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Quito's Cafes

If you know a good cafe please recommend.

Le Grand Cafe , next to Supercines, on 6 decimbre. Offers piping hot coffee which is rare in Quito. What's nice about this place is that it's quiet, no music, and a nice place to get your caffeine fix before shopping at Megamaxi or watching a movie next door.

Also the coffee is just right (relative),  not burnt like Starbucks, or Juan Valdez Cafe in Quito. 1.20 medium , 1.50 grande. If you're taking out, across the street is a simple bakery with delicious Croissants, half the price that Cyrano charges.

Definitely time to update this thread. Looking back I wrongly criticized Juan Valdez, because that café has been consistently good ever since, especially the cappuccino, tortas, pies, and cakes. Grand café that I raved about above is only good for the Americano, their cappuccino is tiny for $2.50 and for comparison the Juan Valdez is $3.20 for the grande but you get twice as much.

One café I aso love is called Europa café and it’s right next to the Dann Carlton, a cappuccino costs $3, and it is superb. The ambiance is nice with indoor and outdoor seating, and they have nice little menu. I think it’s actually part of the Carlton, not sure but their sugar packages state so. It’s a little pricey but a nice place nonetheless.

I’m usually not negative but Cassave and I think they have several branches throughout the city is simply horrendous when it comes to cappuccinos. They have nice yogurt, but they currently have a promotion for an unbelievable 2x1 as in two $1.60 cappuccinos for the price of one, we tried it this evening while walking about, and we watered Carlolina park’s grass with what we were served.  Just awful! I mean just hot water, with a bit of milk, a hint of coffee and watery yack!

That’s Quito, if it’s too good to be true then it is, but who would’ve thought a popular place like Cassave.

Good morning, and before I review the next café, I just want to say it’s a nice feeling waking up in peace loving Ecuador. I decided to revive this thread because I know there are coffee aficionados on

El Español is a café/deli/restaurant that offers good molido or ground coffee for $1.50 for medium and $1.80 for large.  I think it’s Arabica because it’s smoother, doesn’t taste as burnt and doesn’t keep me up after drinking it in the evening.  So personally I like it, the grande comes in a large mug and first reaction might be woah, but it’s an illusion as the mug is rather thin and probably amounts to no more than 12 ounces.

El Español also sells sandwiches, coldcuts, deserts, and crepes. The crepes are good and cost between $2.25-$5.00, they are large portions and are either dulce (sweet) or sal (salty) the costlier crepe will include 3 types of cheeses, vegetables and seranno ham.

I like this place, their menu has a nice variety of food and beverages and there are several branches throughout Quito.

Plaza Cafe at Best Western Hotel

This is one of my favorite places in the city and it’s time to share this gem. What I love about this place is that the beverages and food taste great and are reasonably priced. The crepe Florentine (chicken, cheese and spinach) costs half what other places charge but tastes much better and the presentation is excellent. Their Americano while a bit strong also tastes good. The cost for both is $5.50, and mind you this is a 4-star hotel.

Their menu also has waffles, quiche, pizza and sandwiches.

It’s located on Shyris, across the street from Quicentro, and is a great place to relax and people watch.

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