With flower-filled parks and wide swaths of green overlooking the ocean, it's no wonder travelers flock to this seaside suburb. Miraflores has Lima's best selection of hotels and restaurants, and is also a bustling cultural hub. There are plenty of boutiques and cafés, bars and dance clubs here. Some people who find themselves in Lima for a short time never leave this little haven.
At its center is Parque Miraflores, sitting like a slice of pie between Avenida José Larco and Avenida Diagonal. On the eastern side is the Iglesia de la Virgen Milagrosa, the neighborhood's largest church. The colonial-style building next door is the Palacio Municipal de Miraflores, where most governmental business takes place. The park is surrounded by shops, bars and restaurants, including several sidewalk cafés.
If you're interested in ancient cultures, head to Huaca Pucllana, the massive temple complex, which is especially attractive at night. The tiny Museo Amano, six blocks to the west, contains a small but impressive collection of ancient weavings. If you want to shop, head for Avenida Petit Thouars just a block northeast of the park, where a series of handicraft markets hold dozens of shops that offer some of the best deals in town. For some fresh air and an ocean view, head to Parque del Amor and adjacent parks, or nearby Larcomar, for splendid views of the coast and sea below. These areas attract young lovers, joggers, paragliding enthusiasts, and just about everyone else on a sunny afternoon.