Guidebook for Quito

Michelle

Guidebook for Quito

Food Scene
Great cafe and people/ street-watching location. Also next door to the apartment, so say hello to fresh coffee, croissants, and quiche every morning before you leave!
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Sweet & Coffee
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Great cafe and people/ street-watching location. Also next door to the apartment, so say hello to fresh coffee, croissants, and quiche every morning before you leave!
Modern farm-to-table restaurant re-interpreting Ecuadorean classics. Great for a date night or just a night out on the town.
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URKO Cocina Local
N24 862 Av. Isabel la Católica
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Modern farm-to-table restaurant re-interpreting Ecuadorean classics. Great for a date night or just a night out on the town.
One of Quito's best restaurant's Zazu offers a world-class dining experience with a top-notch wine cellar exhibiting Latin America's best wines.
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Zazu
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One of Quito's best restaurant's Zazu offers a world-class dining experience with a top-notch wine cellar exhibiting Latin America's best wines.
The place to go to see and be seen after dark. Trendy spot with a wide bar, outside lounge area, and a modern American menu.
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Zinc
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The place to go to see and be seen after dark. Trendy spot with a wide bar, outside lounge area, and a modern American menu.
Lunch destination for ladies who lunch, businessmen, and politicians. White glove service in a sceney location with expensive traditional Italian food.
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Carmine
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Lunch destination for ladies who lunch, businessmen, and politicians. White glove service in a sceney location with expensive traditional Italian food.
Trendy Japanese food and sushi with somewhat of a Latin American twist. AirBnB won't let me pin its sister restaurant, Nubori. Nubori is in a truly spectacular setting that rivals any NYC restaurant.
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Noe Sushi Bar
N24-827 Av. Isabel la Católica
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Trendy Japanese food and sushi with somewhat of a Latin American twist. AirBnB won't let me pin its sister restaurant, Nubori. Nubori is in a truly spectacular setting that rivals any NYC restaurant.
A cafe owned by a Greek family. Get the empanadas de viento ("air empanadas" - filled with air/ cheese and topped with sugar) and enjoy sweeping views of Old Town's perfect grid. Best at night.
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Cafe Mosaico
30 Manuel Samaniego
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A cafe owned by a Greek family. Get the empanadas de viento ("air empanadas" - filled with air/ cheese and topped with sugar) and enjoy sweeping views of Old Town's perfect grid. Best at night.
Another cafe right by the apartment. Back in the day it was a VHS and DVD rental shop. It re-invented itself as a cafe with weekly live jazz sessions. Drop by for a night cap.
La Liebre
Another cafe right by the apartment. Back in the day it was a VHS and DVD rental shop. It re-invented itself as a cafe with weekly live jazz sessions. Drop by for a night cap.
Arts & Culture
High-end art gallery featuring local and Latin American artists. Ileana knows the art world well - her father is the renowned Ecuadorean painter Osvaldo Viteri (friend and contemporary of Guayasamin).
galeria ileana viteri
High-end art gallery featuring local and Latin American artists. Ileana knows the art world well - her father is the renowned Ecuadorean painter Osvaldo Viteri (friend and contemporary of Guayasamin).
Oswaldo Guayasamin's final piece - a chapel dedicated to the suffering of mankind. Truly spectacular and a must-see.
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Capilla del Hombre
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Oswaldo Guayasamin's final piece - a chapel dedicated to the suffering of mankind. Truly spectacular and a must-see.
The former residence of artist Oswaldo Guayasamin, housing his life's work, in addition to artwork he collected throughout his life.
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Fundación Guayasamín
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The former residence of artist Oswaldo Guayasamin, housing his life's work, in addition to artwork he collected throughout his life.
Quito's preeminent pre-Colombian and pre-Incan museum. The museum houses a mix of art from throughout the country. The gift shop has very interesting hand-made gifts.
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Pre-Columbian Art Museum House of Praise
N1-41 Cuenca
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Quito's preeminent pre-Colombian and pre-Incan museum. The museum houses a mix of art from throughout the country. The gift shop has very interesting hand-made gifts.
A theatre, concert hall, and art exhibition space. Check out what's on while you are in town - the building's architecture alone is worth a visit!
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Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana
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A theatre, concert hall, and art exhibition space. Check out what's on while you are in town - the building's architecture alone is worth a visit!
One of my favorite museums in the city - great collection of colonial art. Serene gardens, and interesting nooks and cranny's here and there that a good tour guide will make you privy to.
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Museum of the City
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One of my favorite museums in the city - great collection of colonial art. Serene gardens, and interesting nooks and cranny's here and there that a good tour guide will make you privy to.
