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Cuenca's Popular Restaurants


  • Cafe Nucallacta - Best Coffee in Cuenca (Coffee Roasters)
  • Windhorse Cafe - Calle Larga - Gringo Spot - great breakfasts
  • Fabianos Pizzeria- Italian - Best Pizza 
  • Amcry - Swiss Restaurant
  • Paladar's Restaurante - International (Must make reservations)
  • Restaurante Corvel - located in Paute
  • Tiesto's - Ecuadorian - a must-have experience 
  • Casa Alonso -Ecuadorian & International - Mansion Alcazar - Reservations 
  • Sole Mio - Italian
  • Restaurante Todosantos - International/Ecuadorian
  • Tres Estrellas
  • Anubis - Gringo Restaurant
  • San Sebas Cafe - American/Ecuadorian
  • La Esquina - Argentinian 
  • Noe Sushi Bar - Best sushi in Cuenca
  • La Brasserie -French Cuisine. Located in The Forum Hotel is our new favorite. It's posh interior reminds me of a San Francisco style restaurant. Best crepes and quiche in Cuenca
  • Marea Pizzeria - Brick oven pizza
  • Muccha - Ecuadorian & International 
  • El Pedregal Azteca - Mexican
  • El Jardin - Ecuadorian & International (Victoria Hotel)
  • Tiestos - Ecuadorian
  • La Creta - Gourmet (Mall del Rio)
  • Akelarre - Tapas (Inca Real Hotel)
  • Sabor y Arte - International
  • La Placita - Ecuadorian (Santa Lucia Hotel)
  • Goza Cafe - International, Ecuadorian - Outdoor Dining - Gringo Hot Spot 
  • Goda  Restaurant - located in the El Dorado Hotel - fine dining
  • Las Monjas - Fusion
  • Mediterraneo - Mediterranean/Italian
  • Noe Sushi Bar - Sushi
  • Moliendo's Cafe - Colombian
  • La Brasserie - French, International (Forum Hotel)
  • Cesares Internazionale - Italian  
  • San Sebas Cafe - Gringo Hot Spot - Breakfast/lunch
  • Good Affinity Restaurant - Vegetarian
  • Fabiano's Pizzeria - Italian
  • Paladar's Restaurante - American, International. Reservations Required. 
  • La ViƱa - Italian
  • Raymipampa - Ecuadorian 
  • El Maiz - Ecuadorian
  • Cilantro - Ecuadorian
  • El Mercado - Ecuadorian - Calle Larga (great atmosphere)
  • Popacuchu - Best desserts, soups and sandwiches
  • Tutto Freddo - Parque Calderon best location
  • Maria's Alemania Cafe - great pastries
  • La Pergola - Continental
  • Los Molinos del Batan - Ecuadorian
  • Windhorse Cafe - Best pies and desserts
  • Carbon Restaurante - Cuenca Hotel 
  • Fogon del Zorro - Latin, Peruvian
  • Chill & Grill - Best hamburgers in Cuenca
  • La Parrillada - Grilled meats
  • La Fornace - Italian, International
  • Inca Lounge & Bistro - Best hamburgers
  • Fogo - Ecuadorian (best view in Cuenca)
  • Magnolia Cafe - Coffee and Dessert
  • Common Grounds Cafe & Waffle House - American, International
  • El Jardin - Victoria Hotel - White Glove Treatment and Most Romantic 
New Restaurants & Cafes: 
The Vegetable Bar - Best vegetarian food in Cuenca.
San Isidro Bakery and Cafe - Best coffee and pastry (Millenium Mall and Mall del Rio)
Melatte - Coffee, sandwiches, and pastries (Esquina de las Artes and Mall del Rio)
Mayu Smokehouse & Bakery - Great sandwiches and pastries. 
Rosee Dip and Drink by Villa Rosa - International (located at Esquina de las Artes).