El Bosque Secreto Café (the secret forest, in English) is a tiny, quiet, and secluded cafe in the center of Miraflores. Over a delicious coffee and hot chocolate, we learned the spine-tingling story behind the cafe straight from the owners themselves.
Claudia and Martin, the owners and founders of El Bosque Secreto Café, shared that the cafe was started after Claudia spent more than 20 years working in publicity. She was tired of the routine and feeling unfulfilled in what she was doing, so much so that her nightly prayer was for enlightenment. One night, she told us, her deceased grandmother appeared to her in her dreams and told her to open a coffee shop.
And she did. Two years ago, her and her husband, Martin, who is skilled in natural therapies, decided to open a place where people not only could come to have a coffee and cake, but also to experience the personal service that is so hard to find these days.
The moment you enter their cafe, with its six tables and beautiful decor, you can feel the warmth of the place, like you are at a good friend’s house. Clues of it being a family business are everywhere, from the photographs on the wall, which were taken by Claudia’s brother, to the logo which was done by her sister.
This is the type of place you can go and ask for something that is not on the menu and they will provide it to you with a smile. I was really impressed with the type of service they provide. You can feel they do it from their heart.
After learning the story behind El Bosque Secreto Café, we were served our first plate, the Peruvian Omelette (19 soles), which is an omelette with salchicha huachana (sausage from Huacho). It was a generous plate served with two pieces of artisan bread. The sausage is opened and fried before pouring the eggs. The oils and flavors from the sausage all get mixed in with the egg and the result is a really nice omelette.
Our second dish was a Greek Omelette ( 19 soles). Again, it was a generous plate you can easily share between two people. The omelette contained tomatoes, olives, onion, cheese, and some oregano, all mixed with three eggs. It was very nice and enjoyable.
El Bosque Secreto Café serves a menu of the day from Monday to Saturday for 14 soles. It includes an entree, main dish, and a beverage.
While we were there (Monday), the menu was creamed corn and Aji de Gallina (Peruvian chili chicken). The creamed corn was so smooth and very tasty. It was served with a big piece of Peruvian corn and the Aji de Gallina was made with lactose-free milk, a first for me to try. It didn’t change the flavor at all. If you are lactose intolerant, but would like to taste this traditional plate, you have that option here.
Along with the food they let us taste a unique sauce called Skordalia Sauce. They told us that it was made with a family recipe from Claudia’s Greek grandfather. Though they would like to keep the recipe close to their chest and not share it, they did say that the main ingredient is garlic. You can use the sauce to accompany any meal. It was really yummy.
After this delicious menu, we tasted their Prosciutto and Cheese Focaccia Sandwich (19 soles). Another simple, but tasty dish. On artisanal focaccia, they load it up with prosciutto and edam cheese. I enjoyed this very much.
To end the afternoon, we had dessert and we were very happy with what we got. First, we had my favorite, Torta de Cacao (12 soles), but it wasn’t your average chocolate cake. This was made with wholemeal flour, panela (an unrefined whole cane sugar), and quinoa milk. Don’t let these healthy ingredients fool you because it was delicious. So smooth and soft, it melted in your mouth.
We also tasted the Pecan Pie (12 soles), also made with wholemeal flour for the base, organic pecans, and maple syrup. It was delicious and a dessert you don’t always find in Peruvian coffee shops.
We followed with Torta de Alfajor (12 soles). This is a larger version of the traditional alfajor, a Peruvian sweet. This torta, or cake, had many layers of a cornflour pastry filled with manjar blanco (a caramel sauce) spread between each layer. It was delicious.
And because those three dessert dishes weren’t enough for Maria Alejandra and I’s sweet tooth, we had a bowl of artisanal gelato (19 soles). It included three flavors: Forest Berries, Chocolate, and Hazelnut. It was the perfect ending of an amazing afternoon.
At El Bosque Secreto Café you can enjoy a cup of Wilson Sucaticona’s award-winning Cafe Tunkimayo coffee (literally named the Best Special Coffee in the World).
They also made a very nice aloe vera lemonade and a very nice emoliente, a Peruvian drink made of barley and linseed that we share more about in this article.
To further amaze, this incredible place is also doing their small part for the environment. Their takeaway containers, Qapac Runa, are made of sugar cane, contain no toxic chemicals, and are biodegradable. You can use them in your microwave. They also serve all of their drinks with no straws.
I really fell in love with El Bosque Secreto Café and I am not the only one. In just two years, this amazing couple has not only successfully started their own business, but they have achieved their long sought after balance between work and fulfillment. At the end of the afternoon, I said goodbye as if I was saying it to my friends after having lunch at their place. I highly recommend you visit them.
El Bosque Secreto Café
Avenida La Paz 676 Shop # 3, Miraflores
Open Monday to Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Breakfast (until 11:30 a.m.): 6 to 23 soles
Lunch Menu (from 12:30-3:00 p.m.): 14 soles
Omelettes (3 eggs): 18 to 19 soles
Eggs: 7 to 11 soles
Sandwiches and Toast: 5 to 16 soles
Focaccia Sandwich: 17 to 19 soles
Salad: 12 to 25 soles
Dessert: 5 to 12 soles
Waffles and Gelato: 9 to 27 soles
Natural Juices: 5 to 18 soles
Cold Drinks: 5 to 18 soles
Coffee and Chocolate: 5 to 14 soles
Infusions: 10 soles