|Parque Place Penthouse|
Come home to luxurious comfort in the heart of the historic district!
Cuenca's most popular and photographed square.
Casually elegant Italian food and great pizza.
Ecuadorian international fusion with modern ambiance.
Great little place to have breakfast or lunch & mingle with expats. Crepes, benedict, salads, traditional Ecuadorian & American dishes. Closed Sundays.
Lovely steakhouse. A Cuenca tradition. Suitable for special occassions, but more group atmosphere than romantic. Pricey. Reservations recommended: 07-283-5310.
|Goza Espresso Bar|
Trendy coffee shop frequented by expats with food, including all-day breakfast and outdoor dining right on the square of La Merced church. Open 7 days 8am-midnight.
Affordable pizza place run by friendly English-speaking locals. Try the bread knots. Friday is popular with expats.
Delicious Italian. Reasonable prices. Great hand-made ravioli.
Italian. Nice Ambiance. More expensive than other nearby Italian options, but more posh.
The most popular place to first try Ecuadorian food. Reasonable prices, but not Almuerzo cheap. Try the potato soup, Locra De Papas.
Pizza and ice-cream chain. Great vanilla shakes with real ice cream.
Great vegetarian restaurant only open for lunch (12-3). Low prices. After 5:00 Th-Sat the upper level becomes the Jazz Society with a different chef and menu.
|Inca Bar & Lounge|
Popular expat bar with good burgers, sports, and river views.
|Pharmacy Sana Sana|
One of the few local pharmacies (farmacias) open 7 days, most nights until 9pm.
|Millenium Plaza (Mall with Movies)|
Small mall. Nice stadium seating cinema, food court and sports restaurant. Check movie times here: https://www.multicines.com.ec/welcome/index/2 (tabs for both local theaters). US movies that say subtitulada are in English. Walk there along the river or t
Expat-owned used bookstore with many books in English. Excepts trade-ins and has a bulletin board.
Restaurant, bar and hostel with live music on weekends. Affordable food, busy at night and quiet during the day.
Mexican food that is just okay, but full bar and fun atmosphere with lots of funky wall decor. On Thursdays you can get a free margarita with the $3.50 burrito!
|Double-Decker Tour Bus|
Buses depart every hour. In Spanish. $5 for 2 hour tour and a visit to the Turi overlook. The red buses are supposed to be better. For one price, you can get off the bus anywhere you like and get on the next bus that comes.
|Tía Grocery Store|
A medium-sized grocery store that probably has what you need for a couple weeks. For the largest selection of imported goods, try one of the SuperMaxi stores.
|Banco Central Museum|
Great free history museum featuring religious art, Incan and Canari artifacts, gold, music and more. In Spanish. Has great gardens, aviary, llamas, and shrunken head exhibit. Access Pumapungo Incan ruins here. Closed Sat afternoons and Sundays.
Incan ruins visited through the Banco Central museum on Larga.
|Indigenous Market 10 de Agosto|
Visit this indigenous market for fresh and inexpensive (mostly organic) produce, meat (don't mind the whole pigs), and more. Covered, so fine in the rain.
|Puente Roto (Broken Bridge)|
This scenic bridge over the riverwalk not longer crosses the Tomebamba, but it does feature local artists Fri-Sun from 10am-7pm.
This is the outdoor flower market, where you can get fresh flowers and plants at great prices.
|iTur Tourist Information|
Get maps, brochures, event schedules and other tourist information for free here.
|San Francisco Market|
Find quality artisan crafts from Otavalo here on the north side, as well as generic souvenir and swap-meet items. Avoid this area after dark.
|Supermaxi Las Americas|
Supermaxi is a chain of large modern supermarkets with the widest selection of American imports. The closest SuperMaxi to us is not this one, but El Vergel south of the apartment.
|Supermaxi El Vergel|
Supermaxi is a chain of large modern supermarkets with the widest selection of American imports. This is the closest one to our condo and a 15 minute walk.
This is the largest of Cuenca's indigenous markets. It's huge. More cheap imports than local artisan goods, but also fresh local food, animals, etc. For a less intense market experience, try 10 De Agosto just a few blocks up Larga.
|Mariscal Lamar International Airport|
Mariscal Lamar International Airport. Taxi/'s are safe, metered and readily available at the airport. It takes 15-45 minutes to get to the condo from here depending on traffic and costs about $2.50 (a little more at night.)
This is a great public park with large trees, raised trails, river views, a playground, sport fields and a small lake you can rent a boat in. You can walk here on 3 Nov and 12 Abril, but it will take 40 minutes or more.
|ATM- Banco Del Austro|
This is the closest ATM to the apt and it dispenses a nice mix of $5, $10 and $20 bills.
|Cell Phone- Movistar|
This is the main office where you can add minutes to the provided local cell phone as needed. Just tell someone you need "recarga" and they'll send you to the window to pay. $5 should last. If done right you'll get a text.
|Parque De La Madre|
Newly renovated park with jogging lanes, bike path, playground, exercise equipment & basketball court.
|Cafe De Nucallacta|
Some of the best coffee in Cuenca. Choose from freshly brewed coffees, expresso, and frozen coffee drinks. They serve a great breakfast and have Ecuadorian and Mexican fare as well. You can buy their artisan coffee roasts to bring home. Open Sundays. http://cafenucallacta.com/our-store/
|Chocolate De Palo|
Glenda, formerly of favorite breakfast place Banana’s, has opened her own café here. Serves a great breakfast and Almuerzo. Breakfast bagel sandwiches on weekends. Sunday brunch. Bright and airy. 8am to 7pm.
|Chiplote Subs & Shots|
A bar with a great happy hour and good options for your sinful cravings such as wings, burgers, tacos. Even serves breakfast! Try the buffalo wrap. Ambiance is dark.
Nice restaurant. Good ambiance in a colonial. American food. Serves breakfast (including biscuits and gravy, crepes and pancakes) as well as lunch and dinner. Dinner only on Thursday and Friday and often live music.
Ecuadorian and international breakfast, lunch and dinner, including a good $4 almuerzo (lunch with soup, entre and dessert). Charming owner greets guests. Nice outdoor courtyard ambiance across from the cathedral on the corner.
Romantic Italian food by candle light. I love the caesar salad. Reservations normally not needed. About a 20 minute walk from the condo.
|El Mercado Restaurant|
Fine dining with wonderful views of the river and Turi. Great service and views. Pricey. Appropriate for special occasions. Closed Mondays. http://elmercadocuenca.com/
|Roux Bar & Bistro|
French, Creole, American. Famous Sunday Brunch. Great food, desserts and bloody marys.Very popular with expats. Tues is Trivia Night. Half price wine on Wed. Thurs is BBQ.
On of the top restaurants in Cuenca. British and European food. Fine dining. Changing menu. In converted old home behind a wall.
Great coffee with a view! A relaxing outdoor patio on the river with great coffees and pastries away from traffic.
|Waffles De Belgica|
Enjoy a fresh Belgian waffle after a stroll along the river or before touring the Pumapungo ruins or small aviary in the same location.