Vets: For international transportation, I’ve heard good things about Petwings.
Vets: For international transportation, I’ve heard good things about Petwings.
To 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.
|Name||Type||Phone – from PE cell||Email-website||Notes|
|Cinthia Adrianzen||masks, gloves, sanitizer||987 982 659||verified|
|Aerospacial||masks||943 739 603|
|Ainhoa||sanitizer gel||932 561 705|
|Farmacia Queens||medication, drugs, sanitary items||01 264 3444||www.farmaciaqueen.com.pe|
|Farmacia Universal||medication, drugs, sanitary items||01 417-1800, 982 700 080||www.farmaciauniversal.com|
|Inkafarma||medication, drugs, sanitary items||01 314-2020||www.inkafarma.pe|
|Mi Farma||medication, drugs, sanitary items||01 642-9398, 938 882 441||www.farmalisto.com.pe|
|Boticas MedFarma Salud||medication, drugs, sanitary items||922 398 888||www.boticasmedfarmasalud.negocio.site, FB|
|Barthel Bakery||bread, sandwiches||999 705 563||verified, very busy|
|Capo de Pasta||pasta and desserts||923 015 329||verified|
|El Cacaotal||chocolate||937 595 812||verified|
|Mo Bistro||meals||986 006 575|
|?||Asian fusion?||987 794 607|
|Nutri Store Confiteria||nuts||956 784 365|
|Audsy Catering||meals, empanadas, sandwiches||992 760 email@example.com||verified, 48 hr pre-order|
|El Frutero||fruit juice pulp, fruit etc.||987 643 067, 960 778 541||verified|
|Arandanos del Huerto||fruit products||934 993 717|
|Cheese Corner Peru||cheese||936 686 315||verified, min S/200, S/12 fee, pay via bank transfer, 48 hr preorder|
|Selectos Ibericos||charcuterie||939 739 982|
|Pizza al Volo (Brian Mollison)||pizza||984 714 955||verified|
|Le P’tite France||bread||01 342 1565|
|Nadu||health food and meals||960 765 259|
|Don Italo||Italian||998 128 448|
|Pastas Pina||pasta, lasagne, ravioli||941 378 firstname.lastname@example.org||verified|
|Marciano Vegano||vegan||996 282 852|
|La Cacerola Gourmet||cooked chicken meat||920 716 283|
|Dona Martha||veggie spirals, fruit, veg||914 997 971|
|La Principal||pasta, desserts||995 561 655|
|Cafe Monreal||coffee||983 277 479||www.cafemonreal.com|
|Fausta||quiche, aji de gallina, desserts, etc.||989 496 359|
|Naturally Divine||spiced oils||986 801 082|
|Huachano||tamal, cheese, pickles, beans, fruit, etc.||987 142 858||pay via bank transfer|
|Glacial||water||924 812 105|
|Mercabasto||fruit and vegetables||942 000 035|
|Osso Carniceria||meat||01 469 7438, 922 019 328, La Molina +51 987 967 210San Isidro +51 922 019 328||www.osso.pe||Wed-Sun 9AM-12noon, S/15 fee|
|Don Tito||meat||949 722 371|
|Granja del Valle||quail eggs||996 399 970||100 for S/10|
|Carniceria Pal Diario||meat||981 323 389, 998 264 075||www.paldiario.com.pe||no cash. Min S/100|
|Serrano||meat||994 537 137, 965 326 525|
|San Fernando||chicken and turkey||01 219 5600, ext. Surco: 5002, Miraflores, San Isidro, 5003, Barranco 5004,||M-S, 9AM-2PM|
|BioFeria||fruit and vegetables||999 104 963|
|Pesco||seafood||914 651 233|
|Kasani Fish||seafood||925 941 225|
|Surquillo||fruit and vegetables||990 123 602||minimum 20 soles|
|Mercampo||fruit and vegetables||928 624 119||no cash|
|La Sanahoria||health food||Barranco: 913 733 677, Surco: 913 733 367, San Isidro: 913 733 668|
|AJE||water, sportade, juice pulp||980 493 562, 932 107 925, 993 207 058|
|Gallinas Libres||eggs – cage free||993 477 758||minimum 100 eggs!|
|Peru Pacific||seafood||946 541 722, 01 717 9506||inbox on Facebook|
|Naturally Divine||health food – coconut oil, flour, jojoba, etc.||986 801 082|
|Sanua||health food||message on Instagram|
|Karin Eco Fish||fish from an artisanal fisher woman||987 104 168||minimum three bags, pay via BCP, BBVA, and Yape|
|Amaru Superfoods||dried fruit, stevia, cacao, etc.||940 851 444|
|Palacio del Pasta||pasta||palaciodelpasta.mitienda.pe|
|Jordi Prime Grill||meat and frozen fries||955 373 365|
|La Parriteca||meat, pickles, wine, charcoal||01 446 2278, 998 918 822||www.parriteca.com, Facebook|
|Cafe Ecologico||coffee||992 687 398|
|Agricola Organicos||fruit and vegetables||992 845 300|
|Puku Puku||coffee||@nanayperu on Instagram|
|Duman||cheese||999 502 049|
|Valle del Rio Chillon||fruit and vegetables||954 122 645, 945 303 096|
|U of Agraria La Molina||fruit and vegetables||999 308 582|
|Agroferias Campesinas||fruit and vegetables, email@example.com|
|Universidad Nacional Agraria||fruit, veg, meat, dairy||948-022-028||5 day pre-order|
|Volcan de Frutas||fruit and vegetables||994 304 459|
|Verduleria Vera||fruit and vegetables||995 738 887|
|Carniceria Sumas Aycha||meat||999 694 971|
|Donna y Maribel||chicken||952 508 545||verified|
|De Mercado Verduras y frutas||fruit and vegetables||993 372 039|
|Fresh Mart||online store||934 109 650||www.freshmart.pe|
|Pescaderia Rosita||fish||980 758 562|
|Food Co||fruit and vegetables||914 395 793, 942 369 firstname.lastname@example.org||Verified|
|Expat Shop||lentils, etc.||www.expatshop.pe||Aviv Hemant|
|Ivan Puga||seafood||974 531 053||Verified|
|Avícola Gloria||corn fed eggs||994-113-514||Tues and Wed|
|Avinka||chicken||01 615-3770 / 965-396-725||avinka.riqra.com||Order 9 – 2|
|Franvive||fruit and vegetables||965-394-546 / 998-134-143||minimum S/100|
|Fruta al Día||fruit||www.frutaldia.com.pe|
|Lima Orgánicaemail@example.com / www.limaorganica.pe.|
|Nanay||groceries-eggs-vegan||Fb: nanaype / Ig: nanayperu.|
|Sana Saludable y Natural||organic||991-072-866||@sana_synperu.||T, Th, F delivery|
|Sprout Housefirstname.lastname@example.org.||Sat and Sun only. S/30 minimum|
|Todo Fresco||fruit and vegetables||981-594-764||M-S, S/100 minimum|
|Vacas Felices||dairy and organic||www.vacasfelices.com|
|Zu Canasta||groceries||www.zucanasta.com||verified, excellent veggies, no new clients|
|Verduras Erick||fruit, veg, cleaning products||993 689 003||One day pre-order, 50 sol minimum|
