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Customers drink chilcano (a refreshing mixed drink made with ginger ale and pisco) and beer at the Antigua Taberna de Queirolo.
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A guide to local favorites in Pueblo Libre

Customers drink chilcano (a refreshing mixed drink made with ginger ale and pisco) and beer at the Antigua Taberna de Queirolo.
  • By Lucien O. Chauvin
  • Photos by Omar Lucas
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Pueblo Libre
Lima, Peru
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The stops in this small section of Pueblo Libre, a quiet middle-class district, are a slice of Lima’s history. Peru’s most intriguing private museum is here, as is the city’s oldest bar and restaurant. Rather than part of a city of more than 10 million people, the central square somehow feels more like a small town.

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Lima was the perfect match for Lucien when he first saw it 30 years ago. He’s a beach bum at heart, having grown up in Rhode Island. Lima, a huge, chaotic city with beaches, got him from the start.

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Pueblo Libre

Santa María Magdalena Church
Even if you are not a fan of religious art, this church built in 1557 is a worthwhile stop. On weekends, local vendors set up food and craft stalls on a side alley.
Avenida San Martín 1172, Pueblo Libre, Lima, Peru
Antigua Taberna Queirolo
A taste of Lima in many ways, from history to authentic food and drink. Opened in 1880, this is the oldest restaurant and bar still operating in Lima. You can’t go wrong with lomo saltado (sauteed beef with french fries) and a pisco sour.
Avenida San Martín 1090, Pueblo Libre, Lima, Peru
Cervecería Hops
A brewpub in the heart of history. Try a few of the homemade ales and chow down on good Peruvian food. Live music is often playing on weekend nights. Go early to get a seat.
Avenida General Vivanco 785, Pueblo Libre, Lima, Peru
Larco Museum
If you want to ponder history, this is the place to do it. The museum allows you to walk through the storage rooms with more than 30,000 catalogued ceramic pieces. A claim to fame, and something that should not be missed, is the special room with pre-Columbian erotic pottery.
Avenida Simón Bolívar 1515, Pueblo Libre, Lima, Peru
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Lucien O. Chauvin
Lima was the perfect match for Lucien when he first saw it 30 years ago. He’s a beach bum at heart, having grown up in Rhode Island. Lima, a huge, chaotic city with beaches, got him from the start.
Omar Lucas
Omar is an independent documentary photographer based in Lima. He and his camera have traveled all over Peru, from the arid desert dunes to the icy glaciers of the Andes and passing through the immense Amazon. But nothing relaxes him as much as enjoying a good coffee in his city while the sun is hidden behind the Pacific Ocean line.

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