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Ecuador’s historic center in Quito remains the best-preserved colonial region in South America. With history seeping from the stones themselves, touring the plazas, churches and elegant edifices that date back to the 1500s is a must. While caught up in the magic, be sure to check out these restaurants and the heritage they reveal.
Set on a high rooftop amidst the many buildings of Old Town, Vista Hermosa Café Mirador (Centro location) lives up to its name which translates to ‘Beautiful View’. From this vantage point you can see from the prominent Basilica to El Panecillo, making it memorable site to spend a romantic evening or simply a dinner amongst friends. Vista Hermosa has a large menu ranging from traditional meals to sandwiches to Italian dishes such as lasagna and spaghetti. With a dessert and drink menus equally as lengthy, you won’t want to tear yourself away until late into the evening.
Vista Hermosa Café Mirador, Jose Mejía Oe4-45 y García Moren, Quito, Ecuador, +593 2 295 1401
La Ronda, one of Quito’s most historic streets, has been known as an artistic area for decades. With various artisan shops there are also several traditional restaurants such as Rincon La Ronda. Try their traditional dishes such as the oh-so-Ecuadorian Ceviche (cold soup) or the traditional soup Fanesca, typical eaten during Semana Santa (Holy Week, the week before Easter).
Rincon La Ronda, Belo Horizonte E8-45 and Diego de Almagro, Quito, Ecuador, +593 2 254 0459