Located in a beautiful courtyard, Kaypi attracts locals and tourists looking for a good inexpensive Ecuadorian lunch served with a smile. It has a calm and peaceful atmosphere despite being only a few steps away from the noise and bustle of Quito's historic center. It¡'s a must if you want to try authentic Ecuadorian cuisine.
Located within the Museum of the City, Dios le Pague is a small restaurant which operates in the building's historic courtyard. For me, it's one of the most enchanting places in the city to get a drink or a bite to eat after exploring the historic district. The prices are higher than average but they have a good selection.
Behind this peculiar name, is a place that has very tasteful decor, and a the place where one of the most popular cakes that can be enjoyed in the modern part of Quito. It is known for the quality of its products based on bee nectar, but also 100% organic Ecuadorian chocolate. If the prices are a little high, and it's a little cheesy, the quality is more than on point.
This restaurant is definitely a cozy, safe, clean restaurant where you can enjoy a good meal at a good price that's totally Ecuadorian. Located strategically in a place of culture and tourism as it is the Seminary Park, also known as Iguana Park, to find lots of these wonderful animals. No doubt it is an end point that is worth knowing.
The Cafe Dios No Muere is located very near the church and the convent of Santa Catalina de Siena, it's a very small, and nice neighborhood cafe that is located in an old colonial house between antiques gathered in the flea markets and decoration industry. It offers good pasta and a tasty lunch.
A highlight of Ecuador, with the exception of chocolate, is the rich fruit directly imported from the neighboring Amazon. They can be found in small grocery stores to large supermarkets, with similar prices, and of equal quality. Among them, try the fruit or juice of fruits like "naranjilla", which is an Ecuadorian citrus fruit, but its really delicious. "Taxos" is a kind of small green-yellow banana which tastes both sweet and bitter, also "pitahaya", which is expensive, but tastier than the cactus fruit that it looks like. Also "mamey", a cross between a sweet potato and coconut or "babaco" similar to papaya and it's juice is similar to a cucumber/ passionfruit cross.
This beautiful restaurant is located near the famous Plaza Foch, in an old sky blue colonial house which resembles something out of Disneyland. It offers an Ecuadorian menu at a very high price, but the elegant quality will not disappoint anyone.
If you can't visit Mexico but want a taste of true Mexican cuisine, try El Mariachi Taco Factory near Plaza Foch. This authentic taco joint serves excellent tacos with just the right amount of spice. The restaurant itself is decorated in all kinds of Mexican memorabilia and decorations.
Heladeria San Agustin is a nationally-famous artisan ice cream shop located in the historic colonial district of Quito, Ecuador. All of the ice creams are homemade and they also have a lovely selection of pastries and breakfasts. The prices are higher than average, but you get what you pay for.
Between the church and the chapel is the site which is the middle of the world, where you can eat a good homemade ice cream, the paela. Nothing to do with the Spanish food, or ice cream are made with a straw, but the use of straw to make sorbet which dates back to the dawn of time. The result is very good, especially if you opt for local flavors like passion fruit or taxonomy.