|Bodega Thiaguito||fruit and vegetables||998 911 199|
|Tienda Valentina||groceries||01 372 9349|
|Bodega Edith||groceries||01 275 0555|
|Del Eden de Av. Primavera||groceries||934 572 804||cash or yape|
|Andean Pacific Foods||seafood||966 555 459||verified|
|Bodega Barranco||groceries||01 477 9149|
|D’Manu Gourmet||preserves and sauces||98-374-296||@dmanugourmet.||Thu-Sat delivery|
|Misha Rastrera||kefir, kombucha, eco personal hygiene||924-713-062||www.facebook.com/misharastrera / www.misharastrera.com.||Delivery los martes y viernes de 10:00 a 16:00 horas|
|Punto Orgánico||organic fruit, veg, and products||989-043-427.||www.puntoorganico.com||24 hrs notice for orders|
|Thaniyay||fruit butters, keto||958-344-860||@thaniyayperu.||8 soles for delivery|
|Bodega Arakaki||groceries||01 445-6078.||zona Enrique Palacios street|
|Bodega El Paisa||groceries||926-680-450.||Zona Tomás Marsano cuadra 17|
|Bodega Elizabeth||groceries||999-927-459 / 435-3709|
|Bodega Kunimon||groceries||01 253-6146||Zona Juan G. Moore|
|Bodega Tantaleán||groceries||01 242-2019.|
|Bodega Edgard||groceries||996-350-584.||Zona Av. Angamos Oeste con Av. Comandante Espinar|
|Cosecha2GO||fruit and vegetables||979-281-980|
|Frutería Robert, Mercado de Santa Cruz||fruit and vegetables||983-467-985|
|Frutero Javier de Mercado Mendiburu||fruit and vegetables||956-784-365|
|Jet Market||groceries||937-264-756 / 934-890-462||8:30am to 5pm|
|Manuel Mercado Mendiburu||meat||992-694-971|
|Punto Gourmet||groceries||01 273-8264||Zona Simón Salguero. Hacen reparto solo por las mañanas.|
|Quillari Market||groceries||962-284-873||Zona Mendiburu|
|Tienda Minimarket||groceries||01 241-5999||Zona Parque Tradiciones|
|Bodega 3B Market||groceries||01 396-1374||Zona Calle Las Rosas, La Molina Vieja|
|Bodega Rinconada del Lago||groceries||01 368-2406|
|La Esquina. Zona Las Lagunas: Pedidos: 479-0842.||groceries||01 479-0842||Zona Las Lagunas|
|Market Donna||groceries||01 479-2358|
|Todo Fresco||groceries||981-594-764||Mon-Sat. S/100 minimum. Fee S/ 5 y S/ 10|
|Sra Enedina de la Bío Feria de La Molina||chicken, eggs, fruit, veg||958-982-488|
|Willi Market||groceries||01 368-1768 / 01 479-1037 / 01 364-5234 / 01 364-5231||Zona El Sol de La Molina|
|Bazar Luisa||groceries||949-638-931||Zona Pezet|
|Bodega Arakaki||groceries||01 241-6882||Zona Belén 265|
|Bodega Sebas||groceries||01 422-3109 / 997-767-504||Zona cuadra 39 Av. Petit Thouars|
|Jet Market||groceries||937-264-756||8-5:30. Zonas Los Laureles, Canaval y Moreyra 305, Juan de Arona 777|
|La Gordita||groceries||01 221-8378 / 01 440-6108||Zona Choquehuanca, El Olivar|
|Bodega Yulli||groceries||01 224-4218||Zona San Borja Norte|
|Bodega Ojeda||groceries||01 358-7990||Zona Las Artes Norte|
|Bodega Óscar||meat, fruit, veg||986-213-330||One day pre-order|
|Bodega Elizabeth||groceries||999-927-459 / 01 435-3709||Zona San Luis|
|Bodega Flores Génesis||groceries||989-496-322|
|Market Comercial Bayleti||groceries||960-991-919.|
|Tu Caserito||groceries||920-716-524 / 995-798-600|
|Bodega Elizabeth||groceries||999-927-459 / 01 435-3709|
|Bodega Jhomar||groceries||967-703-415||Solo en Surco por Ricardo Palma y Roca y Boloña|
|Minimarket Paquita||groceries||01 344-3339 / 01 344-4964 / 01 344-3232|
|Señor Víctor del Mercado de Surco||groceries||998-380-078|
|Super Pet Peru||pet food||Instagram @superpet_pe|
|Groomers||pet food||Miraflores: 01 715 5454, San Borja: 01 713 0707|
|Rambala Barf||pet food||970 356 974|
|Aromapan||bread||925 532 917|
|Bodega Tres Chanchitos||groceries||01 368-4564, 01 479-2965, 943 530 897|
|Bodega Isabelita||groceries||991 779 911, 995 859 557||zona santa catalina|
|Bodega El Brother||groceries||01 226-1478|
|Balerno||meat||949 444 234, 983 514 059||facebook.com/BalernoPeru|
|Buen Fuego||meat||982 592 384|
|Del Gordo – Carnes Premium||meat||920 252 114||inbox on Facebook|
|La Charcuteria de Lima||meat||998 108 452||www.lacharcuteriadelima.com||48hr preorder, min S/100, delivery S/15|
|Meat Fest||meat||986 832 861||www.meatfest.pe, FB||USDA connection|
|Prime Meats||meat||980 712 396|
|Animal Revolution Peru||pet food||01 692 6024||verified|
|Full Family||pet food||970 786 523, 01 304 0585||verified|
|Rambala Barf||pet food||970 356 974||verified|
|Cerdena||deli, cheese, etc.||913 048 email@example.com, www.cerdenaembutidos.com|
|Quesos Lait’s Tacneno||deli, cheese, etc.||993 570 160||S/30 min|
|Zimmermann||deli, cheese, etc.||998 141 731||www.embutidoszimmermann.com|
|Bayas Peruanas||fruit and vegetables||970 947 621||@bayasperuanas||Only Mon, Wed, S/10 fee|
|Canasta Food Co||fruit and vegetables||914 395 793, 942 369 084|
|Del Mercado||fruit and vegetables||993 372 039|
|El Chasquipe||fruit and vegetables||924 614 153, 936 281 426||24 hr preorder|
|Organic Food||fruit and vegetables||982 033 898, 997 977 277|
|Ridelivery||fruit and vegetables||943 642 587||FB|
|Verduleria Petty (Mercado El Eden)||fruit and vegetables||965 425 493|
|La Verduleria||fruit and vegetables||917 344 140|
|Los Castilla Market||minimarket||924 899 591|
|Market Comercial Bayleti||minimarket||960 991 919|
|Market Donna||minimarket||01 479 2358|
|Tienda Minimarket eUs||minimarket||01 241-5999||zona Parque Tradiciones|
|Flora y Fauna||organic||986 915 313, 934 599 647, 940 414 018|
|ICI Lab Gourmet||bread||998 103 181|
|Masana Panaderia Artesanal & Saludable||bread||993 857 210|
|Panaderia Ecologica Alemana Los 7 Enanos||bread||915 116 657|
|La Mora||bread||940 230 042, 994 318 908, 914 891 313, 945 775 493||Min S/30, S/10 fee, 48 hr preorder|
|Eco Fish||seafood||987 104 168|
|Kalkal||seafood||998 284 655||depends on catch of the day|
|Osthias Pescados y Mariscos||seafood||943 597 369||free delivery if over S/70|
|Pesco||seafood||914 651 233|
|Avicola Gloria||eggs, corn fed||994 113 514||Tue and Wed only|
