Shopping Malls & Commercial Centers

The precursor of today's modern, western style shopping malls in Lima surely is the "commercial gallery" Galerias Boza. Opened already in 1956 at the famous Jr. de la Union in the city center it was for nearly 20 years the most luxurious and modern shopping facility of the capital. Unfortunately, it never recovered after it partly burnt down in 1975. In the 1960s they opened two small commercial centers: the Centro Comercial Todos in San Isidro near the Via Expresa and the Centro Comercial Risso in Lince at Av. Arequipa block 22, which is still operating. In 1973 Miraflores got its first, even though with only 23 boutiques and a coffee shop, a small commercial center, the famous 'Avant-Garde'. Sadly, today only a few stores are left.

In the 1970s and 1980s many middle sized shopping malls were opened: Plaza San Miguel, still operating, modernized, extended and very popular, Higuerta, an accumulation of many small stores and back then with two big retailers, the commercial center Arenales, as well still in business, and Camino Real in San Isidro, "the" shopping center of the 1980s, but today nothing compared to its former splendor. Other malls opened in the 1980s were the Plaza Camacho, the Molicentro, Caminos del Inca and El Polo. They remodeled all in the last years to meet modern standards and to compete against the new, ultramodern shopping malls popping up in Lima.

Since 1997, a new generation of shopping malls conquered the capital of Peru. Starting with Lima's showpiece mall, the Jockey Plaza, today's shopping centers turn into meeting places, like the main square in former times, offering its customers next to all possible shopping facilities also all kinds of entertainment, fairs and exhibitions. After this model places like Larcomar, Marina Park, Real Plaza Primavera, Plaza Norte, Lima Plaza Sur, Molina Plaza and many more were built.

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Caminos del Inca Centro Comercial

Shopping Malls & Commercial Centers in Peru
The shopping center Caminos del Inca is one of Lima's older malls. Built in the 1980s and modernized in the last few years it houses today around 180 shops. Caminos del Inca is known for its numerous apparel stores offering everything from jeans and shirts to evening gown.

Plaza Norte

Shopping Malls & Commercial Centers in Peru
Plaza Norte is the biggest shopping center in Lima, at least for the moment. Opened in 2009 in Lima's northern cone it is twice as big as the just a few kilometers away located Mega Plaza Norte. On the same area you also find the new bus terminal catering for up to 100 bus companies, connecting Lima with the Peruvian provinces.

Plaza San Miguel

Shopping Malls & Commercial Centers in Peru
Plaza San Miguel was one of the first commercial centers in Lima. Opened in the 1976 to offer consumers a great variety of different products at one place, Plaza San Miguel became very popular with Peruvian middle-class shoppers.

Mall Aventura Plaza Bellavista

Shopping Malls & Commercial Centers in Peru
Opened in December 2008 Mall Aventura Plaza is a modern shopping mall in Callao with around 120 shops.

Molina Plaza

Shopping Malls & Commercial Centers in Peru
Molina Plaza is a small shopping complex in Lima's wealthy suburb La Molina. It was opened in 2006.

Camino Real Centro Comercial

Shopping Malls & Commercial Centers in Peru
Opened in December 1980 in the noble district of San Isidro with exquisite shops, restaurants, cinemas and even a skating rink Camino Real was for about 10 years the shopping center in town. In 1992 the shopping mall was raided by terrorists. After this Limeños stopped visiting the mall. Today you find only a few offices, travel agencies an...
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