Top Choice Colombian in Cuenca

Moliendo Café

This is one of the best little eateries you'll find in Ecuador – and that's why Moliendo Café is always rammed. The hearty arepas (maize pancakes) herald from Ecuador's northern neighbors but are a specialty here. T…
Top Choice Pizza in Vilcabamba

Shanta’s Bar

We love Shanta’s – and have done for years. It serves pizza and big plates of frog’s legs in an innovative rustic setting with saddle seats at the bar and a bartender with a handlebar mustache. Ask about the licor d…
Top Choice Ecuadorian in Zamora

Tio Bolo

The town's most popular place: sublimely cooked grills in an intimate open-sided space overlooking the river. It would be premature to say that it's transformed the malecón (waterfront) into a gastronomic hub, but h…
Top Choice Seafood in Loja


Serving some of Loja's best seafood, Riscomar prepares delicious ceviche in an inviting but unpretentious dining room. The chivo en cerveza (goat in beer) is a surprise addition to the menu.
Ecuadorian in Cuenca


This restaurant has a small menu of traditional plates such as seco de chivo and gourmet fritada (fried chunks of pork, served with hominy, avocado and other garnishes). It’s one of the best places to try cuy (guine…
Cafe in Cuenca

Windhorse Cafe

The pies (peanut butter flavor, mmm!) are outstanding, the home-baked cakes are addictive, the salads are enticing and so the Tardis-like Windhorse baits you into lingering a-while. The lingering sometimes morphs in…
Cafe in Cuenca

Café Nucallacta

The best cafe in Cuenca. Artisan Ecuadorian coffee is roasted and the resulting brews are the main reason to stop by – along with gleaning an insight into Ecuador's coffee industry from the knowledgable owner. But t…
Ecuadorian in Zamora

La Choza

Serving fried fish, churrasco (fried steak with eggs and rice) and fried frog’s legs (which are delicacies and so command high prices), La Choza is a health foodie’s nightmare, but it’s good, and the fish is local a…
European in Cuenca

Café Austria

Does exactly what it says on the label. Austrian-esque comfort food such as goulash, strudel and decent espresso taste particularly divine after days/weeks on the road, and the new location is as traveler-friendly a…
Ecuadorian in Cuenca


This Cuenca institution is overwhelmingly popular with locals and travelers and stays open late. The food hangs somewhere between Ecuadorian comfort food and diner fare. Get a pew on the upstairs deck for a view of …