I am always a fan of the local experience when traveling, so when I booked my ticket to Lima all I wanted to do was find a good apartment and live in a residential neighborhood. My neighborhood of choice was Miraflores in Lima. I called it the Miami of Lima!
With Lima being a top culniary hub in the world, you'll be surprised at how much you can eat here. The city even has three of the top 50 restaurants in the world, in addition to an array of mind blowing international restaurants and some of the best, melt-in-your-mouth seafood, EVER! Miraflores is right by the sea, close to paragliding, cafes, cevicherias, chocolate museum, and the famous Larcomar Shopping Mall built right into a cliff!
On to where I stayed: a beautiful loft apartment just a short (20 minute) walk from public transportation and the landmark, Kennedy Park. The luxury suite had an industrial feel - something new for my South American adventure, and was designed by the host's brother (I loved the personalization). Vanessa, the host, was extremely helpful and gave us a comprehensive list on where to eat and explore, for each day there! (I'll share the list in my Peru Guide) We were able to do our laundry using the machines in the basement had the opportunity to save some money and cook a few meals in the ultra modern kitchen.
The loft's open concept with floor to ceiling windows was a breath of fresh air after staying in stuffy hostels and hotels along our trek. The neighborhood was extremely safe, and quiet, and we were close enough to other hotels to meet up and hang out with friends we met along the way.
Here are some photos. I wasn't lying... the design is to DIE for: