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Top Choice Cafe in Mindo

Mishqui Quinde Heladería

Oswaldo has moved from the old van to a more permanent site, but it's still all quinoa, all the time: in burgers ($4 to $5), pudding, homemade sorbet and shakes where you can mix it with other flavors like blackberr…
Top Choice Cafe in Mindo

Yumbo's Chocolate

Owner Claudio Ponce works with an all-female cooperative of cacao growers near Timbiré, Mujeres Para El Futuro (Women for the Future), bringing the heat from the Pacific Coast straight to your Mindo mug, with the be…
Cable Car in Mindo

Tarabita

This unique small motor-powered (2002 Nissan!) cable car takes you soaring across a lush river basin over thick cloud forest to the Bosque Protector Mindo-Nambillo, where you can hike to a number of waterfalls. Not …
Butterfly Farm in Mindo

Mariposario de Mindo

Mindo's best butterfly garden is like walking through a paint factory with the fans set to slow – a stunning kaleidoscope. Visit in the warmest part of the day, around 11am, when butterflies are most active. If it's…
Waterfall in Mindo

Cascada Nambillo

Popular with local families on weekends, this series of cascades is the easiest to access in the area. However, it still entails either a trip on the tarabita (cable car) or a fairly steep path 2km or so past it. A …
Cafe in Mindo

Beehive

Run by Ingo and Genny, the Beehive is located on the bottom floor of the Dragonfly Inn, a cool hangout with a Scandinavian design perched over a river. The smorgasbord plate of falafel, hummus, cheese, meatballs, sa…
Venezuelan in Mindo

Arepera

Budget eaters rejoice! These exiles from Venezuela dish out delicious and ample arepas, the stuffed-corn-cake treat which fits any meal, really. Filled with veggies (rice, beans, cabbage), chicken or beef, there's a…
Ecuadorian in Mindo

El Quetzal

This laid-back coffee shop and restaurant, easily the largest in town (for better or worse), has excellent coffee plus locally grown beans and chocolate for sale (with a handy tasting table), a selection of breakfas…
Cafe in Mindo

La Reposteria

Head down a narrow dirt road for this small cafe with a few indoor and outdoor tables. Ownership has changed from German to American, but the specialties remain the sausages and bread from the old country, while sou…
Pizza in Mindo

Restaurante Pizzeria El Tigrillo

This simple, open-air place across from the Mindo Volunteer Hostel is our favorite pizzeria in town. The pizzas are cooked in a brick oven and offer eight fairly sized slices per pie. Inexpensive breakfasts, almuerz…