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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…
Market in Otavalo

Daily Market

During our visit, a large, covered complex was being built just west of the Panamericana. When finished (the opening has been repeatedly delayed due to corruption scandals involving construction contracts), it will …
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…
Bird Sanctuary in Otavalo

Parque Cóndor

Get an up-close view of Andean condors, as well as eagles, owls, falcons and hawks at this Dutch-owned foundation, which rehabilitates these and other birds of prey. Don’t miss the free flight demonstrations at 11:3…
Mexican in Otavalo

Taco Bello

Puns aside, the tacos, burritos, enchiladas and fajitas are most definitely more beautiful than those of this small, simple restaurant's titular namesake (which it comes by honestly, as the owner once managed a Taco…
International in Otavalo

Cafe Pachamama

La Posada del Quinde's restaurant uses fresh, organic (when possible) ingredients, and you can eat out on the beautiful patio on sunny days. Especially good breakfasts and desserts, as well as sandwiches, salads and…
Vegetarian in Otavalo

Oraibi

Right in the heart of town you’ll find this charming vegetarian oasis in an old hacienda. The menu consists of pizza, sandwiches, salads and tortillas, while the decor is rustic-chic. Outside there’s a spacious gard…
Pizza in Otavalo

Árbol de Montalvo

Make your way to the back of the Hostal Doña Esther for Otavalo’s only wood-fired oven pizza. Tasty, certainly, and the best in town no doubt, though crusts are cracker-thin and big eaters might need two to do the j…
Chinese in Otavalo

Gran Chifa

Gran-sized portions of good Ecuadorian versions of Chinese fare, plus a small 'fusion' section of street food like salchipapas (sausage and fries) are served up in a sparsely decorated, excessively lighted 2nd-floor…
International in Otavalo

Buenavista

Service can be brusque and the international fare mediocre (learn from our experience and avoid the pasta); however, the balcony provides an unbeatable panorama of tarpaulin-covered market stalls in Plaza de Ponchos…