|Avicola Hermanas Tapia||chicken, turkey, duck, veg, meat||01 273 0430, 947 230 966||Min S/50|
|La Gallinita de Corral||eggs, meat, poultry, pork||994 034 030, 991 898 554|
|Senora Enedina (de la Bio Feria La Molina||chicken, eggs, fruit, veg||958 982 488|
|Porthos Prime Food||ribs||955 479 881|
|Manuel Casssanova||oyster mushrooms||993 993 689||verified, S/15 kilo|
|Laive||dairy||01 0800 15248, 914 164 000|
|Rebcca Blueberry||berries, fruit||911 101 155||verified|
|Olivam||olive oil||982 055 881|
|Masas Salvaje||bread||933 790 881||verified|
|FloralP||cheese||999 192 602|
|Mercado de Santa Cruz||fruit and vegetables, meat, chicken, fish||01 422-9045, 932 393 390|
|Fruteria Feli||fruit and vegetables||987 497 809||fee outside Lobaton area|
|Morning Coffee||coffee||987 540 673|
|Lait’s||cheese, butter, dulce de leche||993 570 160||minimum S/30|
|Bioimex Peru||seafood||936 741 959|
|Inmerso||BBQ||971 285 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Fresson||groceries||984 299 277|
|Flavor Fusion Detox y Padma||essentials||952 758 625|
|PesCo||seafood – fresh caught||914 651 233|
|Rikchari||coffee||999 582 587|
|Lacteos Conga Peru||dairy||949 714 483|
|Piscis||lake trout||989 211 465||@piscis_pe||verified, M-F, 8-3|
|La Rosetta||bakery||La Molina: 936 327 010, Miraflores: 993 194 547|
|D’Onofria||ice cream||Surco: 930 691 159, San Miguel 999 220 693, San Borja 999 604 185, San Isidro/Miraflores: 977 198 425, Surquillo 991 980 588|
|Amarelly||masks||933 010 725|
|Veneva||masks||996 173 772|
|Impotacions GMV||rubbing alcohol||992 474 307, 981 259 788||only bulk to Lima|
|Cafe del Fundoemail@example.com|
|Neira Cafe Lab||coffee||@neiracafelab|
|Muju Coffee Roasters||coffee||@muju_coffee_roasters|
|Dark Wing Coffee||coffee||@darkwingcoffee|
|Finca Tasta||coffee||Inbox on Instagram|
|Master Coffee||coffee||Inbox on Instagram|
|Cafe Negro||coffee||Inbox on Instagram|
|Pueblo Coffee||coffee||Inbox on Instagram|
|Coffee Hunters Peru||coffee||Inbox on Instagram|
|Cafe Compadre||coffee||Inbox on Instagram|
|Finca Don Salazar||coffee||Inbox on Instagram|
|Don Guto Cafe||coffee||Inbox on Instagram|
|Fundo Santa Teresita||coffee||Inbox on Instagram|
|NA||masks, alcohol, gloves||964 303 258|
|Casa Gourmet||bakery||998 163 785, 981 022 572, 998 174 296|
|Frosac||seafood||987 790 708|
|Corporaction Licha||masks||Inbox on Instagram|
|Ecologic Peru||fruit and veg||@ecologic_peru|
|Dual Hogar||cleaning products||Inbox on Instagram|
|Limpieza Es Facil||cleaning products||Inbox on Instagram|
|La America Cafe||bakery||Inbox on Instagram|
|Pa’ Tu Casa||fruit and veg||983 596 245, 983 527 051|
|La Molina Market||groceries||950 281 160|
|Enrique Tomas Peru||proscuitto||992 466 006|
|?||eggs||943 688 738|
|Boticas Santa Fe||pharmacy||980 896 301|
|Cafeteina||coffee||924 886 011|
|Del Fundo (Manina Carmona)||mandarins, palta||997 551 205|
|Pratola||coffee||Inbox on Instagram|
|Houssy Peru||mouthwash||998 633 524|
|Vimaant||building cleaning||Inbox on Instagram|
|Cafe Link Peru||coffee||Inbox on Instagram|
|Go Pet||pet food||944 445 467|
|Qamir Fruit||fruit and veg||941 382 000, 922 386 721|
|Mi Bodeguita 231||groceries||inbox on facebook||verified|
|Maranatha Fish||seafood||942 370 042|
|La Vaca Loca||steak||998 371 342|
|Lakshmi Casa Organica||organic|
|Naturlandia||tofu, beans, etc.|
|Pecaditos Integrales||organic||991 970 806|
|Pesco Pescaderia||fish||914 651 233|
|Amazona Chocolates||chocolate||944 952 227|
|Mascarilla Eirl||masks||inbox on Instagram|
|Delivery San Borja||groceries||950 281 160|
|Procesos Industriales GMV||rubbing alcohol||992 474 307, 981 259 788|
|Abbas Delly||fruit and veg||988 184 902|
|Ventas de Verduras y Frutas||fruit and veg||Inbox on Instagram|
|Montreal Bagel||bagels||968 968 876|
|Jordi||meat||946 483 610, 994 269 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Beans Fruit Dry||beans, fruit||987 823 444|
|La Choza Nautica Brena||fruit and veg||936 663 475|
|Nipa Korthari Indian||Indian food||993 523 921||verified|
|Textiles Espinoza||masks||948 079 240||verified|
|CBF||masks||990 001 146|
|Sercomed||masks||920 259 867, 966 423 059|
|Mercado 365 Peru||fruit and email@example.com|
|Scrapyart||masks, soap, gloves, alcohol||982 878 609|
|Feel Organic||masks||inbox o Instagram|
|El Huerto Agroecologico||fruit and veg||999 308 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Project Pieta||masks||Inbox on Instagram|
|Recytex||masks||Daniel 991 204 073, Rosalita 991 200 email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Rico Pet Sac||pet food||900 952 263|
|Finex||masks||9335 599 399|
|Piruw Natural||honey||Inbox on Instagram|
|Palta Fuerte Organica||avocado||955 093 368|
|Champinoes Frescos||mushrooms||999 094 111|
|Casa Blanca Home||masks||923 100 565|
|Verde Puro||fruit and email@example.com|
|LK Importaciones||masks KN95||981 521 564|
|Alcohol 96 Peru||rubbing alcohol||933 901 540|
|Fausta Mila Cafe||coffee||989 176 739|
|Selectos Ibericos||bakery||939 739 892|
|Tealistotulista||groceries||972 039 516|
|Crea Pais Peru||masks||998 785 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Andean Bites||gluten free, vegetarian snacks||913 034 105|
|Invitalo||fruit and veg||978 365 482, 995 820 164||Less then 24 hrs for delivery!|
|La Huerta Organica||fruit and veg||Inbox on Instagram|
|Cappucino Cusco||coffee||Inbox on Instagram|
|Natural Home||pet food||935 219 644|
|Pan de la Chola||bakery||992 126 980||verified|
|Antica||pizza||951 904 870|
|San Fernando||poultry||960 587 331|
|Organica Carbon de Coco||charcoal||981 472 936|
|Bodeboca Bruzzo||lasagna, platters, Italian||999 662 477|
|Fruta Verdura Delivery||fruit and veg||991 690 814|
|Rayito Print Peru||masks||966 635 440, 923 176 021|
|Concienca||chocolate||970 306 585||verified|
|Gina Morales||wine||948 029 719||verified|
|La Terraza||lomo saltado, etc.||942 895 461||24 hour pre-order|
