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Barranco Lima: Things to do, Where to Stay and More

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Coloured building in Barranco in Lima
Street art in Barranco in Lima

Barranco in Lima is considered one of the most artistic and cultural districts, with numerous art galleries, quirky coffee shops and live music venues. It’s also home to beautiful parks, beaches and picturesque cliffs that offer stunning views of the ocean.

After living in the nearby neighbourhood of Miraflores for a good chunk of the year, I’ve spent heaps of time here

a red building

In this guide, I’ll cover some basic need-to-know information like where it is, how to get there and the best time to visit.

I’ll then move on to all of the best things to do, places to eat and drink and even co-work if you’re planning to stay here for a while.

At the end of the guide, I’ll let you know how to get around, how it compares to the most popular tourist district and cover a little bit about safety.

Where is Barranco in Peru?

a string of flags in Barranco

Barranco is a district located in Lima, the capital city of Peru on the coast of the Pacific Ocean.

How to get to Barranco in Lima, Peru

By plane

a plane

If you arrive in Lima by air, your destination will be Jorge Chávez International Airport, situated in the northern part of the city, however, Barranco is further south.

Various transportation options are available to travel from the airport, with estimated travel times ranging from 40 to 55 minutes, depending on traffic conditions.

Here are some options:

  1. Airport Express Lima (Bus): The Airport Express Lima offers a dedicated bus service exclusively for airport transfers. However, this service does not run directly to Barranco. Instead, you’ll need to take the bus to Miraflores and then take an Uber or Taxi to Barranco which is very close.

    Upon exiting the departures area, you’ll notice a prominent blue stand labelled ‘Airport Express Lima.’

    To reach your destination, select the ‘Larcomar Express route’ and obtain a ticket either at the counter or through online booking before your arrival.

    Buses operate regularly throughout the day and night but note that services are usually suspended on public holidays.

  2. Taxi: Taxis are readily available outside the airport terminal.

    Within the airport premises, you’ll find authorized taxi stands where you can arrange for a fixed-price taxi in advance.

    If you’re keen to take a registered taxi, then I highly recommend utilizing this service over flagging one down from outside the airport to ensure you’re not overcharged, as some taxi drivers have been known to take advantage of tourists.

  3. Ride-Sharing Services: Lima has ride-sharing services such as Uber or In-drive, which you can conveniently use.

    Simply download the app on your smartphone, request a ride, and follow the app’s instructions to locate your driver.

    Specify your desired destination, and the app will estimate the fare and approximate travel time.

    Personally, I find this method of transportation to be the most preferable when travelling to and from the airport.

  4. Car Rental: Several car rental companies offer their services; however, it’s advisable to make a reservation in advance to avoid inflated prices on the spot.

    While it’s technically possible for tourists to drive around Lima, it’s important to note that the city, particularly the central areas, can be chaotic for driving.

By bus

a bus in Barranco in Lima in Peru

Opting for bus travel is a popular and convenient choice for exploring Peru, favoured by many backpackers, including myself.

Luckily, if you’re considering this option then it’s good to know that Peru boasts some of the best bus services in South America, particularly those connecting to Lima.

If this is your preferred mode of transport, then here are some essential details to keep in mind:

  1. Bus Companies: Peru is home to numerous bus companies operating local and long-distance routes.

    Renowned and trustworthy companies include Cruz del Sur, Oltursa, Civa, Movil Tours, and Linea.

    Each company has its own fleet, services, and routes, and you can conveniently explore them through the Busbud platform.

    Personally, I have a preference for Cruz del Sur.

  2. Types of Buses: Bus services in Peru offer a range of options, from basic to luxurious, catering to different comfort levels and amenities.

    The most economical buses typically feature standard coaches with limited reclining seats, while the more expensive ones provide fully reclining seats that transform into beds.

    Additionally, you’ll find buses with decent reclining seats that nearly lay flat and include amenities like privacy curtains, USB ports, and televisions.

  3. Bus Terminals: Lima has two primary bus terminals, namely Plaza Norte and Javier Prado.

    Of the two, Javier Prado is the closest to Barranco.

    It’s advisable to arrive at the terminal at least 30 minutes before departure for passport and baggage checks.

    Similar to air travel, you can expect your luggage to be scanned and tagged.

    Considering the busy highway location, Uber or In-drive are the recommended transportation options for getting to and from the bus station.

