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Santa Clara Market - Shopping Quito - Ecuador

A few blocks east of the bustling center of La Mariscal, Santa Clara market is just as much a cultural experience as a place to pick up cheap groceries. Here locals sell mounds of fresh fruits and veggies, herbs, flowers, meats, cheeses and seafood, making it a great place to buy ingredients for the week. On the bottom floor there are also a bunch of small fresh fruit stands and restaurants selling local specialties like hornado (roasted pork), fritada (fried pork), llapingachos (potato pancakes topped with a fried egg), fish soups and seco de chivo (goat stew); don't be alarmed if you see full roasted pigs staring back at you. As with other Ecuadorian markets, all the products are local so don't expect to see imported items here; you can head diagonally across the street to Santa María grocery store for those. It is best to buy as much as you can at one stall instead of buying one or two things at each so that you can barter a better price.


Ca. Versalles, between Ramírez Dávalos and Marchena

La Mariscal, Quito, Ecuador


Open Hours from:daily 8 a.m.

Open Hours to:daily 5 p.m.

Andes 6000, Galería Ecuador Gourmet, Libri Mundi, The Confederate Bookstore, Espiral Shopping, The English Bookshop, Galería Latina and Tatoo Adventure Gear.

By Thomas Griffin

I recently graduated from the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon. I studied in Sevilla, Spain in...

22 Jan 2013

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