|La Bodega||wine, beer, pisco, groceries||912 002 407, 981 293 010|
|Proflimsa||industrial cleaning||989 538 821|
|Carbon Ecologico||charcoal||981 472 936|
|La Casita Honey||@lacasitahoney|
|Teas Organico||coffee||923 470 649|
|Mattoni||meals||924 066 email@example.com, IG, FB||min S/50, delivery fee|
|Servi Casa Peru||bakery|
|Bandra||bread, fruit, veg||972 593 603, 958 062 firstname.lastname@example.org||min S/50|
|Lomo de Res||meat||960 703 092, 979 257 175||verified! minimum purchase|
|Panicomio||bread||967 338 429||verified!!|
|Soraya||chicken, fruit, veg||987 030 561|
|Maria Alejandra||wine||999 213 314||verified|
|Cymed Medical||masks||inbox on Instagram|
|165Logistics||masks||981 510 662, 933 523 369||ventas@165logistics|
|Green Fresh||fruit and veg||inbox on Instagram|
|Hong Kong Market||Asian specialities||inbox on Instagram – via platanitos|
|Taylor Briomonte||fruit and veg||950 581 082||inbox on Instagram|
|Filo Carnes||meat||953 723 353|
|Orquidea Chocolate||chocolate||947 351 564, 951 492 572||inbox on IG and FB|
|Oriente Food||Venezuelan tequenos||inbox on IG|
|Enrique||chickens and eggs||980 781 057|
|La Fidelia||924 575 008||store.lafidelia.pe, inbox on IG and FB|
|Claudia Palacios||cakes||994 272 358|
|Crunch It Peru||granola, nuts, dried fruit||947 080 729|
|Caserita||groceries||976 338 870|
|Sumaqcha||fruit and veg||998 337 070||min S/50, fee S/5, delivery 3-5 pm|
|Verde Natural Market||organic||942 162 596|
|Days Peru||gloves||inbox on IG, daysperu.com|
|Quimachi Snacks||inbox on IG|
|Health Care Shop PE||sanitizer gel||inbox on IG|
|Interfoods TS||meat||inbox on IG|
|Mueble VM||purified water system||931 900 438||inbox on IG|
|La Cabrita Queso||cheese||987 530 email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, on FB @lacabritaquesosdecabra|
|La Fabrica – Mobile Pizza||pizza||980 735 264|
|Unknown||masks||940 205 120, 997 296 786|
|Alexandra Dammert||masks||998 106 183||verified|
|La Salteneria||Bolivian empanadas/saltenas||997 108 496||verified|
|Chacra Verde||fruit and veg||Inbox on Instagram|
|Panicorp Bakery||bread||Inbox on Instagram|
|Magna Premium||charcoal||Inbox on Instagram|
|Duman Quesos||dairy, and pizza||999 502 049||Inbox on Facebook|
|Felines Swimwear Peru||masks||946 622 285||Inbox on FB and IG|
|Wall Market||groceries, drinks||994 845 699|
|Celin Aylin, La Fruteria||fruit and veg – frozen||983 550 063|
|Rebo Foods||fruit and veg||989 112 286, 992 962 748|
|Bon Beef||meals||www.bonbeef.com, inbox on FB|
|Bodega Carel||groceries, drinks||973 797 373, 920 419 796|
|El Parrillon de Pablo Profumo||Uruguayan beef||998 197 619||www.elparrillon.com|
|La Bondiola Sangucheria||sandwiches||Inbox on IG|
|D’Tinto & Burgers||burger meat||946 409 789, 987 268 430||Inbox on IG|
|El Pan de la Chola||bread, flour||993 126 980||www.elpandelachola.com||verified|
|Barra Alquimia||cake||980 577 430||verified|
|El Frutero||frozen fruit||960 778 541, 941 526 338, 941 676 601, 987 643 email@example.com|
|Fresh Food Lima||fruit and veg||997 889 121, 993 751 251|
|Come Cerdo Come Sano||pork||inbox on IG and FB|
|Grupo AngloMed||masks||928 003 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Amkha Market||fruit and veg||inbox on Instagram|
|Trigal||bakery and bakery supplies||997 466 231, 994 328 461||S/50 min, S/10 fee|
|El Granero de Lima||942 160 182|
|The Pharmacy Lab||healthy food||992 761 894||inbox on Instagram|
|Salud 360||masks||972 207 666||inbox on Instagram|
|Limpia Como Mama||deep cleaning||inbox on Instagram and Facebook|
|Protector Facial||plastic face masks||992 777 067|
|Nina and Sisa||transportation services||959 021 686|
|Delivery Seguro||transportation services||947 314 821|
|El Peque DLC||pork||956 739 379|
|El Huerto Ecomarket||groceries||997 716 904|
|Aromas del Valle||Coffee||955-130-909||www.aromasdelvalle.com, email@example.com|
|Berries del Peru||berries||01 firstname.lastname@example.org, on Facebook|
|Market Circolo||groceries||978-371-872||24 hr preorder, transport fee|
|Sr. Choque en el Mercado de Huirachocha||chicken||995-213-888|
|Sr. Víctor en el Mercado de Huirachocha||chicken||931-029-239|
|Sra. Roxana en el Mercado de Huirachocha||fruit and veg||998-116-505|
|Frutería Feli||fruit and veg||987-497-809|
|Bodega Teresa||dried fruit||985-895-894|
|Ally Embutidos Saludables||groceries||922-337-858|
|Avícola Pool||chicken and eggs||984-764-999||free delivery, one day pre-order|
|Avícola Tony||chicken and eggs||955-172-816|
|Café A Market||hamburger, bacon, buns, etc.||FB Café A Market|
|De Huacho 554||Salchicha huachana, jamón del país, chicharrón de prensa, frutas, menestras||987-142-858||min S/30|
|Gastón y Otto||cured meats||www.gastonyotto.com|
|GourMeat Perú.||meat||996-826-324||24 to 48 hr pre-order|
|Huevos de Codorniz Sra. Yuli||quail eggs||902-245-254 (only text. No Whatsapp)|
|La Carnisseria||meat||998-158-725||free delivery with S/100 purchase|
|Mama Olga||free range eggs||994-019-454|
|Oregon Foods||beef, groceries, charcoal||San Isidro +51 421 9148, La Molina +51 479 0833, Casuarinas +51 237 5173, Barranco +51605 6416||Inbox on FB and IG||min S/500|
|Panuts||sausage, hotdogs, ham||www.panuts.com|
|Tomodachi||ramen, sushi, Japanese||01 370 6119, 950 304 507||bank and cash|
|Pato Señor Dionisio||duck||963-171-981 / 974-651-282||edes @granjaricopato / email@example.com||BCP and cash|
|Todo Parrilla||meat, charcoal||991-160-545|
|Berries Alyssol||berries||980-822-672||min S/50 and delivery fee|
|Casa Verde||fruit and veg||993-887-145||mínimo S/ 80|
|Citrus Vending||Valencia oranges and orange juice||www.guguich.pe / @jugozdelcampoalvaso|
|Cr Transport||shopper service||922-488-245 / 944-600-229 / 927-443-406|
|Del Fundo a Tu Mesa||fruit, veg, olive oil||951-291-565|
|Deli Frutas||fruit and veg||980-548-416||delivery S/ 10 y pedido mínimo S/ 80|