Best time to visit Barranco in Lima

A building with street art in Barranco in Lima
street art in Barranco in Lima

The best time to visit Barranco in Lima, Peru, is during the summer season, which spans from December to March.

This period offers the warmest temperatures you’ll see throughout the year – sometimes up to 30 degrees.

This time of year can be humid, however with constant blue skies and beautiful sunsets, it’s an ideal time to explore the district’s outdoor attractions and enjoy the beautiful beaches.

street art in Barranco in Lima

You’ll also find that during these months that there are various cultural events, festivals, and art exhibitions. You can take part in vibrant street fairs, live music performances, and enjoy the lively atmosphere of the district.

If you prefer fewer crowds and cooler temperatures, visiting here during the shoulder seasons (spring or autumn) could also be a good option. However, you can expect at least a few days of grey skies.

Tip: if you’re planning to visit Cusco during your trip to Peru, then it’s important to know that November to April is the rainy season. As such you’ll often find people sacrifice the good weather in Lima to ensure they have a dry trip to Cusco.

Why is Barranco known as the Bohemian district?

A building with a car in front of it

Barranco has a long history of attracting free-spirited individuals who embrace an alternative lifestyle.

In the early 20th century, it became a haven for artists, intellectuals, and bohemians seeking inspiration and artistic freedom.

With streets filled with colourful houses, murals scattered on walls, quirky coffee shops and dozens of artistic hubs, this area is the place to be if you prefer a hippy vibe.

Things to do in Barranco in Lima

Make a wish as you cross the Bridge of Sighs

The Bridge of Sighs in Barranco

The Bridge of Sighs is one of the most iconic and romantic spots in the neighbourhood that holds historical and cultural significance.

Although it’s merely a wooden bridge that connects two sides of the neighbourhood, it acts as the centre point of Barranco and has become riddled with incredible street art and numerous restaurants and bars.

Street art near the Bridge of Sighs in Lima

The bridge was constructed in the 19th century and was inspired by the Bridge of Sighs in Venice in Italy, and legend has it that if you make a wish and hold your breath while crossing the bridge, your wish will come true!

Tip: If you’re planning on exploring this charming area of Lima, then this is a great place to start as most of the attractions are within walking distance from here.

Soak up the sun or surf at Barranco Beach

Barranco beach

Playa Barranco (also known as Barranco Beach) is a sandy beach that’s perfect for soaking up the sun and enjoying a break from the hustle and bustle of city life.

It’s easy to reach the beach from the centre of the neighbourhood by simply following the path that leads under the Bridge of Sighs.

You’ll come to reach a viewing platform and if you look to your right, you’ll see some steps which lead down to the main road. Once you’ve crossed the road, the beach is just a few minutes walk to your left.

Whilst this beach is perfect for relaxing on, those who are more adventurous can try surfing here as well.

Lima isn’t known for its hot sea temperatures though, so it’s definitely worth wearing a wetsuit if you’re planning to give it a go!

If you need to rent any equipment, then SSUKS Surf Shop is the best place to do so.

Discover La Feria Unión de Barranco

The entrance to La Feria Union in Barranco

La Feria Unión is a popular market where you can explore and purchase various goods, including arts, crafts, clothing, accessories, and food.

Whether you’re looking for unique handmade items, vintage goods, artisanal crafts, or souvenirs, you’ll likely be able to find it here for a decent price.

Plus, the market often showcases the work of local artists, designers, and entrepreneurs, making it a great place to discover and support local talent.

Stalls at the market
Seating area at the market

Stage at La Feria market

Aside from shopping, the market is also a social gathering place.

With plenty of food stalls and a stage, it is not uncommon to find live music performances here, making it a great place to head to with friends for a social afternoon or evening.

The opening times are:

  • Monday: closed
  • Tuesday: closed
  • Wednesday: 12pm – 9pm
  • Thursday: 12pm – 9pm
  • Friday: 12pm – 9pm
  • Saturday: 11am – 10pm
  • Sunday: 12pm – 10pm

TIP: If you’re looking for an epic food tour, then Food Tour Lima has some epic ones – including one in Barranco!

Indulge in the best churros in Lima


Churros are popular across South America and I’ve lost count of how many I’ve tried during the months I’ve been here so far, however, LA73 in Barranco is unmatched.

Although they’re not the cheapest in Lima, the nine toffee-stuffed and sugar-coated fried pastry pieces, accompanied by warm chocolate and poached pear are a combination that’s worth every penny.