Also known as the "CAC," this is Quito's small but growing contemporary art museum. The museum is housed in a former military hospital with beautiful architecture. Great installation art pieces.
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Contemporary Art Center of Quito
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Also known as the "CAC," this is Quito's small but growing contemporary art museum. The museum is housed in a former military hospital with beautiful architecture. Great installation art pieces.
Sightseeing
The heart of old town, housing the presidential palace, the mayorship, the Archbishop's residence, and the Cathedral of Quito. Catch the daily changing of the guards - the president is often there
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Independence Square
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The heart of old town, housing the presidential palace, the mayorship, the Archbishop's residence, and the Cathedral of Quito. Catch the daily changing of the guards - the president is often there
Quito's iconic Baroque masterpiece. Imagine a church where every square centimeter is hand-carved and gilded in 24K gold. This is Compania de Jesus.
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耶穌會教堂
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Quito's iconic Baroque masterpiece. Imagine a church where every square centimeter is hand-carved and gilded in 24K gold. This is Compania de Jesus.
Often overlooked but stunning convent. Built in the 1500s it is perched on the side of a mountain and overlooks the valleys. It is on "Conquistador Road" - the first road carved out by Spanish armies.
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Guapulo Colonial Church and Convent
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Often overlooked but stunning convent. Built in the 1500s it is perched on the side of a mountain and overlooks the valleys. It is on "Conquistador Road" - the first road carved out by Spanish armies.
A very lively street filled with "hole in the wall" restaurants and cafes. There are some great shops filled with antiques and high-quality hand-made treasures. Best explored after dark.
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Calle de la Ronda
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A very lively street filled with "hole in the wall" restaurants and cafes. There are some great shops filled with antiques and high-quality hand-made treasures. Best explored after dark.
El Panceillo ("little loaf of bread") is a small hill that juts out of Old Town. Our equivalent of Rio's Christ the Redeemer sits on top - The Virgin of Panecillo. Best experienced at night/on weekend
El Panecillo
El Panceillo ("little loaf of bread") is a small hill that juts out of Old Town. Our equivalent of Rio's Christ the Redeemer sits on top - The Virgin of Panecillo. Best experienced at night/on weekend
Everything Else
Get your mornings started with an early morning hike, power walk, or jog. Twice the size of Central Park and full of plant and animal life, you'll feel at peace for the rest of the day.
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Parque Metropolitano Guangüiltagua
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Get your mornings started with an early morning hike, power walk, or jog. Twice the size of Central Park and full of plant and animal life, you'll feel at peace for the rest of the day.
A medium-sized park in the center of modern Quito. The park is used heavily for sport, and there is heavy traffic on all sides, so it is not very serene. That said, the Botanical Garden is a must.
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La Carolina. Park
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A medium-sized park in the center of modern Quito. The park is used heavily for sport, and there is heavy traffic on all sides, so it is not very serene. That said, the Botanical Garden is a must.
Come watch a session of the only religion that matters in Ecuador - soccer. If you are in luck you can catch a World Cup qualifier. Sport our national colors be ready to yell OLE OLE OLE for 2 hours.
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Atahualpa Olympic Stadium
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Come watch a session of the only religion that matters in Ecuador - soccer. If you are in luck you can catch a World Cup qualifier. Sport our national colors be ready to yell OLE OLE OLE for 2 hours.
No time to make it out to Otavalo? Get your fill of hand-made items here - clothing, shoes, home decor, accessories, and more. Be ready to bargain!
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Mercado Artesanal La Mariscal
611 Jorge Washington
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No time to make it out to Otavalo? Get your fill of hand-made items here - clothing, shoes, home decor, accessories, and more. Be ready to bargain!
Drinks & Nightlife
A British Pub and craft brewery in the entrance to the "nightlife district." A Quito classic, as it's been around for a few decades. Centrally located (a couple of blocks away from the Marriott).
Turtle's Head
A British Pub and craft brewery in the entrance to the "nightlife district." A Quito classic, as it's been around for a few decades. Centrally located (a couple of blocks away from the Marriott).
The heart of the "nightlife district." It's quiet during the day, but very, very rowdy at night (think Bourbon St in NOLA). Lots of tourists on the younger end of the spectrum.
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Plaza Foch
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The heart of the "nightlife district." It's quiet during the day, but very, very rowdy at night (think Bourbon St in NOLA). Lots of tourists on the younger end of the spectrum.
Cheap, good food, and great live music. Weekly jazz sessions bring in a broad assortment of people - young, old, bohemian, up-scale. A good place to find a cross-section of society.
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El Pobre Diablo
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Cheap, good food, and great live music. Weekly jazz sessions bring in a broad assortment of people - young, old, bohemian, up-scale. A good place to find a cross-section of society.