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Top Choice Handicrafts in Quito

Galería Ecuador

This sparkling two-story complex just off Plaza Foch offers top-quality Ecuadorian-made products, ranging from handicrafts, jewelry, clothing, CDs and coffee-table books to chocolates, wine and liqueurs (including a…
Specialty in Cuenca

Barranco

This old hat factory has an interesting museum where you can see how panamas were made over the years and witness them being made in the present. Upstairs there’s a nice café and a cheesy exhibit where you can dress…
Hats in Cuenca

Homero Ortega P & Hijos

More akin to a hat emporium, this is Ecuador’s best-known hat seller. The company exports around the world and has a huge selection of high-quality men’s and women’s straw hats. They now have a fascinating museum ch…
Market in Cuenca

Plaza de San Francisco Market

The Plaza de San Francisco Market has an interesting combination of basketry, ceramics, ironwork, wooden utensils, plastic trinkets, gaudy religious paraphernalia and guinea pig roasters (great gift for mom, but tou…
Arts & Crafts in Quito

Parque El Ejido Art Fair

Quito’s gallery scene is pretty limited, with just a handful of places exhibiting and selling local work. The most popular place to purchase paintings is Parque El Ejido Art Fair during the weekend art fair. The wor…
Arts & Crafts in Guayaquil

Vivián L Tettamanti

On a gallery-lined street in Las Peñas, this dapper little store sells attractive designs crafted by different Ecuadorian artists and artisans. You'll find tapestries, tagua carvings, scarves, leather wallets, eye-c…
in Cuenca

Artesa

Artesa is a big Ecuadorian ceramics company that incorporates old Andean ceramic styles into high-quality, hand-painted pieces. If you just can’t live without a dinner service, they will happily ship it home for you…
Arts & Crafts in Peguche

El Gran Condor

On the central plaza of Peguche, El Gran Condor is the place for textile fanatics who didn’t find what they wanted in Otavalo. The shop sells high-quality textiles made locally, including sweaters, scarves and wall …
Ceramics in Cuenca

Eduardo Vega

Just below the Mirador de Turi – and 4km south of the center –- is the home, workshop and studio of Eduardo Vega, Ecuador’s most important ceramic artist. His colorful terracotta and enamel murals grace walls all ov…
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…