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Top Choice Church in Quito

Iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús

Capped by green-and-gold domes, La Compañía de Jesús is Quito’s most ornate church and a standout among the baroque splendors of Old Town. Free guided tours in English or Spanish highlight the church’s unique featur…
Top Choice Museum in Quito

Casa Museo Guayasamín

In the former home of the legendary painter Oswaldo Guayasamín (1919–99), this wonderful museum houses the most complete collection of the artist's work. Guayasamín was also an avid collector, and the museum display…
Top Choice Cable Car in Quito

TelefériQo

For spectacular views over Quito’s mountainous landscape, hop aboard this sky tram that takes passengers on a 2.5km ride (10 minutes) up the flanks of Volcán Pichincha to the top of Cruz Loma. Once you’re at the top…
Top Choice Gallery in Quito

Capilla del Hombre

Next to the Casa Museo Guayasamín stands one of the most important works of art in South America, Guayasamín’s Capilla del Hombre. The fruit of Guayasamín’s greatest vision, this giant monument-cum-museum is a tribu…
Top Choice Ecuadorian in Quito

UKRO Cocina Local

Traditional Ecuadorian cuisine is given a contemporary twist at this sophisticated new restaurant. Dishes from across the country are prepared with fresh, ethically sourced local ingredients, including herbs and veg…
Top Choice Fusion in Quito

Zazu

One of Quito’s best restaurants, Zazu serves beautifully prepared seafood dishes, grilled meats and ceviches in a stylish setting of light brick, ambient electronica and an inviting, backlit bar. The menu showcases …
Top Choice Historic Building in Quito

Palacio de Gobierno

The low white building on the northwestern side of Plaza Grande is the seat of the Ecuadorian presidency. Visitors can enter by joining a free guided tour in Spanish and English which leave every 20 minutes; bring p…
Top Choice Museum in Quito

Museos Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana

Newly reopened following a full-scale makeover, Museos Casa de la Cultura encompasses three museums in a single bright, modern space. The expansive Museo de Arte Moderna (Modern Art Museum) features canvases by some…
Top Choice Cajun in Quito

Café Dios No Muere

The Louisiana native who owns this eccentrically designed restaurant attached to a 17th-century monastery takes pride in the quality of the ingredients cooked up in a kitchen that's squeezed into a corner on the gro…
Top Choice Books in Quito

Librería del Fondo Carlos Fuentes

One of Ecuador's best bookshops is located in the former mansion of Galo Plaza Lasso, Ecuadorian President from 1948 to 1952. An excellent selection of titles are displayed beneath the original wood-paneled ceiling …