Sometimes the charm of a street lies in what it offers to casual strollers who amble down its sidewalks, window-shopping and gazing through doorways. While the quaint qualities of Calle Manuel Bonilla are striking against nearby Miraflores' hustle and bustle, there's more than meets the eye on this narrow, one-way street. Cross the thresholds of these small yet daring spots to tantalize all your senses.


But first, fashion

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Is one really the loneliest number? Shop solo and bask in the stylish presence of threads from local and independent fashion designers that fill fashion boutique Unø. A neon sign reading "Wild at Heart" will lure you in, sure to spark memories of digging through your cool older sibling’s closet. Rich alpaca sweaters and soft Peruvian cotton tees for men and women are stacked neatly beside sleek wallets and funky, androgynous accessories. And when the going (home) gets tough, check out the decor and art selection so you can bring back a piece of the shop with you.

Where: Manuel Bonilla 111
When: Mon.-Fri., 10:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. & 4-8 p.m.
More info: +51 1 2466731; Facebook


Sushi Pop

New generation

You know something is well worth the calories when South America’s culinary capital adopts it for its own. Born in Argentina’s capital, Sushi Pop recently grew up and moved out, landing under the care of renowned Peruvian nikkei chef Mitsuharu "Misha" Tsumura. The pop art (what else)–inspired ambience speaks as loudly and is as varied as the rice roll combos named after international cities from Liverpool to Tokyo. Local dishes like creamy rice with mixed seafood are also available, though it’s best to stick to the namesake creation as you ponder which city you want to take a bite out of next.
Where: Manuel Bonilla 112  
When: Mon.-Sat., 12:30-11 p.m.; Sun., 12:30-10 p.m.
More info: +51 1 7062927; Facebook


La Cuina de Bonilla

Tapas bar

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Simply sightseeing or running errands around the city, you’re bound to cross the heart of Miraflores at some point in your weekly schedule. Offering some calm during the daily storm of things to do and places to go, La Cuina de Bonilla is a treasured hole-in-the-wall. If the vintage maps and rustic furniture in the small outdoor entryway aren’t enough to sell you, let the aroma of Spanish-style tapas keep you firmly in your seat. Pair a glass of wine with a classic tortilla española or a montadito (small toast) topped with asparagus and scrambled eggs, and you’ve found your answer to the hump-day slump.
Where: Manuel Bonilla 124
When: Mon.-Thurs., 9 a.m.-1 a.m.; Fri., 9 a.m.-3 a.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-3 a.m.
More info: +51 1 2412189; Facebook



Beards optional

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The pairing of long beards and craft beer may be a hipster cliche, but there’s no denying that the two have stood the test of time (and countless internet memes). Uniting them once again is BarBarian, one of Lima’s few draft bars. Despite its primitive mascot, BarBarian is for the civilized appreciator of flavors, offering an impressive selection of brews. Spice up your day with lunch-hour specials like vegetarian wraps and burritos as you enjoy a colorful view of graffitied walls. Come nightfall, let your hair (or beard) loose as you sip a cold pint in a chill environment.
Where: Manuel Bonilla 108
When: Mon.-Thurs. & Sun., noon-1 a.m.; Fri. & Sat., noon-3 a.m.
More info: +51 1 4787984; Facebook


El Gran Combo

A little bit of everything

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Sometimes it’s okay to give into gluttony, at least a little bit. Serving a rotating, four-plate combination of classic Peruvian dishes, El Gran Combo is the answer every indecisive diner has been searching for. Offering dishes made popular by traditional street carts and offering the intimate, elbow-rubbing atmosphere of the district markets, the tiny El Gran Combo gives you a taste of Peru in more ways than one. Though you may not understand what a carapulcra or a chanfainita is, half the fun is diving into the chef’s daily set menu blind but hungry.
Where: Manuel Bonilla 113
When: Mon.-Weds. & Sun., noon-4 p.m.; Thurs.-Sat., noon-4 p.m. & 8-11 p.m.
More info: +51 1 4918676; Facebook

By Susana Lay

Susana loves long walks and sometimes loses her voice while teaching literature classes. She loves to write, watch movies, eat and sleep. She also loves to travel and to write about her travels. You'll never know where to find her — most of the time, she herself doesn't know.