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San Joaquín Neighborhood - Restaurant Cuenca - Ecuador

San Joaquín is a neighborhood in Cuenca that has emerged as the place to eat carne asada (grilled meat). Lining the dirt roads are family-owned restaurants where cuencano families come to devour savory lunches. This is one place in the city where you will be virtually the only foreigner. Many of the restaurants have playgrounds for children, can accommodate large groups, and have both indoor and outdoor seating.

San Joaquín is not ideal for vegetarians, though. Specializing in all types of grilled meat (pork, beef, chicken and guinea pig), most plates come with mote (hominy), potatoes, and humitas/tamales (steamed corn cakes). The most well-known restaurants are Las Palmeras, Las Cabañas de San Joaquin and El Tequila.

You can get to San Joaquín by taxi, which takes about 15 minutes from the center; it shouldn’t cost more than $3.50. Alternatively, you can take local bus #19 ($0.25) from the corner of Presidente Córdova and Juan Móntalvo or from the Feria Libre market.


San Joaquín district

Cuenca, Ecuador


Currencies accepted
US dollar

Price Description:

most plates cost no more than $4 and come with heaping amounts of food. the restaurants also serve beer.

Atmosphere: Outdoor/patio dining

Bar Features:Bring your own beer, full bar, no alcohol served, wine / beer

Regulations: No

Dress Code: Casual

Reservation: Not necessary

Park Options: No

Other Restaurants in Cuenca that may be of interest: Moliendo Café, Cacao and Canela Café Bar, Wildhorse Café, La Esquina, Wunderbar Café, Café Eucalyptus, El Jardín Restaurant, El Maiz Restaurante, Kookaburra Café and Maria's Alemania Café.

22 Oct 2012

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