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Tianguez Café - Restaurant Quito - Ecuador

Set right in the Plaza de San Francisco, this is the perfect spot to try out some traditional Ecuadorian dishes in one of the most traditional colonial plazas in the Old Town. Its also a great place to relax, sip a cappuccino and people-watch. Try the plato típico, with mote (Andean white corn), maduro frito (fried plantain), llapingacho (a type of cheesy potato pancake), fresh avocado, lettuce and tomato, and your choice of chicken or fritada (fried pork bits).

The restaurant—which is also connected to a small gift shop/museum in a cave-like structure underneath the church—is named after the Nahuatl word for market. Before the Spanish arrived, the plaza was used as a market for tribes from all over Ecuador. When the Spanish constructed the church between 1536 and 1580 over the ruins of an Inca palace, the market continued for centuries more. Today, besides the items for sale at the Tianguez Café and gift shop, pretty much only wares for purchase are shoe shines and newspapers.


Plaza de San Francisco, under the San Francisco Monastery

Centro Histórico, Quito, Ecuador

Restaurant Types:
Traditional, Ecuadorian food, Coffee shop, Indian

Prices: Budget

Credit cards accepted
American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard/Eurocard, Visa

Currencies accepted
US dollar

Price Description:

entrees: $8 and up

Atmosphere: Casual, dressy

Bar Features:Full bar

Regulations: No

Reservation: Recommended

Park Options: No

Contact Information:
Phone: 02-257-0233
E-mail: tianguez_reservas(at) / administracion(at)
URL: /

Other Restaurants in Centro Histórico that may be of interest: La Cueva del Oso, Heladería San Agustin, Café Mosaico, Restaurante Cafe Bar Real y Medio, Pim's, La Forncae, El Buho Café Bar, Caravana, Mea Culpa and Cafeteria Carmita.

09 Jan 2013

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