|Dimerc||fruit and veg||917-899-123||mínimo S/ 100 soles y delivery S/ 10.63|
|Distribuidora Limón||fruit and veg||992-831-361|
|El Alamein||asparagus and olive oil||994-612-894|
|Fresh a Tu Puerta||fruit and veg||951-566-510|
|Fruta y Verdura Delivery||fruit and veg||991-690-814||min S/65|
|F&L Frutería||fruit and veg||942-358-331|
|Hacienda El Carmelo de Virú||cheese, oil, olives, etc.||998-344-079|
|La Chacra Delivery||fruit and veg||938-359-166||mínimo S/ 110|
|Paqu jaya||oils, spices||915-156-465 / 944-510-014|
|Súper Nikkei||Japanese products||954-621-553||mínimo: S/ 200|
|Súper Shop||fruit and veg||www.supershopperu.com|
|Agroindustria Ibsa||cheese, etc.||991-443-155.|
|Cayetano Express||cheese, etc.||956-640-214 / 994-210-102||mínimo S/ 50, delivery gratuito|
|Lácteos Piamonte||cheese, etc.||992-096-057|
|Productos Lácteos D’Yuma||cheese, 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 Damatta||yogurt, granola, honey||985-484-914|
|Ango||bakery||01 440-0639||24 hr pre-order|
|El Perro Pan||bakery||940-569-111|
|En Boca de Todos||bakery||990-738-451||delivery fee|
|Pastipan||bakery||981-043-829||72 hr pre-order|
|Wilton’s||bakery||964-579-963||mínimo de S/ 30|
|Demar||seafood||934-645-680||min 2 kilos|
|Frozen Products Corporation||seafood||934-645-064||mínimo de S/ 100 soles y costo de delivery S/ 20|
|Sushi by Noz||scallops/conchas||986-003-874||mínima un kilo|
|Pueblo Café por Ricardo Robles||coffee||984-332-227|
|Corte||beef||965 729 800||USDA connection|
|Carnicorp||beef and pork||933 821 firstname.lastname@example.org||USDA connection|
|Razzeto||beef and pork||948 317 157||USDA connection|
|Maria Renee||chocolate||992 061 446|
|Tupuestito||fruit and veg||Inbox on Instagram|
|NYJ Peru||masks (and cloth head coverings)||958 688 198, 956 726 894||Inbox on Instagram|
|Kioski Pasteleria||cake||Inbox on Instagram|
|El Colmenar||honey, pollen, carob syrup (algorrabina)||996 579 063, 988 002 450, 998 245 770||Inbox on Instagram|
|GNS Empresarial – Andre Moriano||deep cleaning||961 758 615||Inbox on Instagram|
|La America Cafe||meals||Inbox on Instagram|
|Kent Peru||water||987 808 472|
|OraSi Peru||soy, rice, almond milks||Inbox on IG and FB|
|Jiron Sanguche||sandwiches, tacos, enchiladas||01 746 8696|
|Nippon Accessories||mask carrier||Inbox on Instagram|
|Paltas Chirimoyas||avocados||987 604 364|
|Mercadito Peru||fruit and veg||994 663 376 (Debbie)|
|Enkai Cocina Nikkei||Japanese Nikkei||01 550 6858||www.enkai.pe, @chefmasaki14|
|La Canasta de Yi Changemail@example.com|
|Cosecha Verde||fruit and veg||Inbox on Instagram|
|Rayito Print Peru||masks||966 635 440, 923 176 021|
|Mystika Tienda Saludable||992 761 894|
|Entre Perros y Gatos||pet food||946 567 837|
|Panalza Peru||transportation services||01 653 2787||Inbox on Instagram|
|Mi Gran Combo||lomo saltado, etc.||985 404 636, 01 309 7979|
|Tarta Mania||desserts, cakes||Inbox on Facebook|
|Pilsen Callao||beer||979 734 003|
|Toda Parilla del Colorao||beef, pork||991 160 545||24 hr preorder, min S/150|
|Palta Hass||avocado||960 622 605, Surco: 986 761 661|
|La Cafetta Express||groceries||967 705 388, 930 508 955, 955 171 592|
|Living Home Peru||pasta, gluten free pasta||www.livinghome.pe|
|Tortilla de Papa Peru||tortilla espanola||998 114 603||Inbox on Instagram|
|Alora||mask boxes||924 566 300|
|La Verduleria||fruit and vegetables||978 336 197|
|Panakuna Express||groceries||934 886 872||Inbox on Instagram|
|Dazzo Market||groceries||983 575 985||Inbox on Instagram|
|Tio Papas||salchipapas, etc.||943 492 907||Inbox on Instagram|
|Muyfreshkitos||groceries||935 825 136|
|Delivery Verduras y Frutas||fruit and vegetables||922 154 297, 970 792 593|
|La Huerta Lima||fruit and vegetables||Inbox on Instagram|
|Montini Pizza||pizza||989 204 475||Inbox on Instagram|
|Qhatu||personal shopping service||957 254 981|
|MDLab||masks||983 466 419|
|TocTocEnvios||transportation services||947 749 866|
|Super Pollo||chicken||991 480 025, 986 611 485|
|Not Peru||masks||Inbox on Instagram|
|MSC Home||foot activated door opener, sanitizing station||01 715 0603, 948 055 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Delivery Express||personal shopping service||994 007 441|
|Brewdog||beer||972 826 204, 958 192 425|
|Al Tavolo||pizza||Inbox on Instagram|
|Yupigo||personal shopping service||Inbox on Instagram|
|La Cocina de Luis||cocina criolla||997 632 119||S/5 fee|
|Mafasil Delivery||groceries||962 118 337|
|Jolamafar||COVID kits: masks, mask holder, gloves, disinfectant, etc.||946 390 750, 965 750 066||Inbox on Instagram, email@example.com|
|Rafaella Clothing||masks||Inbox on Instagram|
|Servio Mercado||personal shopping service||944 986 598|
|Goo Prices||fruit and vegetables||Inbox on Instagram|
|Vide Verde Peru||fruit and vegetables||Inbox on Instagram|
|Comsatel Peru||cleaning||Inbox on Instagram|
|Koketa||masks||Inbox on Instagram|
|D’florita||soap||986 844 794||Inbox on Instagram|
|Go Pet||pet food||Inbox on Instagram|
|Sami Productos Naturales||honey||Inbox on Instagram|
|Feel Organic||cotton||Inbox on Instagram|
|ValFruit Delivery||fruit and vegetables||938 543 761|
|Core Lima Cafe||sandwiches, etc.||corelimacafe.com, Inbox on Instagram|
|Eolis Air Peru||air purifier||994 212 167||excellencemedical.pe,|
|Lulucity||masks||946 109 920||Inbox on Instagram|
|Fullen Peru||fork lift transportation||www.fullen.pe|
|Master Clean||cleaning||994 313 983||Inbox on Instagram|
|Safety Med||masks, glasses, shoe coverings, etc.||993 534 599||Inbox on Instagram|
|2bornotobe||masks with designs||990 888 775||Inbox on Instagram and Facebook|
|Pedi.2s||limes||Inbox on Instagram|
|Clean House Desinfecciones||cleaning||922 236 664||Inbox on Instagram|
|Drogueria GYP||masks||Inbox on Instagram|
|Makis by Beto||sushi||982 660 428||makisbybeto.com, inbox on IG|