Having stayed in Barranco for quite some time, it was rare that a week would pass without a visit to here and I promise you won’t regret anything (apart from the immense sugar bloat which follows – but I promise it’s still worth it).

LA73 also do plenty of other great food and seems to be a popular spot among locals.

Tip: if you’re looking for something more substantial, then the turkey sandwich was always a go-to for me.

Stroll along the Malecón 

A boy on a skateboard on the Malecon in Lima
A boy on a bike on the Malecon in Lima

If you’ve read my guide to Miraflores then you’ll know all about the Malecón.

If you haven’t, then let me explain: the Malecón is a 6-mile stretch atop the cliffs that overlook the sea.

Visitors can walk, run, skate or cycle along the Malecón which goes from Barranco to Miraflores to San Isidro.

There are various points of interest along the way – such as Parque del Amor – however, these are mostly within the Miraflores district.

The section which sits in Barranco is much more peaceful than Miraflores and includes a number of parks, benches and viewpoints to soak in the views (which are particularly good at sunset).

I highly recommend taking a trip along the Malecón at least once during your visit to Lima as it’s a great way to see the coastal views and enjoy this slice of tranquillity on the edge of an otherwise bustling city.

Discover the epic Barranco Street Art

Street art in Barranco in Lima

Barranco is renowned for its vibrant and captivating street art scene.

The district is a hub for artistic creations, and its streets are adorned with an array of colourful and thought-provoking murals, graffiti, and street installations.

Street art in Barranco in Lima
Street art in Barranco in Lima

In fact, many would argue that it stands as the pinnacle of artistic expression in Lima, and I wholeheartedly concur.

Once you enter this neighbourhood, prepare to be enthralled by a multitude of awe-inspiring, large-scale murals adorned with intricate details.

You’ll stumble upon whimsical and spontaneous pieces scattered on almost every street corner, making it akin to immersing oneself in an open-air art gallery.

Street art in Barranco in Lima

Given the number of pieces in the area, many of which are created by renowned artists like Jade and JC Cake, local guides now provide tours which showcase the most extraordinary masterpieces, ensuring an immersive and unforgettable artistic experience.

Below are some recommended tours:

Check out Dédalo

Gifts in Dédalo
Gifts in Dédalo

Dédalo is an extraordinary fusion of art, shopping, and relaxation, seamlessly blending a captivating gallery, exquisite boutique stores showcasing incredible hand-crafted goods, and a delightful café.

Immersed in a rich history, Dédalo traces its roots back to 1983 when visionary founders Ximena Castellanos and Jacques Custer brought their dream to life.

What began as a humble shop, brimming with the exquisite creations of local artists quickly blossomed into a dynamic epicentre of contemporary art, design, and cultural exploration.

Nestled within the walls of a venerable mansion, Dédalo exudes an irresistible charm that transports visitors to another era.

Cafe in Dédalo

Upon meandering through the enchanting spaces, you’ll stumble upon a hidden gem—a serene patio adorned with towering trees and twinkling fairy lights—housing a cosy coffee shop.

It beckons you to unwind, sip on your favourite beverage, and indulge in the pleasure of reading a book, tending to emails, or savouring a conversation with a dear friend.

Whether you seek exceptional souvenirs, a tranquil oasis to relish a meal or drink, or simply a respite from the bustling world, this spot is an experience that effortlessly weaves art, culture, and serenity into a tapestry of lasting memories.

Hire some bikes

A green bike in Barranco

Exploring the neighbourhood by bicycle is a fantastic way to tick off a number of attractions in a short period of time.

And, whilst a lot of the things to do in Barranco are close to each other, there are some sites which are a little far away and so having a bike to get to these will certainly come in handy.

This area is far less chaotic than many of the other areas in Lima and so it’s quite safe and comfortable to cycle around without worrying too much.

Plus, you can make use of the cycle paths along the Malecón for the most part.

Some of the best places to rent a bike from are:

  1. GOGO Biking
  2. Grosshell
  3. SiGo Bikes Barranco

Relax with some yoga

Girls doing yoga

Whether you need to stretch out your muscles after doing the most popular hikes in northern Peru like Laguna 69 and Laguna Paron, or you simply need to take some time to relax the mind, then yoga is always a good idea.

Luckily, there are some great studios in the area.

