El Pan de la Chola


After a late night arrival into my absolutely excellent apartment – quite the best flat I’ve stayed in on the trip so far – I was in need of an early day feed so took a gentle morning stroll through my new neighbourhood towards El Pan de la Chola.

A smart bakery cafe, I was really going there in hope that the Peruvians would share my sense of humour and have marmalade sandwiches on the menu so I could fully embrace Paddington nostalgia.

AND THEY DID! Clearly there are many more numpties in the world than just me.

I ordered the marmalade toast along with my more familiar espresso and took a seat at their high shelf stools. It had a good view of the bakers at work. The bread they were baking looked damn fine judging by the finished product available for sale at the counter.

My espresso was with me first and was extremely good. I really liked the rustic crockery in which it was served.

The toast promptly appeared looking wonderfully fresh and chunky. I slathered it with butter and mermalada and tucked in.

I’m actually not the biggest fan of jams and marmalades – although I’ve made hundreds of jars of preserves down the years – but this was entirely glorious. It was one of those joyful moments of connection with childhood that you rarely get in life. I’ve only fleetingly felt so amused.

The toast was just excellent and that’s not just nostalgia talking. It was a splendid breakfast munch.

So overall, it was great to visit El Pan de la Chola. It’s a place you should make sure to visit while in Lima. And if you have a longing for a trip to memory lane with a sticky handed bear, you’ll find what you need here.

Blythe scores El Pan de la Chola
4.5/5 for food
4/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
4/5 for service
giving an overall 16.5/20

I ate: toast with marmalade

I drank: espresso, water

I wore: black and blue

Total bill: 20 sol

Address: Avenida Mariscal La Mar 918, Miraflores, Lima

Written by BKR