Restaurants

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 Otavalo

Cosecha Coffee Shop

Owned by a young American expat, this contemporary cafe with Santa Fe-like adobe walls and minimalistic design wouldn't look out of place in a cool outer-borough NYC neighborhood (it even serves bagels!). Sandwiches…
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…
Top Choice International in Otavalo

Cafe Fussion

Chef Javier, who studied the culinary arts in Peru, painted this place in Caribbean pastels, and the same artful imagination goes into his recipes: smoked ribs with ginger, beef a la pimienta cooked in a reduction o…
Top Choice International in Otavalo

Sumac

Ecuadorian chef Jorge David Quilumbaqui, trained in French cuisine in Quito, presents artfully plated meat and fish dishes, as well as delicious desserts, using locally sourced ingredients. He's recently moved from …
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 …
Bakery in Cayambe

Bizcochos San Pedro

If bizcochos are a religion around Cayambe, Father Rafael Morales is their patron saint. For more than 40 years this gentle-hearted priest has been making this favored snack by the thousands. One key to this shop's …
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…
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…
Ecuadorian in Otavalo

Yolanda’s Chicha de Yamor

Yolanda Cabrera has become famous for delicious local fare such as tortillas de maíz (corn tortillas), empanaditas (Spanish pies) and the local favorite of fritada (fried chunks of pork, served with mote). Of course…