Published on April 2, 2016

Artsy, gritty, colorful, and charismatic, this uncharted enclave in Peru’s capital city holds a community of creatives who’ve been reimagining its old mansions as trip-making hotels, eateries, and concept shops. Get there before everyone else does.

From the team at Spot.com.

SLEEP at the Hotel B, a former mansion that feels like the home of a stylish pal with a serious art collection, a well-stocked library, and a penchant for parties (an adjacent art gallery hosts frequent openings and events).

CAFFEINATE with a cortado on the breezy interior courtyard of concept-shop Dédalo Arte stocked with pieces from local artists. 

SHOP at Cajamarca 219, where the sleek sensibilities of the French owner (himself a designer) translate into a refreshingly mod curation of art, garb, and decor.

CRUISE around Barranco by foot, by far the best way to snap shots of the street art and play peeping Tom in the courtyard of elaborate mansions.

EAT plate after plate of ridiculously good ceviche at Canta Rana (the Singing Frog in English). In a city of ceviche, this is some of the best, especially the order topped with avocado and fried calamari that will make you want to come back the next day and do it all over again.

MEET Mari Solari, a feisty Welsh transplant who’s one of the foremost experts of traditional Peruvian art, and the owner of Artesanías Las Pallas, a folk-art showroom in her home.

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