M’s Adventures Useful Contact Info for Lima

Contact info for drivers, dentists, estheticians, mani-pedi, waiters, classes, chocolate, vets, furniture-makers, and other services you might be looking for while living in Lima. Some of these are services I have personally enjoyed and others are highly recommended. Most like Whatsapp as a form of communication. If they do not speak English and you don’t speak Spanish, use Google translate. (A note on Peruvian names: Peruvians spell their names with a creativity that has been written about in the national newspapers. So John can be Jhon, Jon, Yon, Yhon, and beyond.) To learn about some of these entrepreneurs, watch my video about them on the video page of this website or on YouTube.
CATERING/Waitstaff
Private chef and sommelier: Jasmine (speaks English): 944 534 074
Catering: Try Miski: 965 217 210
Waiters: Jhon Vasquez owns JJ Waiters (speak English): 993 163 866
Javier is a professional waiter. His daughter is also a waiter and she speaks English: 999 185 037 (about 100 soles for an event)
CLASSES (food and drink)
Chocolate and coffee classes at El Cacaotal with Amanda and Felipe. They speak English: 937 595 812, 939 447 367
Cooking classes: Sky Kitchen: 943 701 874
Buda Bakes: Amelia speaks English: 921 924 236
Masas Salvaje for sourdough breads, beer, and classes: Francisco speaks English: 933 790 881
Wine tastings: Jasmine (speaks English): 944 534 074
Wine tasting classes and certification in enology, and sensory analysis classes, try taking class with Jorge (speaks English) the Peruvian Sommelier School: eps@sommeliersperu.edu.pe 
WineBox, owned by Gonzalo (speaks English) also does monthly subscriptions of wine delivery to your house.
DRIVERS
Most taxi drivers can be hired per hour or for the day (30 soles per hour is the normal rate).
Yuberlyn: 923 484 172
Orlando (speaks English): 936 034 508
Michael (speaks English): 979 349 077
GUIDES
Brenda Ortiz (speaks English): graffiti tours and other tours of Barranco: 962 373 975
Miller (speaks English) has a fleet of vehicles and guides: 977 654 348
Dyan: While not a professional guide, she can take you for a hike, or fishing, or babysit your guests around town (speaks English): 937 210 084
PERSONAL HYGIENE SERVICES
Again, there are many places to get all these things done. But these are some that I know of.
Dentistry: Dr. Angeles speaks English: 998 237 144
50 soles for a checkup and cleaning with Dr. Miriam: 991-590-656.
Hair: Many places, but try Mariela who makes house calls: 942-961-464.
Thomas Bennett is an American hair stylist, speaks English: 970-740-639.
Mani-pedi: Monica is the best: 950-070-925. She makes house calls. About 60 soles for a mani-pedi.
Massage: Whatsapp Dora and she will send someone for massages and facials: 999-353-381
Facials: Brian Douglas speaks English: 987-727-133
PETS
Vets: For international transportation, I’ve heard good things about Petwings.
For house calls, Dr. Cols speaks English and can get your pet’s papers in order as well: 959-189-949.
SHOPPING
Like in many places, if you like to customize, personalize, design, then you can do that here, at reasonable prices. Let the inner designer out!
Ceramics: want those plates from Central? Jallpa Niña is the most famous store that sells ceramics but you can also find it at Dedalo and other locations. Almost all of these vendors only speak Spanish which is a good mix with Google translate.
Fashion (clothes/shoes/jewelry/handbags/leather): there are so many places that can make you hand made clothes, shoes, jewelry, handbags, and leather products. Here are some:
— seamstress: there are many shops, or try Miriam: 957-383-230
— jewelry: many places on Petit Thouars avenue. Try Petit Thouars Avenue 5321, interior shop 103. 100 soles for custom made earrings and 200 soles for a custom made necklace.
— handbags, shoes, furniture, and leather repair. Try Luis: 981-025-192
— shoes: Kaleydo shoes has ready to wear but you can also design your own. Carla also speaks some English: 988-027-111
Furniture: can be bought ready made at places like Don Bosco. They can also make customized furniture. Some of highly recommended furniture makers are Casa Rustico (Juan Carlos at 977-188-057), and Tharina Kaspi. Customized furniture is not cheap but you can get what you like and it will be cheaper than in many other countries (U.S., Germany, Australia). You can also get your furniture repaired and refurbished here. I even had a “vintage” plastic poof re-sewn, re-stuffed, and re-polished, by a shoe repairman. He also re-upholstered a footstool and added a leather seat.
Frames: get your photos, awards, diplomas, etc. framed here. There are many, many, shops that frame. A diploma sized goldish frame is about 50 soles ($17).
Metal: it seems like every street has a metal working shop. Every building has a handmade door so, you could get one too. Or get a headboard or staircase made. The only limits are your Spanish skills and patience.
Fabric and yarn: alpaca, llama, and vicuna products are the main shopping item in Peru, but you can find fabric and yarn by the yard in Gamarra, La Victoria. This district is infamous but after the mayor cleaned it up, it is on its way to gentrification. The fabric can still be bought for great prices. A yard/meter of fleece for 6 soles (under $2).
Souvenirs: at Dedalo, Las Pallas, and at the Inka Market/Indian Market/Inka Plaza etc. on Petit Thouars. These stores also sell high end items and ceramics.
Other things: black salt, mangosteen, anyone? I wrote about it somewhere…

Delivery in Lima in the Time of COVID – the List

IMG_5275To make it easier to hunt for those who cannot access Google Docs, here is the list of delivery places in Lima as of May 9, 2020. As always the Google doc is updated daily. This post is “stuck” to the top of the blog as a featured posting and can also be found in the pages sections (I changed the template of the blog — gosh, it’s been what five years or so since I changed my WordPress template — so I thought it was time. Hopefully it’s easier for folks to read some of my previous articles). I have also added the COVID delivery list as a PDF for those who like that style of info: FoodGroceryDeliveryLima-COVID – FoodGroceryDeliveryLima-COVID.

To make it fit on this page, I have deleted the category and location columns. 

