The sky is glowing. The breeze makes it cool enough that you need a light jacket, but splotches of sunshine make it just warm enough to take the jacket right back off. Men who’ve worked their entire lives pause to talk about it at Café Haiti over a cup of hot coffee. Cats roam between flower patches. Young artists paint interpretations of the old, gray cathedral that casts its shadow, in approval, over it all.
Kennedy Park is the heart of Miraflores, Lima. It provides an endless row of shops, restaurants, and entertainment. The Cinerama El Pacifico Theater, tucked in just behind the McDonalds, will give you a new release movie (subtitled in Spanish), a carton of popcorn, and a Coke, all for 10 soles ($4).
My favorite thing to do in Kennedy Park is to find a lonely bench and provide it company for an hour, observing the comings-and-goings of it all. Then, when the time is right, I like to stroll over to Donofrios for a chocolate-dipped ice cream, or, if I need more than that, to La Lucha, for a sandwich and their famous Peruvian fries.
Located just 6-7 blocks inland from the Larcomar Mall, Kennedy Park is worth the walk.