Jürgen Café is known for its delectable, and distinctly Ecuadorian bread. Its method of making artisan bread has been passed down since 1894 over four generations. Breakfasts here include dishes such as Eggs Benedict and the Jürgen breakfast of an omelet and fruit. All breakfasts include coffee and juice.
For breakfast or brunch in Quito, it’s hard to beat The Magic Bean. Familiar American dishes such as omelets, waffles and pancakes pair perfectly with fresh Ecuadorian juices and smoothies such as traditional Maracuya (passion fruit). The Magic Bean prides itself on organic, fresh food that can please everyone (including vegetarians) for breakfast, lunch or dinner. There are two locations—one just a block from Carolina Park and the other conveniently located in the tourist district of La Mariscal.
Europa Cafe, Quito | Courtesy of Cacao Y Cacao Café
This adorable cafe is located inside the Dann Carlton Hotel on La Republica El Salvador. A short walk from Carolina Park, this bright cafe with its decorative tea pots, blue-striped walls and comfortable seating both inside and out makes for a great breakfast or snack spot on a day exploring Quito. Its array of fresh pastries are creative as well as tasty and pair perfectly with coffee or juice.
If you are in the mood for a sweet start to the day, involving excellent coffee and chocolate, head over to Cacao Y Cacao Cafe. Try a moccachino with a breakfast sandwich or a traditional Ecuadorian Bolon (plantain-based dough ball filled with cheese or meat). Ecuadorian chocolate products line the shelves of this tiny shop, so you can buy some tasty souvenirs.
Zuni offers delectable brunch selections every Saturday and Sunday such as pancakes, fresh fruit, waffles, French toast and egg dishes. If you can’t make it for weekend brunch you can also stop by for lunch or dinner. This trendy, urban bistro offers indoor and covered outdoor seating.
The Kallari cooperative involved Ecuadorian farmers in the Amazon who grow their organic ingredients while earning a sustainable living. As shown in their informational video, Kallari chocolate is then exported all over the world. But you don’t have to venture to the Amazon to enjoy the Kallari products. Located in La Mariscal you will find the Kallari Cafe, a great spot to find a truly Ecuadorian breakfast.
Underneath the church of Plaza San Francisco, Tianguez is a great location to start the day in Centro Historico (Historic Center). Built in the area where the large indigenous market once stood in the pre-colonial era, the plaza in now lined with buildings that date back to the 16th century. The coffee here comes highly recommended and goes well with empanadas or a humita and fresh juice. Be sure to explore the artisan store just beside the restaurant before you leave.
For coffee lovers, or anyone with a sweet tooth, Cafe Jaru is the perfect spot to escape Quito’s busy streets. Located on República de El Salvador, the cafe’s exposed brick walls are lined with bookshelves offering both English and Spanish literature. Café Jaru’s coffee, made from Ecuadorian beans, ranges from traditional espresso drinks (Italian-style) to the popular Maple Latte. There’s a range of breakfast dishes and pastries such as Pan Guzzini, a sweet pastry redolent of monkey bread.
A short trek from the center of Quito you will find La Casa de Rafa. This tiny house captures the feel of the countryside as it is set in the valley of Tumbaco. On Saturday and Sunday the house provides a large organic buffet teaming with meats, cheeses, fruits and a variety of bread, jams, coffee and fruit juices.