NameTypePhone – from PE cellEmail-websiteNotes
Cinthia Adrianzenmasks, gloves, sanitizer987 982 659 verified
Aerospacialmasks943 739 603  
Ainhoasanitizer gel932 561 705  
Farmacia Queensmedication, drugs, sanitary items01 264 3444www.farmaciaqueen.com.pe 
Farmacia Universalmedication, drugs, sanitary items01 417-1800, 982 700 080www.farmaciauniversal.com 
Inkafarmamedication, drugs, sanitary items01 314-2020www.inkafarma.pe 
Mi Farmamedication, drugs, sanitary items01 642-9398, 938 882 441www.farmalisto.com.pe 
Boticas MedFarma Saludmedication, drugs, sanitary items922 398 888www.boticasmedfarmasalud.negocio.site, FB 
Barthel Bakerybread, sandwiches999 705 563 verified, very busy
Capo de Pastapasta and desserts923 015 329 verified
El Cacaotalchocolate937 595 812 verified
Mo Bistromeals986 006 575  
?Asian fusion?987 794 607  
Nutri Store Confiterianuts956 784 365  
Audsy Cateringmeals, empanadas, sandwiches992 760 984eaudsy@yahoo.comverified, 48 hr pre-order
El Fruterofruit juice pulp, fruit etc.987 643 067, 960 778 541 verified
Arandanos del Huertofruit products934 993 717  
Cheese Corner Perucheese936 686 315 verified, min S/200, S/12 fee, pay via bank transfer, 48 hr preorder
Selectos Ibericoscharcuterie939 739 982  
Pizza al Volo (Brian Mollison)pizza984 714 955 verified
Le P’tite Francebread01 342 1565  
Naduhealth food and meals960 765 259  
Don ItaloItalian998 128 448  
Pastas Pinapasta, lasagne, ravioli941 378 379pedidos@pastaspina.com.peverified
Marciano Veganovegan996 282 852  
La Cacerola Gourmetcooked chicken meat920 716 283  
Dona Marthaveggie spirals, fruit, veg914 997 971  
La Principalpasta, desserts995 561 655  
Cafe Monrealcoffee983 277 479www.cafemonreal.com 
Faustaquiche, aji de gallina, desserts, etc.989 496 359  
Naturally Divinespiced oils986 801 082  
Huachanotamal, cheese, pickles, beans, fruit, etc.987 142 858 pay via bank transfer
Glacialwater924 812 105  
Mercabastofruit and vegetables942 000 035  
Osso Carniceriameat01 469 7438, 922 019 328, La Molina +51 987 967 210San Isidro +51 922 019 328www.osso.peWed-Sun 9AM-12noon, S/15 fee
Don Titomeat949 722 371  
Granja del Vallequail eggs996 399 970 100 for S/10
Carniceria Pal Diariomeat981 323 389, 998 264 075www.paldiario.com.peno cash. Min S/100
Serranomeat994 537 137, 965 326 525  
San Fernandochicken and turkey01 219 5600, ext. Surco: 5002, Miraflores, San Isidro, 5003, Barranco 5004, M-S, 9AM-2PM
BioFeriafruit and vegetables999 104 963  
Pescoseafood914 651 233  
Kasani Fishseafood925 941 225  
Surquillofruit and vegetables990 123 602 minimum 20 soles
Mercampofruit and vegetables928 624 119 no cash
La Sanahoriahealth foodBarranco: 913 733 677, Surco: 913 733 367, San Isidro: 913 733 668  
AJEwater, sportade, juice pulp980 493 562, 932 107 925, 993 207 058  
Gallinas Libreseggs – cage free993 477 758 minimum 100 eggs!
Peru Pacificseafood946 541 722, 01 717 9506inbox on Facebook 
Naturally Divinehealth food – coconut oil, flour, jojoba, etc.986 801 082  
Sanuahealth food message on Instagram 
Karin Eco Fishfish from an artisanal fisher woman987 104 168 minimum three bags, pay via BCP, BBVA, and Yape
Amaru Superfoodsdried fruit, stevia, cacao, etc.940 851 444  
Palacio del Pastapasta palaciodelpasta.mitienda.pe 
Jordi Prime Grillmeat and frozen fries955 373 365  
La Parritecameat, pickles, wine, charcoal01 446 2278, 998 918 822www.parriteca.com, Facebook 
Cafe Ecologicocoffee992 687 398  
Agricola Organicosfruit and vegetables992 845 300  
Puku Pukucoffee @nanayperu on Instagram 
Dumancheese999 502 049  
Valle del Rio Chillonfruit and vegetables954 122 645, 945 303 096  
U of Agraria La Molinafruit and vegetables999 308 582  
Agroferias Campesinasfruit and vegetables, seafood delivery@agroferias.com 
Universidad Nacional Agrariafruit, veg, meat, dairy948-022-028 5 day pre-order
Volcan de Frutasfruit and vegetables994 304 459  
Verduleria Verafruit and vegetables995 738 887  
Carniceria Sumas Aychameat999 694 971  
Donna y Maribelchicken952 508 545 verified
De Mercado Verduras y frutasfruit and vegetables993 372 039  
Fresh Martonline store934 109 650www.freshmart.pe 
Pescaderia Rositafish980 758 562  
Food Cofruit and vegetables914 395 793, 942 369 084pedidos@foodco.peVerified
Expat Shoplentils, etc. www.expatshop.peAviv Hemant
Ivan Pugaseafood974 531 053 Verified
Avícola Gloriacorn fed eggs994-113-514 Tues and Wed
Avinkachicken01 615-3770 / 965-396-725avinka.riqra.comOrder 9 – 2
Del Mercadogroceries993-372-039  
Don Torcuatogroceries962-962-952don_torcuato3@hotmail.com 
Franvivefruit and vegetables965-394-546 / 998-134-143 minimum S/100
Fruta al Díafruit www.frutaldia.com.pe 
Lima Orgánicaorganic951-125-106pedidos@limaorganica.pe / www.limaorganica.pe. 
Mercadilloorganic www.mercadillo.pe. 
Nanaygroceries-eggs-vegan Fb: nanaype / Ig: nanayperu. 
Organic Expressorganic910-901-524  
Sana Saludable y Naturalorganic991-072-866@sana_synperu.T, Th, F delivery
Sprout Housesprouts936-605-482@sprout.house.pe.Sat and Sun only. S/30 minimum
Todo Frescofruit and vegetables981-594-764 M-S, S/100 minimum
Tu Chacritagroceries www.tuchacrita.pe. 
Tu Mercadogroceries www.tumercadoperu.com 
Vacas Felicesdairy and organic www.vacasfelices.com 
Zu Canastagroceries www.zucanasta.comverified, excellent veggies, no new clients
Verduras Erickfruit, veg, cleaning products993 689 003 One day pre-order, 50 sol minimum
Bodega Thiaguitofruit and vegetables998 911 199  
Tienda Valentinagroceries01 372 9349  
Bodega Edithgroceries01 275 0555  
Del Eden de Av. Primaveragroceries934 572 804 cash or yape
Andean Pacific Foodsseafood966 555 459 verified
Bodega Barrancogroceries01 477 9149  
La Calandriagroceries941-368-345www.facebook.com/lacalandriabarranco 
D’Manu Gourmetpreserves and sauces98-374-296@dmanugourmet.Thu-Sat delivery
Misha Rastrerakefir, kombucha, eco personal hygiene924-713-062www.facebook.com/misharastrera / www.misharastrera.com.Delivery los martes y viernes de 10:00 a 16:00 horas
Punto Orgánicoorganic fruit, veg, and products989-043-427.www.puntoorganico.com24 hrs notice for orders
Thaniyayfruit butters, keto958-344-860@thaniyayperu.8 soles for delivery
Bodega Arakakigroceries01 445-6078. zona Enrique Palacios street
Bodega El Paisagroceries926-680-450. Zona Tomás Marsano cuadra 17
Bodega Elizabethgroceries999-927-459 / 435-3709  
Bodega Kunimongroceries01 253-6146 Zona Juan G. Moore
Bodega Tantaleángroceries01 242-2019.  
Bodega Edgardgroceries996-350-584. Zona Av. Angamos Oeste con Av. Comandante Espinar
Cosecha2GOfruit and vegetables979-281-980  
Frutería Robert, Mercado de Santa Cruzfruit and vegetables983-467-985  
Frutero Javier de Mercado Mendiburufruit and vegetables956-784-365  
Jet Marketgroceries937-264-756 / 934-890-462 8:30am to 5pm
Manuel Mercado Mendiburumeat992-694-971  
Punto Gourmetgroceries01 273-8264 Zona Simón Salguero. Hacen reparto solo por las mañanas.
Quillari Marketgroceries962-284-873 Zona Mendiburu
Thika Thanigroceries987-448-914  
Tienda Minimarketgroceries01 241-5999 Zona Parque Tradiciones
Bodega 3B Marketgroceries01 396-1374 Zona Calle Las Rosas, La Molina Vieja
Bodega Rinconada del Lagogroceries01 368-2406  
La Esquina. Zona Las Lagunas: Pedidos: 479-0842.groceries01 479-0842 Zona Las Lagunas
Market Donnagroceries01 479-2358  
Todo Frescogroceries981-594-764 Mon-Sat. S/100 minimum. Fee S/ 5 y S/ 10
Sra Enedina de la Bío Feria de La Molinachicken, eggs, fruit, veg958-982-488  
Willi Marketgroceries01 368-1768 / 01 479-1037 / 01 364-5234 / 01 364-5231 Zona El Sol de La Molina
Bazar Luisagroceries949-638-931 Zona Pezet
Bodega Arakakigroceries01 241-6882 Zona Belén 265
Bodega Sebasgroceries01 422-3109 / 997-767-504 Zona cuadra 39 Av. Petit Thouars
Jet Marketgroceries937-264-756 8-5:30. Zonas Los Laureles, Canaval y Moreyra 305, Juan de Arona 777
La Gorditagroceries01 221-8378 / 01 440-6108 Zona Choquehuanca, El Olivar
Bodega Yulligroceries01 224-4218 Zona San Borja Norte
Bodega Ojedagroceries01 358-7990 Zona Las Artes Norte
Bodega Óscarmeat, fruit, veg986-213-330 One day pre-order
Bodega Elizabethgroceries999-927-459 / 01 435-3709 Zona San Luis
Bodega Erickgroceries993-689-003  
Bodega Flores Génesisgroceries989-496-322  
Frutería Lizfruit997-921-248  
Market Comercial Bayletigroceries960-991-919.  
