Shopping

Specialty in Cuenca

Barranco

This old hat factory has an interesting museum where you can see how panamas were made over the years and witness them being made in the present. Upstairs there’s a nice café and a cheesy exhibit where you can dress…
Hats in Cuenca

Homero Ortega P & Hijos

More akin to a hat emporium, this is Ecuador’s best-known hat seller. The company exports around the world and has a huge selection of high-quality men’s and women’s straw hats. They now have a fascinating museum ch…
Market in Cuenca

Plaza de San Francisco Market

The Plaza de San Francisco Market has an interesting combination of basketry, ceramics, ironwork, wooden utensils, plastic trinkets, gaudy religious paraphernalia and guinea pig roasters (great gift for mom, but tou…
in Cuenca

Artesa

Artesa is a big Ecuadorian ceramics company that incorporates old Andean ceramic styles into high-quality, hand-painted pieces. If you just can’t live without a dinner service, they will happily ship it home for you…
Ceramics in Cuenca

Eduardo Vega

Just below the Mirador de Turi – and 4km south of the center –- is the home, workshop and studio of Eduardo Vega, Ecuador’s most important ceramic artist. His colorful terracotta and enamel murals grace walls all ov…
Market in Cuenca

Casa de la Mujer

On the west side of the Plaza de San Francisco Market is the Casa de la Mujer, which houses over 100 craft stalls selling handmade musical instruments, embroidered clothing, baskets, jewelry and more.
Hats in Cuenca

Casa del Sombrero Alberto Pulla

The hats of Cuenca’s most famous hatter have graced the noggins of presidents, celebrities and hundreds of local indigenous women. Alberto Pulla himself died in 2010; his legacy has not.
Market in Cuenca

Mercado de Artesanias Rotary

Basketry, ceramics, ironwork, wooden utensils, plastic trinkets, gaudy religious paraphernalia and guinea pig roasters can be purchased here
Books in Cuenca

Carolina Bookstore

The best selection of English-language books around, plus maps, cupcakes and a wealth of local info. They now offer Spanish lessons too.
Sports & Outdoors in Cuenca

Explorador Andino

Sells camping, fishing and mountaineering gear, and more.