Top things to do

Top Choice International in Machala

Zona Refrescante

The best dining option in town is this inviting air-conditioned place specializing in grilled meats. The seco de pollo (passionfruit chicken) is delightful, served with fresh avocado, rice, plantain and french fries…
Chinese in Machala

Restaurant Gran Chifa

Restaurant Gran Chifa is one of the many family-style Chinese restaurants scattered throughout town. Dishes include sautéed chicken with vegetables, sweet-and-sour chicken with pineapple, steamed fish, and a variety…
Ecuadorian in Machala


Romero's has no sign, so can be tricky to find, but you'll be pleased if you do. The basic eatery serves up tasty grilled meats by night and inexpensive set lunches by day. Dine on the tiny front patio or the nicely…
Ecuadorian in Machala

El Paraiso de la Vida

You can't beat the value of these sandwiches, wraps, lasagna, lunch specials and breakfasts, served in a narrow modern dining room.
Pizza in Machala

Chesco Pizzeria

Hearty, piping-hot pizzas, plus pasta and hamburgers, in a packed fast-food-like setting (order at the counter).
Bakery in Machala


For midday snacks, nothing beats the piping-hot sweet rolls or dulce de leche–smothered pastries served here.
Beauty Pageant in Machala

World Banana Fair

The Feria Mundial del Banano, held the third week in September, is when Machala celebrates all things banana. An international contest takes place to elect La Reina del Banano (The Banana Queen). The competition has…
Cafe in Machala

Sir Cafe

With a classic European-style feel (decorated with upholstered dining chairs, chandeliers, a picture of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, a small model of a penny farthing, and chintzy painted teapots), this tiny cafe is o…
Juice Bar in Machala

El Gran Combito

Budget travelers should head here for breakfast or lunch. This little pink no-frills booth, next to Hotel Ecuatoriano, does fresh fruit smoothies and cheese toastie deals for $1 (total!). Flavors range from passionf…
Market in Machala


Stretching for several blocks, Machala's massive (and packed) outdoor market is the place for self-caterers to buy fresh fruits and provisions.