Tienda Silviagroceries902-065-327  
Tu Caseritogroceries920-716-524 / 995-798-600  
Bodega Elizabethgroceries999-927-459 / 01 435-3709  
Bodega Jhomargroceries967-703-415 Solo en Surco por Ricardo Palma y Roca y Boloña
Minimarket Paquitagroceries01 344-3339 / 01 344-4964 / 01 344-3232  
Señor Víctor del Mercado de Surcogroceries998-380-078  
Super Pet Perupet food Instagram @superpet_pe 
Groomerspet foodMiraflores: 01 715 5454, San Borja: 01 713 0707  
Rambala Barfpet food970 356 974  
Aromapanbread925 532 917  
Bodega Tres Chanchitosgroceries01 368-4564, 01 479-2965, 943 530 897  
Bodega Isabelitagroceries991 779 911, 995 859 557 zona santa catalina
Bodega El Brothergroceries01 226-1478  
Balernomeat949 444 234, 983 514 059facebook.com/BalernoPeru 
Buen Fuegomeat982 592 384  
Del Gordo – Carnes Premiummeat920 252 114inbox on Facebook 
La Charcuteria de Limameat998 108 452www.lacharcuteriadelima.com48hr preorder, min S/100, delivery S/15
Meat Festmeat986 832 861www.meatfest.pe, FBUSDA connection
Prime Meatsmeat980 712 396Facebook 
Animal Revolution Perupet food01 692 6024Facebookverified
Full Familypet food970 786 523, 01 304 0585Facebookverified
Rambala Barfpet food970 356 974 verified
Cerdenadeli, cheese, etc.913 048 042delivery@ti.cay.com, www.cerdenaembutidos.com 
Quesos Lait’s Tacnenodeli, cheese, etc.993 570 160 S/30 min
Zimmermanndeli, cheese, etc.998 141 731www.embutidoszimmermann.com 
Bayas Peruanasfruit and vegetables970 947 621@bayasperuanasOnly Mon, Wed, S/10 fee
Canasta Food Cofruit and vegetables914 395 793, 942 369 084  
Del Mercadofruit and vegetables993 372 039  
El Chasquipefruit and vegetables924 614 153, 936 281 426 24 hr preorder
Organic Foodfruit and vegetables982 033 898, 997 977 277  
Rideliveryfruit and vegetables943 642 587FB 
Verduleria Petty (Mercado El Eden)fruit and vegetables965 425 493  
La Verduleriafruit and vegetables917 344 140  
Los Castilla Marketminimarket924 899 591  
Market Comercial Bayletiminimarket960 991 919  
Market Donnaminimarket01 479 2358  
Tienda Minimarket eUsminimarket01 241-5999 zona Parque Tradiciones
Flora y Faunaorganic986 915 313, 934 599 647, 940 414 018  
ICI Lab Gourmetbread998 103 181  
Masana Panaderia Artesanal & Saludablebread993 857 210  
Panaderia Ecologica Alemana Los 7 Enanosbread915 116 657  
La Morabread940 230 042, 994 318 908, 914 891 313, 945 775 493 Min S/30, S/10 fee, 48 hr preorder
Eco Fishseafood987 104 168  
Kalkalseafood998 284 655 depends on catch of the day
Osthias Pescados y Mariscosseafood943 597 369 free delivery if over S/70
Pescoseafood914 651 233  
Avicola Gloriaeggs, corn fed994 113 514 Tue and Wed only
Avicola Hermanas Tapiachicken, turkey, duck, veg, meat01 273 0430, 947 230 966 Min S/50
La Gallinita de Corraleggs, meat, poultry, pork994 034 030, 991 898 554  
Senora Enedina (de la Bio Feria La Molinachicken, eggs, fruit, veg958 982 488  
Porthos Prime Foodribs955 479 881  
Manuel Casssanovaoyster mushrooms993 993 689 verified, S/15 kilo
Laivedairy01 0800 15248, 914 164 000  
Rebcca Blueberryberries, fruit911 101 155 verified
Olivamolive oil982 055 881  
Masas Salvajebread933 790 881 verified
FloralPcheese999 192 602  
Mercado de Santa Cruzfruit and vegetables, meat, chicken, fish01 422-9045, 932 393 390  
Fruteria Felifruit and vegetables987 497 809 fee outside Lobaton area
Morning Coffeecoffee987 540 673  
Lait’scheese, butter, dulce de leche993 570 160 minimum S/30
Bioimex Peruseafood936 741 959  
InmersoBBQ971 285 608inmersoperu@gmail.com 
Fressongroceries984 299 277  
Flavor Fusion Detox y Padmaessentials952 758 625  
PesCoseafood – fresh caught914 651 233  
Rikcharicoffee999 582 587  
Lacteos Conga Perudairy949 714 483  
Piscislake trout989 211 465@piscis_peverified, M-F, 8-3
La RosettabakeryLa Molina: 936 327 010, Miraflores: 993 194 547  
D’Onofriaice creamSurco: 930 691 159, San Miguel 999 220 693, San Borja 999 604 185, San Isidro/Miraflores: 977 198 425, Surquillo 991 980 588  
Amarellymasks933 010 725  
Venevamasks996 173 772  
Ecocampoeggs@ Instagram  
Meche Correamasks pedidosmechecorrea@gmail.com 
Impotacions GMVrubbing alcohol992 474 307, 981 259 788 only bulk to Lima
Cafe del Fundocoffee @cafedelfundo.pe 
Bloom Tostadorescoffee @bloom.tostadores 
Neira Cafe Labcoffee @neiracafelab 
Cappuccetto Perucoffee @cappuccettoperu 
Narela Cafecoffee @narelacafe 
Cafe Maldonadocoffee @cafemaldonado 
Muju Coffee Roasterscoffee @muju_coffee_roasters 
Dark Wing Coffeecoffee @darkwingcoffee 
Finca Tastacoffee Inbox on Instagram 
Master Coffeecoffee Inbox on Instagram 
Cafe Negrocoffee Inbox on Instagram 
Pueblo Coffeecoffee Inbox on Instagram 
Coffee Hunters Perucoffee Inbox on Instagram 
Cafe Compadrecoffee Inbox on Instagram 
Finca Don Salazarcoffee Inbox on Instagram 
Don Guto Cafecoffee Inbox on Instagram 
Fundo Santa Teresitacoffee Inbox on Instagram 
NAmasks, alcohol, gloves964 303 258  
Casa Gourmetbakery998 163 785, 981 022 572, 998 174 296  
Frosacseafood987 790 708  
Corporaction Lichamasks Inbox on Instagram 
Ecologic Perufruit and veg @ecologic_peru 
Dual Hogarcleaning products Inbox on Instagram 
Limpieza Es Facilcleaning products Inbox on Instagram 
La America Cafebakery Inbox on Instagram 
Pa’ Tu Casafruit and veg983 596 245, 983 527 051  
La Molina Marketgroceries950 281 160  
Enrique Tomas Peruproscuitto992 466 006  
?eggs943 688 738  
Boticas Santa Fepharmacy980 896 301  
Cafeteinacoffee924 886 011  
Del Fundo (Manina Carmona)mandarins, palta997 551 205  
Pratolacoffee Inbox on Instagram 
Houssy Perumouthwash998 633 524  
Vimaantbuilding cleaning Inbox on Instagram 
Cafe Link Perucoffee Inbox on Instagram 
Go Petpet food944 445 467  
Qamir Fruitfruit and veg941 382 000, 922 386 721  
Mi Bodeguita 231groceries inbox on facebookverified
Maranatha Fishseafood942 370 042  
La Vaca Locasteak998 371 342  
Lakshmi Casa Organicaorganic   
Samacaorganic   
Naturlandiatofu, beans, etc.   
Ande Barorganic   
Pecaditos Integralesorganic991 970 806  
Pesco Pescaderiafish914 651 233  
Amazona Chocolateschocolate944 952 227  
Mascarilla Eirlmasks inbox on Instagram 
Delivery San Borjagroceries950 281 160  
Procesos Industriales GMVrubbing alcohol992 474 307, 981 259 788  
Abbas Dellyfruit and veg988 184 902  
Ventas de Verduras y Frutasfruit and veg Inbox on Instagram 
Montreal Bagelbagels968 968 876  
Jordimeat946 483 610, 994 269 020ventas1.jordi@gmail.com 
Beans Fruit Drybeans, fruit987 823 444  
La Choza Nautica Brenafruit and veg936 663 475  
Winebox.Pewine winebox.peverified!!
Nipa Korthari IndianIndian food993 523 921 verified
Textiles Espinozamasks948 079 240 verified
CBFmasks990 001 146  
Sercomedmasks920 259 867, 966 423 059  
Mercado 365 Perufruit and veg infomercardo365@gmail.com 
Scrapyartmasks, soap, gloves, alcohol982 878 609  
Feel Organicmasks inbox o Instagram 
El Huerto Agroecologicofruit and veg999 308 582huerto01@lamolina.edu.pe 
Project Pietamasks Inbox on Instagram 
RecytexmasksDaniel 991 204 073, Rosalita 991 200 619dguerra@ctrycytec.com, rcoastales@ctrecytex.com 
Rico Pet Sacpet food900 952 263  
Finexmasks9335 599 399  
Piruw Naturalhoney Inbox on Instagram 
Palta Fuerte Organicaavocado955 093 368  
Champinoes Frescosmushrooms999 094 111  
Casa Blanca Homemasks923 100 565  
Verde Purofruit and veg centraldepedidos@vermisac.com 
LK Importacionesmasks KN95981 521 564  
Alcohol 96 Perurubbing alcohol933 901 540  
Fausta Mila Cafecoffee989 176 739  
Selectos Ibericosbakery939 739 892  
Tealistotulistagroceries972 039 516  
Crea Pais Perumasks998 785 557creapais@hotmail.com 
Andean Bitesgluten free, vegetarian snacks913 034 105  
Invitalofruit and veg978 365 482, 995 820 164 Less then 24 hrs for delivery!
La Huerta Organicafruit and veg Inbox on Instagram 
Cappucino Cuscocoffee Inbox on Instagram 
Natural Homepet food935 219 644  
Pan de la Cholabakery992 126 980 verified
Anticapizza951 904 870  
San Fernandopoultry960 587 331  
Organica Carbon de Cococharcoal981 472 936  
Bodeboca Bruzzolasagna, platters, Italian999 662 477  
Fruta Verdura Deliveryfruit and veg991 690 814  
Rayito Print Perumasks966 635 440, 923 176 021  
Conciencachocolate970 306 585 verified
Gina Moraleswine948 029 719 verified
La Terrazalomo saltado, etc.942 895 461 24 hour pre-order
