Quito's La Mariscal: 10 Things to See And to Do

Plaza Foch
Plaza Foch
Rick Segreda

Cultural Activist

For people visiting Quito to relax, shop, eat, drink, and party, the Mariscal is the place to go. Even though it doesn’t have the classic prestige of Quito’s historical district or the cultural pull of the La Floresta neighborhood, tourists love to patronize the Mariscal’s many hostels, restaurants, taverns, discotheques, clubs, cafés, antique retailers, galleries, bookstores, and gift shops. So what are some of the more fun things you can do?

Watch Live Music and Dance in Plaza Mariscal Foch

The wide open space of the Plaza Mariscal Foch and a ready-made audience of tourists make this a natural hang out for musicians and dancers. Concerts are also held periodically.

Browse and purchase goods at the open-air, international handcraft market

The Plaza also brings out artists and handcraftsmen, many of them from outside Ecuador. They sell goods such as designer candles, hand-made jewelry, or hand-carved picture frames.

The Plaza Foch Market@Rick Segreda

Enjoy low-cost, high-quality fresh fruit and vegetable juice at La Fruteria

Many people don’t know that the glossier and more tourist-oriented restaurants closer to the Plaza overcharge by double for natural fruit juice. But by simply walking a few blocks to 6 de diciembre and Wilson, La Fruteria will offer you fresh carrot juice, orange juice, beet juice, and more, for a fraction of what other businesses charge.

Shop at the Artesan Market

The artesan market on 6 de diciembre and Jorge Washington offers the largest concentration of folkloric clothing and gift items, from ponchos to jewelry and much, much more. As is the custom in Ecuador, the vendors will negotiate a price with you.

The Artesian Market@Rick Segreda

Eat real Ecuadorian food at Ecuadorian prices in the company of real Ecuadorians at Cocina Ecuatoriana

Like La Fruteria, this is a little bit away from the Plaza, on Vincente Roman Roca and Reina Victoria, and well worth the walk; for as little as three dollars you can have a full-course Ecuadorian lunch, featuring seco de chivo and other items, and experience Ecuador as the locals do.

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