Below are some of the best spots to head to:

  1. KO Urban Detox Center
  2. Hanuman Studio Lima
  3. Samadhi Yoga Iyengar Perú

Admire the ancient Iglesia La Ermita

Iglesia La Ermita
Photo by Kimon Berlin

Iglesia La Ermita is one of the most stand-out and iconic buildings in the neighbourhood due to its striking yellow colour and historical significance.

Construction was completed in 1885, making it one of the oldest churches in the district, and the architectural style combines elements of Neo-Gothic and Neo-Romanesque styles.

Unfortunately, the roof of the church was destroyed after being set fire during the War of the Pacific and a subsequent earthquake and so it’s unsafe to visit the inside – although there are rumours that a project to restore the building may take place.

Nonetheless, this building is an incredible piece of vibrant architecture that’s a must-visit for a few pictures before leaving the area.

Enjoy a crepe at Besos Frances

The Besos Frances building

All across Lima you’ll find a number of Besos Frances stores and they serve the most delicious hot crepes covered in toppings of your choice.

Whether you enjoy the timeless delight of a classic lemon and sugar crepe or want to venture into the realm of culinary innovation with temptations such as a decadent ensemble of brownie chunks, velvety ice cream, luscious toffee sauce, and a medley of fresh bananas and succulent strawberries, they’ve got you covered.

You’ll find a few stores in the area – one in the centre near the Bridge of Sighs, and one located near the Museum of Modern Arts, affectionately known as the MAC museum – which is the next stop in this guide.

Marvel at the artwork in the MAC Museum

Artwork inside the MAC Museum in Barranco in Lima

The MAC Museum, also known as the Museum of Contemporary Art, is a captivating cultural institution dedicated to showcasing and promoting contemporary art from Peru and around the world.

It was founded in 2013 with the mission of fostering artistic dialogue and providing a platform for contemporary artists to exhibit their work.

Artwork inside the MAC Museum in Barranco in Lima
Artwork inside the MAC Museum in Barranco in Lima

The architectural marvel that houses the museum is an artistic masterpiece in its own right, with its sleek lines, innovative design, and expansive galleries, the building itself becomes a canvas that harmoniously intertwines with the exhibited artworks.

They hold a permanent collection of art, as well as numerous temporary collections which change throughout the course of the year.

Watch the sunset

The sun setting over the sea in Barranco
Photo by Hugo Kuklinkski

Whilst many people head to the well-known district of Miraflores to watch the sunset on the Malecón, Barranco also has many beautiful spots that people overlook.

Although there are significantly fewer parks and monuments along the Malecón in Barranco, there are also significantly fewer people.

And, what’s great is that you also get to see the full city skyline of Miraflores twinkling in the distance.

There is no ‘best spot’ – you simply need to stroll along the Malecón and you’ll find plenty of green spaces and hidden spots behind bushes to sit back and relax as you watch the sun go down for the day.

Take a break in the Municipal de Barranco Park and Barranco main square

Municipal de Barranco Park

In the very centre of the neighbourhood is this great big green space thats beautifully well-kept with gorgeous flowers and surrounded by colourful buildings as well as coffee shops and restaurants.

If you’re looking for somewhere to put relax in between ticking off many of things to see and do, then this is a great spot to do so.

Be impressed at Museo Pedro de Osma

Museo Pedro de Osma
Photo by David Stanley

Museo Pedro de Osma is not only one of the most spectacular buildings in the neighbourhood but all of Lima.

The site consists of one large building as well as one small and both are surrounded by stunning gardens.

The grand architecture of the main building is certainly something to be impressed by and its remarkable collection of colonial-era art inside is just the cherry on top.

Museo Pedro de Osma
Photo by David Stanley

Once you’ve entered, you’ll be able to explore a vast collection of art pieces from the Viceroyalty of Peru, which span the 16th to the 19th centuries.

You’ll find a fusion of European and indigenous artistic traditions emerged during the colonial era, and as such, incredible paintings were created by renowned Peruvian and European artists, such as Francisco de Zurbarán, El Greco, and Diego Quispe Tito.

Museo Pedro de Osma is open 10 am until 6 pm Monday to Saturday. On Sundays and public holidays, the site is closed.

Practice Spanish at La Tostadora Cafe on Wednesday

Friends talking

Every Wednesday, La Tostadora Cafe hold an event where you can practice and exchange languages – usually most people are looking to practice Spanish or English.

Not only is this a great way to practice your language skills, but if you’re new to the area and you’re looking to socialise and make some friends, then this is a great opportunity to do so.

