Top Choice Colombian in Cuenca

Moliendo Café

This is one of the best little eateries you'll find in Ecuador – and that's why Moliendo Café is always rammed. The hearty arepas (maize pancakes) herald from Ecuador's northern neighbors but are a specialty here, t…
Ecuadorian in Cuenca


This restaurant has a small menu of traditional plates such as seco de chivo and gourmet fritada (fried chunks of pork, served with hominy, avocado and other garnishes). It’s one of the best places to try cuy (guine…
Cafe in Cuenca

Windhorse Cafe

The pies (peanut butter flavor, mmm!) are outstanding, the home-baked cakes are addictive, the salads are enticing and so the Tardis-like Windhorse baits you into lingering awhile. The lingering sometimes morphs int…
Cafe in Cuenca

Café Ñucallacta

The best cafe in Cuenca. Artisan Ecuadorian coffee is roasted and the resulting brews are the main reason to stop by – along with gleaning an insight into Ecuador's coffee industry from the knowledgable owner. But t…
European in Cuenca

Café Austria

Does exactly what it says on the label. Austrian-esque comfort food such as goulash, strudel and Sachertorte taste particularly divine after days/weeks on the road, and the corner location is an attractive spot to c…
Pizza in Cuenca


Amiable, family-friendly Fabiano's is a tried and tested gringo hangout but garners a following among Ecuadorians too. Pizzas are generous and tasty. Try the stodge-fest which is lasagne pizza – should it prove too …
Ecuadorian in Cuenca


This Cuenca institution is overwhelmingly popular with locals and travelers and stays open late. The menu hangs somewhere between Ecuadorian comfort food and diner fare. Get a pew on the upstairs deck for a view of …
Mexican in Cuenca

El Pedregal Azteca

El Pedregal serves delicious Mexican food, including lots of vegetarian options, in an atmosphere that’s all ponchos, sombreros and olé! The portions can be a bit small, however, so fill up on the free homemade chip…
Ecuadorian in Cuenca

Tres Estrellas

Long in the business, Tres Estrellas roasts up gourmet cuy (guinea pig; $17, serves two). If you’re not up for that squeaky delicacy, there’s outstanding grilled beef, chicken and pork on the menu too.
Taiwanese in Cuenca

Good Affinity

This oddly named Taiwanese cafeteria is the king of soy, gluten and all things vegetarian. Almuerzos (set lunches; $2) include a filling soup, entrée and dessert. Outdoor seating is available.