The best bookstore in central Lima is El Virrey (Paseo los Escribanos 115, tel. 01/427-5080, www.elvirrey.com, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. and 1:30–7 p.m. Mon.–Sat.). If you are looking for specialty books in science, history, or sociology, this is the place to find them. The store also has shops in San Isidro (Miguel Dasso 141, tel. 01/440-0607, 8 a.m.–8 p.m. daily) and at Larcomar in Miraflores (tel. 01/445-6883, noon–9 p.m. daily).
Additionally, there are several bookstores, or librerías, in Miraflores with good English and other foreign language sections.
Crisol (Santa Cruz 816, Óvalo Gutierrez, tel. 01/221-1010, www.crisol.com.pe, 10 a.m.–8 p.m. daily) is a huge, glassy bookshop in the same mall as the Cineplant Alcázar.
Other options are Zeta (Comandante Espinar 219, tel. 01/446-5139, www.zetabook.com, 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Mon.–Sat., also at Lima airport) and Delta Bookstore Librería (Larco 970, tel. 01/445-8825, 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Mon.–Sat., 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Sun.).
International newspapers are available from Miraflores street vendors in front of Café Haiti by Parque Kennedy.
© Ross Wehner and Renée del Gaudio from Moon Peru, 3rd Edition