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In the last 20 years, La Floresta has developed a reputation for being one of the most beguiling neighborhoods of any city in South America. Things are done different here, but it’s no surprise since it’s full of local and foreign artists. It has great diverse selections of cafes and bars and if you want to catch a movie check out Ocho y Medio Theater.
To sample some of Quito's most authentic and traditional cooking, head to this attractive park in La Floresta where every evening food stalls are set up selling freshly prepared tripa mishqui (grilled cow intestines), seco de pollo (chicken stew), empanadas and morocho (a kind of spiced corn porridge). Stall holders are happy to let you taste before you buy.
This 100 year old neighborhood is known for great restaurants, coffee shops, and funky boutique stores.
Must visit place for restaurants, bars and a very calm vibe. Has lots of places and a great farmers market in Galavis Street every Friday.
The Spanish named the area “La Floresta” owing to the unusually high concentration of wild flowers in the area. Early in the 20th century prosperous landowners settled here and built mansions in the neo-classical style that was in fashion at the time. More than 70 of these homes remain, side by side. Along with its tree-lined streets, this has contributed to its unique character. Furthermore, the area has its own town square, a small park featuring an elegant fountain where children and senior citizens alike come to spend time, while local street vendors sell their goods. About 20 years ago, however, due to its attractive nature and low-cost of the area, a growing community of artists and writers began to settle here, and the resultant mix of classical homes and avant-garde art galleries, as well as the large murals painted on the sides of buildings, enhanced La Floresta’s reputation, which began to grow both locally and abroad. During the day, you can walk past the old mansions and new wall murals while enjoying the variety of galleries, restaurants, pastry shops, clothing stores, and creatively-designed cafés. At night there are jazz clubs, dance clubs, an elegant movie theater showcasing foreign films, and taverns featuring local artisan beer. Anybody vising La Floresta (Católica and Orellana is a recommended starting point) should consider dropping by the following venues.
The Spanish named the area “La Floresta” owing to the unusually high concentration of wild flowers in the area. Early in the 20th century prosperous landowners settled here and built mansions in the neo-classical style that was in fashion at the time. More than 70 of these homes remain, side by side…
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