Shopping in Peru

  • Shopping in Ayacucho

    Edwin Pizarro

    The retablos (ornamental religious dioramas) from Edwin Pizarro’s workshop in Barrio Belén are highly recommended. He’s renowned locally as one of the best artisans in the business and will personalize his lovingly made creations by adding figures appropriate to the customer.

  • Shopping in Huancayo

    Mercado Mayorista

    A colorful produce market spills out from the covered Mercado Mayorista, east along the railway tracks. In the meat section, you can buy Andean delicacies such as frogs, guinea pigs and chickens; an incredible variety of unpronounceable fruits and vegetables also beckon. Don’t miss trying the tokuc (rotten potato drink). Many stalls open by 4am and stay open until midnight.

  • Shopping in San Ramón & La Merced

    Chanchamayo Highland Coffee

    Here you can sample and buy the coffee for which Chanchamayo is famous. (Peru is one of the world’s largest coffee producers but nearly all gets exported.) It’s a tad gimmicky but enjoyable, and besides the shop, you can browse displays on coffee production and check out old coffee-producing machinery. There is a tour (free) if you prefer.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Lima

    El Cacaotal

    A sustainable chocolate shop with delicious bars and connoisseur expertise. It's the perfect opportunity to appease friends and family back home, and it offers fair-trade compensation for small-scale farmers around Peru. Products are organized by region and portraits of the farmers themselves grace the walls. It also does tastings and excellent workshops in English with an adjacent chocolate lab.

  • Shopping in Cuzco

    Center for Traditional Textiles of Cuzco

    This nonprofit organization, founded in 1996, promotes the survival of traditional weaving. You may be able to catch a shop-floor demonstration illustrating different weaving techniques in all their finger-twisting complexity. Products for sale are high end.

  • Shopping in Ollantaytambo

    Awamaki

    A nonprofit boutique selling gorgeous locally woven sweaters, hats and gloves made with organic dyes, as well as handmade leather handbags and wallets. Products are high quality and design conscious, they're wonderful gifts for those back home. The foundation also runs worthwhile tours to nearby weaving villages.

  • Shopping in Lima

    La Zapateria

    Though it appears quite small, there’s a lot going on inside La Zapateria, one part showroom, one part workshop. Handmade leather shoes can be made to order, and there are plenty of stylish models ready-made on the shelves for both men and women.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Lima

    Las Pallas

    For special gifts, check out this handicrafts shop featuring a selection of the highest-quality products from all over Peru; it’s even on the radar of Sotheby’s. Ring the bell if the gate is closed during opening hours.

  • Shopping in Huaraz

    Montaña Magica

    Forget your kit? Head to Mountain Magic where you can stock up on a full gamut of decent trekking and mountaineering gear from rain jackets to camping stoves.

  • Shopping in Huancayo

    Feria Dominical

    This craft market offering weavings, textiles, embroidered items, ceramics and wood carvings occupies numerous blocks along Huancavelica to the northwest of Piura. Mates burilados (carved gourds) and many other items from various villages in the Río Mantaro Valley are sold here – handy if you don’t have time to trek out to the villages yourself. Keep an eye on your valuables.

  • Shopping in Lima

    Flora & Fauna

    Whole Foods, meet your Peruvian cousin. A friendly, bright space complete with an outdoor eating area welcomes you in to peruse shelf after shelf of organic, all-natural products. All your favorite Peruvian superfoods and super treats (think handcrafted chocolate bars made with Peruvian cacao), fresh produce and poultry, as well as natural beauty products make for healthy retail therapy.

  • Shopping in Leimebamba

    AMAL

    This women’s artisan cooperative located on the plaza sells top-grade handicrafts and local weavings. Better than the shop, however, is the co-op's small workshop, about a five-minute walk along the road to the museum. Here, you can see the women in action and choose your own material to custom-design anything from purses to backpacks.

  • Shopping in Arequipa

    Claustros de la Compañía

    One of South America’s most elegant shopping centers, with a wine bar, ice-cream outlet, numerous alpaca-wool shops and chic cafes and restaurants. Its ornate double courtyard is ringed by cloisters held up by sillar (white volcanic rock) columns, etched with skillful carvings. Couples often dot the upper levels enjoying the romantic setting and southerly views.

  • Shopping in Arequipa

    Fundo El Fierro

    The city’s primary craft market occupies a beautiful colonial sillar (white volcanic rock) courtyard next to the Iglesia de San Francisco. Garments, paintings, handmade crafts and jewelry predominate, but you can also procure rare alpaca carpets from Cotahuasi. There’s an artisanal fair with special stalls held here in August.

  • Shopping in Cuzco

    Mercado San Pedro

    Cuzco’s central market is a must-see. Pig heads for caldo (soup), frogs (to enhance sexual performance), vats of fruit juice, roast lechón (suckling pig) and tamales are just a few of the foods on offer. Around the edges are typical clothes, spells, incense and other random products to keep you entertained for hours.

  • Shopping in Arequipa

    Sol Alpaca

    More than just a source for fine alpaca-wool goods and raw thread, this complex functions as a tourist center for international wool-export company Michell (incorporating brands Sol Alpaca and Mundo Alpaca). It includes a well-presented commercial boutique, a museum detailing the process of wool production, a small zoo and a cafe.

  • Shopping in Lima

    Morphology

    This towering shop boasts four floors to explore, each providing something different. Designer pieces and jewelry from national and international fashion names, as well as home decor and gush-worthy baby clothes are on display on the 1st and 2nd levels. The top floors include an art gallery and a farm-to-table rooftop restaurant.

  • Shopping in Chavín de Huántar

    Artesania Rumi Tzaka

    Of the several shops that cluster around the ruins site, this one could be the best, selling unique Chavín souvenirs from textile and wool items to huge replicas of the Lanzón de Chavín rendered in granite. Most of the crafts are homemade by the owners – the textile work by the señora and the carvings by the señor.

  • Shopping in Lima

    La Calandria

    Stock up on organic groceries and sundries in this neighborhood shop. Refrigerators hoard fermented drinks and yogurt, and shelves are lined with bulk grains and tempting chocolate bars made from Peruvian cacao. You could spend hours gazing at the jars full of loose-leaf teas, or you could ask the knowledgeable staff.

  • Shopping in Puno

    Feria

    This craft market sells llama toys, rugs, alpaca sweaters, masks from Puno's La Virgen de la Candelaria festival and other handicrafts you'll see elsewhere in town and on the islands, but at prices more open to haggling. The dozens of nearly identical stalls are at the port entrance, at the end of Av Del Puerto.