La Bodegawine, beer, pisco, groceries912 002 407, 981 293 010  
Gate Gourmetgroceries www.gateperu.com 
Proflimsaindustrial cleaning989 538 821  
Carbon Ecologicocharcoal981 472 936  
La Casita Honey  @lacasitahoney 
Teas Organicocoffee923 470 649  
Mattonimeals924 066 643administracion@mattoni.com.pe, IG, FBmin S/50, delivery fee
Servi Casa Perubakery @ Instagram 
Bandrabread, fruit, veg972 593 603, 958 062 733frankbimjani@bandra.pemin S/50
Lomo de Resmeat960 703 092, 979 257 175 verified! minimum purchase
Panicomiobread967 338 429 verified!!
Sorayachicken, fruit, veg987 030 561  
Maria Alejandrawine999 213 314 verified
Cymed Medicalmasks inbox on Instagram 
165Logisticsmasks981 510 662, 933 523 369ventas@165logistics 
Green Freshfruit and veg inbox on Instagram 
Hong Kong MarketAsian specialities inbox on Instagram – via platanitos 
Taylor Briomontefruit and veg950 581 082inbox on Instagram 
Filo Carnesmeat953 723 353  
Orquidea Chocolatechocolate947 351 564, 951 492 572inbox on IG and FB 
Oriente FoodVenezuelan tequenos inbox on IG 
Enriquechickens and eggs980 781 057  
La Fidelia 924 575 008store.lafidelia.pe, inbox on IG and FB 
Claudia Palacioscakes994 272 358  
Crunch It Perugranola, nuts, dried fruit947 080 729  
Caseritagroceries976 338 870  
Sumaqchafruit and veg998 337 070 min S/50, fee S/5, delivery 3-5 pm
Verde Natural Marketorganic942 162 596  
Days Perugloves inbox on IG, daysperu.com 
Quimachi Snacks  inbox on IG 
Health Care Shop PEsanitizer gel inbox on IG 
Interfoods TSmeat inbox on IG 
Mueble VMpurified water system931 900 438inbox on IG 
La Cabrita Quesocheese987 530 794lacabritaproductos@gmail.com, lacabrita_09@yahoo.es, on FB @lacabritaquesosdecabra 
La Fabrica – Mobile Pizzapizza980 735 264  
Unknownmasks940 205 120, 997 296 786  
Pharmivetpet pharmacy www.pharmivet.pe 
Alexandra Dammertmasks998 106 183 verified
La SalteneriaBolivian empanadas/saltenas997 108 496 verified
Chacra Verdefruit and veg Inbox on Instagram 
Panicorp Bakerybread Inbox on Instagram 
Magna Premiumcharcoal Inbox on Instagram 
Duman Quesosdairy, and pizza999 502 049Inbox on Facebook 
Felines Swimwear Perumasks946 622 285Inbox on FB and IG 
Wall Marketgroceries, drinks994 845 699  
Celin Aylin, La Fruteriafruit and veg – frozen983 550 063  
Rebo Foodsfruit and veg989 112 286, 992 962 748  
Bon Beefmeals www.bonbeef.com, inbox on FB 
Bodega Carelgroceries, drinks973 797 373, 920 419 796  
El Parrillon de Pablo ProfumoUruguayan beef998 197 619www.elparrillon.com 
La Bondiola Sangucheriasandwiches Inbox on IG 
D’Tinto & Burgersburger meat946 409 789, 987 268 430Inbox on IG 
El Pan de la Cholabread, flour993 126 980www.elpandelachola.comverified
Barra Alquimiacake980 577 430 verified
El Fruterofrozen fruit960 778 541, 941 526 338, 941 676 601, 987 643 067pedidos1@elfrutero.pe 
Fresh Food Limafruit and veg997 889 121, 993 751 251Facebook 
Come Cerdo Come Sanopork inbox on IG and FB 
Grupo AngloMedmasks928 003 285ventas@grupoanglomed.com 
Amkha Marketfruit and veg inbox on Instagram 
Trigalbakery and bakery supplies997 466 231, 994 328 461 S/50 min, S/10 fee
El Granero de Lima 942 160 182  
The Pharmacy Labhealthy food992 761 894inbox on Instagram 
Salud 360masks972 207 666inbox on Instagram 
Limpia Como Mamadeep cleaning inbox on Instagram and Facebook 
Protector Facialplastic face masks992 777 067  
Nina and Sisatransportation services959 021 686  
Delivery Segurotransportation services947 314 821  
El Peque DLCpork956 739 379  
El Huerto Ecomarketgroceries997 716 904  
Aromas del ValleCoffee955-130-909www.aromasdelvalle.com, contacto@aromasdelvalle.com 
Alfogo Angusmeat997-152-521  
Berries del Peruberries01 448-1414pedidos@berriesdelperu.com, on Facebook 
Market Circologroceries978-371-872 24 hr preorder, transport fee
Sr. Choque en el Mercado de Huirachochachicken995-213-888  
Sr. Víctor en el Mercado de Huirachochachicken931-029-239  
Sra. Roxana en el Mercado de Huirachochafruit and veg998-116-505  
Frutería Felifruit and veg987-497-809  
Bodega Teresadried fruit985-895-894  
Ally Embutidos Saludablesgroceries922-337-858  
Avícola Poolchicken and eggs984-764-999 free delivery, one day pre-order
Avícola Tonychicken and eggs955-172-816  
Café A Markethamburger, bacon, buns, etc. FB Café A Market 
De Huacho 554Salchicha huachana, jamón del país, chicharrón de prensa, frutas, menestras987-142-858 min S/30
Gastón y Ottocured meats www.gastonyotto.com 
GourMeat Perú.meat996-826-324 24 to 48 hr pre-order
Huevos de Codorniz Sra. Yuliquail eggs902-245-254 (only text. No Whatsapp)  
La Carnisseriameat998-158-725 free delivery with S/100 purchase
Mama Olgafree range eggs994-019-454  
Oregon Foodsbeef, groceries, charcoalSan Isidro +51 421 9148, La Molina +51 479 0833, Casuarinas +51 237 5173, Barranco +51605 6416Inbox on FB and IGmin S/500
Panutssausage, hotdogs, ham www.panuts.com 
Tomodachiramen, sushi, Japanese01 370 6119, 950 304 507 bank and cash
Pato Señor Dionisioduck963-171-981 / 974-651-282edes @granjaricopato / ricopato@gmail.comBCP and cash
Pollo Frescochicken910-605-173  
Todo Parrillameat, charcoal991-160-545  
Berries Alyssolberries980-822-672 min S/50 and delivery fee
Casa Verdefruit and veg993-887-145 mínimo S/ 80
Citrus VendingValencia oranges and orange juice www.guguich.pe / @jugozdelcampoalvaso 
Cr Transportshopper service922-488-245 / 944-600-229 / 927-443-406  
Del Fundo a Tu Mesafruit, veg, olive oil951-291-565  
Deli Frutasfruit and veg980-548-416 delivery S/ 10 y pedido mínimo S/ 80
Dimercfruit and veg917-899-123 mínimo S/ 100 soles y delivery S/ 10.63
Distribuidora Limónfruit and veg992-831-361  
El Alameinasparagus and olive oil994-612-894  
Enhegroceries924-544-774  
Fresh a Tu Puertafruit and veg951-566-510  
Fruta y Verdura Deliveryfruit and veg991-690-814 min S/65
F&L Fruteríafruit and veg942-358-331  
Hacienda El Carmelo de Virúcheese, oil, olives, etc.998-344-079  
La Chacra Deliveryfruit and veg938-359-166 mínimo S/ 110
Paqu jayaoils, spices915-156-465 / 944-510-014  
Punto Naturalfruit923-610-468  
Súper NikkeiJapanese products954-621-553 mínimo: S/ 200
Súper Shopfruit and veg www.supershopperu.com 
Agroindustria Ibsacheese, etc.991-443-155.  
Cayetano Expresscheese, etc.956-640-214 / 994-210-102 mínimo S/ 50, delivery gratuito
Lácteos Piamontecheese, etc.992-096-057  
Productos Lácteos D’Yumacheese, etc.983-231-946  
Proveeduría Leche Fresca 920-567-706, in Barranco: 01 477-3364  
Quesos Lait´s Tacneño 993-570-160 delivery fee
Yogurt Damattayogurt, granola, honey985-484-914  
Angobakery01 440-0639 24 hr pre-order
El Perro Panbakery940-569-111  
En Boca de Todosbakery990-738-451 delivery fee
Panadería Carmelitasbakery959-176-479  
Pastipanbakery981-043-829 72 hr pre-order
Wilton’sbakery964-579-963 mínimo de S/ 30
Demarseafood934-645-680 min 2 kilos
Frozen Products Corporationseafood934-645-064 mínimo de S/ 100 soles y costo de delivery S/ 20
Sushi by Nozscallops/conchas986-003-874 mínima un kilo
Pueblo Café por Ricardo Roblescoffee984-332-227  
Cortebeef965 729 800 USDA connection
Carnicorpbeef and pork933 821 328pedidos.carnicorp@gmail.comUSDA connection
Razzetobeef and pork948 317 157 USDA connection
Maria Reneechocolate992 061 446  
Tupuestitofruit and veg Inbox on Instagram 
NYJ Perumasks (and cloth head coverings)958 688 198, 956 726 894Inbox on Instagram 
Kioski Pasteleriacake Inbox on Instagram 
El Colmenarhoney, pollen, carob syrup (algorrabina)996 579 063, 988 002 450, 998 245 770Inbox on Instagram 
GNS Empresarial – Andre Morianodeep cleaning961 758 615Inbox on Instagram 
La America Cafemeals Inbox on Instagram 
Kent Peruwater987 808 472  
OraSi Perusoy, rice, almond milks Inbox on IG and FB 
Jiron Sanguchesandwiches, tacos, enchiladas01 746 8696  
Nippon Accessoriesmask carrier Inbox on Instagram 
Paltas Chirimoyasavocados987 604 364  
Mercadito Perufruit and veg994 663 376 (Debbie)  
Enkai Cocina NikkeiJapanese Nikkei01 550 6858www.enkai.pe, @chefmasaki14 
La Canasta de Yi Changgroceries @lacanasta.yichang 
Cosecha Verdefruit and veg Inbox on Instagram 
Praia Bravamasks praiabravacollections.com 
Rayito Print Perumasks966 635 440, 923 176 021  
Mystika Tienda Saludable 992 761 894  
Entre Perros y Gatospet food946 567 837  
Panalza Perutransportation services01 653 2787Inbox on Instagram 
Mi Gran Combolomo saltado, etc.985 404 636, 01 309 7979  
Tarta Maniadesserts, cakes Inbox on Facebook 
Pilsen Callaobeer979 734 003  
Toda Parilla del Coloraobeef, pork991 160 545 24 hr preorder, min S/150
Palta Hassavocado960 622 605, Surco: 986 761 661  
La Cafetta Expressgroceries967 705 388, 930 508 955, 955 171 592  
Living Home Perupasta, gluten free pasta www.livinghome.pe 
Tortilla de Papa Perutortilla espanola998 114 603Inbox on Instagram 
Aloramask boxes924 566 300  
La Verduleriafruit and vegetables978 336 197  
Panakuna Expressgroceries934 886 872Inbox on Instagram 
Dazzo Marketgroceries983 575 985Inbox on Instagram 
Tio Papassalchipapas, etc.943 492 907Inbox on Instagram 
Muyfreshkitosgroceries935 825 136  
Delivery Verduras y Frutasfruit and vegetables922 154 297, 970 792 593  
La Huerta Limafruit and vegetables Inbox on Instagram 
Montini Pizzapizza989 204 475Inbox on Instagram 
Qhatupersonal shopping service957 254 981  
MDLabmasks983 466 419  
TocTocEnviostransportation services947 749 866  
Super Pollochicken991 480 025, 986 611 485  
Not Perumasks Inbox on Instagram 
MSC Homefoot activated door opener, sanitizing station01 715 0603, 948 055 969ventas@sfhnos.com 
Delivery Expresspersonal shopping service994 007 441  
Brewdogbeer972 826 204, 958 192 425  
Al Tavolopizza Inbox on Instagram 
Yupigopersonal shopping service Inbox on Instagram 
La Cocina de Luiscocina criolla997 632 119 S/5 fee
Mafasil Deliverygroceries962 118 337  
JolamafarCOVID kits: masks, mask holder, gloves, disinfectant, etc.946 390 750, 965 750 066Inbox on Instagram, ventas.jolamafar@gmail.com 
Rafaella Clothingmasks Inbox on Instagram 
Servio Mercadopersonal shopping service944 986 598  
Goo Pricesfruit and vegetables Inbox on Instagram 
Vide Verde Perufruit and vegetables Inbox on Instagram 
Comsatel Perucleaning Inbox on Instagram 
Koketamasks Inbox on Instagram 
D’floritasoap986 844 794Inbox on Instagram 
Go Petpet food Inbox on Instagram 
Sami Productos Naturaleshoney Inbox on Instagram 
Feel Organiccotton Inbox on Instagram 
ValFruit Deliveryfruit and vegetables938 543 761  
Core Lima Cafesandwiches, etc. corelimacafe.com, Inbox on Instagram 
Eolis Air Peruair purifier994 212 167excellencemedical.pe, 
Lulucitymasks946 109 920Inbox on Instagram 
Fullen Perufork lift transportation www.fullen.pe 
Master Cleancleaning994 313 983Inbox on Instagram 
Safety Medmasks, glasses, shoe coverings, etc.993 534 599Inbox on Instagram 
2bornotobemasks with designs990 888 775Inbox on Instagram and Facebook 
Pedi.2slimes Inbox on Instagram 
Clean House Desinfeccionescleaning922 236 664Inbox on Instagram 
Drogueria GYPmasks Inbox on Instagram 
Ecocampo Perueggs ecocampo.pe 
Makis by Betosushi982 660 428makisbybeto.com, inbox on IG 
MiaValencia19masks936 956 889, 930 470 045  
Vimaantdisinfection products977 249 806administracion@vimaant.com 
Pasta Perupasta, groceries pasta.pe 
Fuego y Brasa perupollo a la brasa940 477 146  
Ibericos Goldwine and oil933 908 899  
Paletas Factoryice cream913 033 358  
Sra Diaz Cateringmeals956 599 382diazhomefood@gmail.commin 6 people, mother’s day specials
Dulce Finadesserts, cakes966 295 915  
Artesanta Tienda Virtualsoap, beauty products Inbox on Facebook 
Huella Verdeboxes983 535 231  
Paqari Yanablank books, journals Inbox on Facebook 
Champisolmushrooms999 094 111  
Julieta Gongoracorn tortila strips992 248 890  
Flores dia de la madreflowers971 377 631  
Orchidsflowers979 257 175, 960 703 092  
Palachinke Perupancakes Inbox on Instagram and Facebook 
Cafe de Limabread, empanadas, lasagna01 221 2513  
7G Gourmetfrozen fish, wine, groceries915 124 839@77gourmet 
Caserofruit and vegetables928 242 080  
Yllafrozen fruit987 827 541  
Neo Visioneye doctor, glasses, lenses975 035 993  
Caseritafruit and vegetables Inbox on Instagram 
Neve de Latte Gelateriaice cream940 861 628  
RomiPack Peruplastic bags994 013 626, 997 538 033, 998 818 009informes@romipack.pe 
Magaly Wenzelvet and dental cleaning for pets993 452 829 verified
Manuel Colsvet959 189 949 verified, speaks English
Yapa Expressfruit and vegetables963 694 779  
Bake Studiocake, desserts, pizza bases955 082 211  
Fleischmannyeast986 118 901 verified
Fleischmann Surcoyeast902 344 910  
Days Perushoe coverings Inbox on Instagram 
Ico Food Servicecheese, sausage, etc. www.ico.com.pemin S/100
Trigalbakery, baking ingredients Inbox on Instagram 
Frex Boxdried fruit987 220 187Inbox on Instagram 
El Buen Gustobakery, sandwiches946 244 168ventas@elbuenguesto.com.pe24 pre-order, min S/30, fee S/10
Ammameals Inbox on Instagram 
Cosmemeals cosme.com.pe, @cosme 
Staterameals Inbox on Instagram 
DARpita, hummus, dips, chips956 486 633  
Zokya Cafecoffee955 235 669  
Sercomedmedical supplies920 259 867, 966 423 059  
Salud 360medical972 297 666  
Normativamasks977 360 749  
Seafrostseafood914 681 205, 914 681 204, 962 203 109, 944 251 900 min S/120
Fonzarelli Perusauces, salsas987 708 382  
Agustos Marketsandwiches, groceries, fruit, pasta, etc937 288 233, 01 772 3830  
Kase Gourmetlasagna999 602 358Inbox on Instagram and Facebookdelivery fee
Laurie Pujaltground pepper www.laurie-pujalt.com 
Mikhuna Alimentospersonal shopping service968 200 588  
Papel Higienico Goodpaper hand towels01 429 6855, 998 377 292, 981 314 346www.PapelHigienicoGood.com, ventas@papelhigienicogood.com 
Bici Entregaspersonal shopping service923 487 696  
Elas Foodbuffalo wings, burgers, wine, etc.942 348 493 verified
Mascarilla Eirlmasks, gel, alcohol Inbox on Instagram 
Don Tomy Pasteleriabakery Inbox on Instagram 
Cieptacmental health counseling933 699 193, 01 288 3185  
Rai Peruspices Inbox on Instagram 
Angus Expressbeef, chicken wings Inbox on Instagram 
Pidealgoonline shop Inbox on Instagram 
Punta Gourmetcheese, etc. Inbox on Instagram 
Super Bid Perufinancial investment services Inbox on Instagram 
Despensallenabeef, flour, bananas, etc. Inbox on Instagram 
Scrapyartmasks, gel, alcohol, eye proctection www.scrapyart.pe 
Verde Natural Marketfruit and vegetables Inbox on Instagram 
Mr. Bar Deliverybeer, wine, spirits Inbox on Instagram 
Fishbox Peruseafood990 061 686Inbox on Instagram 
Hoof Meatsbeef Inbox on Instagram 
Munay Compostcomposting993 597 514helene@munaycompost.com 
Taglio Perupizza994 229 741Inbox on Instagram 
El Borregopollo a la brasa, cuy, pachamanca992 826 708  
El Rincon de los Saboresal cilindro, pollo, chancho986 029 856, 960 717 980, 960 358 182  
Best Packaging Perubottles, etc. Inbox on Instagram 
Tecnicas en Linea Blancawashing machine repair929 129 134info@tecnicasenlineablancalima.com 
Tool Celularcell phone repair931 150 305Inbox on Instagram and Facebook 
Lynch Cafe para Volarpasta, cake978 800 039  
Corsun Biobiodegradable clamshell packs01 440 4191, 998 171 892  
La Costanerapollo a la brasa, cuy, pachamanca999 933 355, 953 277 899www.lacostanera.com.pe 
La Casa Mari Mielhoney Inbox on Instagram 
Azafran Restaurantmeals978 997 042, 992 248 018Inbox on Instagram 
Niubiz Peruonline banking Inbox on Instagram 
Worx Cobusiness service Inbox on Instagram 
Derma Farma Peruskin care Inbox on Instagram 
Doggy Campdog camp, pet service999 055 841Inbox on Instagram 
La Central Huaralmeals Inbox on Instagram 
TeleOpticsglasses, eyeware, contact lenses,920 196 277Inbox on Instagram 
Aroma Panbakery Inbox on Instagram 
Giannichicken997 095 179  
Rosatelflowers Inbox on Instagram 
Wabi Casashopping service Inbox on Instagram 
Kninopet food944 574 353Inbox on Instagram 
Entel Empresascell phone services Inbox on Instagram 
Verisure Perusecurity Inbox on Instagram 
Reneq777cleaning993 728 552  
Callers Clubcall center services Inbox on Instagram 
Clinica Antonio Raimondihealthcare www.clinicaraimondi.com 
Taberna Pueblo Viejochichorrones, tamales, sandwiches986 853 267  
Ma Gracia Farfanmasks987 833 079 verified
Delizia Artfood photography Inbox on Instagram 
La Curacao Perutransportation services Inbox on Instagram 
Melina Bertocchiwine, champagne984 108 774  
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
Disclaimer: this list is a compilation from El Trinche, Google, Instagram, Facebook, and personal references. It does not represent the endorsement of any government or official entity.

