As the gateway to the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador‘s coastal city Guayaquil offers a couple of trendy cafés with brunch-style dishes. However, there’s a long tradition here of eating seafood for breakfast, whether at a local market or at a seafood restaurant (marisqueria). Here’s our round-up of the best spots in town.
If you’re looking for a typical seafood breakfast, then locals recommend Picanteria La Culata, located only a couple of blocks from the Malecón 2000 boardwalk. The encebollado, a soup made with fish and garnished with onions and tomatoes, comes highly recommended and makes for an excellent hangover cure.
A local favorite with Guayaquileños, the Marrecife Marisqueria offers some of the best seafood dishes around. This restaurant is open early, but don’t look for omelettes, pancakes, or French toast – they serve traditional Ecuadorian fare only.
While ceviche may not immediately strike you as breakfast food, that isn’t the case for the thousands of people living on the Ecuadorian coast – head to any local morning market and you’ll see ceviche being sold by the bucketful. If you prefer your ceviche in a restaurant, you could do a lot worse than head to the chain restaurant, Los Cebiches de Rumiñahui, known for serving excellent Ecuadorian-style ceviches of high quality.
At El Rey del Tigrillo, you can choose from all kinds of Ecuadorian dishes but tigrillo, a dish made from mashed green plantains, eggs, and cheese, is the specialty of the house. This no-frills restaurant is laid back and very local. Be warned, the coffee is served like most Ecuadorians expect – hot water with a side of Nescafé.