A prime people-watching spot is Karukera, a small open-sided cafe serving pasta, lasagna, breaded shrimp, cakes and coffees.
Israeli-owned Hola Ola is a laid-back spot that's good any time of day for a meal or drink. The wide-ranging menu features omelets, fish-and-chips, barbecue chicken, shawerma and falafel wraps and pizzas, plus good …
Down a side street towards the beach is Marea, the place for brick-oven pizza.
In the epicenter of town, Montañita's best restaurant has an eclectic menu of global dishes (fajitas, falafels, burgers, sesame-crusted shrimp, seafood platters) and a charming setting of bamboo furniture (including…
You’ll find an excellent variety of sweet and savory crepes at this place, which is on the street lined with cocktail vendors (not far from Tiki Limbo).
Tasty Columbian-style cookies and pastries, found on the intersection of the highway and Calle Principal.
For an upscale dining experience, head to Pigro for creamy risottos, tasty seafood pastas, hearty lasagna and other Italian favorites (no pizzas, though). Good cocktails and a laid-back setting.
This tiny Danish-Ecuadorian-run cafe serves a range of healthy and delicious dishes made from scratch, including veggie burgers, stir-fries, crepes and salads. It's located just past the church.
Lost Beach Club throws big dance parties.
Funky Monkey, a mellow and mod popular restaurant and bar, is just across the street.