Eating out in Cuenca is a pure delight. Whether you wish to dine in a fancy restaurant, and we do have a few, or enjoy the many lunch specials available around the city. These generally are between $2.50 up to around $5.00. We all have our favorites and here are some that we frequented and hopefully you will too.


Molienda Café – Honorato Vasquez y Hermano Miguel

Run by a delightful Colombian couple this little restaurant serves Colombian food. We have been here many times for a later breakfast which generally will cost you around $2. The food is very tasty and I recommend lunch and dinner anytime.  The picture on the left is breakfast for two of us, one juice is missing, for $5.

Tiestos – Juan Jaramillo 7-34 y Antonio Borreo – Cuenca – Ecuador
Phone: (593)(7) 283 5310
Tuesday to Saturday 12:30 – 15:00 / 18:30 – 22:00
Sunday 12:30 – 15:00

Tiestos is well worth a visit when in Cuenca. It is a little on the upside in price compared to our many other restaurants in the city, but the food and presentation are worth it, and the food is delicious.

Café Austria –Benigno malo y Juan Jaramillo

This is a great place to meet other fellow travelers or just sit and read an English paper while enjoying a coffee or a meal. I love the $3.00 lunches here. They are quite filling and consist of soup, main meal, small salad, fresh juice and a desert. We have also been for dinner and generally a main meal is around $5-$6. Very tasty.

Raymipampa – Benigno Malo y Parque Calderon

I love taking new guests here as it is right in the centre of town overlooking Parque Calderon and next to the new Cathedral. It serves Ecuadorian food and is a very popular restaurant with tourists and locals. A great place to enjoy the start of the day for breakfast. Generally breakfast starts at $2.00.

Good Affinity – Gran Colombia y Av de Las Americas

This is a Vegetarian restaurant and serves Taiwanese food. We have been for the lunch menu which is different every day and consists of soup and main course (quite a good serving) and a fresh juice. This menu is $2.25.

Here are a few others you may wish to try.

Monday Blue – Mexican – Cnr of Louis Cordero and Calle Larga. Great Burritos and great prices. Funky little corner restaurant.

Mediterraneo – Honorato Vasquez 7-64 y Luis Cordereo. Great Italian and beautiful decor.

El Tunel – Cafe Bar restaurant – Honorato Vazquez 6-80 y Presidente Borrero – Great special lunch menu for $2.50