When you arrive, you’ll be given a sticker which represents your native language, as well as a sticker – or multiple – of the language you’re looking to practice.

It’s a fairly casual setting, where you’ll gather around a table and converse with your new-found friends in your chosen language.

Tip: if you’re looking for somewhere more lively, then Lupulo Bar in Miraflores hold an event called Mundo Lingo every Thursday at 8 pm.

Get to know the local artists at Museo Jade Rivera

Artwork inside Museo Jade Rivera

The Museo Jade Rivera stands as a testament to the extraordinary talent of the artist known as Jade and is wholly dedicated to celebrating the artistic genius of Jonatan Rivera and his mesmerizing body of work.

Jade has achieved widespread acclaim throughout South America, earning a well-deserved reputation for his awe-inspiring street art that adorns the walls of Lima, as well as cities across countries such as Colombia and Argentina.

Through his vibrant and captivating creations, Jade has left an indelible mark on the urban landscapes, breathing life and beauty into the bustling streets.

Artwork inside Museo Jade Rivera

Having spent formative years in both America and Europe, Jade’s artistic legacy extends far beyond South America. His visionary masterpieces can be discovered in diverse corners of the globe, serving as vibrant testaments to his international influence.

Within the walls of the Museo Jade Rivera, visitors will encounter an array of art that encapsulates Jade’s dynamic talent.

While many of the exhibited pieces are expertly captured photographic reproductions of his breathtaking street art from around the world, the museum also showcases a curated selection of original works.

Artwork inside Museo Jade Rivera
Artwork inside Museo Jade Rivera

Among these treasures, one can marvel at Jade’s versatility as an artist, with pieces that range from evocative portraits to more traditional art styles, creating a rich tapestry of artistic expression.

Situated within the walls of an old house, the museum melds with the bohemian ambience of its surroundings, paying homage to the artistic soul of this remarkable district in Lima, which adds an extra layer of charm and intrigue and creates an immersive experience that transports visitors into the captivating world of Jade’s artistic vision.

Book onto a Barranco walking tour

A street in Barranco

If you prefer to take a guided tour rather than self-exploration then a Barranco walking tour is a great thing to do.

I’m a huge fan of a walking tour when I arrive in a new city as it helps to get your bearings and scope out all of the best things to come back to.

Usually, the guide is able to give you some local tips and tricks too which is always a bonus.

You’ll find that most walking tours are focused on the street art here, so below is a reminder of those tours available.

Alternatively, you can check out GuruWalk.

Swing by the Museo de la Electricidad

The train outside the Museo de la Electricidad
The train outside the Museo de la Electricidad

The Museo de la Electricidad is a small but sweet little museum to pop into for 15 minutes if you’re wandering past.

It’s filled with lots of antique electrical appliances like old jukeboxes that are interactive to keep it fun and interesting, making it a great thing to do in Lima for kids and adults alike.

Whilst you’re there, you’ll get to understand more about the different ways of obtaining electricity and see how this has evolved over time.

You’ll also find some interesting facts and figures on how much electricity we actually use and on what, as well as how this has changed over the years.

Outside of the museum in an old train and so if nothing else, it’s a great photo opportunity.

Pop into Jade Rivera World

Artwork inside Jade Rivera World in Barranco
Artwork inside Jade Rivera World in Barranco

Jade Wold Rivera is a teeny tiny gallery that’s another short and sweet thing to do if you’re wandering past.

It’s situated by the Bridge of Sighs and because Jade is such a prominent artist in the neighbourhood it’s great to swing by and see some of his more recent work.

Inside, they also have a store where you can purchase some small gifts and pieces of clothing should you wish.

What to do in Barranco in one day

A colourful street in Barranco

If you’ve only got one day in Barranco and you’re wondering what the best things to do and see are, then the below itinerary would be my recommendation:

  • Morning: hire some bikes and visit the MAC Museum, cycle along the Malecon and visit Dédalo and the infamous Bridge of Sighs
  • Lunch: grab a sandwich from the best spot in the area – Sandwiches Monstruos
  • Afternoon: book a street art tour, followed by a visit to LA73 for some of the best churros in the world
  • Evening: head back to the Malecon to watch the sunset before going for dinner at Isolina

Nightlife in Barranco in Lima 

People in a bar

The nightlife in Barranco is excellent and even the locals and tourists from neighbouring districts will head here for a night filled with drinks and dancing.