|MiaValencia19||masks||936 956 889, 930 470 045|
|Vimaant||disinfection products||977 249 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Pasta Peru||pasta, groceries||pasta.pe|
|Fuego y Brasa peru||pollo a la brasa||940 477 146|
|Ibericos Gold||wine and oil||933 908 899|
|Paletas Factory||ice cream||913 033 358|
|Sra Diaz Catering||meals||956 599 email@example.com||min 6 people, mother’s day specials|
|Dulce Fina||desserts, cakes||966 295 915|
|Artesanta Tienda Virtual||soap, beauty products||Inbox on Facebook|
|Huella Verde||boxes||983 535 231|
|Paqari Yana||blank books, journals||Inbox on Facebook|
|Champisol||mushrooms||999 094 111|
|Julieta Gongora||corn tortila strips||992 248 890|
|Flores dia de la madre||flowers||971 377 631|
|Orchids||flowers||979 257 175, 960 703 092|
|Palachinke Peru||pancakes||Inbox on Instagram and Facebook|
|Cafe de Lima||bread, empanadas, lasagna||01 221 2513|
|7G Gourmet||frozen fish, wine, groceries||915 124 839||@77gourmet|
|Casero||fruit and vegetables||928 242 080|
|Ylla||frozen fruit||987 827 541|
|Neo Vision||eye doctor, glasses, lenses||975 035 993|
|Caserita||fruit and vegetables||Inbox on Instagram|
|Neve de Latte Gelateria||ice cream||940 861 628|
|RomiPack Peru||plastic bags||994 013 626, 997 538 033, 998 818 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Magaly Wenzel||vet and dental cleaning for pets||993 452 829||verified|
|Manuel Cols||vet||959 189 949||verified, speaks English|
|Yapa Express||fruit and vegetables||963 694 779|
|Bake Studio||cake, desserts, pizza bases||955 082 211|
|Fleischmann||yeast||986 118 901||verified|
|Fleischmann Surco||yeast||902 344 910|
|Days Peru||shoe coverings||Inbox on Instagram|
|Ico Food Service||cheese, sausage, etc.||www.ico.com.pe||min S/100|
|Trigal||bakery, baking ingredients||Inbox on Instagram|
|Frex Box||dried fruit||987 220 187||Inbox on Instagram|
|El Buen Gusto||bakery, sandwiches||946 244 email@example.com||24 pre-order, min S/30, fee S/10|
|Amma||meals||Inbox on Instagram|
|Statera||meals||Inbox on Instagram|
|DAR||pita, hummus, dips, chips||956 486 633|
|Zokya Cafe||coffee||955 235 669|
|Sercomed||medical supplies||920 259 867, 966 423 059|
|Salud 360||medical||972 297 666|
|Normativa||masks||977 360 749|
|Seafrost||seafood||914 681 205, 914 681 204, 962 203 109, 944 251 900||min S/120|
|Fonzarelli Peru||sauces, salsas||987 708 382|
|Agustos Market||sandwiches, groceries, fruit, pasta, etc||937 288 233, 01 772 3830|
|Kase Gourmet||lasagna||999 602 358||Inbox on Instagram and Facebook||delivery fee|
|Laurie Pujalt||ground pepper||www.laurie-pujalt.com|
|Mikhuna Alimentos||personal shopping service||968 200 588|
|Papel Higienico Good||paper hand towels||01 429 6855, 998 377 292, 981 314 346||www.PapelHigienicoGood.com, firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Bici Entregas||personal shopping service||923 487 696|
|Elas Food||buffalo wings, burgers, wine, etc.||942 348 493||verified|
|Mascarilla Eirl||masks, gel, alcohol||Inbox on Instagram|
|Don Tomy Pasteleria||bakery||Inbox on Instagram|
|Cieptac||mental health counseling||933 699 193, 01 288 3185|
|Rai Peru||spices||Inbox on Instagram|
|Angus Express||beef, chicken wings||Inbox on Instagram|
|Pidealgo||online shop||Inbox on Instagram|
|Punta Gourmet||cheese, etc.||Inbox on Instagram|
|Super Bid Peru||financial investment services||Inbox on Instagram|
|Despensallena||beef, flour, bananas, etc.||Inbox on Instagram|
|Scrapyart||masks, gel, alcohol, eye proctection||www.scrapyart.pe|
|Verde Natural Market||fruit and vegetables||Inbox on Instagram|
|Mr. Bar Delivery||beer, wine, spirits||Inbox on Instagram|
|Fishbox Peru||seafood||990 061 686||Inbox on Instagram|
|Hoof Meats||beef||Inbox on Instagram|
|Munay Compost||composting||993 597 email@example.com|
|Taglio Peru||pizza||994 229 741||Inbox on Instagram|
|El Borrego||pollo a la brasa, cuy, pachamanca||992 826 708|
|El Rincon de los Sabores||al cilindro, pollo, chancho||986 029 856, 960 717 980, 960 358 182|
|Best Packaging Peru||bottles, etc.||Inbox on Instagram|
|Tecnicas en Linea Blanca||washing machine repair||929 129 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Tool Celular||cell phone repair||931 150 305||Inbox on Instagram and Facebook|
|Lynch Cafe para Volar||pasta, cake||978 800 039|
|Corsun Bio||biodegradable clamshell packs||01 440 4191, 998 171 892|
|La Costanera||pollo a la brasa, cuy, pachamanca||999 933 355, 953 277 899||www.lacostanera.com.pe|
|La Casa Mari Miel||honey||Inbox on Instagram|
|Azafran Restaurant||meals||978 997 042, 992 248 018||Inbox on Instagram|
|Niubiz Peru||online banking||Inbox on Instagram|
|Worx Co||business service||Inbox on Instagram|
|Derma Farma Peru||skin care||Inbox on Instagram|
|Doggy Camp||dog camp, pet service||999 055 841||Inbox on Instagram|
|La Central Huaral||meals||Inbox on Instagram|
|TeleOptics||glasses, eyeware, contact lenses,||920 196 277||Inbox on Instagram|
|Aroma Pan||bakery||Inbox on Instagram|
|Gianni||chicken||997 095 179|
|Rosatel||flowers||Inbox on Instagram|
|Wabi Casa||shopping service||Inbox on Instagram|
|Knino||pet food||944 574 353||Inbox on Instagram|
|Entel Empresas||cell phone services||Inbox on Instagram|
|Verisure Peru||security||Inbox on Instagram|
|Reneq777||cleaning||993 728 552|
|Callers Club||call center services||Inbox on Instagram|
|Clinica Antonio Raimondi||healthcare||www.clinicaraimondi.com|
|Taberna Pueblo Viejo||chichorrones, tamales, sandwiches||986 853 267|
|Ma Gracia Farfan||masks||987 833 079||verified|
|Delizia Art||food photography||Inbox on Instagram|
|La Curacao Peru||transportation services||Inbox on Instagram|
|Melina Bertocchi||wine, champagne||984 108 774|
|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.|
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.
