La Victoria and the district of Lima merge into another. La Victoria developed when at the end of the 19th century the hacienda "La Victoria" with its huge properties was divided into lots and urbanized. La Victoria became a working and lower middle class district. Today in spite its bad reputation of being a dangerous district, La Victoria has enormous economical potential.
In the heart of La Victoria you find "Gamarra", the garment district, with thousands of small and middle sized shops and shopping centers spread out over 20 blocks selling local and imported fabrics and clothes. It's also a good place to find all kinds of sewing and handicraft accessories.
Along Av. Iquitos is the auto parts sector and just at the border to the district of Lima you find "Polvos Azules", a good market for clothes, shoes, sports gear, electronics, DVDs and CDs. And for all soccer fans: La Victoria is home to Lima's famous soccer team Allianca Lima.