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Top Choice Pizza in Vilcabamba

Shanta’s Bar

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

La Baguette

Divine French goodies – pain au chocolat, quiche, and even gluten-free bread on Wednesdays – to take out.
Nature Reserve in Vilcabamba

Tapichalaca Reserve

The small Tapichalaca Reserve, 75km south of Vilcabamba, protects one of Ecuador’s most rare and endangered birds, the jocotoco antpitta (Grallaria ridgelyi), which has fewer than 20 known breeding pairs. Some of th…
Ecuadorian in Vilcabamba

Hostería y Restaurante Izhcayluma

Bavarian specialties and classic Ecuadorian dishes are the fare here. Using local ingredients where possible, Izhcayluma also offers excellent vegetarian substitutions for the meat dishes and some vegan selections. …
Middle Eastern in Vilcabamba


Besides the clever name and enviable location next to the church, the Turkish-run UFO gets jammed for its inexpensive and tasty breakfasts, Middle Eastern favorites, gluten-free desserts, fantastic coffee and a vari…
Breakfast in Vilcabamba

Midas Touch

While it's open all day, this popular hangout is mostly about the great breakfasts – the banana and cinnamon hotcakes and the 'pumpkin eggs' are particularly addictive. Using organic and local ingredients, they also…
International in Vilcabamba

La Terraza

Snag a table outside for a beer and some Central Plaza people-watching, as the location might be the best reason to come here. This busy spot serves pastas, grilled meats and Mexican-style favorites like fajitas.
Bakery in Vilcabamba


Owned by a Belgian-Ecuadorian couple, this little café has delicious homemade chocolate, cookies, cakes and bread, and the town’s best coffee and espresso. The bags of granola make great hiking snacks.
Ecuadorian in Vilcabamba

Restaurante Katherine

Enjoy great comida típica at local prices at Katherine (pronounced 'kat-REEN'), just off the plaza. It's family-run, inexpensive, unpretentious and delicious – what's not to love?
Juice Bar in Vilcabamba

Juice Factory

Tasty juices and good healthy, light lunches too, right on the west side of the central plaza. Some of the profits go back to helping the community.