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Ice Cream in Ibarra

Heladería Rosalía Suárez

In 1897, Rosalía Suárez discovered the best ice-cream had no cream at all. Her shop has been a sensation ever since. Now run by her grandson, it serves helados de paila, sorbets made from pure tropical fruit juices …
Plaza in Ibarra

Parque La Merced

Also known as Peñaherrera, the city’s main plaza was built at the beginning of the 19th century. The main feature of the Iglesia de la Merced is a gold-leaf-covered altar for the Virgen de la Merced, patron saint of…
Cafe in Ibarra

Olor a Cafe

Downtown Ibarra's literary hangout is housed in a stately colonial-era building, and its operators claim it is the top spot to pop the question (a running tally is posted). One wall is lined with highbrow literary f…
Cafe in Ibarra

La Casa de Frida Bistro-Cafe

Sandwiches, nachos, coffee and mixed drinks for the most discerning paletes are all served in this comfy cafe based on the theme of 'all things Frida.' Kahlo movie posters, children's books, and walls painted with t…
Sweets in Ibarra

Ana de Nuñez

A small shop stuffed to the gills with signature Ibarra treats such as nogadas (sweetened treats made from walnuts, sugar, milk and egg whites) and arrope de mora (blackberry syrup mixed with water or spirits). It's…
Mexican in Ibarra

El Coyote

Heat lamps, as well as tequila, warm things up when dining after dark at this spot with only outdoor plaza seating. The tasty, standard Mexican meals, such as burritos, tacos, enchiladas and fajitas, are enhanced by…
Museum in Ibarra

Museo Arqueológico y Etnográfico Atahualpa

Several small galleries with fascinating pre-Columbian artifacts unearthed in the area. The majority of objects – including ceramic ceremonial pieces and sculptures and armaments, as well as intentionally deformed s…
Plaza in Ibarra

Parque Pedro Moncayo

This gorgeous palm-filled plaza is dominated by the baroque-influenced cathedral. The altars are covered in gold leaf, and Troya’s paintings of the 12 apostles adorn the pillars. The park itself is named after local…
Cafe in Ibarra

El Quinde Café

Run by a husband-and-wife team, this charming little spot on Parque Pedro Moncayo serves locally grown coffee, and cakes and pastries. The small second-floor perch is a good place to settle in with a book or laptop.…
Ecuadorian in Ibarra

Comedores

A half-dozen or so comedores and stalls selling the same collection of specialty sweets are sandwiched into little slots in the brick fort on the east side of Parque La Merced. Most prominently displayed is arrope d…