Our hotel, Hotel Mariel (was three stars, and okay), was well located and a 5 minute walk to Kennedy Park in Miraflores. It was a wonderful park with lots of activity throughout the day, many sitting areas, trees and nice gardens.
There is this large painted bull that shows up on postcards. Fernando is my muse.
Every night, there is a little handicrafts night market. The things sold there aren't particularly special or unique, but it is nice they are there nightly and creates a fun environment. In the evenings, we would go to Kennedy Park and stroll around. It felt very safe and there were always lots of people of all ages hanging out. We would observe the stray cats and the people that come to feed them nightly (there is one lady we saw, she looks kinda weird). The cats would hang by people who were seated at benches to get scraps.
They had these cute and charming food carts selling treats. This one called Dulces Limenos sold three types of sweet desserts and drinks. I tried the arroz con leche. You can get that with the purple pudding (made of the purple corn, which Peruvians use to make all sorts of things!) or the 3rd one, which I didn't try. A small costs S./4 ($1.50).
During our nightly strolls, we would visit the popcorn man and get Fernando a pequeno de Salada (small size of the salt, as they have a dulce one too) for S/.2 ($0.75). He'd be very happy…doesn't take much.
I got the churros (of course) a few times which were filled with dulce de leche which Peruvians call Manjar Blanco. Some were fresher than other times I got it. But a churro is a nice treat, whenever.
We'd always observe the Butifarra cart, which had lots of mostly young people waiting in line. It was sandwiches with lechon, turkey or chicken you could get, topped with red onions and sauce (I think spicy sauce) – smelled delicious! We were usually full when we'd come for our stroll so didn't try it.
Kennedy Park and Miraflores was very nice, albeit busy so you have to live with all the cars, traffic, honking and noise, but it is the big city! Note, Barranco neighborhood is calmer, more “bohemian” and quieter if you are looking for that.