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?
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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!
As with almost everything in Dhaka, you can have a curtain maker come to your home. Or you can buy ready-made curtains. The curtains in Aarong or Jatra are more expensive than the curtains in New Market. In fact, there is a whole “curtain row” in New Market. It is near the “book street” entrance. This is also the area where you can find art stores and art supplies. Some of curtains range from 500 taka to 1,500 per curtain. These curtains are standard size of about a meter/yard wide so you may need several to cover a window.
Go to New Market on a day when the traffic will not be as epic as it is on a weekday. Some of the shops are closed during Friday midday prayer so I usually plan to arrive around 3 p.m. in the afternoon. Curtains up!
A few days, a few months, may go by, but eventually, most expats will acquire some form of domestic help. Bangladeshis have domestic help in their homes and it is a way of life here. Bangladesh is rich in human labor and affordable (to us expats) domestic help is one of the advantages (or just part of the realities of life here) of living here. As an expat, we can afford to pay our domestic workers a good salary, provide a place to live (some are live in), and the arrangement seems to work. I appreciated having help, especially my driver (mentioned him last time), but the key is to find what works for you. I will try to cover what I’ve learned about domestic staff employment but I may have to come back and update this as I recall more details (as I know that this is of great interest to some). First of all, for many expats, this will be their first experience having domestic help. For many, it is the first time, they are the employer with employees. It takes work to learn how to be a good boss. Okay, on to nuts and bolts:
How many staff? Depends on your needs/wants. I had a housekeeper who cooked and cleaned. I paid him extra for extra work helping at parties. I then switched to a part time cleaner who came three days per week.
Where do you find good staff? My advice is to ask around. Find someone who is as picky (oh sorry, as “quality conscious”) as you, and then try to find domestic help like they have. Also, keep in mind that what works for them won’t always work for you. It is easy and hard to find good employees. Sometimes, you will get accosted in your building by staff who tell you that this is their turf and that you have to hire them because they have always worked in that building. Take it as you will (or won’t). Some find this style too aggressive. Also, outside the building, there will be people coming by looking for work (everyone knows that you are new). Another thing, all the domestic staff probably know each other. It’s a network. Many are related to each other (or can bring a “cousin” who can work for you).
Interview: Yes, do. Also do a trial period. One staff I had to let go, sobbed and begged… and showed up days later to beg again, apologizing. But it wasn’t a matter of apology. It just didn’t work.
Contract? Yes, you can draw one up but your staff may not be able to read.
Live in or out? Many domestic staff also live in (all apartments have a “servant’s quarters” but mine was small. I guess free housing is free housing, but, I use my “servant’s quarters” as a closet).
Salary (including insurance, healthcare, bonus, uniforms, and tea money): Here goes… As expats, we pay double what they pay (and we don’t make them work as much) so we are attractive employers.
Driver (mentioned him last time): A driver is a skilled person and they make between 12,000-20,000 taka ($150-250) for 40 hours per week. Drivers have very loose schedules. Some work six days per week but only a few hours per day. Most are sort of “on call” and that’s why they get paid (to wait around). Average pay is 14,000-16,000. Most drivers are men. There is a school for female drivers run by an international non-profit but they also teach men to drive. So far, I’ve heard of one professional female driver but there must be more. Hopefully, your driver has a real license. Some people send their other staff to driving school and this benefits everyone.
Cook: To only be a cook is the top position unless there’s a housekeeper who doesn’t get their hands wet (these are rare). Have them make you a meal to test out their skills. Many of the cooks in the expat pool have worked for other international families and can cook cuisines from all over the world. I know of some folks who diligently taught their cooks how to make their dishes the way that they liked them. I had planned on making a menu of what my cook could make so that he could take it on to the next employer, but I never got around to it. The cook can also go buy groceries. Some can make meals for you without you having to tell them what you want, and this can be a boon to some busy people.
Housekeeper or cook/cleaner/bearer (bears your tea to you): The salary range for an expat’s housekeeper is 12,000-20,000 taka ($150-250) for 40 hours per week. Housekeepers make more than bearers and cleaners (if an employee is a cleaner or bearer only, they make less). They can also do your shopping for you and fetch your dry cleaning etc.
Nanny/Aya (or caregiver): Some families have more than one (one for each child and one as a babysitter. Why not). Some expat families even hire caregivers for their elderly family members. The salary range is lower 10,000-18,000 taka. The aya/ayah/nanny is a fixture in expat literature and the separation from the aya is the most traumatic.
Gardener: Many expats hire someone to grow vegetables for them, plus normal yard work. They get paid around 12,000 taka per month.
Dog walker: I have heard of people hiring part time dog walkers but I would guess that a full time one makes about 8,000-10,000 taka per month. Funny story, one of my friends found that her cook had been giving the dog tea… if you know how strong Bangla tea is, then you know that that dog definitely needed walks!
Bonus? Yes, a 13th month salary at Ramadan for Muslim staff and at Christmas for Christian staff. Once per year unless you want to give them more at another time (second Eid) BUT that is not the norm. This “bonus at second Eid” question is one of the most frequent questions that I hear. Plus, almost everyone gives their staff gifts of belongings like TVs, clothes, bags, computers, etc. especially when trying to organize for a move. The staff will often ask to be allowed to buy or have the things that you don’t want. Almost anything from America is a hot item. Sometimes, the staff will give you gifts. Try to not accept them as they usually can’t afford it (like a 2,000 taka sari).
Uniforms: Much is said of this. Usually something about two uniforms per year or the money to buy or have made a uniform. The amount I was asked for was (negotiable like all other prices in this country) 2,500 taka. I think that for most staff, this is a form of income. That said, some staff do wear uniforms. There is a certain dignity in wearing a uniform when at work, and that I understand.
Tea money? Many people give their staff tea money or lunch money. This is how they supplement the low wages. Tea money of 1,500 taka per month is extremely expensive tea and is more likely to be food money. To expats, $13 is nothing but I’m guessing that a Bangladeshi can buy a cup of tea for two or three taka.