Masking the Face of Fashion

Face masks are are mandatory in Peru (please see vendors on my list of delivery places from my last blog posting). Peru’s internationally renowned fashion designer, Meche Correa, is finally making masks (long after many small unknown entrepreneurs). Sadly, her design is in fashionista black and not in her normal Peruvian design.

But, others are using native Peruvian designs. I see all over social media that people are celebrating their own cultural designs, like the ones from Ayachucho in the Twitter photo.

It is delightful to see that art is flourishing during the quarantine.

Fashion is fashioning itself as it does. I would add that I predict that gloves will come back in fashion. And handkerchiefs.

Gamarra

The single word, “Gamarra” elicits a volatile reaction when uttered here in Lima.

Gamarra is an area of Lima located in the district of La Victoria, just a few miles from Miraflores and other posh neighborhoods of Lima. Gamarra is known as the textile or fabric district of Lima. Essentially it’s a giant open air pedestrian-friendly fabric and clothing shopping area. The main areas are several streets that are closed off by metal fencing and gates creating a pedestrian zone (I predict that in ten years, this area will be gentrified and quite chic). Gamarra is named after Jiron Gamarra (named after a Peruvian president) and La Victoria was incorporated as a district in 1920. There is a metro stop in Gamarra, plus, a witch’s market (famous for frog smoothies and other talismans). Read more on Gamarra here if you wish.

When reading about Gamarra, the warnings are to watch your wallet. It is true that like any crowded place in Peru, you need to watch for pickpockets. Never put anything in a backpack that you can’t afford to lose. All this said, the young mayor of La Victoria, George Forsyth, of a renowned family, cleaned up Gamarra in 2019. He has taken some heat (even threats) for what he did. Some might say that he made Gamarra not as good a deal as it once was, but it’s still good for your wallet (if you can keep anything in it). Speaking of deals, fabric can be bought for as low as three soles per meter (maybe less?). Most fabric is 1.60 meters wide. That’s a lot of fabric. You can find any type of fabric but each type has an area so I’m not sure if they sell silk (having never been to the silk area). The names of the fabric are perhaps different from what you might call them (I like “chalise” — a cotton blend — for shirts), but go ahead and touch the fabric. There are many forms of fleece which is fun as it needs no edging. During the summer, the mind turns to linen (mine does), and that can be found in Gamarra as well (in Dhaka, linen and spandex were hard to find by the meter — even though Bangladesh is famous for sewing much of the world’s clothes).

There are shopping centers within Gamarra’s pedestrian streets as well stores that sell ready-to-wear clothes, toys, bags, and there are places that will custom print your bags or clothes. The area also sells plus-size clothing (as Peruvians are generally shorter and smaller than most gringos) and some of the signage will even say “ropa para gorditas” (I don’t know where the “gorditos” shop). Some of these stores sell up to XXXL size clothes, which is about a 20-22 in U.S. sizes plus sizes, but the selection is limited so it’s better to get your own clothes made.

