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Top Choice Spanish in Baños

La Tasca de Baños

It may be difficult to get a table at this tiny tapas restaurant. The selection of small dishes is excellent, ranging from perennial favorites like tortilla española to Andalusian meatballs and shellfish. Order up f…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Baños

Maki Awashka

The family from Salasaca who own this shop weave many of the gorgeous wool rug and tapestries in their workshop upstairs. There's a good selection of artisan crafts for sale here, including tablecloths, scarves and …
Viewpoint in Baños

Casa del Arbol

Perched on a hilltop behind Baños, just beyond the village of Runtún, this grassy viewpoint is a photographer's dream. As well as a pretty tree house, there are several swings where you can whoosh over the precipice…
Museum in Baños

Museo Fray Enrique Mideros

Adjoining the church, this museum in the priest's former living quarters contains several oil paintings by Father Enrique Mideros as well as his collection of more than 500 pre-Columbian sculptures and utensils. Add…
International in Baños

Casa Hood

Named for owner Ray Hood, a long-standing gringo-in-residence, this excellent cafe has cheap almuerzos (set lunches) and a menu of Asian and South American dishes. The Casa is a welcoming place to eat, exchange book…
French in Baños

Cafe Mariane

Mariane’s French-Mediterranean cuisine is a real standout in Baños. The cheese-and-meat fondues are a lot – even for two people – and the pasta and meat dishes are quite elegant.
Coffee in Baños

La Tostaduria

Java junkies can get a fix at this hole-in-the-wall coffee joint. The beans from Loja, Pichincha and Imbabura are roasted inside the small shop.
Arts & Crafts in Baños

Pasaje Artesanal

At this outdoor crafts market, you’ll find endless quantities of locally made baubles and a regional craft called tagua-carving – white, golfball-size nuts that resemble ivory and are dyed and transformed into figur…
Club in Baños


One of the hottest spots in town, this large complex has a bonfire in the back patio, dancing in the middle and a roaring salsa dance party at the salsateca Wednesday through Saturday ($5).
Swiss in Baños

Swiss Bistro

This small bistro’s cow fetish is evident in its decor and delicious Swiss and European specialties, which include fondue, steaks, big, fresh salads and a Swiss potato dish called roesti.