Some of the best places to go for drinks are:

  1. El Gringo Bar: this is a cheap and cheerful place to grab some drinks and a small bite to eat before moving on to bigger and better places. Despite the name, many locals also head here and the atmosphere is pretty lively and vibrant.

  2. Ayahuasca: if you’re looking for somewhere a bit more upmarket then Ayahuasca is a good choice. It’s situated in a stunning building with appropriate decor and you’ll find plenty of bougie cocktails to enjoy.

  3. Barranco Bar: for a night of live music this is the best place to go. There is something going on every weekend and usually at least a few times during the week as well. Whether that’s salsa or a live band, it’s always a great night here.

Best restaurants in Barranco in Lima

Budget restaurants

Sandwiches Monstruos

A sandwich from Sandwiches Monstruos
Photo by Sandwiches Monstruos

If you’re looking for a quick bite to eat whilst you’re on the go then Sandwiches Monstruos is the place to head to.

It’s well-known for serving the best sandwiches in the neighbourhood, as well as for its generous portions and creative combinations that are sure to satisfy even the heartiest appetites.

The concept behind Sandwiches Monstruos revolves around creating sandwiches that are packed with flavour, stacked high with ingredients, and designed to be a substantial meal.

In fact, Sandwiches Monstruos translates to Monster Sandwiches, which really sums them up perfectly.

You can expect to find a wide selection of fillings, from succulent meats such as roasted pork, grilled chicken, or tender beef, to an array of cheeses, fresh vegetables, and flavorful sauces.

Whether you’re craving a classic combination or feeling adventurous enough to try something new, you’re sure to find a sandwich that suits your appetite.

Mid-range restaurants


A family eating food in Isolina
Photo by Isolina
The food in Isolina
Photo by Isolina

Isolina has become a beloved restaurant of many Peruvians and is known for serving traditional Peruvian cuisine with a contemporary twist.

The restaurant takes its name from its founder, Chef José del Castillo’s grandmother, Isolina, whose culinary legacy and recipes inspire the menu, which I think is so sweet!

Isolina serves traditional favourites to lesser-known regional specialities, yet one thing for sure is that each plate is crafted with care and a dedication to preserving the essence of Peru’s culinary traditions.

You can expect to find delectable dishes such as ceviche, causa, anticuchos, lomo saltado (one of my personal favourites), and a variety of fresh seafood options.

Expensive restaurants

Cala Restaurante


Cala Restaurante is a renowned place to eat in a stunning oceanfront location.

The restaurant takes its name from the Spanish word for “cove” or “inlet,” which perfectly captures its idyllic setting overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

This prime location provides guests with breathtaking views of the sea, adding to the ambience and allure of the dining experience.

Cala Restaurante is celebrated for its innovative menu that showcases the flavours of Peru’s coastal region and draws inspiration from the cities rich culinary traditions and the abundance of fresh seafood.

You’ll find that the menu features a fusion of traditional and contemporary dishes prepared with meticulous attention to detail.

Whether you fancy ceviche, tiraditos or grilled octopus, you’ll certainly find something memorable here.

Best places to co-work


Grau 810 Coworking

Grau 810 Coworking is the most ‘corporate‘ of the three best places to co-work in Barranco.

It’s fairly large and is situated in a beautiful and old historical building.

You’ll find everything from individual desks to private meeting rooms and even a kitchen for those who are wishing to spend all day here.

It’s the most expensive option of the three, but the facilities and atmosphere more than make up for it.

Symbiosis Art & Coworking Lima

Symbiosis Art & Coworking Lima is a super artistic co-working space.

It’s made for artists who want to work together and so you can bring along your paintings, instruments, or whatever else you may need to get creative.

Of course, there are also plenty of desks for those who need to get their head down and use their laptop, as well as meeting rooms for private discussions.

Deosma Coworking

Deosma Coworking is a pet-friendly co-working space that provides a quiet space for those seeking to concentrate.

The space has a family feel to it, with plenty of desks and cosy corners to feel relaxed and comfortable whilst working here.

It’s also located in the heart of Barranco and close to many of the popular coffee shops and restaurants if you need to take a break from the screen and pop out for lunch.

Where to stay

A colourful building in Barranco
A colourful building in Barranco

Although this neighbourhood isn’t the most well-known tourist area in Lima, it’s becoming increasingly popular and new accommodation options are popping up almost weekly.

