Mario Testino’s Notes On Lima

BY Harper's Bazaar Arabia / Apr 14 2016 / 21:00 PM

During his recent trip to Dubai, Mario Testino gave Harper's Bazaar Interiors the lowdown on his beloved Lima, from the city's architectural gems to its museums

Mario Testino’s Notes On Lima
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FAVOURITE INTERIORS STORES: I don’t get the chance to do much shopping in Lima, but when I do I always go to Las Pallas, which was set up by a lady called Mari Solari. She went across Peru meeting craftsmen and acquiring their products to sell in her shop and there are some amazing items to be found in there. Also the shop at MATE has some great things for the home. I do like Ilaria for silver reproductions and to stroll down the Avenue La Paz for antiques and silver pieces.

BELOVED BUILDINGS: MATE, my museum, is very dear to me. It is a republican house from the 1850s that had fallen into disrepair before we lovingly restored it to its former glory. Preserving this kind of heritage is important to me, so much so that I am now president of the board for the World Monuments Fund in Peru. Other places I would advise people to visit would be all the churches in downtown Lima, especially the Convento San Francisco and the cathedral and the ancient monuments at San Isidro and Miraflores.

CULTURE VULTURE: Aside from MATE, The Amano is a museum that has the most incredible textiles. Also the Museo Pedro de Osma, which is next door to MATE, and has a fantastic colonial collection and Museo Larco Herrera for its collection of ceramics from Incan times.

FINE DINING We have amazing restaurants in Lima and amazing food but I particularly favour Rafael and El Mercado by the Peruvian chef Rafael Osterling, which offers quite an experimental menu, largely inspired by head chef Rafael’s travels. La Plazita, which is run by two leading chefs, Coque Ossio and Juan Diego Sarmiento specialises in Latin American and classic Italian dishes and is also worth a visit, as is La Gloria, run by Oscar Velarde and chef Luis Alberto Sacilotto, they make the most superb Mediterranean dishes.

WHERE TO REST: I always tell my friends to stay at Hotel B in Lima, which is one of the first boutique hotels in the city, or the Miraflores Park Plaza, which is one of the most luxurious.

Hotel B in Lima

HEAT, an exhibition of works by Mario Testino, sponsored by Ginza Group and curated by Pury de Pury, is on at d3 and open to the public until April 15