Released in late 2017, Peruvian musician Grita Lobos’ album “Katalaxia” blends electronic music, guitars, and catchy beats to create a sophisticated, mysterious ambiance. From bars to clubs and street food, he takes us on a little tour of his favorite spots in Lima, Peru.
Lima is a huge city. There aren’t many buildings in its 43 districts, and most of the 9 million inhabitants live in houses in the suburbs. Some of the neighborhoods are a bit unstable and dirty, with bad public transportation. But even so, Lima is an exciting place full of colors and sounds, with a fantastic seaside boardwalk and loads of outstanding restaurants. Travelers with an interest in anthropology and urbanism will find Lima fascinating, especially if they are willing to risk venturing into the giant suburbs. If you’re interested in culture, music and the arts, there are three main areas to explore: Downtown Lima (the historic city center built by Spanish conquerors 450 years ago), Miraflores (the upscale, cosmopolitan district) and Barranco (a picturesque neighborhood with lots of artists).
Here are a few of my favorite spots:
Piano Bar Munich
This is a decadent bar in the basement of an old building. Their regulars include art students, musicians, local employees grabbing drinks after work, lovers and heavy drinkers. There’s plenty of beer, good cocktails and cheap wine. The live piano music has been played by the same pianist/percussionist for many years. And they play anything from traditional Peruvian music to Led Zeppelin. The bar is located in Downtown Lima, where you can also try a Pisco Sour at the former luxury hotel Gran Hotel Bolivar, enjoy a drink and traditional dish at Cordano (a tavern next to City Hall) or see an independent band play at Vichama Rock Bar.
Jirón de la Unión 1044, Lima