacaotal was opened by American expat Amanda Jo Wildey in 2016. While working on her master’s in anthropology in Lima, Wildey focused on cacao traditions in Peru and became an expert in the growing and making of chocolate throughout the country. Naturally, she turned her knowledge and passion into a business, selling artisanal bars from individual farmers and producers and helps raise the profile of Peruvian chocolate around the world.
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Founded in 1988 by Marilyn Lizarragga, Jallpa Nina is an artistic ceramic studio that specializes in both colonial styles and contemporary ones, with all the pieces made by hand in a workshop in the Lurin Valley. American designer Jonathan Adler helped put the workshop on the global map when he began importing its designs. The three-story showroom in Miraflores displays a wide range of products including the glazed colonial line, iconic Buddha heads and table top lines created for such high-end Peruvian hotel companies as Belmond and Inkaterra.
Artesanias Las Pallas
This showroom of Peruvian crafts is curated by Mari Solari, one of the world’s most prominent authorities on folk art. Artesanias has a great curated selection of jewelry, statues, textiles, woven goods, paintings, sketches and more.
Owned by the sister of famed photographer Mario Testino, this boutique sells handmade knitwear and accessories. The designs are modern, but the macramé and crocheting techniques are ancient. Giuliana’s collections, which include ponchos, boleros, scarves, coats, hats and clingy dresses and skirts, are often made of cotton and alpaca.