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Café Tortuga

Everyone in town seems to drop by this super-popular Swiss-run riverfront joint, whether it’s for its wide choice of breakfasts, its delicious batidos (fruit shakes) or its range of salads, sandwiches and cakes. Tor…
Zoo in Tena

Parque Amazónico

Take that snazzy new footbridge part-way across the river to this 27-hectare island. There’s a self-guided trail whisking you passed labeled local plants and animal enclosures, including those of tapirs and monkeys.…
Pizza in Tena

Pizzería Bella Selva

This thatched-hut pizzeria on the malecón serves heavily loaded cheesy pizzas and large piles of pasta. The pizza is as good as you'll get in the Oriente (tasty, that is) and as a riverfront melting pot of local fam…
International in Tena

Marquis Grille

With a locked front door opened by formally attired staff, classical music and attentive service, this is the most formal restaurant for miles around. Browse the Chilean wine list, then choose from delicious steamed…
Bar in Tena

La Araña Bar Coctelería

The most popular place for drinking and carousing is the raucous ‘spider,’ across the river at the end of the footbridge. It’s busy nightly, but rammed with locals and travelers on the weekend. Expect a hangover.
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An old favorite over the wide ribbon of the Río Tena creates the perfect spot for a meal or a drink downstairs in the bar. Watch out for tour groups if you’re not in the mood for lingering.
Chicken in Tena

Pollos Sin Rival

Believe the translation of this place (chicken without rival) if you believe no other sign in Ecuador. It's only open lunchtimes – until that roast chicken is gone.
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Cositas Ricas

Inside the Hostal Travellers Lodging complex, this favorite serves vegetarian and Ecuadorian plates, salads and fresh juices.
Cafe in Tena

Gelateria Artesanal

The ice cream is mediocre; the coffee is Tena's best.
Pizza in Tena

Pizzería Hilton

Decent pizza stop. Loooooong waits.