Secret Terraces in Barranco
Barranco, Lima’s most bohemian neighborhood, offers visitors more than the Bridge of Sighs. Discover where local people enjoy summer afternoons with our selection of secret terraces.
“Vernácula” is a concept store offering the work of local designers and a selection of unique gifts. It is situated just a few steps from the famous Bridge of Sighs, but if you didn’t know of its existence it would be easy to pass by without seeing it. It is located at Ayacucho 269 (the street you have to cross when walking from Barranco’s Main Square towards the bridge, just before descending the steps). It has a small terrace with low round tables, sofas and cushions, while the upstairs space offers vintage décor with a folkloric vibe. This is a hidden, quiet and relaxing place.
Perfect moment: A fresh breakfast with Wishi Bowls, including açai berries, kiwi fruit, banana, muesli and honey (S/ 16 Peruvian soles); or in the afternoon for a snack (try the Thai wings or crispy fingers for S/ 18 Peruvian soles) and a strawberry daiquiri (S/ 18 Peruvian soles), or a refreshing craft beer (the menu offers 6 brands, priced at S/ 16 soles).
Opening times: Tuesday and Wednesday from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm; Thursday to Saturday from 11:00 am to 12:00 midnight; Sunday from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
Organic: “La Bodega Verde”
This establishment offers a complete menu. For the past 5 years “La Bodega Verde” has been serving healthy dishes, tempting desserts, herbal teas and organic coffees. The terrace is spacious, with 6 outside tables in a lovely colorful garden. At the rear of the premises you’ll find a peaceful and hidden spot. It is situated on the far side of the Bridge of Sighs at Jr. Sucre 335. They also have another branch in the garden of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC). This is a business involved in a number of local initiatives committed to the environment, health and wellbeing: Zen.
Perfect moment: An energy-filled breakfast made from local ingredients, including the Huachano (served with eggs, Huacho sausage and fresh Andean grain bread for S/ 22 soles); at lunchtime try something light such as a refreshing Terra Quinoa Bowl (S/ 23 soles) or the selection of sandwiches made with Peruvian ingredients, such as the Pavito Bodeguero (S/ 25 soles); and the afternoons are perfect for a chocolate brownie or a gluten-free pie (from S/ 8 to S/ 9 soles), served with a homemade herbal tea or bowl of ice cream (more than 20 flavors are offered, varying according to the season, at S/ 8 soles).
Opening times: Daily from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm; the MAC closes at 8:00 pm.
Chic: “Cajamarca 219”
This patio has a single table and a few seats at the bar behind the concept store owned by the Belgian designer Thibault Van der Straete, who works with pure alpaca wool and also has an art bookstore. With its row of single-storey houses decorated with brightly painted façades, Jr. Cajamarca is one of the most beautiful streets in the Barranco neighborhood.
Perfect moment: During the day for a snack including homemade savory pies and fruit juice; in the evening for a mandarin chilcano at just S/ 21 soles or a selection of fine French wines (from S/ 27 soles a glass).
Opening times: Mondays from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm; Tuesdays to Thursdays and Sundays from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm; Fridays and Saturdays from 9:00 am to 11:00 pm.