For stall after stall of some of Quito’s most traditional (and cheapest) foods, head straight to the Mercado Central, between Esmeraldas and Manabí, where you’ll find everything from locro de papas (potato soup served with avocado and cheese) and seafood, to yaguarlocro (potato and blood-sausage soup) and fritada (fried chunks of pork, served with hominy).

Fruits and veggies, not to mention butchered meats, fresh fish, flowers and pharmaceuticals are available too, all congregated together in their clearly signposted sections.