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Colombian in Puerto López

Patacon Pisa’o

This friendly eatery, nothing more than a few outdoor tables, serves delicious Colombian specialties such as arepas (maize pancakes) and its namesake dish: large, thin, crisply fried plantains with your choice of me…
Chocolate in Puerto López

Pacha Chocolates

Out on the main highway, this new place is a chocolate-lover's dream with all manner of cocoa temptations. Pacha also offers four-hour tours (per person $35) that take you to a plantation where you can see (and tast…
Ecuadorian in Puerto López

Restaurant Danica

Despite the cement floor and plastic tables, this outdoor eatery always draws crowds. The key to success: delicious chargrilled fish, prawns, chicken or pork shops. Follow the wafting smoke along the waterfront (it'…
International in Puerto López

Whale Cafe

For Thai-style stir-fries, veggie wraps, taco salads, spaghetti bolognese and hummus and garlic toast, grab a table on the balcony at this charming American-owned spot just above street level. It's toward the southe…
Italian in Puerto López


This delightful spot serves high-quality Italian cooking in a romantic, garden-like setting. It's one block inland from the beach (around the corner from Hostería Itapoá). Reserve ahead, especially on weekends.
Cafe in Puerto López

Etnias Café

A cozy place, this French-owned spot does good crepes, waffles, desserts and frozen coffee drinks.
South American in Puerto López

Restaurant Carmita

Along the malecón you'll find traditional seafood restaurants with patio dining. Restaurant Carmita is among the most popular.