Gamarra is also a place where one can buy thread, tailor’s equipment, sewing machines, and yarn. It’s also possible to buy alpaca and llama yarn in Gamarra but again, I have never made it to that area.

Gamarra also has restaurants and many restrooms, as well as lots of security. Like any shopping area in Peru, there are also street stalls. Gamarra was famous for the street stalls until the mayor pushed them out. The street stalls are now a few blocks outside the gated area. The busiest day in Gamarra is Saturday and most shops open around 10 a.m.

Gamarra is also famous for the “informal” market. The use of the word “informal” is actually code for black market and knockoffs. I only shop for fabric.

 

The best fabric prices are to be had in Gamarra but the prices will vary depending on how foreign you appear. What can cost 12 soles ($3.75) per meter for one gringo, can cost six soles per meter for another, less gringo-looking, foreigner. Learning to haggle helps get the price down but also shopping in the less crowded areas as well.

The Next Big Food Trend in Lima

Last year, I predicted that poke would be the new food trend in Lima. This year, I’ve seen the rise of food halls, burrito/tacos, shawarma, gluten free, and artisanal EVERYTHING.
Food halls: with the advent of Mercado 28, a food court with 10 or so restaurants and bars, is all the rage. It is a food hall, a concept that started trending a few years back in Europe.
Burritos/tacos: With the return of Taco Bell, the arrival is complete. It seems everything is in a flat bread these days.
Shawarma: shaved meat in a flat bread. Sort of a burrito on a upright rotisserie.
Gluten free: Yes. Also, keto, and other types of diets.
Artisanal (most of the artisanal bread is the antithesis of gluten-free): What goes around, comes around. In the old days, this was called home-made or hand-made. Now it’s artsy.
But, I’m predicting the new trend will be gourmet food for your dog. You read it here first! Event cookies that you can share with your dog! More and more restaurants are advertising pet friendly, but I’m predicting they will soon have dog menus too!

The Best Things About Expat Life in Lima – Or, It’s Always Avocado Season

In celebration of Peru’s independence days, “fiestas patrias,” (July 28 is independence day and July 29 is a holiday for the armed forces and police), here is my posting about what I think is great about living in Lima. As I did for some of the other places I have lived, I have already written about what I don’t like about living in Lima. Before living in Lima, I had visited more than five times as a tourist. The first time was immortalized in this blog posting. Now that I’ve been here for more than a food-frenzied weekend, the following things are what I like about living here.

The food scene: The restaurants. It seems like every week, there is a new restaurant opening, and thanks in great part to Gaston Acurio, the culinary scene has become part of the national identity. There are fancy-foamy-intellectual dining establishments, fast food franchises, family-run restaurants, neighborhood favorites, and hole-in-the-wall secrets.

The immigrants: This is one of the reasons that the food scene in Lima is great. Thanks to the Chinese (Chifa is a normal word here for a Chinese food and restaurant, and it is as ingrained in the local food choices as hamburgers), the Japanese (Nikkei is the word used for both the food style and the Japanese Peruvians — this month celebrating 120 years in Peru), the Italians, the Lebanese, and all the other immigrants who have been been contributing to the deliciousness in Lima. Thank you to the newest (those two Thai restaurant owners, those Pakistani and Indian guys, that American with the chocolate shop, and those three Swedish ladies, that Mexican guy, and the Venezuelans, and all of those others whom I have yet to discover… I’m looking at you, shawarma palace!). Plus, many of the Peruvians are domestic immigrants — from somewhere else in the country (bringing things like their delicious cheeses… which I’m told is called “country cheese”).

The Palta Fuerte (the palta fuerte is too delicate and buttery to be exported, I’m guessing): It is always avocado season. When buying an avocado, the vendor will ask the day and time that you plan to eat it so that they can sell you one that will be ripe at the precise moment that you plan to enjoy it. “Palta” is the word for avocado in Peruvian Spanish. No one in Peru says “aquacate” even if they may know what you are talking about. At a restaurant, you can ask for a side of palta and it’s totally normal, like asking for butter (but better).

The juice (plus fruit and produce in general): the lemonade (they offer it made with pureed lemongrass at most places), the passion fruit, the orange juice, the blackberry juice. Plus, the pineapples are delicious and the mangoes have a season (like Edwardian socialites). The Edward mango is especially yummy as it has fewer fibers.

The chocolate: Go to El Cacaotal. That is my one must-do for visitors, for newbies, for chocolate haters… now serving hot chocolate and coffee!

The cultural offerings and activities: cooking classes, chocolate tasting lessons, Cordon Bleu courses, surfing classes, dance schools, wine tasting lessons, the circus, theater productions, gyms, yoga, concerts, archery sessions, wine and paint classes, museums, open studio nights, expos, marathons, fairs, farmers markets, and almost any other activity that you can imagine in a metropolis (there is always something to do). Even comicon.

The walkability: they even have ciclovia. Yes, you can walk here. There are sidewalks, parks, and hiking trails.

The neighborhoods: I like that there are actual neighborhoods, farmers markets, barrios, districts, parks, malls (mega ultra modern and local “centro commerciales”), and the coast (its own microcosm).

The positive attitude toward expats/foreigners: Generally, as a foreigner, I don’t feel hate or suspicion from the locals. The Peruvians are,  generally, pro-American culture, and certainly pro-European culture. While most Peruvians don’t approach/talk to foreigners, they also don’t harass them and follow them around (as would happen in other countries where I have lived)… It’s funny, the little things one appreciates. As a foreigner, one can have a life here without being a circus act.

The security: I am completely amazed to see people out jogging, with headphones on, at night. Granted this is along the more patrolled streets but I am still amazed. Utterly. Amazed. Every. Single. Day. Really. Still. Ah-maze-ed.

The view of the ocean: Yes. It’s amazing. Beaches too. If one likes sand.

The public toilets: Almost all grocery stores and malls have public toilets. One has to remember to not flush the toilet paper, but, at least they have toilet paper, although, not always in the actual stall — so get it beforehand.

Delivery: Like in Bogota, almost anything can be delivered.

The taxi prices: $2 for a basic short ride of a few miles. Sometimes $7 for an hour’s ride.

Help: there is always someone to carry the groceries, the taxi drivers help with luggage, the doormen help with stuff, and domestic help is a normal part of life here. I’ll write more about that in a separate posting. Aside from the domestic cleaners, there are nannies, gardeners, drivers, porters, dog walkers, DJs, caterers, dishwashers, movers… you name it. I have an “event tech” whom I hire for parties. I may change that title to “event engineer” as engineer seems to be the new generic term for “trained” (I was chatting with a taxi driver who told me that he used to be a “production engineer” — he potted yogurt in a lab. He chose to drive a taxi because the yogurt potting only paid $670 per month, double the minimum wage, but he makes double that as a taxi driver, even though he works double the hours. But, at least, he is his own boss).

The prices for dental care: as with most things, one can pay lots of money for dental care, but one can also get good dental care for $17 (cleaning and checkup). But, if one wants to pay $170, one can. Many of the dentists have trained in other countries and their certifications in those countries may not be valid here.

The prices in general: from picture framing to groceries, to clothing alterations, to the above mentioned items.

And, did I mention the palta?

Han Solo Season in Lima

I once saw a meme about “Han Solo season” in which some equine looking ladies dress in boots, dark jeans, and puffy down jackets.

This season also happens in Lima every winter. As I may have mentioned before, the Peruvians follow dress code carefully for formal events, and this seems to carry over to casual fashion too. As soon as winter comes around (in June when the temperature plummets below 60 F (16 C), the down jackets come out.

I know that I haven’t gone native yet because there is no down jacket in my wardrobe. But, now that I think 16 C is “freezing,” the pull of a down jacket is getting stronger… buy down jacket, I will.

Bawdy Booty Body Shops- Spanx In Colombia

There are many “body shops” in Bogota. Not for cars but for people.

photo8I’ve stood crossed leg in many a bathroom in Bogota (photo is from the U.S.), waiting for the lady in the stall as she frees herself of the “body” (pronounced “bow-dee”) so that she can relieve herself. These are also called “faja” (“fa-ha). Actually, some women wear more than one spanx-like corset: one for the waist, one for the bust, one for under the bust, one for the rear, one for the overall… and maybe there are more. Just as there are many ankle specialists (from the combination of platform shoes and rough sidewalks), there are also many “body” shops. The shops also have “body” for men.

