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A chef serves a plate of pasta in La Bodega de la Trattoria.
NEIGHBORHOOD GUIDE

A guide to local favorites in Santa Cruz

A chef serves a plate of pasta in La Bodega de la Trattoria.
  • By Lucien O. Chauvin
  • Photos by Omar Lucas
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Santa Cruz
Lima, Peru
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Within the main tourist district, the Santa Cruz neighborhood is quintessential Miraflores. One of the older residential areas, it has a vibrant cultural side, with one of the best-preserved and researched pre-Columbian temples, fine museums, and art galleries that provide a different feel.

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Santa Cruz

Pucllana Temple
Dating back more than 1,000 years, the Pucllana Temple is a remnant of a sprawling complex that was leveled over the years to make room for urban development. What remains is well-preserved pyramid that provides a glimpse of the pre-Incan past. An on-site restaurant serves up good Peruvian cuisine, and at night, you can dine while looking over the illuminated ruins.
Calle General Borgoño, Cuadra 8, Miraflores, Lima, Peru
Amano Textile Museum
Textiles dating back a millennium provide a unique way to see Peru’s cultural development. Amano is best known for its remarkable collection of textiles from the Chancay culture, which flourished between 1200 and 1450. The entrance fee gives you access to the museum, but if you ask and pay a little more, the staff will open up cases for you to see well-preserved textiles up close.
Amano Textile Museum, Retiro 160, Miraflores 15073, Peru
Galería Impakto
After seeing amazing works from Peru’s ancient civilizations, Impakto offers an opportunity to check out contemporary art by both local and international artists. The space is inviting, with an interior garden, and the exhibits are carefully curated. The work is often experimental and certainly eclectic.
Galería Impakto, Av. Sta. Cruz 857, Miraflores 15074, Peru
Wa Lok
Ceviche is king among food in Lima, but Chinese food, known as chifa, is a close rival. Limeños love chifa, and Chinese restaurants abound. This restaurant is copied from the original in Chinatown, in the center of the city. Order the dim sum and jasmine tea and you’ll be happy.
Wa Lok, Calle General Borgoño 748, Miraflores, Lima, Peru
La Bodega de la Trattoria
A piece of Italy in Miraflores and located across the street from the Pucllana Temple, this is the original site of what is now a chain of seven Italian restaurants operated by the same family in Lima. It is crowded at lunch, so have a pisco sour while you wait.
La Bodega de la Trattoria, Calle General Borgoño 748, Miraflores 15074, 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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