Other expenses: There will be other expenses that the staff ask for money for: their children’s weddings, school fees, hospital fees, a new cell phone, etc. etc. It is up to you as the employer to decide if you want to pay it or lend it. Some people withhold some of the salary and keep it as insurance or savings for such events (make it part of the initial salary discussion). In the true spirit of “if you don’t ask…” You will get gotten but you can probably afford it. On that note, you will hear lots of “You have so much; and I have so little.” Many people will pay for the staff’s children’s school fees (what’s $120 to you when you can provide an education. It’s a form of charity).
To end the discussion of money, you (or I did) may likely pay salary + tea money + uniform + “emergency life expenses” per employee. I’ve heard some expats say, “it’s less than car insurance in the U.S.”
Other duties: In general, if you have a good relationship, your staff can do many things for you that will make life easier. I had my driver do all sorts of errands from getting my lace fixed (yes, one guy who can re-weave cloth for 100 taka) to buying jersey (very hard to buy in bolt form here) to finding a place to sell bottles. Some people actually have their staff help as “lady’s maid” and do massages, hair removal, pedicures, manicures, hair cuts, or paint mehendi/henna on you. There may actually be some people who have a “lady’s maid” but I haven’t heard of any (my friends aren’t rich enough). But, when you need to dress for a wedding and need your sari wrapped, you can have your staff do it for you (usually 500 taka at a salon).
Keys/Privacy: Some people do lock cabinets or rooms. Some give one key to the door (so the other lock can be used by you). Some keep the key to the car and have the driver come get it before they go anywhere (a Bangladeshi friend had the experience of discovering that his driver was using the car as a taxi business while he was at work.) Some people worry about stealing… and lock up their oil and flour… Many people lock up a room just because they want a level of privacy. After all, the domestic staff know EVERYTHING about you. They take out your trash.
Dismissal/Severance/Firing/End of contract: If you leave or dismiss your staff, it is normal to give them one month’s notice and pay them a severance pay in proportion to time served. Usually it is a month’s salary for each year. Even if you have to fire the staff for some reason, it’s normal to give them severance. If you liked your staff, try to find time to write them a letter of referral. They will use this for future job hunting.
At expat parties, there is an incessant buzz of talk about domestic staff. I try to not get involved. But these are some of the subjects people talk about:
“How much do you pay your….?” “Should I give a second Eid bonus at the second Eid?” “Do I give the bonus at the beginning or the end?” “She won’t leave at the end of the day and just hangs around!” “She’s lazy but she’s honest.” “Why do I need a full time driver when he just sits around for 30 hours of each week?” “I sent my driver to English school.” “I sent my cleaner to cooking school to improve her professional skills.” “How do I get my cook to use less oil?” “How do I get my cook to make food for less than 20 people?” And so on.
I think I answered most of this questions above except: The cooking oil question — I have heard people tell their cooks that they need to lose weight. Or that the cook can keep whatever oil is leftover in the bottle. Like with most lessons, repetition is important. Repeat, repeat, repeat.
I hope that this has been helpful.
After a year in Bangladesh, I realized that I had made a mistake. When I got to Dhaka, I had the intention of hiring a woman (empowerment and all that) but instead I hired a man with a full CV (he came well recommended). What I realized after a year is that I should have hired a young woman and sent her to school to learn English, to sew, and to give massages. I could have had a tailor and a massage therapist at home. Next time!
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.
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.
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.
Men and women wear jewelry here although the most is worn by a woman on her wedding day. Or when she is a guest at a wedding.
The ladies of Bangladesh make sure that they look good when they step out. They are into shoes, bags, jewelry, makeup, and clothes with zing and color.
The expats tend to wear jewelry that is a little more muted or “matches” the outfit.
How to live the good life in Dhaka? I will now share some recommendations from an expat who thoroughly loves her life in Dhaka. As she says, this is because she has learned to enjoy “the good life which is affordable here.” This first part is about tailors (she also mentions porcelain and spas which I will share next time).
a. Ferdous has extensive fabric selection, including a lot of linen. They copy extremely well (400 taka plus fabric), and make tuxedos (about 8000 taka). They also make excellent suits. Located on the north side of Madani Avenue near Gulshan 2 circle. Store is on the second floor, look carefully when you drive, they have a big sign outside).
b. K L Sweden (located across from Ferdous, on the south side when you drive on Madani Avenue to DIT2 market, the store is down a side street right after the VIP Photo building on the other end of the VIP Photo sign, which is not obvious from the main road; right next to Shinepukur plates store). They also copy shirts very well and have good linen. They also do tuxes. All very good quality.
a. Best copier of western clothes – European tailor, located at the corner of road 12 and UN road, keep walking from UN road in a narrow alley, it is right after another tailor and fish store. It has a bright yellow sign. It is down the alley once you see the fish store. Cheap.
b. Best tailor of Western clothes who can copy anything, or can make them from a simple picture (he is my personal favorite of all times!) – Johny, he comes to your house, his number is 01923270358. Johny makes fabulous ball gowns and costumes (for expats there are many balls each year… Glitter Ball, etc.).
c. Shaheen, also on road 12, is a popular choice. I do not use him, I hear he has a bit of an attitude and is relatively expensive.
d. For sarees and saree blouses and petticoats – Sharonika in Pink City. Located on the first floor (need to take the escalator once inside), and then simply ask for the store, it is a bit inside. As many will tell you, local tailors have trouble making blouses for our body types and I have found Sharonika to be very good at that. Prices are, as usual, cheap. For saree bordering (must be done for each new saree you buy) is only 250 taka.
e. I have heard a lot about the Russian tailor Svetlana, but have never used her. Apparently, she is quite artistic and good, but she is very busy and often out of the country, as well as quite pricey and opinionated on what you should be making, versus what you want to have made.
Finding places can be tricky in Dhaka. As much as I’d like to show you all where things are… I thought I’d make a map of the 99 expat places instead! These places are current as of September 9, 2013. I put an extra huge marker on Goong, the Castle, because that is the number one place people ask for directions to — Road 50, House 12B — and I made it number 12 on the map! Look for the large wooden gate. Go in and enjoy.
In Dhaka, businesses rise and fall like eddies on the delta, and they often change location. So, most importantly, on my map(s), I have put the ACTUAL location, not what the address indicates. Because floor numbering varies in different parts of the world, I have only listed it if the place is not on the first/ground floor. Otherwise, I’ve called it “level” using the ground floor as the first level. As the Westin’s sign is like a lighthouse beacon in the night, I started with the Westin Hotel as number one as it is often used as the North Star. Then I divided Gulshan into four sections divided by Gulshan 2 circle. For those counting, there are not 99 numbers on the maps because many of the locations are in the same building or on the same block. Also, I have not included all 100 restaurants at which I’ve eaten. Only places people ask about.
I have tried to make sure that the addresses are correct, though not always written the way that the locals would write it, and I cannot vouch for the phone numbers except for those who do house calls, like Tailor Johny, because I did not call all the numbers! Bangladesh’s country code is 88 and for some numbers you will need to drop the zero/zed and/or the two or add them or something… it’s confusing. But that’s a whole different topic. If you cannot find the location, check back on my blog as I may have posted a photo of the actual location. Again, the official address may be different; the location is for real. Happy hunting!