El Pan de la Chola
A few blocks inland from the dramatic Costa Verde, stands a bakery café, El Pan de la Chola. Opened by a British ex actor and model Jonathan Day, El Pan follows the style of London hip coffee shops, with the minimalist decor, white walls and plain wooden tables, delicious artisan bread, yummy cakes and near perfect coffee. Day, nicknamed ‘Chola’ by his Peruvian friends, fell in love with the art of baking bread, and created what has since become one of the most fashionable eateries in Lima.
El Pan’s delicious organic coffee goes perfectly with cakes and snacks, their pecan bars are to die for. Those in need of more substantial meals will find scrumptious sandwiches made of whole grain, crusty bread and no nonsense fillings. You can take home whole sourdough loaves, or watch the process of baking, as the working area of El Pan is open. You will often see a bearded Englishman, patiently kneading dough.