After publishing electro musician Grita Lobos’ favorite places in Lima and a playlist of local artists, we are continuing to explore the Peruvian city and its underground scene – this time through the eyes of art rock musician Rod Blur. From the most iconic concert venues in the city to the parks he likes to get lost in, Rod Blur takes us on a journey through Lima and shares his favorite spots with us.
Espacio Fundación Telefónica
Espacio Fundación Telefónica primarily puts on exhibits centered on digital art, physics and science. From time to time, they also host music festivals featuring artists from all over the world, and special events showcasing Peruvian labels, promoting the work of the many bands on the local indie circuit.
Av. Arequipa 1155, Cercado de Lima 15046
Hensley Monterrico Rock City
Hensley Monterrico Rock City is one of the most iconic pubs in Lima. Last year, Iggy Pop came by for a drink after his concert here. Lots of rock, post-punk, punk, stoner and metal bands play here. It’s the perfect place to listen to live music and have a good time. The pub is closed at the moment, but it is expected to reopen soon.
Av. Primavera 1377, Santiago de Surco 15023
Parque Media Luna
This park has a beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean. When the sun is setting, its reflection in the ocean makes it look like the surface of the water is covered in gold. In the middle of the park, you’ll find a kiosk topped with a half-moon. That’s why the park is called Media Luna (literally half-moon). And since the park is right in front of my house, I can go as often as I like!
Federico Gallese 32, San Miguel 15086
Bosque El Olivar
This large park is more like a forest. You’ll find ponds filled with fish here, and even a library in the center. It’s a very relaxing place, surrounded by charming little streets, making it a great place to take a walk.
Calle La República, San Isidro Lima 27
Galerias Brasil is a four-story building entirely dedicated to music. You can find CDs, records, cassettes, t-shirts, buttons, and merch for bands from all over the world here. It’s a great spot to meet up with friends. Lots of Peruvians come here to hang out as teenagers before forming their own bands. This place is overflowing with creativity!
Av. Brasil 1275, Cercado de Lima 15072
MAC (Museo de Arte Contemporáneo)
There is always something happening at MAC, Lima’s museum of contemporary art. In addition to the art exhibits, film screenings and concerts are frequently held in the park. Highly recommended on a sunny day or warm evening.
Av. Grau 1511, Barranco, L04
Circuito Mágico del Agua
The Circuito Mágico del Agua is a network of cybernetic fountains that form artistic shapes out of water. This is a very well-known spot in Lima both to locals and tourists alike. It even made it into the Guinness Book of World Records as the park with the most fountains in the world! This is a great place to come at night, so you can see the laser lights with the water works.
Jr. Madre de Dios S/N, Cercado de Lima
La Noche de Barranco
La Noche de Barranco is a concert bar located in the Barranco neighborhood. It’s one of the most iconic venues known for supporting the local music scene, with bands playing every night of the week! It’s a pleasant spot to hang out — you can sit and drink a beer at one of the many tables placed around the stage. Highly recommended!
Sanchez Carrion 199, Barranco 15063
Parque María Reiche Miraflores
This park has a view of the ocean and was created in homage to the German-Peruvian archeologist Maria Reiche. In the park, you’ll see large line formations on the ground, representing the ancient Nazca lines of Peru. At night fall, the lines light up, making this a beautiful place for a walk.
Malecón de la Marina, Miraflores 15074
Calle Choquehuanca – San Isidro
The modern streets in the San Isidro neighborhood are an excellent place to walk around and explore the diversity of the homes and buildings. On Choquehuanca street, you might be surprised to see a Huaca (called Huaca Huallamarca), a temple where Incas used to hold ceremonies. The contrast of the ancient temple amid the surrounding modern architecture is striking.
Calle Choquehuanca, San Isidro 15073
About Rod Blur
Photo: Walter Lopez
Article translated and edited by Andrea Perdue
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