Jiron de la Union
Since its inception during the Spanish conquest, the five blocks of Jirón de la Unión have been the place to be. Though the pedestrianized street has seen ritzier days, it’s not difficult to imagine a time when aristocrats lived in the elegant neocolonial and Art Deco buildings, when the Palais Concert cafe (now a storefront) was a magnet for the intelligentsia, and fashionable locals went out to jironear in their finest threads for a day of shopping or a night out on the town. Discover this colorful zone independently or as independently or as part of a walking or cycling tour incorporating other major city attractions.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Suitable for solo travelers, couples, and families.
- Tours may include guides and round-trip hotel transport, but not food or drink. Check specific tours for details.
- Be aware of pickpockets who work the crowds during street performances.
- Wear comfortable shoes since this part of town is best explored on foot.
How to Get There
Jirón de la Unión is in Lima’s historic center. The fastest and most direct route to this part of town is the Metropolitano Bus, which bypasses traffic on its own designated lane through the city. From Barranco and Miraflores, take the line going North (Norte)—with several stops along Avenida Bolognesi—to the Jirón de la Unión stop and walk three to four blocks to the plaza.
When to Get There
Jirón de la Unión is popular day and night. Come during the day to people-watch at the cafes, or come in the evening for street performances. Expect big crowds to follow the patterns of high summer season (December to April) and important religious holidays like Easter (March or April) and Carnaval (February).
Journey Through the Historic Center Jirón de la Unión connects Plaza San Martin and Plaza de Armas (also known as Plaza Mayor) where the most significant landmarks—Lima Cathedral, Government Palace, the Archbishop's Palace, and Palace of the Union—cluster around the square. For a more recent history lesson, go to nearby Barrio Chino, Lima’s famous Chinatown, where restaurants serve chifa, a delicious Peruvian-Chinese fusion cuisine. For a stunning view of the city, climb to the tower of the Convent of Santo Domingo.
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- Palomino Island (Isla Palomino)
- Lima Cruise Port
- Sanctuary of Las Nazarenas (Iglesia de las Nazarenas)
- Iglesia de Santo Domingo
- Municipal Palace (City Hall of Lima)
- Presidential Palace
- Historic Centre of Lima (Centro Historico de Lima)
- Lima Plaza Mayor
- Archbishop’s Palace of Lima
- Cathedral of Lima (Catedral de Lima)
- Plaza San Martin
- San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro)
- Larco Museum (Museo Larco)