|Parque Place Penthouse|
Come home to luxurious comfort in the heart of Cuenca's 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.
|Parque Place Penthouse|
Come home to luxurious comfort in the heart of Cuenca's historic district!
|El Jardín Restaurant|
Located in the beautiful Hotel Victoria on Calle Larga 6-93 just a few blocks
from the penthouse, this place is beautiful and offers great food. It has a full bar, wine cave, veranda and
dining room seating. Very cozy and popular. Reservations are recommended. (07) 282-7401
|Cafe del Museo|
Cafe del Museo – is one of the newer restaurants in the city. Offers a great food and cocktails menu.
Beautiful place and awesome views of the river. Located at Calle Paseo Tres de Noviembre 099-378-0721.
Osaka Ramen - If you didn’t think you could find some great ramen, well here it is. Located a bit
further north of the penthouse, you will love the menu. Located at Coronel Guillermo Talbot 8-26 between
Mariscal Sucre and Simon Bolivar. 096-881-5465
El Mercardo – is another new restaurant on Calle Larga near Luis Codero. I have heard good things
about this restaurant. It’s at Calle Larga 8-27 y Luis Cordero 283-3089
El Confesionario – Is a newer restaurant located right next to the cathedral in Parque Calderon. It’s
in an open plaza on the second floor. If you get a table outside you can admire the cathedral domes. Great
lunch and dinner spot. I don’t believe you need a reservation because I have never had an issue getting a
table. Food is delicious and a bit pricey but for the view, its worth it. Owners are very friendly and
accommodating. 099 579 5891
|Angelus by Tutto Freddo|
Angelus by Tutto Freddo. There used to be two of them…one across the street from the other on
Parque Caldron – At the moment there is on right next to Raymipampa’s as well as other locations in the city.
They have great ice cream. You can also get (mediocre) lunches such as small pizzas, sandwiches and
pasta dishes. My favorite thing to have there is the Frozen Mochachino! YUM!
|Noe Sushi Bar|
Noe Sushi Bar - great sushi spot in Cuenca. It’s located outside of the centro but it shouldn’t be more
than a 15 minute cab ride. Reservations are necessary as its a popular place in town. Prices are almost the
same as US so be careful how much you order. No matter what, you are guaranteed a delicious meal and
experience. Padre Julio Matovelle between Federico Proano and Calle Carlos Teran 288-9308.
|Rosée Dip & Drink by Villarosa|
Rosée Dip & Drink by Villarosa - Fine dining. International plates and great views and reviews -
Located on the corner of Agustín Cueva y 12 de Abril. 093 937-5090 http://www.rosee.ec
Goza - Fun place to go with outdoor seating – portable heaters are turned on at night. Casual and
usually lots of expats gather there. You can get something to eat anytime of the day. On the corner of
Presidente Borrero at Calle Larga. gozaespresso.com (07) 283-0350
Chiplote - Good happy hour drinks and good food. Love their soft tacos. On Calle Larga where it
meets Luis Cordero
Fabianos - Is a gringo hangout on Friday nights. They have very good pizza as well as other Italian
food at reasonable prices. They are located at Presidente Cordova #4-84 y Mariano Cueva. Phone number
is 07-282-4517. fabianoscuenca.com
Casa Alonzo - Gourmet restaurant – gorgeous dining room located in the elegant Mansion Alcázar.
Impeccable setting and service. Located at Símon Bolívar 12-55 and Tarqui, 07-282-3889, daily 5-10.http://
Pizza Hut If you’re dying for a pizza and don’t want to leave home, this is just south of the city center
on Remigio Crespo at Fredrico Probano…just one block west of Solano. They will deliver. https://
El Maiz - Very good Ecuadorian Restaurante located at Calle Larga 1-279 y Calle de los Molinos.
Good place to eat after visiting the Banco Central Museum.
|Joes Secret Garden|
Joes Secret Garden – This place has a fixed menu and is usually open only on Saturday nights and is
pricey. The restaurant is located in a house and can accommodate a lot of people. Very popular with the
expat community. Their most popular (and in my opinion their best) meals are the fried chicken and
Barbecue. Feedback from people is that the quality of the food and service is inconsistent. There is a cash
bar. You must make reservations. http://www.joessecretgarden.com/ Los Pinos 1-99 y Tres de Noviembre.
|Hell’s Grill & Bar|
Hell’s Grill & Bar – This restaurant is a bit far from the centro (20-25 minute drive) but it has a beautiful
view of the city of cuenca. The food is decent but the warm drinks are amazing and nothing beats a nice
view with some drinks and music. They have an inside and outside. I would recommend inside by the
window if its too windy and cold. They do have heated lamps outside but it gets cold if its windy. They are
located in Turi (a town up the mountains overlooking the city) 098-428-4534.
Mangiare Bene - Good Italian food and good prices - Símon Bolívar and Estevez de Toral (in Posada
del Angel Hostel), 284-0695 or 282-1360, Mon.-Sat. 5-10,
La Esquina - Excellent and expensive Argentinian food. On the corner of Calle Larga y Hermano
Miguel (One block east of Goya)
|Hotel El Dorado|
Hotel El Dorado - Has a very nice dining room and great service. The restaurant is expensive by
Ecuadorian standards but you can have a great American style buffet breakfast and good lunches and
dinners. It’s open from early morning to late evening. Hotel El Dorado is located between Luis Cordero and
Presidente Borrero on Gran Columbia.