Top things to do

Top Choice Brewery in Montañita

Montañita Brewing Company

At the northern end of the beach, overlooking the sand, the only micro-brewery on Ecuador's coast serves up Amazonian IPA, chocolate stout, blackberry, jalapeno and passion-fruit blondes, and tropical ciders (mango,…
Top Choice International in Montañita

Tiki Limbo

In the epicenter of town, Montañita's best restaurant has an eclectic menu of global dishes (fajitas, falafels, homemade burgers, sesame-crusted shrimp, seafood platters) served in a charming setting of well-kept ba…
Italian in Montañita


For an upscale dining experience that won't break the bank, head to Pigro for homemade creamy risottos, tasty seafood pastas, hearty lasagna and other Italian favorites (no pizzas, though), as well as good cocktails…
Ecuadorian in Montañita

Restaurant Surf Food

Always packed with locals, this cafe has zero atmosphere (it's very basic with simple tables and chairs), but is the place to get a satisfying and inexpensive Ecuadorian meal. Decent plates include breaded shrimp or…
Bakery in Montañita

Donde Garci

Tasty Colombian-style cookies, pastries and cakes – try the dulce de leche–filled pastry cones.
International in Montañita

Hola Ola

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 omelettes, fish and chips, barbecue chicken, shawarma, falafel wraps and pizzas, plus good c…
Empanadas in Montañita

Mas Alla

For a quick and cheap snack, head to this hippy-vibe cafe with informal inside and outside seating. It sells coffees, beers, slices of handmade pizza (the veggie one is heaped with with peppers, eggplant and broccol…
International in Montañita


A prime people-watching spot is Karukera, a small open-sided cafe serving pasta, lasagna, breaded shrimp, cakes and coffees. Note: it's only open in high-season, though the hostel above is open all year round (doubl…
International in Montañita


You’ll find Tex-Mex, Ecuadorian, seafood, paella and an excellent variety of sweet and savory crepes at Papillon. It's got a rustic feel with chunky wooden tables and is on the main street lined with cocktail vendor…
Club in Montañita

Lost Beach Club

Lost Beach Club throws big electronic music parties (house, techno, progressive) opposite the beach. International DJs frequently play on Saturdays.