Some women use these corsets to diet. If the corset is so tight that you can’t eat, well, then…

100 Percent Linen

In a place as hot as Bangladesh, most expats want to wear natural fabric like linen (or silk, but silk easily disintegrates). Trying to find 100 percent linen in Bangladesh is much harder than one would imagine. If you ask for “linen” in Bangladesh, the cloth merchants will bring you a linen/polyester blend. What I eventually discovered was that I needed to ask for is “reh-mee-cotton” or possibly “nip-cotton” as that is what they call linen(the “remi-cotton” is “remixed cotton”). Working with my tailor, I finally managed to communicate that I wanted something cotton that felt a certain way (by giving him a sample of other linen pants I had). He successfully brought me a four samples of material and they were indeed 100 percent linen.

Samples of 100 percent linen on the table.
Samples of 100 percent linen on the table.

A friend had the men’s tailor shop, Ferdous, make linen pants for her. I was looking for lightweight linen and Tailor Johnny found it. Unfortunately, it was only in a few colors. In the photo, you can see that the four colors on the table: dark green (it looks blackish in the photo but is green), pink, orange, and gray. These are not the usual colors that I would wear. But, I was happy to know that it was possible to find 100 percent linen.

Tour Dhaka in One Day – Visit Bangladesh

Tourist in Dhaka? I get asked where to take friends and family when they visit Dhaka. Depending on how long the visit (hopefully it’s at least a week so that your guests can recover from jet lag), here is my run down of what to see and do, and frequently asked questions (FAQ):

When to visit? In the winter. The temperature will still get up to 70-90 F. You know that saying about “mad dogs and Englishmen”? Well, it’s true. If you go outside in April-October, you may become a mad dog from the heat. Not sure if you will become English…

The river in Dhaka.
The river in Dhaka.

Travel agencies and tour guides? Yes, use them if you want to. You can usually talk your way to about 2,000 taka per person for a group of six or more for half a day. Most tour companies include riding around in a minivan, called a “micro-bus” in Dhaka, bottled water, and long talks about the sites. That said, at almost every site, actually all the time, you will be surrounded by friendly Bangladeshis eager to talk to you, about the site or not. The official guides, or random fellow who opens the site for you, appreciate a tip (10, 20 taka for the random fellow) as almost anyone likes a tip (like the guy watching your car).

Self-guided? It can be done… if you want to attempt it in one day, here is how I would do it (but, I would try do this over two days leaving the Liberation War Museum and New Market for a different day):

“Bangabandhu” – site of assassination of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, father of the current prime minister of Bangladesh. It’s located at Road 32, Dhanmondi. Opens at 10 in the morning. There is a nominal fee and you cannot take anything (no purses, no phones, nothing), into the museum. Leave it all with a driver in the car. Agree on a time when the driver will come get you.

Parliament: It’s an award winning building. If you want a tour of the inside, you will have to work your contacts.

Lalbagh (there is a bath house and weaponry if you get someone to unlock the door for you): It is the site used when the TV show, the Amazing Race, came to town the first time. But, it’s so much more.

Pink Palace (Ahsan Manzil): It’s a pink mansion turned museum. It has large steps which allows for a sweeping view of the riverfront.

Eat at Nirob — Lunch (if the traffic is flowing, you could be here by 1:30 p.m.)

Old Dhaka/Hindu Street: Buy shell bracelets (called “shakha”). These are usually worn by married Hindu women as a symbol of their wedded state.

Bracelets made from conch shell.
Bracelets made from conch shell.

Liberation War Museum: This is not for the faint of stomach. Gruesome photos and explanations about the war in 1971.

Dhaka University – Curzon Hall is a notable building.

New Market: buy whatever you can find, from lace, sarees, curtains, carpets, etc.

BBQ Tonite: enjoy the smoky courtyard atmosphere and grilled meat on a stick… if you have the energy.

On another day:

Boat trip on the river (can include visits to jamdani weaving workshop, jute factory, etc.). These day boat trips are relaxing once you get on the boat. They usually include lunch on board. Book through a tour company. They will pick you up and drop you off at home. One of the companies even has a boat shaped like a peacock. There are many companies but I liked this one: Tourist Channel Bangladesh… 02-8189273. Or 9130260. CEO is Iqubal Hossain. Touristchannelbd@gmail.com. It was 50,000 taka ($633 and the boat can hold 25-35 adults and 10 children, or something such combination) for the whole boat for the day including the bus to and fro, and lunch and tea. They were efficient without being overly “talkative.”

Rickshaw factory tour: Arrange through a tour company. If your guests can visit Dhaka when the Rickshaw Relay happens, even better. (The Rickshaw Relay is a fundraiser which is popular with expats.) There are half a million rickshaws in Dhaka, so you will see many of them, and I’m sure that any one of the rickshaw drivers would be happy to let you drive them around if you want to give it a try.

Go to the spa. Get mehendi(henna) tattoos. It wears off after a few weeks.

Shop in Gulshan: Shops include Aranya, Jatra, Aarong, Folk International, and Artisan (where “reject” Western clothes are sold, like TJ Maxx or Ross).

Fly to Cox’s Bazar, the world’s longest beach, or Sylhet tea country, or take a multi-day cruise in the Sundarbans, the world’s largest mangrove forest. Look for the Royal Bengal tiger. I know people who have actually seen one in the wild.

Attend a wedding: If you ask your Bangladeshi friends, they are usually very happy to include your guests. Then your guests will have the fun of getting dressed in the traditional Bangladeshi clothing.

Explore! Or try some of the restaurants and find more than the 100 I tried.

Keep in mind that the traffic may change how much you can see in one day, or on any day. Take water, mosquito repellent, light cotton clothing, a good camera, nuts or other snacks, and sun protection (hat, umbrella, scarf). I have been on these tours in June and I sweated so much that I began to hallucinate that I was a fish. But, I got lots of photos!

My New Favorite Tailor in Dhaka – Tailors Johnny

After many hundreds of hours spent thinking about tailoring, I’ve got a new favorite tailor — he is on time, makes clothes that fit, and he is not creepy (according to one of my friends). Getting tailor made clothes is a normal pastime in Dhaka. It’s part of every day life for the Bangladeshis (although there are also retail shops where you can buy ready made clothes), and as an expat, this will most likely become a part of one’s daily routine as well. Previously, Juhl/Jewel, Juhl DIT 1, was my favorite but after he got too busy last summer, I ceased going to him. Now, the tailor comes to my house — Tailor Johnny! He is the nephew of Al Babar tailor also located in DIT 1 and he is the tailor known for his halloween and glitterball costumes.

Give Tailors Johnny a call.
Give Tailors Johnny a call.

Tailor Johnny speaks enough English to understand basic tailoring requests (plus he text messages in English which is useful) but works best from a photo or a sample. But, he can actually measure you and make clothes from those measurements. He is the ONLY tailor in I have found who does not make the clothes too tight. Plus, he can also make mock-ups of your suits etc. and then use pins to adjust it to fit perfectly (this may sound like no big deal — they do this in Thailand and elsewhere at tailor shops — but in Dhaka, this does not happen so it’s rare to find someone who actually can “tailor”). Tailor Johnny is also punctual. This also sounds like no big deal but it is. His prices are not cheap (for Bangladesh) as pants/trousers, fabric and make cost runs about 1,000 Taka ($13) and adjustments to existing clothing runs about 700 Taka.

Tailors Johnny is punctual.
Tailors Johnny is punctual.

One of the few drawbacks about finding and publicizing about a good tailor is that he may get too busy. The tailors get busier during Ramadan so it can take longer to get one’s clothes back. Most tailors take a few days to a week to finish a project. But, during Ramadan, it can be weeks to months. The other busy time of the year for tailors is December-January which is wedding season in Bangladesh. Unlike in Hoi An, Vietnam, most tailors in Dhaka cannot mail you clothes.

I hope that Tailor Johnny can handle the publicity that his reputation is getting him.

All Under One Floor – Unimart

Ziplock style bags...
Ziplock style bags…

Until Unimart opened up early this year, Dhaka did not have a true one-stop-shop. Unimart is located on Road 90, under the first floor and it is a large shop for Dhaka. They have a bakery, a deli, an ice cream stand, a fishmonger, green grocer, gift store, clothing, shoes, and almost everything you might need or want.

Plastic hangers and plastic buckets, etc.
Plastic hangers and plastic buckets, etc.

They even have toasters, blenders, irons, school supplies, hijabs, football/soccer jerseys, and toys. I bought a jigsaw puzzle of Bangladesh for under 300 Taka ($3) which I plan to give as a gift.

Every kind of long life milk.
Every kind of long life milk.