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Top 5 Quito restaurants – the insider’s guide

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Top 5 restaurants and cafes in Quito

Eating out where the locals go in Quito has never been easier – thanks to our off-the-beaten-track guide to restaurants and cafes.

One of our staff in Ecuador, Emma Morgan, has lived in the capital for over a decade and sends her top tips for dining in genuine Ecuadorian eateries.

She said: “These are places we like to go to all the time.

“As a family we eat out at lunchtime and these are much more reasonable and down-to-earth spots.”

There’s a real mix of foods available, for all tastes, reflecting Ecuador’s diverse cultures and amazing ingredients.

 

Emma writes….

 

Seafood restaurant with no name!

What better way to start.

Saturday and Sundays only – on Av. Camino de Orellana (behind Spanish Ambasador’s residence) – look for the blue parasols – on the way down to Guapulo (where I live) walking down the hill behind Hotel Quito.

Get there early.

It packs out and is replete with tasty seafood from ceviche to sea bass or dorado (mahi mahi).

 

Vegetarians – Donde Gopal 

Great lunch option.

For just USD3.50 includes soup, main, dessert, juice and salad bar.

Nice atmosphere too – In La Floresta – Mallorca y Coruña.

 

Middle Eastern – El Arabe

Great for shawarma and falafel on the Av. Reina Victoria in Quito.

 

Mexican – La Michoacana

Authentic Mexican – tacos, burritos, quesadillas and micheladas.

Av. Brasil, only opens lunchtime Thurs – Sun, get there early.

 

Corfu

Ecuador has a great reputation for quality coffee, and for some of the best coffee – and ice cream – you can’t beat Corfu.

There are several cafes, but the most central one can be found in Gonzalez Suarez (along from Hotel Quito).

¡Buen provecho!

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