Right now, the prices are still much lower than those in Miraflores or central Lima, so if you’re on a tight budget, and enjoy a hippy vibe over the main tourist hotspots, then Barranco may well be a better base for you.

Below are some accommodation options to consider if you think this neighbourhood would suit you:


Traveler Kokopelli Lima – Barranco Hostel

Kokopelli Hostel in Barranco is situated in one of the nicest hostel buildings that I think I have ever seen.

The architecture is impressive, with intricate details and high ceilings, and the beds are spacious and comfortable, with privacy curtains and some capsule-style pods.

With an excellent dining area, a games room and free bike rental, there is not much more you could ask for when it comes to staying in a hostel.

Check prices: Kokopelli


Hotel Park Suites

Hotel Park Suites offers 33 rooms from standard to deluxe, however, whichever you choose, it will be spacious with elegant decor and enhanced with thoughtful amenities.

Most of the rooms contain a spa bath, ample storage and a safe place to keep your most important belongings extra secure.

This great mid-range hotel is situated extremely close to the metropolitino and provides great bang for your buck!

Check prices: Hotel Park Suites


Casa Republica Barranco Boutique Hotel

Casa Republica Barranco Boutique Hotel is a distinguished 4-star retreat nestled away in the neighbourhood.

Each room provides the utmost comfort, with air-conditioning units, complimentary Wi-Fi and private bathrooms.

The hotel has an excellent restaurant and bar, with a tranquil garden and terrace.

The hotel offers free bicycle rental, allowing guests to explore the surrounding area with ease.

Check prices: Casa Republica Barranco Boutique Hotel

What is better Barranco or Miraflores?

An old car in front of a colourful building in Barranco
A churros stand in Miraflores

Both Barranco and Miraflores are popular neighbourhoods in Lima and each offers a unique charm and appeal.

The choice between the two ultimately depends on personal preferences and what you are looking for in a neighbourhood, however below are some brief descriptions to help you decide.

Street art in Barranco in Lima

Barranco is known for its bohemian and artistic atmosphere. It has a vibrant nightlife, with numerous bars, clubs, and live music venues.

The neighbourhood is also home to colourful colonial architecture, art galleries, and trendy boutiques.

You’ll find that there is a more relaxed and laid-back ambience compared to Miraflores, making it a favourite among artists and hipsters.

Miraflores skyline

On the other hand, Miraflores is a bustling and cosmopolitan neighbourhood with a modern and upscale feel.

It is renowned for its scenic coastline, beautiful parks, and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean.

This area boasts a wide range of restaurants, cafes, shopping centres, and high-end hotels, offers a lively atmosphere and is popular among tourists.

How to travel around

Bikes in Barranco

  1. Biking: Just like mentioned earlier, Barranco boasts bike-friendly infrastructure with dedicated bike lanes and rental services. You can easily rent a bike from various shops or bike-sharing services in the area. Exploring the neighbourhood on a bike allows you to immerse yourself in its scenic views and attractions at your own leisurely pace.

  2. Taxis/Ride-hailing Services: Taxis are readily available in Barranco, and you can hail them on the street or use popular ride-hailing apps like Uber or In-drive. If you choose to take a taxi, it’s advisable to negotiate the fare upfront or ensure that the meter is used before starting your journey.

  3. Public Buses: Barranco enjoys excellent connectivity to other parts of Lima through public buses. Look for bus stops along major roads within the district, and identify buses with route signs that match your destination. It’s recommended to carry small change (coins) for bus fares, as larger bills may not be accepted. While crime incidents are relatively low in this part of the city, it’s important to remain vigilant against pickpockets while travelling on local buses.

  4. Metropolitano: The Metropolitano, an efficient rapid transit bus system, traverses the main avenues of Lima, including Barranco. Serving as an above-ground tube, it provides a quick and convenient mode of transportation within the city. To use the Metropolitano, you’ll need a rechargeable card (tarjeta), which can be obtained at the stations.

Safety in Barranco in Lima

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A statue in Barranco

Barranco is considered one of the safest areas in Lima.

It’s much like Miraflores in the sense that you can wander the streets without having to hide your valuables – even during the night.

That being said, like any city, it’s best to keep your wits about you and avoid things like wandering down any dark alleys alone at night.

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If you enjoyed this guide to Barranco in Lima and you’re looking for more things to do and see in the area, then you may enjoy this guide to Miraflores.

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