Ecuador’s culinary capital is a great place to explore the classic dishes from the Andes and beyond. The city's rich and varied restaurant scene also offers a fine selection of international fare. All budgets and tastes are catered for, and you’ll find everything from modern sushi restaurants to Italian trattorias.
Where to Eat
The Old Town is where you'll find Quito's most traditional eateries, some of which have been perfecting family recipes for generations. Seco de chivo (braised goat stew) is an Ecuadorian classic typically served with yellow rice and patacones (plantain fritters). Potatoes, of course, originated in the Andes and are put to imaginative use in dishes like llapingachos (fried potato-and-cheese pancakes), often served under grilled steak or fried eggs. A few places also serve cuy asado (roasted guinea pig), an indigenous specialty dating back to Inca times.
Head to the new town's Mariscal Sucre for the broadest choices and densest concentration of multicultural and international eateries. For more high-end dining and the city's best restaurants, look to La Floresta, La Pradera and neighboring areas. Off the tourist radar but worth exploring is Benalcázar, an upscale neighborhood of high-rise condominiums, offices, cool cafes and restaurants. It's bounded by Parque La Carolina on the east and Avenida 6 de Diciembre on the west. Take the Ecovia to either Eloy Afaro or Benalcázar.